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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.

Boston Bar Crawl fundraiser

Written by on August 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Faneuil Hall
Boston, MA

Join our Bar Crawl to help Bonnie's Believers. Your $20 donation gets you an MS wrist band, free appetizers, and ten raffle tickets — not to mention a great time!

At each bar we will hold a raffle for either prizes or a 50/50. You won't know what raffle will take place at what bar, so you need to be at all of them to get the best prizes!

We will depart from each bar at 10 minutes before the top of the hour to arrive on time at each stop. Also,if you can't make it from beginning to end, feel free to join us at any of the stops along the way!

This is an open event, so please invite your friends!

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!

Raffle your vacation days to raise funds

Written by on June 19, 2009 at 10:18 am

It's summertime, when you and your co-workers have vacations. Why not do both them and yourself a favor by extending their trip, in the name of MS Challenge Walk fundraising? It's easy — just raffle off one of your vacation days! If you don't mind giving up a paid day off, you may be able to transfer it to a co-worker. Of course, to be eligible, they need to buy raffle tickets in support of the NMSS.

Before you start soliciting your co-workers, be sure to get permission at your workplace. A suggestion: start just one rung up from your position in the company hierarchy. If your supervisor doesn't approve the idea, keep moving up, or talk to your human resources director. This is a better approach than starting at the top, because then if you get a no, there's nowhere left to go!

Once you have approval, you can start selling raffle tickets to your co-workers. After a week or so, have a public drawing by placing all the sold tickets into a hat or fishbowl and drawing one winner. Inform your supervisor (or HR) to allocate one of your paid days off to the holder of the winning ticket.

This is a great fundraiser because it shows creative thinking and requires almost no physical resources, yet the prize is something everyone wants. Good luck!

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.