More than 1,000 corporates across India engage their employees in a range of #DaanUtsav activities through simple initiatives like collection & donation drives, cleanup and plantation activities, visits to NGOs, etc. Some use ideas like Sponge the CEO or MasterChef contests to raise money innovatively. All of them help induct new employees into the “giving experience” and improve employees’ sense of belonging.
Here’s how different corporates have engaged employees in giving back to society.
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Why should corporates engage their employees in celebrating #DaanUtsav?
One of the important challenges for many corporates is improving teamwork across cross-functional teams and between departments. The beauty of #DaanUtsav is that it creates opportunities for different teams to come together rather organically. For example, if you are an investment banker organising a tree plantation drive, you will get your debts team, along with the equities and the treasuries teams working together in planting trees. The teams build camaraderie and trust, and relate with each other and work together even after they get back to their daily routine work.
#DaanUtsav also helps build trust, keeping aside differences and competition. The festival creates a positive environment as it is about giving to others in unison. This ultimately makes people start looking at their colleagues as humans and not just competitors, enabling an environment of trust
What kind of ideas work for employee engagement?
Here is a compilation of ideas that you can refer to for creating your event.
Is there “fatigue” with the same ideas, or do people love having a predictable list of events to look forward to?
It’s a combination of both. There is a lot of warmth and comfort in the predictable. So there are some events like Wish Trees that people love to do again and again. People know exactly what the idea is and they know what exactly to contribute. However, as a corporate entity, new quirky events keep the interest in the festival alive. Throw in a Masterchef contest for men or “Weird Clothes Day” on a particular day of the festival, and see the interest levels spike!
How does one pitch the concept of #DaanUtsav to their employees?
Most employees look for opportunities to give back to society and if there is a hectic corporate life, they are unable to do so. When their employer finds opportunities for them, it becomes easy for them to participate. So, the best way to reach out and convince employees to participate is to plan simple structured giving activities that are easy for them to partake in.
How can corporates get maximum employee participation in an event?
Maximum participation is encouraged by:
How much time does it take to plan a #DaanUtsav for employees?
It depends on the kind of activity you have in mind.
How can corporates tell all their employees about the #DaanUtsav activity?
There are several ways to reach out to employees. Some ideas are:
How can #Daantsav volunteers support corporates in planning and/or executing their events?
#DaanUtsav volunteers can help connect corporates with relevant NGOs. For instance, if a corporate wants to conduct a blood donation drive or organize a handicraft mela in their office, a #DaanUtsav volunteer can try to make the connections.
Here is a YouTube playlist which you can use to get more ideas and examples for organising your #DaanUtsav activity.
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Employees of corporates get together to solve a tech/design/logistics problem that NGOs face, in a hackathon/code-a-thon/design-a-thon format.
Sponge the CEO
Employees pay to get a chance to throw a wet sponge at their bosses. The money collected is donated to a charity of the CEO’s choice.
Employees bid for a chance to have their CEO cook their meal or babysit their children, with the proceeds benefiting a cause of the CEO’s choice.
May The Best Man Win!
Male employees pay to compete in domestic chores–folding sheets, washing utensils, etc. The winner gets to choose the NGO/cause that the donation from all employees goes to.
Teams of employees compete to raise the most funds for their cause. The funds are matched by the corporate, and the winning team receives an extra donation.
Fancy Giving Tuesday!
Employees can donate a set amount (say, Rs. 100) for the privilege of wearing fancy clothes/accessories that are usually not allowed.
Gandhi For Gram
Identify a village nearby and get students/employees/members to visit and volunteer there for a day, to promote greater understanding of the challenges of rural life in modern times.
Gandhi 150 festival
Organise a festival in your school, college, office, club, group, association or apartment to celebrate Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The festival can include debates, essay contests, Khadi shows, films and other activities that represent Gandhi’s values. Audience/ participants donate to take part and the proceeds go to Gandhian charities.
Organise a march/walk involving your students/employees/members and also other organisations near your institution, raising awareness about causes and inviting the public to contribute in cash and kind.
Carry out tree plantation campaigns in nearby school/college campuses and grounds, parks, office campuses or in nearby plantation areas identified by environmental NGOs. Plantation can also be done in nearby rural areas.
Get participants to go on a run and collect all the plastic they encounter on the run, from the streets. The collected plastic is given to a recycler.
Seva Mela- Fun for a Cause
In a school, college, corporate, club or large apartment complex, NGOs put up stalls with food and games, and all proceeds go to charity.
Jail & Bail
Leaders (CXOs, Principals, Directors, Trustees, Office bearers) are “jailed for doing good” and others have to “bail them out” by donating to a charity of their choice.
Charity Raffle / Housie
A raffle, housie or “tambola” where members donate items as prizes (spare new phones, crockery, travel accessories, bags, watches, etc.), and everyone buys tickets with the proceeds going to charity.
Card Carrying Membership
Poker, rummy, bridge or other card games where everyone “buys in” and nominates a charity, money goes to the winners’ nominated charities.
Who’s the MasterChef? (MasterChef Kaun?)
In schools, offices, clubs, apartments, a Masterchef contest, where each participant creates, others “buy” food coupons, proceeds go to charity. The winner’s charity gets a special prize. Can focus on men cooking to change stereotypes.
In colleges, offices, clubs, gyms, a lunch or safe dinner date with the popular members is auctioned and proceeds go to the charity of their choice.
Kara-OK Action (Kuch Achha Karao-ke)
Sing for a cause on karaoke, the audience buys tickets to listen, proceeds go to charity.
Preparing, collecting and distributing food to those in need on the streets or at shelter and care homes, or even to auto drivers at a stand, etc.
Set up a “kindness fridge” in a public place like an apartment, school, college, hospital and create groups of people who will ensure the fridge is stocked.
Record Audio Books
Everyone records an audio book for the blind.
In colleges, clubs, theatres, large corporates, large apartments, a TEDx/ Litfest type format featuring social enterprises, ticket donations to charity.
Bake Sale/ Art Sale
People exhibit their talents in baking/ other arts and sell their products, proceeds go to charity
Adopt an Institution
Help a govt school, bus shelter, night shelter, newspaper stand, park get a complete makeover and take care of it through the year.
The Tiny Flea Garage Sale
Flea market within school, college, corp, apartment, club etc. where members bring items and others buy them, all proceeds go to charity.
Cycle/ Bike/Car Rally for a cause
A rally for a cause, where participants donate and fundraise to support the chosen cause.
7 Days 7 Givings
Pick 7 different acts of giving, 1 for each day of the #DaanUtsav week and get students/ residents/employees/members to contribute. The 7 acts could simply be 7 different items to be given (books on 1 day, clothes on another, etc.) or 7 types of activities (money, material, time, blood, skills, etc.)
Organise a collection drive for items in good condition, clean, mend and pack the donated items nicely and set up a “store” on a street nearby. Offer “coupons” to potential beneficiaries which they can use to “buy” the items that THEY choose from the street store, instead of being handed over something that someone else chose for them.
Pop-up #DaanUtsav booths in public spaces provide opportunities to donate for a particular NGO/cause.