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How do you get the office excited about giving?

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Question: "Our admin team has just taken on a very unusual challenge. In 2019, our office wants to raise a specific amount of  money for the charities we usually support—and it's a much bigger amount than usual! So now we have a few months to look at how we go about raising money from the staff. It's clear that we'll have to get more creative than just leaving out boxes for canned food or setting up donation jars. Got any suggestions for shaking things up?" - Allison, A/R Coordinator

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Trisha October 8, 2018 at 4:07 pm

We raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association one year by selling their plastic cause bracelets and paper flowers. Check out the charity you are supporting to see if they have any merchandise or marketing collateral that you could sell to raise money on their behalf. Be sure to check with your company’s protocol officer to make sure that’s allowed (this could be frowned upon if you’re a non-profit). We also raised money by selling “Casual for a Cause” tickets. Each ticket purchased entitled the purchaser to dress casual (although work-appropriate) on a specified day. It was such a hit that we’re doing it again to raise money for another cause. Good luck!

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Lisa Brulinski October 8, 2018 at 9:25 am

We usually hold a pizza lunch when company meetings are held close to lunch time – we order pizza’s and provide, a slice or two of pizza with a drink and a cookies for $5 – even better if you can get others to donate some baked goods. Extra slices of pizza or extra dessert is a $1. It goes over pretty well.

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Bennie October 5, 2018 at 2:38 pm

You can always do a few small things that can add up. Empty out a few of those BIG plastic snack jars from Costco (the ones that hold pretzels, etc.) and put a slit in the top for people to drop in change, pennies, nickels and dimes add up. Also, collect bottles and cans and recycle them if you have a .05 redemption campaign in your state. If it’s a food drive ask everyone to bring in 1-2 items a week leading up to the holidays (package of pasta, dried beans, etc.) How about seeing if a few of the higher execs will do a sort of dunk tank thing, maybe make it a slime or other type of ice bucket challenge? People can pay for the exec to get dumped on, gatorade??

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Kathy K October 5, 2018 at 10:20 am

Our department has a chili dump scheduled to raise funds for families we adopt for Christmas. In the past we have had a brat/burger cookout and soup luncheon. Everyone loves to eat!

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Dona Carlisle October 5, 2018 at 8:25 am

Our company just had our annual Pink Day fundraiser yesterday. Each department, plus soliciting local businesses and individuals, donate a basket and raffle tickets are sold. Each individual can then purchase tickets, $2 per ticket/6 tickets for $5. They write their name on the back of the ticket with their extension number and put the tickets in the paper bag set by the basket they wish to win. We usually have at least 10+ items out for a silent auction, bake sale and a “booze wall”. (One of our employees makes cloth wine bags and they are tapped on a wall. Each bag has a number in it that coincides with a bottle of wine that they have won.) Baskets range from little kid, big kid, building tools, garden tools, baking tools, wine/liquor baskets, picnic baskets, sports baskets and anything else the imagination can come up with. Over $8,000 was made this year and it grows every year!

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Margie Jimenez October 4, 2018 at 6:20 pm

Hi, I have to say, to make these work, you seriously need the support from your higher echelon staff. When your staff see that the support is coming from upper management, the staff tend to give too.
Our organization supports the United Way. We canvas our employees to support our non-profit Employee Action Committee at least $5.00.
Another form of raising money is food sales. We hold a burrito sale at least once a month – chili verde. It includes a burrito, choice of water or soda for $5.00. We offer vegie burrito’s too. We have people who love to bake too and we incorporate a bake sale as well. This brings in money.

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Connie H. October 4, 2018 at 4:59 pm

We have also used a dress down campaign (jeans days) as mentioned previously for many years. We check to make sure we do not have important visitors for a week, and sell dress down tickets. $3.00 – 1 day, $5.00 – 2 days, $8 – 3 days, $10 – $15 for a week. We use this at least once a month throughout the year. It is always well-received, and we raise quite a bit of money for different charities.

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Claudia Wright October 4, 2018 at 4:31 pm

We did a silent auction. People were encouraged to donate “like new” items from home, items they made, etc. They were to be brought to the office the week before the silent auction. The day of the auction, items were spread out on tables in a central area with a bid sheet for each item or group of items if they were small and combined in a basket or box. Everything had been assigned a starting bid between $2 and $10 worked well for our items. During the day of the bidding, people could check out the items anytime and write their name with a new bid on the next line of the sheet. The excitement of out bidding someone really helped our overall outcome. Some items received bids for more than if they had gone to a store and bought new. No item was too small or too large to be included and everyone had been informed that if their item didn’t sell, it would be donated to a local charity. As it was – everything sold!

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Lori Hempel October 4, 2018 at 4:29 pm

We have raised money for Make-A-Wish for 14 years now. We have several events every year. Silent Auction – solicit donated items from customers, vendors, local businesses. Split the Pot @ $1/ticket or $5 for 7 tickets. One people really like to play is the Deck of Cards game – only 52 people can play – cards are $20/each – $1,040 total collected. Pick a prize worth approximately $400 and take $400 from the total collected to purchase the prize. Remaining goes to charity. You can adjust the cost of each card and the cost of the prize. We usually end up playing 2-3 games each year. Another one is to raffle off a “vacation day” – need management permission for this one. Also very popular is $5/day to wear jeans.

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Gayle Hulsizer October 4, 2018 at 4:14 pm

Make it a contest between sections or floors. Offer the winners a paid catered lunch or gift cards from a coffee shop (losing supervisors have to pay!). This creates a team project and keeps everyone involved. You could send out weekly emails showing how much each section has raised to keep the competition going.

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Kay K. October 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm

I worked in an office where the dress code was Business Casual…dress pants/dresses/skirts/khaki pants. We offered “Jeans Days” for a $3 or $5 contribution to United Way as a fundraiser. This was ongoing throughout the year, and while I don’t recall how much of our office donation was specifically from the “Jeans Days” we were all surprised at how much it was. When people have to dress up every day for work it’s really nice to be able to just get up and put a pair of jeans on some days!

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Kim Garrett October 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm

I work for a non-profit who has a campaign every year to ask employees to give back. This year the committee did a We Are Family campaign. Groups did videos lip-syncing to the popular song. On our big bulletin board, they made a poster with a tree where the leaves are made from stickers you can write your name on when you give. We have held county fairs, with silly games and food like cotton candy and popcorn. If you make it fun, people will get out their checkbooks.

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