An increasing number of companies are beginning to incorporate workplace-giving campaigns into their corporate culture. Whether employees are veterans in their field or entering the workforce, they are more conscience about how companies give back. They want to see that their company cares about people, the community and the environment and that it is making philanthropy a crucial part of its strategy.
But it goes beyond just giving back monetarily. Employees want to know they can also be a part of the effort, which is why it’s important to give you some fundraising ideas for the workplace. Volunteering as a company not only gives back to your community but it can serve as bonding time for employees, which can only strengthen the company’s culture and mission.
Becoming Socially Responsible
1. Integrating Giving Back Into the Work Schedule
As a company, dedicate one day of each month for giving back. Each month can have a different theme or initiative in which employees can participate. Options range from volunteering for a day at a local charity, cleaning up a local park or attending a conference on volunteerism. By incorporating social good initiatives into the work schedule your company’s culture will only become more attractive for new workers, since most individuals going into the workforce today look for companies that have values that align with their own. One way to make this idea more interesting is to start a competition among the departments. Whichever department raises the most money within that month will be awarded the decision of picking next month’s philanthropic activity.
2. Environmentally Conscious
Challenge your office to lessen their carbon footprint with a company-wide competition. There are numerous simple ways to reduce any office’s carbon footprint. Develop a point system and pick a specified amount of time for the competition to run. For instance, you can award employees 10 points for donating old electronics and 15 points for turning off and unplugging everything at the end of the day, and grant employees 25 points for carpooling, biking or taking public transportation to work. At the end of the competition, tally up all of the points and pick the winning department. As a company, double the amount of points earned by the winning department and donate that amount to a deserving cause through an online crowdfunding campaign.
3. Corporate Collaboration
Take a poll to find out your employees’ favorite nonprofit then contact them about partnering up to create a crowdfunding campaign. To make the fundraising more meaningful for donors, include different levels of donations that will help supply various items. For example, if your company wishes to raise funds for Syrian refugees then you can indicate on the campaign description how donating 40 dollars will gift a refugee new clothes or how donating 100 dollars will provide a refugee with necessary medication. The various tiers of donations will differ based on what the nonprofit provides, so make sure to collaborate with them before writing the descriptions. The point is to get the entire office involved in making a big impact. Each employee has a network with which they will share the campaign, which will only broaden your donor reach.
Unique Fundraising Ideas for the Workplace
1. Food Truck Trend
One interesting idea would be to partner with a food truck to raise money for a charity. Food trucks have been popping up all over in recent years selling items ranging from coffee to traditional Vietnamese banh mi bread to artisan sandwiches, pizza and doughnuts. Contact a favorite local food truck and inquire if they would be interested in coming to park outside your office one day and donate a portion of the revenue from to a deserving cause via an online crowdfunding campaign.
2. Office Golf
You can set up your very own golf course inside the office. All you need is a little creativity. Ask if any employee has golf clubs that they can bring in for the competition, a putter would work best. How you make the holes will depend on how the office is set up. Take note that objects like books, chairs or other office supplies can be leveraged to create golf holes. Another idea is to have a food drive to collect cans and boxes, which can be used to create your golf holes, before you donate them to a food bank. That way the office can raise both food and funds for a deserving charity.
3. Coin Competition
An easy way to raise funds in the office at any time of the year is to place empty jars around. Inform all employees that the jars should be used to put extra change in and that all of the funds raised will be donated to a notable cause. Encourage your colleagues to put their change in from their morning coffee, or suggest that they bring their own coffee from home and instead put $3 or $5 in the jar. After about a month or so of collecting the jars should be ready for donation. Another option is to keep the coin competition running all year!
Kick-Starting Your Company’s Social Responsibility Effort
Jump onboard and utilize any of these ideas to get your company moving in the right direction philanthropically. With the help of YouCaring, your company can create multiple campaigns to give back. Click here to launch your first one today!