A clever theme, fun games, and great incentives are tried and true ways to get people excited about your workplace Campaign.  Here are some ideas to get you started.  The only limit is your own creativity, so if you have a great idea that isn't listed here, we'd love to hear it!  Just call 887-2619 or send us an e-mail and we'll post it here (with credit to you, of course!) for everyone to share.

United Way Challenge

Now in its 5th year, the United Way Challenge offers everyone who gives just $1 per week or more ($52 per year) the opportunity to win great daily prizes and incredible grand prizes, all donated by local businesses.  Download a one-page flyer or a brochure containing the full schedule of daily prizes below.

challengeflyerUnited Way Challenge 2010 Flyer       challengebrochureUnited Way Challenge 2010 Brochure

Campaign Themes

A Campaign theme can center around an inspiring movie (think "Pay It Forward" or "The Blind Side"), a silly television show ("The Office," maybe?), a popular pastime (sports, beachcombing, video games or comic books), or even something inspired by a past decade (disco would be groovy!).  Just pick a unifying idea and let your imagination run wild.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Community Scare Days

Live U-Knighted

Get In the Game

A sports-themed Campaign offers endless possibilities for fun activities, team building, and even volunteering.  Play Conference Room Volleyball with dollar-store beach balls; organize a Wii Olympics tournament; or get a group of employees together to coach a softball tournament at a local agency that serves kids.  When everyone puts their heart into it toward a common goal, the whole community wins!

Days of Sharing

Let us help you connect with volunteer projects through our Business Meets Community initiative (click here to request a project).  Get teams of employees together to spruce up your office space by taking pictures out in the community or at volunteer projects, and making collages to hang around the office.  Rolling up your sleeves and LIVING UNITED by volunteering is sure to inspire your colleagues to give.


Be serious or be silly - hold a contest for the best superhero identity and costume.  Hold a Superhero Awards ceremony and honor the unsung heroes in your company (you know, the ones who are always there in a pinch - we all have them!).  Request an agency speaker who can tell your colleagues how they can be superheroes by supporting United Way, or request an agency tour and see how your contribution can make a difference.




People love incentives, large or small.  Whether it's a designated parking space, a casual day, or an extra day of vacation, there is an incentive to fit every Campaign budget and every employee personality.  Here are just a few ideas for ways to encourage people to give or to increase their gift:

  • A week (or month, or year) in the CEO's parking spot
  • Breakfast, lunch, or dinner with the CEO
  • An extra day of vacation
  • A pizza party for a department, or the entire company
  • Swag from the company store (golf umbrellas are always nice)
  • Coupons for free car washes, oil changes, etc.
  • Grocery or department store gift cards
  • Scratch-off lottery tickets
  • Casual day coupons
  • "Get Out Of Work Free" coupons - to leave work 2 or 3 hours early, or come in 2 or 3 hours late
  • American Express points from the corporate credit card
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