3. Volunteer online
In these digital times, opportunities for staff to give their time online are increasing at pace. New online initiatives let you mentor children overseas, help map a disaster zone or even help advance cancer research by solving online puzzles that help scientists understand how cancer cells work.
You can also use online resources to source volunteering opportunities. Databases like do-it.org match up skills with volunteering opportunities that are posted by volunteer centres, charities and voluntary groups, enabling 200,000 people every month to donate their time and build their skills.
If your staff have limited capacity you can always look for ways to fundraise in the workplace. Volunteering on site can be a huge help to some community projects, but if you can't get out of the office events like bake-sales, sponsored runs and casual-dress Fridays can help raise the money they need.
Another option, which we have for staff here at RSA is a Give As You Earn scheme that lets staff donate money directly from their salary to their favourite charity in a tax-efficient way. And because it comes out of their pre-tax salary, it costs less to give more.
5. Matching funds raised
Another way to stimulate employee fundraising is to match the money raised by staff. RSA offers matched funding for staff fundraising activities up to £500 for groups of three or more employees who work together to raise funds for a registered charity.
Of course, every business’s capactity to match funds will be different, but even a small proportion will go a long way to spur employees on in their fundraising efforts!