Though these donations are often done with altruistic intent, let’s face it: Sometimes the goal is to get into consumers’ good graces.
Finding a balance between currying positive PR and simply donating to worthy causes for the sake of corporate social responsibility is not always easy.
In the wake of tragedies, a common scene plays out: Corporation donates mightily to the cause. Corporation then issues press release saying its heart (and dollars) go out to the victims.
Is that really effective as a PR play?