Fundraising with a Costume “Contest”

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Traditionally, supporting HoHoTO has meant spreading the word, donating food, attending the event, or signing on as a sponsor. But the support – and fun – doesn’t have to end there.

If you’re looking for a fun, low-stress, and holiday themed way to fundraise for HoHoTO in your office, we’ve got you covered with this week’s fundraising idea: a costume contest.

Now, before you totally write off this idea as silly, this kind of costume contest might be a little different from the kind you’re used to seeing at Halloween.

First, pick a festive costume (like a full-on Santa suit, pillow belly and all!) and round up mangers who would be willing to wear the costume around the office for a full day in the name of charity.

Next, set up collection tins in your break room labelled with each participating manager’s name, and encourage employees to vote on which manager they want to see wear the costume by tossing cash into the tin. Whichever jar has the most money at the end of the week “wins” – and come Monday, the lucky “winner” will get to walk around in full-on festive garb for the duration of the work day. Be sure to also pin a sign to them to raise awareness about the event wherever they go – for example, “I’m wearing this outfit to support HoHoTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank!”

PS – If you run a fundraiser like this in your office, we’d LOVE to see the photos!

 

Another way to give: Pay for your potty mouth!

After you’ve bought your tickets or chosen to sponsor HoHoTO, there are still ways to bring more money to Daily Bread Food Bank. How about a swear jar? Here’s what to do.

1. Make the rules. Maybe it’s swearing, or maybe you have special words in your workplace that you’re not “allowed” to use – or maybe, you can pick the most common industry jargon and charge people for saying it, if you want to make lots of cash! You can assign monetary values, or make it pay-what-you-wish. You know your colleagues best.

2. Get a jar, or box, or container with a hole in the top! Label or decorate it, or make a big sign for wherever you plan to place it. Post the rules.

3. In some workplaces, the powers that be may appreciate your asking permission, so please do.

4. Be strict! Make people cough up. Let them know that the money is going straight to Daily Bread!

5. Bring the money with you to HoHoTO on December 19th. Bask in the glow of feeding people in need.

 

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Photo courtesy of Wendy Koslow