Corporate Challenge 2019
Our Corporate Challenge is gearing up for 2019, our special 40th birthday year.
We’d love you to sign up today!
The Corporate Challenge could raise a total of up to £100,000 to save the lives of hundreds of companion animals and local wildlife!
Whether you are a ‘one-woman band’ or a large scale employer, you can help to make a very real difference with an award-winning rescue that is ethically led, passionate about quality of care, never puts a healthy animal down and works to effect lasting change for animals.
The challenge will start on 1 June and will run until the 30 September. To celebrate the end of the Challenge you will be invited to our awards event in November where the winning team will be announced and you will get the chance to meet other Companies who have taken part.
Whether you would like to challenge your workforce to reach their full potential, or use this as a team building exercise, the Corporate Challenge is a fantastic way to engage your team whilst making a huge impact on animals lives, by doing the most important thing you can to support us- raising any amount of funds that you can.
- Save local wildlife and abandoned pets
- Be a great company to work for
- Gain a reputation for ‘doing good’ with your customers and suppliers
- Increase staff skills and bonds
- Increase awareness of your brand and brand values
“It is impossible to overestimate the motivational effect of conspicuous success”
The challenge is open to companies across Merseyside, Sefton, and the Wirral. We ask that you provide a £40 start-up fund to each participating team to turn into as much money as they can within the qualifying period.
The list of fundraising ideas is endless; you can…shave stuff off, dress up or down, raffle, sell, auction favors or dares, or anything that the team loves the idea of doing!
To boost your total and your brand, you could participate in one of our community fundraising activities… and get your customers and suppliers involved! As well as raising pounds, teams can earn extra money ‘in kind’ by donating to our shops, delivering an element of the Awards event, or taking part in one of our 40th birthday challenges.
Running totals will be revealed on the Freshfields Animal Rescue Leader board each month on Facebook, Newsletters and Business Forums.
Our press and radio contacts across Merseyside and Southport are helping us with coverage of the Challenge.
Dates for your Diary
Friday 3rd May 7.30pm. Join the Corporate Challenge teams for a drink and social evening and soft launch of the Corporate Challenge.
Friday 31st May 2pm Launch of the 2019 Corporate Challenge!
Friday 1st November 7.30pm Participating companies will meet and celebrate together at our Corporate Challenge Awards Ceremony in November 2019.
Winners categories will include:
- Corporate Challenge Champion Award
- Team Spirit Award
- Innovation Award
- Rising Star Award
- Digital Fundraising Award
- Laugh out Loud Award
Are you the team to walk away with this year’s Corporate Challenge Crown?
“Most people have used or know someone who has used a rescue centre to adopt their new best mate, their pet, or under less happy circumstances to give one up. Your support will help us to ensure we are there to provide reassurance for owners and hope for abused or abandoned pets in the future, as well as help us to continue our vital wildlife conservation work for future generations”.
Corporate Challenge Ideas
The great thing about this challenge is you can do anything you like! Or, you could jump on one of Freshfields planned fundraising events or activities, or a bit of both. Whether you raise £200 or £2000, it all makes a massive difference.
Ideas and Options
- Anglican Cathedral Abseil Sponsored Challenge – 17th August 2019.
How about a 150ft abseil down the north face of the Cathedral in pairs? Get your colleagues to sponsor you or join you!
- Birthday Fundraisers – ask friends and family to donate to Freshfields instead of buying you gifts you don’t really need. Easy to do through our Facebook fundraiser page.
- Rescue to Rescue cycle challenge – set up teams to static cycle the 120 miles = 193 Km form Freshfields Liverpool to Welsh rescue and top of the Freshfields leader board, currently held by the Hollyoaks team at 2 hrs, 30 minutes with a total raised of £462.42 . This challenge can be done in your workplace or Freshfields can arrange a public location for it where a bucket collection can help with the fundraising effort. Anyone who wants to take part can put their name down for a shift and ask their friends and family for sponsorship through an online donation page. All equipment provided.
Or…here are some ideas to start you off that work for different energy levels and workplace set ups:
Gather together some fantastic prizes and hold a raffle where people have the chance to win them. Typically, in a raffle you would change entrants one or two pounds for a strip of five tickets. Put together your own or see if local shops, businesses or suppliers would donate some prizes. If the raffle is for staff, you can always include prizes that don’t cost you anything, for example, a week using the best office car park space or a free day of annual leave.
Packed Lunch Day
Encourage everyone to make their lunch at home for a day and bring in a packed lunch. Ask them to donate what they would have paid at the office cafe or local shop to Freshfields instead.
Sponsor a social dare contest in which staff members agree to do outlandish things if sponsors contribute a certain amount of money.
Pick a ‘theme animal’ that Freshfields rescues, or whatever takes your fancy, and ask everyone to dress up and donate. As an alternative to animals, you could ask everyone to come into the office dressed as their 15-year-old self for some extra laughs?
Set up an online donations page for your chosen cause and include the link in your email signatures. It is a good way to remind internal colleagues why you’re fundraising. Also, you might also get some donations from generous, external contacts!
Sponsor an Animal
Have your team or company sponsor a Freshfields animal. You can come to the rescue and visit your sponsored pig, dog, cat, bird, goose or sheep and receive quarterly updates on how your pet, farm or wild animal is doing.
Five Aside Football
Charge teams to enter the match or encourage donations from spectators. Freshfields can provide animal team mascots.
Hold a 'Yes' day
Have a 24hour period where people pay to challenge you to things and you have to say YES! It’s a great personal challenge to push you out of your comfort zone and try new things, but also a great way to fundraise.
Dream up an activity coworkers can try to do for 24 straight hours, and stream it live or get the local news to cover it. Dance marathons are great for this. #bustamove. Or you could have our fox mascot costume worn by members of staff for a straight 24 hours, or working week.
It can be hard work to organise fundraising events at the office, so it seems fair that you get some help in return. Ask your HR department if the company operates a matched giving policy. This is when the company would match the amount of money that you fundraise, therefore doubling your total!
Guess the Baby
Ask everyone in the team to send you a baby photo of them and pin the photos up in your main meeting room. Charge a small fee for entry and ask your colleagues to guess which baby is who on a sheet of answer paper. The person with the most correct guesses wins a prize.
Put up an A3 sheet of paper in your office kitchen or staff room and encourage your colleagues to list their skills on there. This could be anything from playing guitar to pottery. Other colleagues can then place bids on receiving a one-hour lesson with that person and their listed skill. This is a great way to share expertise and fundraise at the same time!
Guess the Sweets
Fill a jar with sweets and ask your colleagues to guess how many sweets are in the jar. Charge a small fee to enter and give the jar of sweets to whoever guesses the closest number. You could do this will mealworms if you want to keep it on theme.
Warm up your vocal chords and take the team to a local karaoke night. Charge them a fee on top of the entry money they’d pay or ask for donations for a particular member of staff to sing a requested tune.
This one works best if you’ve got a willing and well-connected teammate. Shut them in the boardroom with only their mobile phone and promise that they can come out once they’ve raised donations from all of their major contacts.
Ask everyone to bring along an iPod and hold a silent disco in your meeting room. Dim the lights and get a disco ball involved for extra atmosphere.
A Close Shave
If your team are particularly good sports, you could organise sponsored waxing for any willing participants. Book a space where you’ll have lots of room for onlookers and keep passing the donation buckets around. Remember to film the event so that all of the sponsors have video evidence!
Whack out any board games you have – Cluedo, Monopoly, Jenga, Twister, the lot – and host an office games night. Split into teams so that everyone gets to have a go on the different games. You could also add a sweepstake for who the overall winner will be.
Write down a list of Olympic activities relevant to your office and create an obstacle course that involves them all. The fastest colleague to complete the course is crowned the winner. The activities could be anything from desk chair racing to photocopying, to unpacking boxes – just make sure it’s within health and safety regulations.
Colleagues would need to pay up when they use some of the well-known buzzwords in your corporation.
Foreign Coin Exchange
Let all of your colleagues, customers or suppliers know that you’ll be collecting foreign coins up to give the money to Freshfields Animal Rescue. If they’ve got any currency from past holidays, they can give it to you and you’ll exchange it back into pounds to add to the fundraising total.
Tug of War
A classic fun fundraiser that allows teams to pit their strength against each other. Participants pay to play and can win a prize, or in most cases may be happy with the glory of the win, a trophy and a lot of internal and social media coverage of their feat. This can also be done with a friendly neighboring business.
Ask your friends, family, suppliers and local businesses to donate bottles of wine, and a range of non-alcoholic drinks and set up a wine tombola day. Staff or customers pay £1 to draw a ticket to win the bottle with the corresponding number on it. Simple and for some reason, always popular!
Funny Photo Competition
If you have lots of staff, encourage them to bring in the funniest photos of themselves they can find to host a “Funny Photo Contest!” Place all the photos on a bulletin board in a high-trafficked area and put a donation jar underneath each. Individuals can vote for the funniest photo by placing a donation in the corresponding jar.
Generate hype and competition by providing your coworkers with updates like who’s in the lead. At the end, add up the donations and give your winner a prize.
Serve the Community
If you’re skilled in a particular service like painting or repairing things, or other services, offer your skills to raise funds. Freshfields can offer your services via its Facebook page and existing followers can request services they would like help with and how much they will donate for it.
How many of your teammates would pay to see your Manager duct taped to a wall, wear tiger face paint all day, sing a karaoke tune or do a silly dance for the team?
You can create a Manager’s Challenge fundraiser and raise some money for your team while having a little fun! As long as your Manager is up for it, you can start fundraising for various types of ‘challenges’ People vote for their favourite ones with their pounds. Your Manager has to do whichever one has the most money!
Pet Photo Shoot
People love their pets. And everyone thinks their pet is the most special. Perhaps a staff member has a secret photography hobby? If not, Freshfields has volunteer photographers who can help with take great pet pics.
Source a location and start promoting the event. Promote to staff outlining all the details, and include a registration link. Owners pay upon booking.