People often say that volunteering and charitable giving are good for your heart. That’s true—literally! According to multiple studies, donating time or money to a good cause improves happiness, lowers anxiety and reduces cardiovascular risk.
What’s more, helping out charitable causes is good for companies too. One survey found that millennials want to work for companies that give to charity and are more likely to buy products from businesses that give to charity.
We assembled a list of ideas that put the “fun” in fundraising. So choose a great cause, some cool fundraising swag, and one of these fundraisers to do some good.
Blow up several balloons and write down prizes on slips of paper—things like a candy bar, car wash, or even the opportunity to dress casually for a day. Put the slips of paper in the balloons. Employees who make a donation get to pop a balloon and win the prize listed inside.
As an added incentive, make sure at least one balloon has a major prize in it, like a vacation day or high-end fundraising swag, like the Covert True Wireless Ear Buds with Charging Case.
Guess the number
This classic game is easy to set up and offers a fun way for staff to compete with each other while raising funds. Get a jar filled with treats—like a Sweeten Up Candy Jar – Gourmet Jelly Beans. Employees make a small donation to guess the number of candies in the jar.
The person with the closest guess wins bragging rights, plus a jar of candy.
Who doesn’t love an adorable puppy or a cute kitten? Ask the local animal shelter to bring adoptable dogs and cats to the office and encourage employees to make a donation for the opportunity to pet, walk or treat them. At the end of the day, the funds raised are given to the animal shelter.
For people who want a keepsake, give a fundraising promotional item, like a Cats & Dogs Soft Keychain, to anyone who donates a predetermined amount.
If the event goes well, consider partnering with the shelter on future fundraisers. After all, studies have shown that 90 percent of employers feel their brand is enhanced by partnering with a reputable nonprofit organization.
Mini golf course
You don’t need the best golfers in the world to do some good. It’s likely you have a few linksters on staff who enjoy a good round of mini golf and raising money for a worthwhile cause.
Ask staff members to set up a few in-office holes and charge a small fee for the opportunity to play through.
To help raise even more funds, let people donate a little extra money for the chance to win a raffle—this Desk Caddy Set makes a great prize.
One of the simplest ways to raise funds for charity is with a change challenge. Place Box Banks in every department. All donations collected over the next month will go directly to the cause of your choice.
As a fun competitive incentive, offer fundraising promotional items—like Pocket Piggy Coin Holders—to everyone in the department that raises the most funds.
A little giving goes a long way
Giving is a win-win-win for your employees, your business and the charity of your choice. With a great cause, “fun”draisers and fundraising swag, you and your employees can start making the world a better place.