Christmas is the season of good will, and this is one of the reasons why December is a fantastic time to raise money for charity, whether it is simple fun and games within the office or a black tie charity ball.
As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, every donation makes a difference, so we’ve come up with some Christmas fundraising ideas which you can use whether you budget is big or small.
- Christmas Bake Off – Donations in return for coconut snow balls? Yes please! You can consider holding a Christmas-style bake off where everyone must bring in a Christmas themed dish. This could mean mince pies, a full blown ginger bread mansion, or cupcakes topped with marshmallow snow men. Make sure you are aware of any allergies and then get creative!
- Ugly Christmas Jumper Day – Think of Ron Weasley/Harry Potter vibes. As the seasons go, winter is usually chillier than the rest of the year, so ask the office to pay their way in order to wear their woollies. Everyone can vote for the worst Xmas knits, and perhaps the winner gets a Stein from your local Xmas market on the house? You can decide the prize.
- Hold a Christmas Fundraising Party – Why not hold a Christmas party that is aimed around fundraising? Part or all of the ticket sales could go towards your company charity and what’s better than getting the team together at Christmas to spread some goodwill and give you all those do good, feel good vibes.
- Food Bank Donation – If the bake off and ugly jumper ideas don’t get the response you were looking for, a donation to your local food bank can help feed the less fortunate over the winter months. This requires slightly less effort, but perhaps people will donate a little more for being allowed to opt out of that itchy mohair number?
- Operation Christmas Child – This can double up as a bit of team bonding or you can build a box online from the comfort of your office chair. Money and time well spent! Follow the link for more information: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
- Christmas Raffle – Get everyone involved at the office Christmas ‘do and ask for different departments to donate prizes. Perhaps it could include sought-after training from an experienced key member of staff? Cinema tickets or a coffee shop gift-card will suffice, but prizes can be as basic or as extravagant as you like.
- Advent Calendar Auction – Send round an email or put a poster on the office notice board listing the different prizes that are up for grabs. People can bid on different days of advent but won’t know which prizes are assigned to each day. The highest bidder wins the prize, whilst all bids are donated to a worthy cause.
- Secret Santa – Do you really need another pair of knitted socks? Put a spin on the good old Secret Santa and ask everyone to donate to their charity of choice on behalf of someone else within the office. Everyone then writes a Christmas card stating which charity their donation has been made to, and this is given to your Secret Santa recipient. You can decide as an office what your budget will be to ensure everyone can make a contribution.
- How many…? – Another take on a classic sweetie jar fund raiser. You can use baubles to fill a stocking and colleagues can guess how many are in there. Set a minimum donation for entries and decide on a suitable prize. All the entry money is donated to a chosen charity!
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