Jeans for Genes Day - fundraising ideas

Fundraising ideas

Denim bakes

Bake up a batch of blue cupcakes or biscuits, stir up some blue lemonade and sell your blue treats.

Denim bake sale

Bake a massive difference by making some delicious blue cup-cakes and denim-clad gingerbread men. Sell them at work to raise some extra cash. If you’re competitive you could even host a bake-off with your colleagues charging everyone to taste the baked treats and pick a winner.

Double, triple, quadruple denim

Why not go all out on Jeans for Genes Day this year and wear this year’s double denim trend. Or better still opt for denim overload and wear as much denim as possible – denim shirt, shoes, bag and hairband, there simply can’t be too much denim!

Make a style statement

Grab one of our limited edition fashion t-shirts as modelled by the likes of the stunning Mollie King, Rachel Riley, Lydia Bright and Vogue Williams! Get yours now from our online store.

Guilty pleasures

We all have a guilty pleasure, so why not give up yours for sponsorship? You could give up your favourite food, hobby, television, social media, alcohol, cigarettes or even your phone. And for the chatterboxes, why not give up your voice in a sponsored silence?

Be competitive

Try a games console tournament, a board or card games evening or a round of musical chairs. Other games include guess the weight of the cake or guess the baby photo competition. If you want something more active try a treasure hunt, denim-egg hunt, or scavenger hunt in teams around your office or the local area, charging to take part in all.

Potty mouth jar

If your office is prone to some foul language, why not set up a swear jar and clean up your act. Make a donation every time you swear and the total might soon build up!

Get the party started

Try a themed party with blue cocktails and blue canapes – perhaps a ball, a casino, film or culture evening, or even a pamper party with denim manicures and blue pedicures! The possibilities are endless and you can charge an entry fee and for refreshments to raise lots of cash.

Denim swap shop

To satisfy the fashionistas and savvy shoppers, hold a jean swap charging a small fee to take part – you could come away with some free fashionable finds!

Collect spare change

Start a penny war in your office – set up jars to collect spare change in each department or on everyone’s desks and see who can fill theirs first! Guaranteed to bring out your collecting competitive streak!

Spot the celebrity

Could you tell a Minogue from a Middleton, or a Kardashian from another Kardashian? Set up a ‘Junk in the Trunk’ game for your colleagues. Print off some jean-clad celeb bottoms, ask your colleagues to donate and guess whose bottom is whose.

Hold a raffle with denim or blue prizes

Hold a raffle or tombola in your office with donated denim or blue prizes. Or you could have a good old game of bingo (or even musical bingo, seeing who can identify all their songs first) charging everyone to take part.

Get cooking

Try a food-based event for your colleagues like a coffee morning, afternoon tea, or charity lunch. You can charge for all the delicious food and drinks, or ask for an entry fee. Other fab foody ideas include hosting a BBQ, a movie night, a cookery demo or even a Come Dine with Me contest!

Get active

Get some daily exercise and walk or cycle to work for a week – ask your colleagues to sponsor you to raise lots of cash.

Denim jukebox

Why not set up a jukebox in your office – ask people to donate to pick a song and play it whilst you’re at work – you could even ask people to select songs beforehand and create a playlist on your iPod.

Hold a Formal Friday

Do you normally wear jeans to work but want to smarten up your look? Then hold a Formal Friday, charging everyone to come in their best suit.

Denim manicures

Set up a nail bar at your desk and charge a fee for painting your colleagues nails and toes denim blue.

Athletics day

For all the athletic types, why not set up an old school sports day for your organisation? You could have a space hopper race, egg and spoon race, and of course a race in all your denim! Not enough space for sports day? No problem – try Office Olympics, with fastest typing competition and rowing on your wheelie chair!

Get hairy

Some of us are more hairy than others – why not take advantage of this to raise some extra money. You could sponsor all the men in the office to grow some crazy facial hair, or shave or wax their bodies! Or take part in sponsored hair dares – try dying your hair blue in honour of Jeans for Genes Day!

Get arty

If you’re an Instagram whizz, why not hold a photography competition, charging a small fee to enter – it’s a great opportunity to show how good you are at using filters!

Comedy central

Why not try a caption competition in your office, asking for a donation to take part and a prize for the funniest answer.

Denim dance-a-thon

Then hold a sponsored dance-a-thon or zumbathon. Or you could host a dance – try salsa, barn or tea dances, charging an entry fee.

X Factor

Have you got a voice to rival Beyonce’s? Then host a karaoke evening with your work mates and sing the night away for a donation each. Don’t forget to wear your denim and sing your heart out to Billie Jean or The Jean Genie!

Get sporty

Try organising a sponsored run, walk, swim or cycle for your organisation with an after party to celebrate your achievement! You could even do the whole event in denim, or your suit if you normally where jeans to work!

Denim Footy

Organise a penalty shoot-out or inter-departmental football tournament, charging players to participate.

Denim-themed photo booth

Create a denim-themed photo booth with donated props. Charge a small fee for your colleagues to have their photo taken, and upload them to Facebook or Instagram to download.

Host a bring-and-buy sale

Why not host a bring-and-buy sale, or car boot sale, donating the money raised – you could come away with some beautiful bargains too!

Denim arts and Crafts

Have a go at making some fabulous denim drinks cosies – you could sell them to your colleagues, or fine everyone who doesn’t use one on Jeans for Genes Day. Check out our Pinterest page for some inspiration.