Tis the Season! – 16 Charitable CSR Programs

The season of giving is upon us—corporations are always finding a way to give back to the community and of course we are here to help. Our charitable programs benefit people both outside and within your organization by touching hearts and raising employee morale!

Take a look at our VIDEO of the Build-a-Wheelcair™ program. In this fun and worthwhile event, teams use iPads® and our proprietary apps to complete challenges which earn the parts and materials necessary to assemble, test, and decorate wheelchairs for donation. This program will touch your team’s heart and make it an inspiring day that all will remember  –  all while helping disabled Americans with serious mobility issues.

We have programs to benefit any group or charitable organization. Check them out…

  • A Minute 2 Win It for Charity
  • Art of Giving
  • Bears and Blankets
  • Bike Build Donation
  • Build-A-Wheelchair
  • Charity Game Shows
  • Charity Mini-Golf Course Build
  • Donation Nation Care Packs
  • Kids Rock!
  • Locate & Donate SmartHunt
  • Operation Military Care
  • Operation Toy Donation
  • Putting for Pets
  • Remembering with Music
  • We Care for Schools
  • World Donation

Best Corporate Events – Build a (Mini) Golf Course for Charity

Charity Miniature Golf Course Build is a fun, socially responsible team builder, requiring your group to design and create unique one-of-a-kind mini golf holes.

 

Our Charity Miniature Golf Course Build now features Apple iPads® delivering text, audio and video clues, exciting gaming challenges, and the ability to capture and save all your memories of this truly heartwarming event with photos and video of your team in action. 

Green “carpeting” is provided as the putting surface and canned goods, boxed goods and other building materials are provided to create bumpers, turns and special obstacle challenges. Creativity, resource management and teamwork skills all come into play in this rewarding program.

A fun game of golf trivia is used to engage and rally the teams. Next, each player creates their very own competitive (and zany) golfer nickname to proudly wear on the back of their shirts.

Team members work together on the concept, construction, theme and rules of their hole as well as choosing various roles such as golfers, scorekeepers and course marshals.

With marshals ensuring that the rules of each hole are adhered to, the competition begins! Both newcomers and experienced golfers can enjoy this fun event and the winning team will be anyone’s guess!

Once the tournament is complete, the groceries will be boxed and presented to a local food bank. Other material used in the program, including paper products, will be recycled. Your team will feel a sense of accomplishment and the joy that comes from giving to those less fortunate.

Racing to Team Fun with Go-Kart Challenge!

Our Go-Kart Competition now features Apple iPads® delivering text, audio and video clues, exciting gaming challenges, car trivia and the ability to capture and save all your memories of this truly heartwarming event with photos and video of your team in action.

Each team develops a blueprint design that must be approved by Event staff for safety. The concept car must have a chassis and body. A teammate will be in charge of making sure the car is built within budget.  Each team will need axles, wheels, limited lumber and tools. Materials are “purchased” from the onsite marketplace and bartering will be enthusiastically encouraged.

Team members must build their racecar according to their blueprints. While the car is under construction, other team members will decorate a uniform with the team’s theme. All cars must pass a safety inspection before they will be allowed to race. Once the racers have passed inspection, drivers will suit up and prepare for competition. Teams will race against each other and the clock to see who will make it to the final Winner’s Circle. Award medals will be presented for Best Pit Crew, 1st Place Finish and Best Overall Team.

Operation Military Care: Video of the Week

Operation Military Care is one of our most heartwarming corporate event programs. Why? Not only do participants form strong teams by collaborating on challenges that culminate in the creation of care packages for servicemen and women who typically would not otherwise receive them, but also they are surprised by a military representative who speaks about the importance of the day’s actions. We often hear that there wasn’t “a dry eye in the house” because everyone was so moved, which is important because of the impact it has on the groups to know that they can truly make a difference as a team.  This program is a powerful reminder that philanthropy is worthwhile.

Teamwork in Unexpected Places: 13th Century Castle-Building

“Quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters and their horses – are all working together to complete the castle.” – Guedelon.fr

Deep in the French countryside, there is a group of tradesmen and women who have come together to do the unthinkable: they are using 13th century methods to build a castle. In Yonne, Burgundy, approximately fifty people have taken on the project, which started in 1997 and is expected to last at least another ten years from the present. Their director general, Maryline Martin, specifically states that it is the teamwork of the staff members that truly makes the project possible, saying “Guédelon is built on the strength of the castle’s foundations of course, but also on the strength of that team.”

Though the corporate event programs we offer only last a day or a portion thereof, not twenty-five years, they’re specially formulated to help the participants build something nearly as lasting as a castle: genuine connection, streamlined communication, and a deeper understanding of how to make their team function successfully when they’re back in a work environment.

Gumbo Cook-Off: Video of the Week

When groups find out they’ll be making gumbo, crafting a team ‘restaurant’ name, and performing a commercial song for their chosen moniker, there’s always a buzz of excitement in the room. When delicious smells start to fill the room and teams start tasting their creations, the excitement builds. When the singing and dancing of the performances begins, the excitement includes wholehearted cheering. And when the ultimate winner of the Gumbo Cook-Off is crowned, well, you’ve never seen such excitement at a corporate event. Now that’s tasty fun!

Medal Games: Video of the Week

Got a team that’s ready for a physical challenge? Check out this video of groups swimming, leaping, running, and moving in unison, all in pursuits of a real medal! We offer a simply dazzling array of activities in our Medal Games program, all specifically geared towards building your team’s cohesiveness and success. As team members cheer on their peers and strategize their best possible approach to each challenge, they forge bonds that last. Seeing who’s adept in a potato sack race is just an added bonus!

Teamwork in Unexpected Places: Diana Nyad’s Swim

“It looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.” –Diana Nyad

When endurance swimming Diana Nyad covered the 110-mile distance from Cuba to Key West, Florida this year, she did so on her own, in a way. The rules stated that she could never touch the boat or any outside person or object during the entirety of the 53 hours she spent in the water. That said, however, Nyad acknowledged that without her team, her accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible at all.

The crew accompanying Nyad included medical personnel, jellyfish experts, boat drivers, and independent observers to corroborate her story of achievement. There are reports that not only did she stop halfway through to sing happy birthday to one member of her team, but also that as she approached the end of her swim she told everyone in attendance on the boats, from dear friends to crew she’d just met the day before, that they were “a special group”.

We here at Best Corporate Events are always heartened by tales of teams working together to achieve the extraordinary, like this one. Forging successful teams is our passion!

 

 

Great Dining® Competition: Video of the Week

Never underestimate the power of creativity! Not only do teams get to cook delectable meals during this corporate event, but they also design a poster and commercial advertising for their newly-formed ‘restaurant’ to the rest of the group. In this video, which includes several large group Great Dining® events, you can see lots of clever names, from Heart of Sole (for a team that made a fish dish) to the Candy Café (dessert crafters) to Irene’s and Gio’s (likely the head chef of those teams). It’s one of the many ways we’ve incorporated different forms of creativity into our programs, to let the broadest possible spectrum of participants shine!