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Fundraising ideas to unite your team

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When it comes to team building in the workplace, nothing brings colleagues closer than uniting behind a shared cause. With the right activity, you’ll boost morale, increase productivity and raise funds for a good cause. All in a day’s work.

To help get you started, we’ve laid out the process of organising some top-class team building and given you a few ideas of how to get everyone on-board.

Why fundraising is the best form of corporate teambuilding

Doing good makes people feel good. Don’t just take our word for it – this has been backed up by neuroscience. The generosity of a good deed activates the pleasure centres in our brain.

And when people feel good, it makes them work better together. Plus, you get to see tangible returns on your investment in the team, as your fundraising total climbs.

Step 1: Choose your charity

If you don’t already have a Charity of the Year, discovering which causes your colleagues hold dear is a great way to get to know them better. And a better-connected team makes for a happier, more dynamic workforce. Make sure everyone gets a chance to cast their vote for the charity.

Step 2: Choose your activity

You’ll get the best results if you choose an activity that suits the personalities in your team. Here are some ideas to get you started…

Ready, steady, fundraise

Got a team of fitness fanatics? Set them a sponsored challenge – from scaling a mountain to cycling from one end of the country to the other. The tougher the target, the bigger the potential for fundraising. Set a team target to keep competitive instincts under control, and they’ll bond all the way to the finish line.

Penalty pot

This one is for teams who don’t take themselves too seriously. Make a list of office ‘crimes’ – from eating smelly food to abusing the ‘reply all’ button. For a week or two, there is only rule: perpetrators must donate to your chosen charity every time they break the agreed rules.

Think carefully when choosing your crimes, and you’re sure to catch out more than a few members of the team, and boost team morale along the way.

Office vs. office

Some healthy competition unites people. Contact businesses in your area or office block and start a fundraising league. The competition: who can raise the most money for charity before deadline day?

The fundraising task at hand is up to you, but remember the best options are likely to be those that every member of the team can get involved with.

Outsource the admin

Keeping track of targets and pledged donations all takes time. Keep things simple – set up a fundraising page so your team can stick to their day jobs.

Go social

Sharing your fundraising story is excellent PR for your business – and also raises awareness of your chosen cause. Social media gives you access to millions of potential donations. It’s ideal for supercharging your fundraising. Just look at how one marathon runner raised £35,000 using social media to tell their story.

How can you make the most of it? Don’t just ask for donations – tell a story that communicates why this cause means so much to your team. Pair these with high quality images and you’re sure to get extra attention for your campaign.

All set?

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