Charitable Team Building Events That Make Cents!

Charitable team building events in which participants assemble goods to send to those in need often make a lot of sense.  However, sometimes what a chosen charity really needs is for you to host a charitable team building event that makes cents.  Many groups prefer donating goods instead of money as part of their charitable event. They feel that seeing a large amount of goods makes an impact on their attendees. However, sometimes donating goods isn’t good and can make a negative impact on the charity you’re trying to help. To illustrate my point, watch this video from CBS Sunday Morning.

So, what kind of charitable team building event can you host that centers on donating money instead of goods, but that will still make an impact on your attendees? Get inspiration from the ways we incorporate monetary giving into charitable team building events:

Teams are educated, entertained and earn donations in a charitable game show

In our Give Back Game Show team building event, we incorporate a number of challenges to enlighten participants about the cause and lighten the mood!  Multiple-choice trivia questions that relate to the charity are asked.  Guests write in their guess to a number-related question about the cause and points are awarded to the one that comes closest without going over. Music challenges, such as Name That Tune are played with songs that tie into the charity’s message.  Extreme close-up photos of a portion of the items the charity needs are shown and guests must guess what’s pictured.  The event ends with the team scoring the most points determining which charity the money will be donated to – i.e. if the group wants to help with hurricane relief efforts, they may choose from American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities or another charity.

The treasure teams find in a treasure hunt can be donated to a charitable cause

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Lisa Jennings – A “Master of the Hunt”

Guests solve clues, which are written to put the focus on charitable giving in general, or that tie into a specific cause.  For instance, a clue that puts the spotlight on pet donations may read, “It’s important to give a dog a toy, if you want to eliminate bad behavior.  That’s also how you’ll find the solution to this clue, which will help you eliminate a hiding spot for the treasure, from this – NBOATDIBNEAHPAAVRIOKR.” If guests eliminate the letters spelling out “bad behavior” from the jumble of letters, they get “not in a park.”  At the end of the hunt, guests learn the treasure they unearthed will be spent on pet donations.


Smart devices are a smart way to have teams earn their donations

In our Make an iMpact and Donation Quest 2.0 events guests are fed charitable team building challenges on their team iPad or smartphone.  When they earn a certain number of points by completing enough challenges, the app tells them they’ve unlocked a monetary amount to donate to the charity.  Challenges are designed to highlight the cause, so teams may have to take a photo spelling out a message to the charity recipients with their bodies; record a 30-second PSA about why it’s important to help that cause; answer trivia questions and more! Teams can go “out and about” with challenges only opening up when they arrive at set locations on a map, or challenges can be done without the group ever leaving the room.

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Teams can unlock donations by participating in an Escape Room-inspired team building activity

Tell teams that if they can “escape” in the time allowed, your company will reward them with money to donate to a charity of their choosing. You could do this by visiting a traditional Escape Room with your group.  Or, consider one of our Unlock The Donation events, which can be run for hundreds of people all in one room!  We provide fun clues and props for each team table and the first team to break into a locked chest containing the donation, rather than out of a locked room, releases the donation and a prize for themselves!

Teams compete in a series of charitable challenges and the more points they earn, the bigger the donation

Set up minute-long challenges, such as those seen on Minute To Win It.  Each time a guest completes one of these challenges successfully, your company donates money to charity.  Alternatively, in our Money In Minutes team building event, teams get to play together to earn money in minute-long challenges.  For instance, teams win money based on how many pennies they can bounce into their container before a minute is up.

So, those are “the goods” on how to make an impact with your charitable team building event without having to assemble and donate goods.  Remember, sometimes donating dollars just makes more cents!

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Learn more about our corporate charity event ideas for your next team bonding activity.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Traditional Vs. High-Tech Corporate Scavenger Hunts

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Lisa Jennings – A “Master of the Hunt”

Masters of the Hunt!

We’ve organized many traditional and high-tech corporate scavenger hunts over the years.  Heck, our sister company is even called “Masters of the Hunt!” So, here are some questions you should answer if you are wondering if traditional or high-tech corporate scavenger hunts are right for you!

What Delivery Method Works Best For Your Group?

A traditional corporate scavenger hunt is easy to deliver, as it’s typically a printed handout that lists clues participants need to find.  High-tech corporate scavenger hunts can be done on participants’ own or loaner smart devices, such as cell phones and tablets.  But, please note, while you may want the high-tech corporate scavenger hunt to run through your meeting app, unfortunately, most meeting apps aren’t set up to do much more than ask simple questions.  For instance, our fonhunt and iTech Trek technology allows for a variety of challenges, such as drag-and-drop challenges, mini games, the ability to upload pictures, and splice together multiple clips to form one video. So, consider linking to the high-tech corporate hunt from your existing meetings app, or provide the devices so your attendees can put their own phones away for a while.

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Solving the clues for this company treasure hunt takes team work.

What Is Your Event Budget?

Traditional corporate scavenger hunts may cost less to produce.  If you’re providing loaner devices for your high-tech corporate scavenger hunt, that expense has to be taken into account.  However, if participants are using their own devices, a high-tech corporate scavenger hunt may be more affordable, as there are no printing costs, especially for larger groups.

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Using your mobile phones can help keep costs down while deliver a high-tech experience.

How Tech-Savvy Are Your Participants?

When booking high-tech corporate scavenger hunts, keep in mind there could be several pitfalls.  First of all, ensure the hunt mechanism is user friendly – all are not created equal.  And, if tech-savvy participants have to use their own devices, find out how it’s accessed.  If it’s via an app, be aware that some may be uncomfortable downloading a strange app onto their own devices due to privacy and space issues.  This is why many of our clients love that some of our high-tech corporate scavenger hunts can be accessed via the web with no need to download a strange app.

Where Is Your Corporate Scavenger Hunt Taking Place?

Many of our iPad-based, high-tech corporate scavenger hunts do not require connectivity, as they aren’t accessed via an app or WiFi.  Rather, the hunts are built into a program located on loaner iPads that work without connectivity. So, when booking a high-tech corporate scavenger hunt, ask if connectivity is an issue and if it is, ensure your location has WiFi or a strong cell signal.  Also, if you have a large group and want them to take a lot of photos via a high-tech corporate scavenger hunt, check your Internet speed, as a lot of people all trying to upload photos at the same time could take up more bandwidth than you have available.

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Pre-loaded apps on iPads mean that you don’t have to worry about WiFi access.

How Will Your Participants Be Viewing The Treasure Hunt?

One advantage of a traditional corporate treasure hunt is everyone can easily see a book.  Whereas with high-tech corporate hunts, keep in mind that if it’s held outdoors in bright sunshine, it may be difficult to see the screen.  Also, if doing high-tech corporate scavenger hunts with large team sizes, a tablet may be preferable to phones, to ensure many can gather around the screen at the same time.

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Sample scavenger hunt books.

Do You Have A Lot Of Content?

What makes high-tech corporate scavenger hunts great is that participants can click on links to open up challenges, making it tidier to look at than wading through content on a traditional hunt handout.  For instance, for a tradeshow hunt, participants can click on an exhibitor’s name to read the clue they need to solve at that booth.

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Using and iPad or Tablet allows for real-time results and more information related to the hunt to be stored and readily accessed.

How Quickly Do You Need Results?

High-tech corporate scavenger hunts are typically scored in real-time, meaning you can get results instantly.  If you want to announce the winning team immediately upon completion of the hunt, then go with a high-tech corporate scavenger hunt.  If you can wait – it typically takes 10 – 15 minutes per team to score a traditional photo scavenger hunt – then that could still be a good  option for you.

Team Building Scavenger Hunts – You’ve Got Options

Whatever you choose for your teaming event, a well planned team building scavenger hunt will keep your staff engaged and utilize their problem solving abilities in a fun and memorable way.