Ideas for workplace fundraising

Written by on February 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

For those who read my first blog post on the subject, you'll know that I am trying to uncover a little information and guidance about how to solicit donations from colleagues at my new job.

While every work culture is different, I plan to selectively solicit new professional colleagues with whom I have already developed a bond. I'm not gearing up to email the entire department asking for money. They work in fundraising already, and at least half of the recipients wouldn't know me from a hole in the wall. But I'll create a list of 15–25 employees with whom I can correspond with confidence that they will donate. My stretch goal then will be to have others hear about what I'm doing at the MS Challenge Walk and want to donate because they have been touched in some way by MS.

As part of my research, I have uncovered several resources. I don't know if these are practical for me in the first year of my new work, but they are great ideas that I wish to share. There are some really cool workplace party ideas here that could easily be a fundraising. eHow provides some basic charity fundraising ideas for the workplace. There is good money to be made with ten fun and great fundraising ideas for your workplace. And if that's not enough, here are one hundred fundraising ideas at work.

Could you envision your workplace doing any of these? If so, start making them happen!

Todd, formerly the Director of Development for the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is now the the Regional Director of FAS Capital Giving at Harvard University. In addition to reading his blog posts, you can also find Todd on Twitter.

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jeanie green says:

    If someone writes a check for donation do they make it out to Ms or the person on the team . to deposit in their account to make on line. and how do they get credit for that on taxes

    • Jeanie,
      Great question! Please make all checks out to the National MS Society, and place the team members name on the memo line who will be recieving credit for the donation. Those checks can be handed directly to the team member, who will then hand them to NMSS staff members the morning of the walk. Once the check is received by the Society, the donor will receive a thank you letter to be used for tax purposes. If you have any additional questions, please contact me and I would be happy to help!

      Thanks for your support!
      Aileen