Your team has worked diligently to fulfill your mission all year, from doing weekly food drops to even participating in early morning car washes in order to fundraise. The majority of your non-profit’s budget is allotted to your programs, but you still want a day to celebrate the people who make your organization’s mission possible and keep up the morale for future successes. Your team needs to feel appreciated and have the opportunity to provide feedback so your organization may continue to grow.
With a little time and effort, you can trade in your next quarterly meeting for an organization-wide retreat that focuses on your team and do so without breaking the bank.
3 Fun Retreat Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank
A retreat is a great way for a non-profit organization to relax, regroup, restrategize, and also plan their fundraising goals for the rest of their fiscal year. It does not have to be too expensive but can still be fun, celebratory, and productive! Here are some foolproof ways to host a budget-friendly retreat:
As the saying goes, the way to people’s hearts is through their stomachs. Treat your own team to an outdoor company picnic. Enjoying a communal meal outside while discussing the non-profit’s goals and strategies is a relaxing and effective way to spend the day while still focusing on your company’s mission.
If you are really tracking this year’s budget, make the picnic a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite side dish to share with others and enjoy! Additionally, many donors might be interested in sponsoring the lunch.
Balancing all the responsibilities that come with a non-profit organization can be stressful, and sometimes you just need to shake it off.
Planning a day outdoors with a game of volleyball or golf included can do wonders for your team’s mood and spirit. If a big game of two-hand touch football doesn’t quite fit the vibe of your organization, that’s fine! You can still get up and leave the desk behind for a day with less physically demanding events like a scavenger hunt or board games. Consider making the games specific to your organization, and personalize each event to optimize the bonding experience. After relieving some stress, the team will be energized to begin strategic planning!
Anything That Is Not The Office
At the end of the day, any activity or event dedicated to your team and their successes will make a difference. Your non-profit organization is composed of committed volunteers and people who have dedicated their lives to your mission. The growth of your organization and fulfillment of your goals is why they are there in the first place. Here are a few free or relatively-inexpensive places to hold a retreat that are not the office:
- Local park
- Coffee shop
- Local restaurants
The younger your organization, the less money you have allotted toward your team, and that’s okay. But making sure they feel appreciated and involved in the decision-making process is key, and you can do that from anywhere.
Let New Jersey’s Frogbridge Events Do The Planning For You
Planning the perfect retreat for your organization can be tough, especially with a budget restraint. Take the stress away and let Frogbridge Events’ dedicated team worry about the details. We plan all of the activities and have an extensive menu to choose from, so all you and your team have to do is relax!