Fundraising Ideas
And Successful Year-Round Involvement
Appreciation/Compliment Grams
Design notes of thanks or congratulations for
co-workers to buy and send to each other.
Balloon Grams
Sell balloons with notes of recognition inside and
deliver to co-workers.
Spare Change Jars
Place empty jars near vending machines or gathering
places. Ask employees to deposit spare change
throughout the year for United Way. This can be a
competition between departments to see who collects
the most change in a time frame.
White Elephant Sale
Employees donate odd items for sale. Co-workers
should have the opportunity to buy items and stipulate
in whose workspace these items should be displayed.
Set a time frame for which objects must stay in that
Entertainment Drive
Employees donate new or slightly used books, videos,
DVDs, board games, puzzles, etc. and hold a sale to
benefit United Way.
Dress Down Day
Employees pay to not wear “normal” work attire. Get as
causal as needed: jeans, tennis shoes, sports apparel,
hats, slippers, etc. Contact your Account Manager for
stickers that say “I Dress This Way for United Way” and
distribute to participating employees.
Guess the Number
Fill a clear jar with candy and have employees pay for a
chance to guess the number of pieces in the jar. The
most accurate guess wins the candy or another prize.
Penny Wars
Divide the office by department and have a money jar
assigned to each. Members of each department deposit
pennies, nickels and dimes into their own jar and place
quarters or “green” into the jars of other departments.
Pennies count as positive while quarters and “green”
are negative. The department with the highest positive
number wins a lunch provided by the company.
Charge Late Fees
Employees who arrive late for meetings, or any other
tardiness, pay a fee to be donated to United Way.
Purchase Bingo cards and distribute to employees.
Every day, email a bingo number to all participants.
The first one to reply with “BINGO” wins. The Bingo
game continues until all prizes are distributed.
Guess the Baby Picture
Employees bring their baby pictures to work and post
the photos a few days prior to the event. Contestants
pay to enter contest and pay to match employees to
their baby pictures. The employee with the highest
number of correct matches wins a prize.
Lunch Box Auction
Employees create gourmet lunches to be auctioned off
to the highest bidder. Give prizes for the most creative,
nutritious, elegant or clever meals.
Bake Sale
Employees buy employee-donated baked goods with
donations benefiting United Way.
Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes
Have a wide variety of sundae toppings (nuts, fruit,
cookies, gummy bears, crushed candy bars, whipped
cream, cherries etc.) available for employees to build
their own sundaes.
Ice Cream Cart
On a hot day, visit employees cubicles and offices
selling popsicles, ice cream sandwiches and other cold
snacks. Donate proceeds to United Way.
Peanuts, Get Your Peanuts!
Decorate a push cart with a sports theme. Stock the
cart with individual bags of salted peanuts, chips, hot
dogs, soda and all necessary condiments. Visit
cubicles and sell items. This is a great way to kickoff
any sports season.
Post a sign-up sheet for employees to bring entrées,
salads and desserts to ensure a variety of foods.
Decorate the room with a theme. Adjust entry fees for
those who bring an item.
Tailgate Party
Hold a pay-per-plate cookout during lunch. Cook brats,
burgers and hot dogs with condiments. Have chips,
pretzels, soda and other tailgating items.
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