Did you know that in 2017, 25% of individuals in the U.S. volunteered in charitable activities? Together with other businesses and foundations, they contributed and donated $410.02 billion!
Awesome, right? But that’s not all. In 2018, total charitable giving went up to a whopping $424.74 billion!
All these tell us how giving towards charity remain in the mind of many Americans. After all, these good causes go toward helping humans, animals, and the environment. Some also specifically benefit the education, health, or humanities sectors.
Now, you don’t need to be a big foundation to hold a charity event within your very own business. Yes, these activities need careful planning, but with the right idea, you can raise a good sum for your cause!
To make things even easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best event ideas that would hype up everyone on your team. Keep reading so that you can get your planning started ASAP!
1. A “Biggest Loser” Type of Challenge
More and more Americans are now taking part in some type of physical activity.
The proof? Participation in all types of physical activities went up from 2013 to 2018! Fitness sports have had the largest increase of 5.9%, from 60.01% in 2013 to 66% in 2018.
That shows us how folks in the U.S. are now more concerned than ever about their health. Especially those who sit for long periods of time, as they are at risk of the “sitting disease”.
That makes a personal fitness challenge one of the most effective charity events to hold. Everyone wants to be healthy and fit, but not everyone manages to stick to their goals. But if there’s a good cause behind it — plus an incentive — people are more likely to remain motivated.
2. A Sports Charity Event
Sporting events are also great charity fundraising ideas because even non-players can contribute. Just consider that almost two-thirds of U.S. adults say they are fans of Olympic sports. 57% also report being fans of pro football.
Either way, a sporting event that draws in a large crowd can help you reach your target amount for the charity. Players can pay or donate to join, while the audience can also pay for admission. You can also get local businesses to donate by giving them a mention during the program.
3. A Donation-for-a-Chore Event
These charity event ideas are a hit since there will always be people — and organizations — that need to get a chore done. Plus, they’re easy since you can start off with simple chores, such as a clean-up. And there’s no other better place to start than with your team itself!
For example, ask each of your members to specify a “chore” that they need help with. This can be weeding the garden, painting the home exterior, or other easy DIY home projects. Instead of hiring someone else to do it, the entire team will chip in to get it done.
The money that would have otherwise gone to hired help could then go straight to your charity funds. Or, depending on the “difficulty” level of the chore, an agreed-upon portion of the cost.
Either way, this is sure to help you raise funds quickly since everyone benefits. After all, each of your team members will get help with their project while also cutting their costs.
4. Community Chores
You can also offer to do simple chores for the local businesses in your community. Some ideas include snow or fall leaf clean up and office supply pickup or delivery. You may even offer to do what you specialize in, like accounting or IT, for a day at their business.
In exchange for doing these chores, they’ll donate to your charitable event. This can be monetary or items related to the goals of your fundraiser. And, if you do a great job, ask them to “recommend” you and your team to others who may also need help.
5. A Spread-the-Love Kind of Event
Want to do something for people in less fortunate cities, maybe even those abroad? Then consider an around-the-world sharing or donating project! This is a great idea for items or objects, say school supplies, that are easy to ship.
For instance, you can ask your team members to pack up a goody basket. This can contain books they really like and school supplies like notebooks and pens.
Before shipping the package, ask them to insert a note that contains a heartfelt message. A signed compassion card that has words of encouragement is also a good idea. Here’s a post where you can discover more about how compassion cards work.
6. A Cook (or Bake) Off
Did you know that 82% of meals that folks in the U.S. feast on are homemade? That shows how Americans are now eating more at home, having prepared their own meals! This may also mean that many of your team members have upped their cooking game.
Take advantage of this by holding a cook-off or bake-off, the proceeds of which will go towards charity. For instance, you can have the participating teams or individuals pay a small amount to enter. Attendees will also pay an admittance fee, and of course, buy the delish treats they want to snack on or take home.
7. Video Gaming for a Cause
This would no doubt be a hit, considering that 150 million Americans play video games. The players would register for a fee and audience will also pay for admittance.
Also, you can ask each of your team members to donate at least one video game. You can use two of these for the winner’s prize, and be sure the winner also gets bragging rights. You can then sell off the rest of the donated titles to increase your charity funds.
Start Planning Your Charitable Event Now
There you have it, some of the best ideas for a charity event that your entire team would love. Plus, they’re easy and are sure to raise a good amount of money for your cause. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, but it would definitely be better if it came with quite a lot to count.
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