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                                                                               Employees who arrive late for meetings pay a nominal fee
¨   Balloon or Candy Gram                                                     of 25 or 50 cents each meeting in a jar for the campaign.

                                                                        ¨     Lunch Box Auction
     Sell and deliver candy or balloons with attached notes
     between employees. Employees get affirmation and the
     office gets decorated with colorful balloons or people get                Employees supply lunches to be auctioned, with
     to have candy!                                                            encouragement to CEO and management staff to help
                                                                               provide them. You can also give prizes for the most
¨   Casual Days                                                               creative, nutritional, elegant, and humorous lunches. A
                                                                               speaker from a United Way-funded agency that operates a
                                                                               food pantry can also be there.
     Sell casual day badges allowing employees to dress
     casually on certain days. Employees can purchase the               ¨     Parking Spaces
     badges for $5 (or other amount) each. Your office can hold
     themed casual days as well.
                                                                               For each person who participates or gives at a certain
¨   CEO Car Wash                                                              level, their name can be put in a drawing for a prime
                                                                               parking space, where they can park for a week.
     Employees donate $5 (or other amount) to have their car            ¨     Paid Days Off
     washed during their lunch break by their boss.
     Management can donate car wash supplies.
                                                                               Through human resources or similar department,
¨   Dollar Per Inch                                                           employees can have their name entered into a drawing to
                                                                               receive whole or half days of paid time off for giving to the
                                                                               United Way campaign. Allow time for approval.
     Employees pay to cut one inch off their favorite executive
     tie each time they give to the community. Executives               ¨     Picture Match Game
     participate in an all-day competition to end the day with
     the shortest tie.
                                                                               Invite employees to try their luck matching baby and/or
¨   Executive Auction                                                         pet pictures of management on a PowerPoint slideshow
                                                                               or other display. Award the staff member with the most
     Get the executive staff to donate one hour of their day to                correct answers a fun incentive (e.g. gift certificate, gift
     your campaign and auction off each executive to the                       basket, “VIP” parking, etc.). Employees can be charged
     highest bidding employee. The executives then must take                   $5 (or other amount) per ballot.
     over their employee’s job for one hour.
                                                                        ¨     Raffles
¨   Half & Half Raffle
                                                                               Raffle off gift certificates, company mugs/T-shirts,
     Employees each donate a dollar to be kept in a plastic                    parking spaces, vacation days, etc. The sky is the limit!
     container. Hold a drawing where the worker receives half
     the funds in the container and your United Way campaign            ¨     Silent Auction
     receives the other half.
                                                                               Staff can bid silently on items such as longer lunch hours,
¨   Jeans Day                                                                 “VIP” parking spots, casual days, extra vacation days,
                                                                               etc. Have employees donate items to auction off.
     Each employee who participates or gives at a certain level
     is entitled to wear jeans on the day of their choice. They
     can earn extra days for adding on to their donation.

¨   Late Meeting Fee

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¨   Workplace Battle                                                            for the singer or singing group of their choice. The person
                                                                                 or group that attracts the most votes will sing a song in
     Have offices, departments, or staff teams compete                           front of an audience.
     against each other to see who can have the highest                   ¨     Casino Night
     participation rate or greatest donation amount raised for
     an incentive such as a free pizza lunch, after-work mixer,                  How can you have a successful Casino Night? Set up a few
     gift certificates, etc. Use the United Way campaign                         gaming tables, a bingo table, a snack table, and invite
     thermometers to judge the progress of the teams, and                        employees and their families to donate to the campaign
     announce the winner at the campaign wrap-up meeting.                        to participate. Have local businesses donate prizes.

                                                                          ¨     Comedy Hour
IDEAS                                                                            Ask a local comedian or improv group to donate their
                                                                                 services over the lunch hour. Or have comedians within
¨   Be an Everyday Superhero                                                    your company get up for a show. Have employees buy
                                                                                 tickets to attend.
     Employees dress as heroes (Batman, Superman,                         ¨     [Company’s] Funniest Office Video Contests
     Spiderman, etc.) to promote being a hero within the
     community. On their cape or the back of their shirt, have
                                                                                 Invite employees to create their own “work” home videos.
     employees pin a piece of paper describing how they make
                                                                                 Charge an entry fee at a viewing party; offer a prize.
     a difference in the community. A prize goes to the best-
     dressed. For a creative twist, serve hero sandwiches for             ¨     Lights! Camera! Action!

¨   Agency Tours and Speakers                                                   Have employees dress up as their favorite characters from
                                                                                 movies or TV shows. Act out a plot that involves United
                                                                                 Way or helping the community. Incorporate movie plots or
     Have a United Way agency ambassador speak at your
                                                                                 famous lines into flyers and e-mails. Raffle off movie
     kickoff events or other campaign activities. Also arrange
                                                                                 tickets, DVDs, and movie rental gift cards.
     for a tour of one of our agencies to get a look at the
     United Way’s impact on the community.                                ¨     Reality Show Campaign
¨   Lunch and Learns
                                                                                 Get "real" with your employees and conduct your
                                                                                 campaign with a theme centered on the reality TV shows
     One of the best ways to raise awareness of the United
                                                                                 that have taken over the world! Hold daily activities with a
     Way’s work within the community and how we advance
                                                                                 tie to the popular reality shows (e.g. “The Amazing Race”
     the common good is through having one or a series of
                                                                                 agency tour, “Top Chef” cooking contest, “Weakest Link’
     Lunch and Learns for staff. Lunch and Learns are
                                                                                 putt-putt challenge, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
     composed of a speaker from a United Way agency talking
     about their work in central Ohio. They can also be
     continued throughout the year to keep staff engaged in               ¨     Tune into the Community
     the community outside of the campaign. Set one or a few
     up with your Relationship Manager!
                                                                                 Music is a great way to get everyone moving to the United
                                                                                 Way beat. Rent or borrow a karaoke machine and hold a
                                                                                 karaoke kick-off party. Have participants and volunteers
ENTERTAINMENT THEME EVENT                                                        dress up as their favorite musicians. Sell employees’ old
IDEAS                                                                            CDs or raffle off stereos, iPod Shuffles, iTunes gift cards,
                                                                                 or CDs. Hold a musical talent show complete with
¨   “American Idol” Contest                                                     revamped songs with lyrics about the United Way.

     Employees hold an “American Idol”-type contest, based
     on the hit TV show. Employees make a donation to vote

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FESTIVAL THEME EVENT IDEAS                                                      cafeteria. Don’t forget bacon, sausage, syrup, butter etc.
                                                                                Each department can donate an item. The proceeds will
                                                                                go to United Way.
¨   Carnival and Talent Show
                                                                         ¨     Wine Tasting
     Hold a carnival and talent show to kick off your United
     Way campaign. As a part of the program, have executives                    Hold a wine tasting and select five wines to be rated. All
     perform songs with lyrics to fit United Way’s work. Have                   employees and their spouses/guests in attendance are
     an executive dunking booth, giving employees the chance                    given rating sheets. Special drawings are also held for
     to dunk their boss, or create a pie-throwing game with a                   contributors to the United Way campaign throughout the
     similar setup. Employees can participate in traditional                    week. The larger the contribution the more chances for
     carnival games such as the ring/beanbag toss and ducky                     prizes.
     races. The finale event is the Mr./Mrs. United Way
     Pageant where divisions nominate a contestant to
     compete in the pageant. Each pageant contestant must
     educate the audience about one United Way agency
                                                                         SPORTS THEME EVENT IDEAS
     during the talent competition.
                                                                         ¨     “Breakfast of Champions”
¨   Mardi Gras
                                                                                Decorate with athletic gear, flags and banners. Company
     Everyone loves a party so why not model your campaign                      departments become teams, campaign progress is
     after the biggest party in the world- Mardi Gras! Invite a                 marked by moving teams across a playing field poster
     jazz band to play at your kick-off event. Hold a parade                    towards goal, campaign chair or CEO "coach" gives a pep
     float contest, with departments decorating shoeboxes as                    talk at a kickoff "Breakfast of Champions" where
     floats. Sell bead-o-grams (beads with thoughtful                           Wheaties is served.
     messages attached). Host a Cajun potluck as your thank-
                                                                         ¨     Executive Rolling Chair or Tricycle Races

                                                                                Set up a relay course for executives to go through either
FOOD THEME EVENT IDEAS                                                          sitting in rolling chairs or on tricycles. Let observers “bet”
                                                                                on their favorite contestants.
¨   Ice Cream Social
                                                                         ¨     Mini-Indy 500

     Set up an ice cream bar with a variety of favorite
                                                                                Rent or borrow remote controlled cars and set up an “Indy
     toppings. Charge employees by the scoop.
                                                                                500” race. Use office supplies to decorate the track.
¨   Lunch Box Auction                                                          Teams can be sponsored to compete. Spectators can
                                                                                place “bets” on the winner.
     Have employees create gourmet lunches to be auctioned               ¨     Office Olympics
     off to the highest bidder. Give prizes for the most
     creative, nutritious, elegant, or humorous meals.                          The perfect fundraiser along with this year’s summer
                                                                                Olympics! Teams (by department or random) are formed
¨   Taste of [Company Name]                                                    throughout the office and must pay an entry fee ($25 per
                                                                                team or other amount). Teams will participate in events
     Create a "Taste of Ohio" event. Invite local restaurants in                over lunch or after work such as paper airplane flying,
     the area (or even your own employees) to set up their best                 trashcan basketball, darts, and/or relays (three-legged
     dishes for employees to purchase and sample in order to                    race, potato sack race, egg-on-a-spoon race, etc.). Give
     raise funds for your campaign.                                             medals or small trophies to the top teams. Invite United
                                                                                Way speakers to talk about cultures throughout Ohio.
¨   Waffle/Pancake Breakfast                                                   Organize an international potluck luncheon where
                                                                                employees bring their favorite ethnic dishes and
     Sell tickets and have people sign-up for their choice of                   showcase music from around the world.
     pancakes or waffles. Cook breakfast in your company

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¨   Playing the Field
                                                                                Relive the glory years of school (without all the
     Use baseball, basketball, football, golf or hockey themes.                 homework). Collect school supplies for a United Way-
     Teams of employees advance around bases or down the                        grantee partner. Hold a spelling bee between
     field according to their donation levels. Include sports-                  departments. Contestants must spell each word correctly
     related competitions and prizes for participants.                          or everyone on the team must pay. The winning team
                                                                                receives a prize. Another idea is to e-mail United Way pop
¨   Tailgate Party                                                             quizzes to employees and give the winners a prize. Along
                                                                                with this theme, you can give away customized
     Have a Monday night tailgate during football season or a                   lunchboxes too. Have employees’ kids help decorate
     Saturday afternoon tailgate for Ohio State during college                  flyers.
     football season. Each employee brings $5 or $10 as well
     as a potluck dish (hot dogs, wings, chili, etc.). A colleague       ¨     Balloon Popping for Prizes
     can host the event in their home to be more cost-
     effective, or you can hold the event in the company                        Ask business partners to donate prizes. Before filling a
     parking lot.                                                               balloon with helium, put a note inside some of the
                                                                                balloons with the name of a prize. In other balloons, put a
                                                                                note with a United Way fact. Pledge forms and other office
TRAVEL/VACATION THEME EVENT                                                     notices can be shaped like balloons. Have employees
                                                                                purchase and pop balloons.
                                                                         ¨     Board Game Contest
¨   Be a “Lifesaver”
                                                                                Recruit employees to play a chosen board game (e.g.
     Have some fun, beach-style! Sand, sunglasses, beach                        Trivial Pursuit, chess, Scrabble, etc.). Create a bracket
     balls, and “The Beach Boys” music make your office feel                    and pool around the winning team or allow employees to
     like you are on the beach. Employees who donate are                        move/acquire a game piece for every gift.
     awarded life preserver pins to wear around the office to
     show that they are lifesavers within the community.                 ¨     Children’s Drawing Contest

¨   Bon Voyage!
                                                                                Give employees photographs of some top executives to
                                                                                take home for their children under 12 to draw. Charge a
     With a traveling theme, you can host a “Bon Voyage”                        ballot fee to vote for the best portraits. Display the
     party as a victory celebration. Everyone who gives                         winning portraits. Variations of this event: have children
     through United Way gets a “passport” to get into the                       draw people helping other people; poems, collages, and
     party. Top contributors will be put into a drawing to win a                photos can also be submitted.
     prize, possibly donated from a travel agency.
                                                                         ¨     Garage Sale
¨   Vacation at Work
                                                                                Have employees donate household items, books, CDs,
     Whether you transform your campaign into a Hawaiian                        and videos for a company- or department-wide sale with
     luau, African safari or the Australian outback, employees                  the proceeds going towards your United Way campaign.
     are sure to have a wild time. Organize a scavenger hunt or
     hula-hoop contest. Have a themed potluck and encourage              ¨     United Way 007
     staff to dress up too (e.g. grass skirts, safari outfits).
                                                                                Clues are given to employees in the form of riddles about
                                                                                the United Way’s work and submits their answers. The
                                                                                department or individual who figures out all the riddles
                                                                                receives a prize at the end of the campaign.

¨   Back to School

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