I have been in charge of charitable giving at our company, NJ MET for more than 20 years. At our company, like many others, charitable giving is part direct contributions from the company and part employee fundraising. Our employees are incredibly supportive of our fund raising efforts. Still, it takes some creativity to keep the staff enthusiastic.
Most of NJMET’s charitable events each year are repeats – we know the work, they take less effort and our staff looks forward to them. It is important to mix in some new ideas as well, to add a little excitement to the program.
The internet is a great source of ideas for charitable events. Many corporations and the recipient non-profit organizations list their events on their website. Some even provide a list of corporate fundraising ideas. Here is a link to an interesting list of ideas for how corporations can help non-profits, some of which are very creative. It is from a hospital in Great Britain but most of the ideas can be modified for other countries and other charities.