How to use Fundraising at Work: Marathons, Marriages, Bake Offs and Births

People who are passionate about raising money for a cause or charity they care about often bring fundraising into the workplace, whether it is through planning activities or gathering support. We’ve all been there when our colleagues have appeared at our desks shaking a bucket or asking for cash in an envelope for a fundraiser they are doing.

With Fundraising at Work, there is no need. It allows employees to support each other’s fundraising efforts online, straight from their wages, pre-tax. No more awkward conversation when you’ve run out of cash, no more money collections round the office, just easy, secure online donations. And employers have the opportunity to double their employee’s donations.

There is also the option of donating online for those friends and family who don’t have workplace giving, but still want to show their support.

Step 1: Maximise your fundraising efforts

First things first, you need to decide on a fundraising activity. These are broken down into three different types. What you choose is dependent on the occasion or activity you are carrying out.

Headline Events

These are the events you see popping up on your Facebook feed, advertised on television and splashed all over Instagram. They are major events in their own right and often bring together a huge number of fundraisers, all running, swimming, cycling, shaving, or sweating it out for charity. Here’s a few headline events which might speak to your sporty side.

  • Melanoma March
    Various dates in March all over Australia
  • Brisbane Marathon
    6 August, Brisbane
  • RunWest
    31 March, Sydney

DIY Events

DIY events enable you to celebrate or recognise special occasions, or set up individual events, which you want to raise money for. Are you planning a wedding, but don’t want to receive 20 toasters? Are you planning to cycle to Darwin to raise money? Do you want to continue your Grandfather’s legacy by collecting donations for his favourite charity? Here are some ideas for DIY events that you may want to create.

  • It’s my Birthday! Celebrate with me.
  • I’m taking on a Personal Challenge.
  • We’re getting Married!
  • I’m Cycling for a Cause!
  • I’m Swimming for a Cause!
  • In Memory of a Loved One.

Third Party Events

Third party events tend to be specific events set up by an external party, such as your employer.

Step 2: Team effort?

Your next decision to make is whether you are carrying out your chosen fundraising activity alone or with a team? Bear in mind that your workplace donations may increase if you have other colleagues on your teams.

If your company is running its own event, this is a decision you may not need to worry about.

Step 3: Choosing a Charity

There are over 2000 charities to choose from on the Fundraising at Work platform covering a number of cause areas including:

  • Animals
  • Children and Young People
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Indigenous
  • Overseas Aid and Development
  • Medical Research

Step 4: Target Practice

Setting yourself a target amount that appears on your fundraising page can be useful, not only to keep you motivated, but to encourage your employees and loved ones to donate that little bit more. It might even encourage your employer to double your donations.

Step 5: Drive those donations

Once you are all set up, you are ready to start Fundraising at Work! Get sharing amongst your colleagues, family and friends and see how much you can raise.

As already mentioned, one of the key wins about Fundraising at Work is that your employer can choose to match your colleague’s donations. That impact could be huge for your charity. So, make sure you let your employer know what you are planning.

Click here to find out more about Fundraising at Work and click here to see upcoming Fundraising at Work events. If your company does not offer Fundraising at Work, but it is something you would like to have, chat to your CSR Manager or HR department and ask them to contact us here to arrange a demo.