During this time of lockdowns, travel restrictions, and limits on gatherings, it can be really challenging to stay connected to your family and friends. However, the benefits of reaching out and supporting each other is more important than ever at this time.
If you are fundraising right now, it can feel intrusive to ask your network to part with their funds. If you are considerate of your ask and your network’s ability to give, fundraising does not need to be avoided. In fact, many charities are now in need of funds more than ever given the additional challenges they are also facing. It is during these times that those who aren’t doing it as tough begin to ask themselves ‘how can I help?’.
There are so many creative ways to stay engaged, have some fun, and raise awareness and funds for your charity of choice, even during periods of lockdown. Read on for fun virtual fundraising ideas to keep you connected to your circle, whilst continuing to fundraise for your chosen cause.
A Virtual Work Presentation
If you are working remotely, this is a fun and informative way to end the working week. Ask your boss if you can host a 30 minute presentation one afternoon over Zoom, to share information about the work of your charity, your connection to the cause and your upcoming charity challenge. This is a wonderful opportunity to wind down at the end of the week with a wine or tea in hand, spread the word about your charity and collect donations from your colleagues.
Host a trivia night over Zoom, in exchange for a donation. There are so many different ways to run a fun event like virtual trivia, like setting a theme and awarding extra points for the best dress up. Don’t forget to organise a small prize for the winner!
Virtual Yoga Class
Everyone needs the opportunity to wind down and relax! Reach out to a local instructor and ask if they can host an online yoga class, with the entry fee going towards your fundraising page. Ensure the class is appropriate for yogis at all levels of skill; you don’t want to alienate any of your supporter base.
Other Event Ideas
For other fun virtual activity ideas, try a virtual cocktail hour, a games night, wine tasting, painting lesson, cooking class, or a weekly online boot camp.
Care packages are a personal and heartfelt gift, and a particularly nice surprise for those of us who are feeling a little isolated at the moment.
To turn these gifts into a fundraising opportunity, reach out to local shops to ask for product donations, or a discounted rate. This could be anything from grocery items, to candles, bath bombs, wine or chocolates. Be creative! Once you’ve got your items, they can be sent to friends and family in exchange for a donation. Your supporters could also purchase the hampers as thoughtful gifts to be delivered to their loved ones.
Don’t forget to include some information in the hamper on where the money is going, and a link to your fundraising page.
Tips for Running Successful Virtual Events
Ensure you are tailoring your events to what would suit those in your circle; their interests, their schedules and how much time they may be willing to commit.
Importantly, do not make the entry fee too high. Around $25 per person, depending on the event, is usually a good price. These events are also a great opportunity to remind your friends and family of why you are fundraising and the importance of your chosen cause. You’ll find that many people are happy to donate additional funds on the night.