Tips and Tricks for Increasing Engagement in Your Workplace Giving Campaign

Ready to host a workplace giving campaign? Great, we’re here to help! Incorporating extra events and incentives to increase participation is a fun way to get people excited, but remember, the emphasis of a workplace campaign should be on engagement, education, and giving. A good rule of thumb is pledge first, play later — these additions should complement your campaign, not overshadow it. Now let’s get to the fun part: special events!

Incentive Ideas:

  •  Coupons or gift certificates
  •  Lunch, dinner, or a round of golf with the CEO
  • Casual Tuesday (dress down days)
  • Movie or event tickets
  • Company or campaign mugs, t-shirts, key chains, etc.
  • Prime parking spaces for a day, week, or month
  • PTO-hour, half-day, or full-day
  • Start late or leave early days
Event Ideas:

  • Auction/garage sale
  • Baby/pet picture match game
  • Bake sale
  • Bike race
  • Fun run/walk
  • Bingo
  • Bowl-a-thon
  • Carnival
  • Car wash
  • Company cookbook
  • Chili cook-off
  • Cookie decorating

  • Dunk tank
  • Employee funniest home videos
  • Ice cream social
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Pizza party
  • Prize drawing
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Remote control car races
  • Softball tournament
  • Tug-of-war
  • Ugly tie, sweater, prom dress, accessories contest
Theme Ideas:

  • Broadway/Hollywood (Glamour Does Good for Our Community)
  • Decades (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, — Serving the Community is Timeless)
  • Beach (Wave goodbye to inequity)
  • James Bond/Detective (Seeking Answers to Inequity)
  • Olympics (Gold Medal Champions in Service/Donations)
  • Sports/Local Teams (Compassion for the WIN!)
  • Superheroes (Heroes and Villains UNITED)

Looking for more tips on hosting a workplace giving campaign? Check out our Workplace Toolkit!

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What does United Way of Salt Lake do? United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) fights for every person in our community. We fight to ensure students graduate from high school, individuals have access to quality healthcare, and kids and families have the financial stability needed to be successful in school and in life. We do this by assessing community conditions, investing in focused collective impact goals, bringing together partners, and measuring results to create long-lasting results on a community-wide level. We are working together to solve the most difficult problems we face as a community.



By Jessica Gezon, Sr. Content Manager, United Way of Salt Lake