What does it mean to "Casual Up"?
In corporate America, casual day represents a day where employees can dress down and be comfortable while they work. Casual days are a good way to boost employee morale and allow them an opportunity to escape from the normal corporate attire. Since casual days have become a norm, USO of Missouri, Inc. offers a great opportunity for employees across corporate cultures to use their casual days to raise money to support your local military, helping to serve those who serve. Casual Up for USO of Missouri can be done anytime of the year.
Why Casual Up?
We all know someone or have heard of someone serving our Country. One of the ways we can help support our troops is by using the privileges we have every day to make an impact. Use your casual day at work to help raise money for the USO of Missouri and give our troops a "touch of home". It's simple, fun, and a great way to get your co-workers involved in something that supports thousands of military!
The USO of Missouri's mission is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities.
Casual Up Benefits
Increase company's Cause Marketing efforts.
Increase company's brand awareness.
Tax deductible fundraising program:
The USO of Missouri strongly encourages a Matching Program by the Employer. If the employer chooses to match the employee's contribution, the portion that the Employer contributes is tax deductible as a donation. If the employer elects to make a direct contribution that is NOT matching, that portion contributed will be tax deductible for the Employer as a donation.
Great way to increase employee morale
Can be incorporated as an ongoing fundraising effort within your organization
Will increase education about the USO of Missouri and the support we provide the military.
Casual Up Pre-planning
Designate your Casual Director:
Your Casual Director will be a person that will sponsor and coordinate the Casual Up for the USO of Missouri event. They will be responsible for coordinating the event and gathering all the appropriate materials to run a successful campaign.
Pick your Casual Up Day(s):
Fridays are good days to have a Casual Up day. However, if this is not a good day for you, choose a day that best fits your company schedule. This program can be done on multiple days as well. Please check with your supervisors to designate your company's Casual Up days.
Set your Goal:
Talk with your employer about how much you want to raise. Set the goal and make it happen!
Promote the Poster:
Download the poster and fill in the date or dates of your Casual Up program. Place it in a common area designated by your employer.
Spread the Word:
Send out emails! Put it on your social networking page (e.g., MySpaceTM) and pass out the Casual Up information. All the materials you will need can be downloaded below.
All checks should be made payable to the USO of Missouri.
After the Event
Will your company match gifts?
Find out whether your company will match your Casual Up donations. This is a good way to ensure that your Casual Up goal is met! Fill out all the proper forms given by your employer and make sure to reference Casual Up for the USO of Missouri.
COMPLETE YOUR DONATION FORM. This will ensure that the USO of Missouri, Inc. properly credits your company's donation.
Make your checks payable to USO of Missouri.
Send the donation and the donation form to: