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Charity fundraising ideas for the workplace

Get your workmates smiling with our workplace fundraising ideas

Raise money with your colleagues

Boosting team morale. Breathing life into quiet days. Breaking down departmental barriers. Fundraising in the workplace never fails to raise a company-wide smile – not to mention a whole lot of money for a good cause.

If you love the thought of organising something fun for your colleagues but don’t know where to start, check out our round-up of charity fundraising ideas for the workplace.

High effort

A charity cook-off

Simplicity is key here. Think foods that can be compared easily: chilli, lasagne, pies. Or opt for something sweet: cookies, brownies, cupcakes. You could even set up an office bake-off, with a round held every week. Just remember to find out if anyone has allergies before you get stuck in.

Why it’s a winner:  It involves food. Need we say more?

A fun run

Runners, walkers, joggers, skippers – however people want to get from A to B is up to them – the main thing is the taking part, and raising some funds.

Why it’s a winner:  It’ll hook competitive types. Every workplace has them.

Medium effort

Quiz night

This is particularly great for bigger workplaces. Set up teams, write some questions and hire a room in your local pub (or use a meeting room if you’re best friends with the office cleaning team).

Why it’s a winner:  It can be tailored for maximum effect. Add in fun questions about people on the team, or offer work-based prizes that won’t break the bank – an extra tea break, for example. Or an early Friday finish.

Lunchtime fitness session

Whether someone has yoga skills they’d be willing to share, or you show your favourite fitness influencer’s latest clip up on a big screen, a half hour exercise session can be fun, energy-boosting, and team-building.

Why it’s a winner:  Visiting somewhere other than the coffee shop at lunchtime makes for a refreshing change. If you can raise a little money at the same time: bonus.

Minimal effort

Dress down or themed fancy dress day

Is that really Norman without his trademark knitted tie? If your workplace usually has a strict dress code or uniform that the boss won’t mind you shunning for one day, your colleagues will be all over this one.

Why it’s a winner:  Absolutely everyone can get involved, with no effort.

Silent disco

This is hilarious, and oh-so simple. Ask people to bring their own means of playing music, and some headphones. Then, just add a disco ball, some dodgy dance moves and a great sense of humour.

Why it’s a winner:  It’s a disco. In your workplace. What’s not to love?

How to get started

It all begins with setting up a fundraising page. Participants must make a donation before they take part – it’s that simple!

Take things company-wide

Create a central fundraising hub branded with your company logo, without spending a penny. Build buzz-generating leader boards with our APIs. Support a charity of the year. Partner with us to scale-up your business fundraising, and start changing the world.

To get started, email us at businessteam@virginmoneygiving.com

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