In business, you often find that you have a lot of responsibilities to cover off. Not only do you need to make sure that your day to day operations are running well and that your customers are happy, but you’re also responsible for turning a profit year after year. Sometimes, that can feel like enough to be dealing with however it very rarely is. There are always things that you need to be thinking of and covering off and making sure that you take care of. They can often be in your businesses best interest as well as the interest of your customers, target audience, and even your stakeholders.
One of these things that you should always be thinking of is your Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR. No matter how big or small your company is, or how long you’ve been established, making sure that your business doesn’t impact its immediate environment and your local community in a bad way, but adds to it instead, is the right thing to do.
Fundraising for charity is a great way for your business to be able to do that, it’s also important too. When you raise money for charity, your business is doing its bit, but you’re also helping to raise awareness of your business and boost your employee engagement. So if you want to start raising more money for charity in fun and interesting ways, here are a few ideas.
During the fundraising process, you’re going to want to make sure that your employees can get involved. Not only is it going to be fun for them to be included, but it can also mean that you get a lot more manpower too. One of the ways this works is with a bake sale. Your employees can all make their favorite baked goods and bring them into work to sell. Or, you could open a stall at an event or outside of your business if you have the footfall and sell the baked goods to the public.
Then there’s always the classic idea of hosting a charity auction. Now, you could do this in two ways. Firstly, you may want to host some kind of raffle at work, where your employees can win prizes. Or, you may want to hold a gala event to do the auction at. If so, you’re going to want to make sure you get some incredible items to encourage higher bids and donations.
Sometimes, it can be fun to raise money for charity by doing something outrageous. Waxing is definitely one of the ideas that fall into that category. You as a business owner could offer to have your legs or arms or even eyebrows waxed for charity, and get other staff members involved too.
Raising money is often successful when people get to purchase something or have a memento of their donation. That is certainly the case when it comes to brick fundraising. You could look into brick for profit ideas so that you not only have a healthy sum to donate but have a memory too. Building a new wall or part of the building or even your reception area could be a great way to raise money as your donors buy their engraved bricks.
Then there’s always games nights. Hosting a gaming night can be a lot of fun for the entire business, and great for staff morale. To raise money, you could charge per game played or even for tickets to the evening if you’re going to make it into a formal affair. Whether you do board games or a Vegas night, it will be a fun fundraising effort for sure.
Spin-a-thon’s can be a lot of fun for everyone involved. Yes, they can be tough when you have to go fast or ride for a long period, but that’s part of the fun. You’re going to get a lot more sponsorship money and donations if people know you’ve got a tough gig coming up. You could bring spin bikes into the office or all head to a gym to do it too.
And you always have that high schooler classic way to raise money for charity of hosting a car wash. It could also be a great way to get your customers involved in the fundraising process too. By turning your parking lot into a car wash, your staff can both get involved and donate, and your customers or passers-by will be able to do their bit for a good cause too.
Miniature Golf Tournament
Then there’s always the sporty ways to raise money. Sporting events can be a lot of fun and a great way to get a lot of people involved in the fundraising process. A fun way to do both would be to host a miniature golf tournament. Not only can everyone get dressed up and get crazy, but you can raise money in a range of different ways, like charging an entry way or even getting other businesses to sponsor the uniforms.
Or maybe you’d all like to do a charity run? These can be a lot of fun. Whether you decide to do an obstacle course, a color run, or even a crazy mud run, it can be a great day out for all of your staff, friends, family, and anyone involved. You can raise money through sponsorship and entry, and even serving refreshments on the day to spectators. You may also find that you can use something like this in your marketing, and show off the fun you had to your customers.
Finally, you may also want to think about the kinds of charity sports matches you can fund raise with. A soccer, basketball or baseball match with your staff or even roping in local celebrities or public figures could be a really fun way to raise money. You may also get a lot of the general public involved too, which is another great way to raise sponsorship and donations.