Chicago Cha Cha : charity challenges to promote community service and support

Have you ever heard of a charity challenge? Or charity games? Or charity championships? Maybe not. There are not so many in the world and definitely within the United States there are very few.

But why would charities have tournaments? Unless they have teams or something similar. Why and how would they compete and what kind of prizes would they win? It is a puzzling question because as charities they are always collecting and giving. Do they actually have time to have fun in a championship?

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The Chicago Charity Challenge is not exactly a tournament or a race or a championship. This challenge is more about who can give more. Who helps more and who provides more hours of service to the community. And yes, they get prizes and big money prizes.

Let’s take a look at what this annual competition is all about and how it is helping the community by matching up companies with charity institutions that have the same social responsibility and goals.

The Chicago Charity Challenge is a competition that takes place every year at the end of the year and that acknowledges and recognizes the good work and contribution business and employees give to communities in the Chicago area in order to reach a working environment that is healthy for the employees while they give back to the communities.  The idea is to match the corporate world with the philanthropist world so things can start happening. The Chicago Charity Challenge looks for companies that want to team up with local charities and want to include their employees in volunteering, fundraising and awareness activities. At the end of each year, Chicago Charity Challenge rewards the teams that contributed the most with money prizes so they can continue working towards their goal of having a good impact on social issues that affect lower-income communities.

 The idea is to match the corporate world with the philanthropist world so things can start happening. The Chicago Charity Challenge looks for companies that want to team up with local charities and want to include their employees in volunteering, fundraising and awareness activities. At the end of each year, Chicago Charity Challenge rewards the teams that contributed the most with money prizes so they can continue working towards their goal of having a good impact on social issues that affect lower-income communities.

When companies apply to team up with a non-profit organization they receive the following benefits from being part of the Chicago Charity challenge:

  • They give companies a structured and flexible strategy to engage in corporate social responsibility activities. The idea is to have a plan for the entire year that uses their efforts in benefit of the community and to have long term results.
  • Chicago Cha Cha gives companies an inspiring approach that will be seen in the unity and friendship that staff acquires when they are part of the challenge and the community service. They have a competition-based platform that really makes employees want to help and be part of the movement. Corporations think that by participating in the Chicago Charity Challenge they have found the way to motivate their employees and to have a better working atmosphere which has a big impact on team-building and employee morale.
  • They provide a system that is very user-friendly which can collect and organize data on employees’ volunteer time and donations. This can help companies show  the world their social impact and generosity
  • They give each employee the opportunity to manage and upload their volunteer work, donations or time.  With the same system, GiveTrak, the Chicago Cha Cha provides companies with the necessary tools to really give back to the community and get some benefits at the same time
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Chicago Cha Cha uses these 4 goals to commit to the companies and the charities:

Direct Competition

They think that a good and healthy competition can bring benefits such as participation and enthusiasm for giving. With this competition, they are giving non-profits and charities a new way to fundraise and to be noticed among companies and corporations. And companies and their employees are recognized and motivated to continue giving.

Deeper Commitment

All the companies have to deal with their Corporate Social Responsibility mission and a good way to fulfill this commitment is by partnering with charities and non-profits to work together for the whole year and even further beyond. It is not only about entering and winning the competition, it is also about fostering long-term relationships so they can help each other in many projects and community-based objectives.

Data Collection

Their software GiveTrak is the best tool the can offer to employees and companies. This makes charity work and support a thing that can be measurable and even accounted for. This can provide valuable data for employers to design company policies around community service.

Developed Community

Chicago Cha Cha provides a space where teams are invited to meet and share time and information which will also generate extra donations and volunteer work. Here is where charities and companies do networking and start their community ideas.

The Chicago Charity Challenge is where employees, companies, philanthropists, charities, and non-profits come together to really help out the Chicago area community.

Be sure to also read this post on innovative tech companies that are helping philanthropists in the Chicago area.

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