In light of the recent damage to the Bahamas cause by hurricane Dorian, I’m wanting to do what I can to help.
Originally I had an idea to contact companies like Pepsi and Walmart with regards to shipping pallets of water to the Bahamas to assist with the disaster relief, but as people have pointed out in answers below, this would be an inefficient use of donations.
I believe (in concurrence with an existing answer) that allowing companies like FEMA and Red Cross to handle the logistics and what the funds are used for would be a smarter idea since they'll know what the impacted region is in higher need of.
With that in mind, I work for a logistics company and would like to begin a company wide fundraiser in an attempt to help those impacted by the hurricane (and others have pointed out, it would be better to create an ongoing system for future events).
I believe that my starting channels would be my project manager, her boss, and potentially HR.
What would be a smart, professional, and tidy approach to making the initial inquiries about starting a fundraiser? Initially the fundraiser will be directly pointed to helping those impacted by hurricane Dorian, but in the future it would be whatever an employee would like to donate to.
I believe we currently have one charity that we support (though I forget the name), that employees can donate to out of every paycheck.