Can we talk about Christmas yet?

Heart of the City | 27 November 2020 | News
Can we talk about Christmas yet?

Fundraising and charitable support this Christmas 

At Heart of the City we don’t think it’s ever too early to talk about Christmas! Many of our members have already been in touch to ask about staff fundraising ideas that are practical for our new remote working arrangements.

Christmas giving is more important than ever this year. So many people are struggling due to the impact of coronavirus, so there are lots of causes your business can support. And it’s a great way to engage employees and boost team morale.

We asked our fantastic ambassadors to share their plans with us, to provide you with some festive inspiration.

Christmas giving

Below is just a selection of appeals that our ambassadors have told us about. You could also encourage your employees to find an appeal local to them, donating a gift or making a donation and sharing the details with you, so you can see all the charities you’ve supported as a business. And to get more people involved, you could match the in-kind or financial amount with a company donation. You’ll find that lots of charities have found ways to make it easier to donate this year, through online wish lists and fundraising pages.

  • Age UK is hosting gift appeals through local branches
  • Crisis at Christmas supports homeless people over Christmas
  • East London Business Alliance’s toy appeal aims to give 10,000 toys to families in need
  • KidsOut’s toy appeal is running an online toy shop so you can give a gift to a child in refuge
  • The London Community Foundation’s coronavirus appeal provides emergency funding to charities and community groups supporting vulnerable groups
  • Post Pal Elves sends letters and toys to seriously ill children
  • Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day raises money to support children across the world
  • Trussell Trust runs food banks across the country and is accepting food and money donations – you can find your local branch online

Buy social

Many of our ambassador companies are buying Christmas gifts from social enterprises this year and encouraging their employees to do the same. When you buy from a social enterprise, you’re spending your money with a business that’s reinvesting its profits to address important issues such as homelessness, unemployment or climate change.

If you buy gifts for your staff or clients or have a team ‘Secret Santa’, why not buy from a social enterprise?  You’ll find some inspiration here from AECOM who shared details of their ethical gifts last Christmas. Our ambassadors have also shared a list of some great social enterprises:

  • Fat Macy’s serves home cooked food and dining experiences at supper clubs, events and offices across London. They train and supports young Londoners living in temporary accommodation and help them move into their own homes. This Christmas, they’re selling hampers and gift boxes.
  • Harry Specters produces beautiful and tasty chocolate whilst creating employment opportunities for young people with autism.
  • Miss Macaroon is based in Birmingham and reinvests its profits to provide training courses helping long-term unemployed people build skills and confidence…and their macaroons look amazing!
  • Old Spike Roastery is a coffee shop and speciality coffee roastery with great gift ideas for coffee lovers. All whilst supporting people affected by homelessness through its barista training academy.
  • The Soap Co. was recommended by so many of our ambassadors! They produce environmentally-friendly products and provide employment for disabled people in the UK, the majority of which have a visual impairment.

Fundraising ideas

Here are some of the virtual fundraising ideas our ambassadors are taking part in this Christmas. They’re collecting donations to take part through online fundraising pages and awarding prizes from social enterprises:

  • Christmas Jumper Day
  • Best festive Zoom background
  • Christmas Bake Off, with visually pleasing sweet treats
  • Christmas carols – virtual karaoke
  • Team Christmas themed quiz
  • Online raffle
  • Donate your last hour’s pay of 2020
  • Secret Santa matching, buy a gift for £5 and donate £5
  • Consider donating unspent Christmas party budget
  • Have a break from your virtual meetings and run a sponsored 5k during your lunchbreak

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