Summer FUNdraising Ideas for your Professional Team
MRSB Credit Manager Alana Chandler on how you can bring a little more sunshine into the lives of your team – and a local charity – this summer
Summer is a time of cold drinks on hot sand, swimming in the blue ocean and camping out under the stars…unless you’re sitting at your desk in front of a computer, that is.
It can be hard to feel motivated at work when, just outside your double paned office windows, tourists are eating ice cream and locals are enjoying their first heady days of vacation. Why not kickstart your team’s summer fun factor with a charitable activity that gets you outside for a breath of fresh air?
You don’t need to be a manager to get these summer FUNdraising ideas rolling; they just take a couple hours of planning and a worthwhile cause:
Break out the mats and cotton tights and invite a group of colleagues to downward-facing-dog their way to fundraising success. Hit the local park for maximum exposure, put up a couple of signs and ask passersby (or family and friends in advance) to sponsor 10 minutes of yoga for a dollar, or an hour for $5. The brighter your clothing and the bigger the group, the more attention you’ll attract.
Hot Tip: This idea also works with aerobics, net sports or spinning!
Arts & Crafts Sale
Pay for a booth at an outdoor craft fair or artisan market and let your staff’s inner artistry shine. This one takes a few weeks of prep to make sure you get enough donated items together to sell, but you will have both the pleasure of managing your sale as a team and the thrill of selling your own hand-crafted wares. Win-win!
Hot Tip: Framed photographs, knitted or crocheted baby items, jarred jams or preserves and woodworking are all attractive yet doable items for this type of event
You undoubtedly work with someone who knows a farmer, or has one for a neighbor. Use your selling skills to sweet talk him or her into letting you borrow their barn for a shindig. Sell tickets in advance for $5 or $10, decorate the place with fairy lights and flowers and either recruit some local musicians or just fill someone’s iPod with country-tinged tunes. A late night of dancing in the hay will ensue – just make sure no one spikes the punch with homemade moonshine!
Hot Tip: Your local community centre or church hall will work just as well in a pinch
Ice Cream Stand
Dip into your petty cash drawer and buy a few big tubs of ice cream in different flavours and fill a large cooler with ice. Ask staff to take turns selling at a buck or two per scoop to sidewalk-weary pedestrians.
Hot Tip: Have both wafer cones and paper cups on hand so parents can easily buy for their little ones as well as themselves
Attack your local beach or park with rubber gloves and garbage bags. This is a great one for large teams as a bunch of you can take part at once. Request sponsorships, or speak to local council and ask if they’d be willing to make a one-time donation for your services. You’ll not only be raising money for your charity of choice, but giving your local green space a good scrubbing.
Hot Tip: Come prepared with bug spray, extra gloves and water bottles to make sure your team is as comfortable and cool as possible
So there you have it – five fundraising ideas to get your team away from their desk and enjoying the sun this summer. Tweet us your favourite #summerFUNdraising idea, or a past success @MRSB_Group. Enjoy the season!