Ten Virtual Fundraising Ideas to Make a Difference (2022)

At a time when everyone needs to come together, we need to be physically apart. Our usual events and fundraisers have come to a halt, even after many years of tradition. As we responsibly practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus during this global pandemic, we must also consider other ways to support those most vulnerable to COVID-19, including immuno-compromised cancer patients. We cannot stop working toward a future immune to cancer.

With current changes in technology, there are new ways to fundraise on a virtual level. Video calls and chats allow people to connect for long distances, or in this case, short distances. Today’s COVID-19 pandemic will ultimately subside—thanks largely to the relentless efforts of medical professionals on the frontlines, scientists searching for better treatments and ways to prevent future outbreaks, and the generosity of those who fund their work. Throughout this crisis, Team CRI can advance immunotherapy research with the goal of bringing an end to an even more pervasive and pernicious disease: cancer.

Here are ten fun ideas to take your fundraiser virtual and still make a difference while safe at home.

Virtual Soirée

Don’t cancel your party. Host it via video call. (Become a Zoomster!) Ship each guest a “party in a box” for a festive atmosphere on screen; party boxes could include favors (hats, leis), tiny decorations (paper lanterns, mini-umbrellas for drinks), or even food and drink (pie-in-a-jar, drink mix). If you already ordered catering, don’t cancel it, but distribute it to each of your guests. Remember that everyone can be creative from the comfort of home. Play verbal games, or try video charades. Make the most of your virtual soirée and create a fundraising page. Ask guests to donate the money they would have spent on travel, a new outfit, a bottle of wine, a gift, or whatever is appropriate. The webcam pic is the new selfie.

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Virtual Cooking Class

With so many pictures of food posted online, it’s not a big leap to offer a cooking class to your network of friends and family. (How about Facebook Live?) Put on an apron and channel your inner Julia Child, or perhaps switch to a new head chef every day or week for a fresh kitchen and dish. Set up a fundraising page and gather donations from all those participating. Alternately, consider recruiting a local chef to teach to support both charity and a local business. Offer tiered donation levels for watching the class, various take-out dishes, gift cards, etc.

Virtual Race

The gym may be closed, but you can still break a sweat. Virtual races, or “No Run Runs,” are great for individuals of all fitness levels and can be done at any location. A virtual race allows your supporters to register to “run” alone or with a virtual group of friends while fundraising. Since your “finish line” is whatever you determine your fundraising goal to be, there’s a lot of flexibility in designing a virtual race—marathon (your fitness tracker logs steps as you pace around the apartment), walkathon (how far can a daily walk in the park—at appropriate social distance from others—take you), cycling (how many people do you know have a stationary bike at home?), etc. Create a team fundraising page and have each member register to join. Use the update features on your fundraising page to keep your supporters apprised of your progress as you prepare.

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Live Stream Challenge

A live stream fundraiser is an excellent way to attract, nurture, and convert your audience over the course of a day or longer. Use Twitch for live video game streaming like The Dingus Boys, or YouTube for live pod streaming like Live Stream for a Cure. This approach offers the opportunity to engage with your supporters and thank donors in real time. Set up a fundraising page for donations to roll in electronically. You can even kick it up a notch with live announcements of additional comments or challenges from donors.

Conference Call Costume Contest

Never before has your office been so dependent on GoToMeeting or Zoom. It can be hard to keep the team spirit. Change up your routine with a very different conference call—the challenge being the costume only works from the neck up. Award prizes for the funniest, the most creative, or the scariest. Set up a fundraising page to get the entire workplace into the spirit.

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Virtual Movie Night

While it may not have the intimacy of a movie theater, there are apps and websites that allow people to watch movies together from long distances. (Netflix? Hulu? Apple TV? Disney+? HBO Go? Kanopy?) Treat this as any other movie night, except you’re encouraged to have your phone on for texting or video chatting with the audience. Guests can donate money for their chosen snacks, or have each guest choose an appropriate donation challenge—every time they kiss $2, every explosion $5, every pratfall $10. Set up a raffle for movie paraphernalia. Make sure your Wi-Fi connection is strong, grab your snacks, get comfy, and set a strict start timefor the audience. On the upside, you don’t have to share your popcorn.

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Virtual Cocktail Class

Bars and restaurants have closed; however, you should still be able to enjoy an occasional cocktail or mocktail. Create some quality time with friends and schedule one day every week when one person’s favorite cocktail is made. Host a live stream tutorial for your close friends and family on social media. You can set up a fundraising page and gather donations from all those participating and even thank them live if you’re streaming. Also consider getting a local bartender to join to support both charity and a local business. Tip: Several bars are selling pre-mixed drinks.

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Virtual Birthday Party

The celebration must go on! We’ve all seen those Facebook Birthday Fundraisers, so why not take it to the next level? Host a virtual birthday party for yourself. Assign a date and time with an online save the date. Coordinate your video chat and ask for donations to your fundraising page. Send our virtual party favors such as e-cards or stickers to those who donate. Better yet, plan a surprise party for your friend. Send balloons to the birthday home and when “opening presents,” read off the list of donations in their name!

Virtual Dance Challenge

“Renegade” may have sparked the TikTok Dance Challenge, but more dances have rolled through the platform to inspire and dare your friends. Set up a fundraising page, start a challenge, and tag a friend to continue. People must donate to pass on the challenge before tagging the next person. That way, you keep both the moves and the money rolling. We suggest starting with the Coronavirus PSA dance challenge.

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Virtual Happy Hour

Adjusting to remote working can be hard, and not just because Outlook isn’t working. We miss seeing our co-workers in the kitchen, too. That’s why it’s a great time to set up a regular virtual happy hour with donations at the price of your favorite drink. Once a $2 beer or a $9 gin cocktail could now be funding cancer research. If you’d rather keep the socializing non-alcoholic, try a virtual coffee break instead with donations the price ofyour usual oatmilk iced coffee or double-shot dirty chai. Don’t forget those gift cards for your local bars or coffee shops for additional fundraising.

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We hope you’re suitably inspired to raise money for cancer immunotherapy research during these unprecedented times. Let’s come together to support science and medicine. With your help, we will work toward more cures for all kinds of cancer, and ultimately, create a future immune to cancer.


What are some good ideas for a fundraiser? ›

14 Easy Nonprofit Fundraising Ideas
  1. Donation Jars. In the age of cryptocurrency and digital wallets, we often forget about cash as a quick donation option. ...
  2. Community Yard Sale. ...
  3. 50/50 Raffle. ...
  4. Bake Sale. ...
  5. Concession Stand. ...
  6. Car Wash. ...
  7. Team Trivia Night. ...
  8. Sports Tournament.
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What is the most profitable fundraising event? ›

Charity Auctions

Auctions are some of the most profitable fundraising events around. With so many amazing prizes on the line, donors won't be able to resist contributing to your cause. Plan ahead to get the best auction items and start planning your next charity event today!

What is the best way to raise money online? ›

9 Best Online Fundraising Platforms
  1. Donorbox. Donorbox is a powerful all-in-one fundraising platform with a quick setup process and plenty of easy-to-use features. ...
  2. GoFundMe. GoFundMe is a well-known online fundraising platform. ...
  3. OneCause. ...
  4. Handbid. ...
  5. Bonfire. ...
  6. Fundly. ...
  7. Soapbox Engage. ...
  8. 99Pledges.
14 Sept 2022

How can I raise money fast? ›

If you borrow money from friends or family, it's best to draw up a contract about the terms of the loan.
  1. 1) Liquidate Your Assets.
  2. 2) Take on Odd Jobs.
  3. 3) Track Down Your Loose Change.
  4. 4) Organize a Garage Sale.
  5. 5) Get Money From Your Retirement Accounts.
  6. 6) Part With Your Plasma.
  7. 7) Borrow Money From Friends or Family.

What is the cheapest way to raise money? ›

Cheap fundraising ideas for schools
  1. Art sale. Selling kids' art is a surefire way to raise funds for your school—and the only cost is the art supplies. ...
  2. Historic tour. Get a volunteer from a local museum or historic site to give kids and caretakers a tour of the town in exchange for a donation. ...
  3. Marathon ask-a-thon.
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What is a shoe drive fundraiser? ›

During a shoe drive fundraiser, you ask your community to collect gently worn, used and new shoes and sneakers of all styles and sizes. When Funds2Orgs receives and processes the shoes collected from your shoe drive fundraiser, you will receive a check!

What is the largest fundraiser in the world? ›

Stanford University campus in Stanford, California.

How do you throw a virtual fundraiser? ›

10-Steps to Host a Virtual Fundraising Event
  1. Prepare your list of donors.
  2. Stay true to your “normal” event plan, but be willing to make changes.
  3. Define the purpose, fundraising goal, budget, and event timeline.
  4. Choose the space you will film in.
  5. Choose your streaming platform.
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How can I fundraise without social media? ›

10 Ways to Achieve Online Fundraising Without Social Media
  1. Meet with people in person. ...
  2. Reach out over the phone. ...
  3. Connect with others through email. ...
  4. Share your fundraiser via text. ...
  5. Promote your fundraiser at events. ...
  6. Post your fundraiser on bulletin boards. ...
  7. Contact supporters through direct mail.
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How do online events raise funds? ›

  1. Start a fundraiser that lists what you have on sale.
  2. Reach out to your supporters via social media and share the fundraiser link.
  3. Ask them to support the fundraiser by buying items and/or sharing the link with their own network.
  4. They use our online and cash/cheque payment options.

How do you ask for donations online example? ›

“Please donate” message example

Right now, we're facing [current challenge]. We need just [donation amount] more to meet our goal and [impact]. Please donate to [cause] today to ensure we have the strength to [impact]. Just click below and select an amount.

Is Funds2Orgs legitimate? ›

There's a reason for it. In short, they know that when they partner with Funds2Orgs, they work with a credible and trusted leader. In fact, we're the nation's largest shoe drive fundraising social enterprise because people know they can trust us.

How much money do you get from GotSneakers? ›

Getting Started

Plus GotSneakers will pay you $7 for each pair of sneakers collected. You can put that money towards a project at your child's school, something new for your office as a donation to your favorite charity or anything else you can think up!

How do nonprofits raise money fast? ›

Top 5 Smart Ways to Raise Funds for Nonprofit Organization
  1. Attract People for Fundraising. ...
  2. Research Your Donors. ...
  3. Promote the Fundraising Efforts. ...
  4. Build Your Brand Equity. ...
  5. Inspire More Donations at Your Fundraising Events.

How do I make my GoFundMe go viral? ›

If you'd like to see your fundraising campaign go viral, either online or off, be sure to follow these important tips:
  1. Make Your Ask Bite-Sized. $10,000 asks don't go viral. ...
  2. Find “Sneezers” There's nothing a virus likes more than a good sneeze, spreading the germs far and wide. ...
  3. Boil Down Your Message. ...
  4. Make it Easy to Give.

Does GoFundMe take a cut? ›

A transaction fee of 2.9% + $0.30 is automatically deducted from each donation, so you never have to worry about paying a bill.

How can I do a charity online? ›

Create an impact where it matters. Start a Campaign: Sign in or register and create an online fundraising campaign by filling in the required details. Create Awareness: Once the campaign has been created, share the link on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels and let your friends know.

How do strangers make money online? ›

9 Sites Where You Can Get Strangers to Give You Money
  1. GoFundMe. You've probably heard of GoFundMe before. ...
  2. Begging Money. If you're going through some financial hard times, Begging Money is a good platform to turn to. ...
  3. CyberBeg. ...
  4. Ko-Fi. ...
  5. Patreon. ...
  6. Crowdfunder. ...
  7. Indiegogo. ...
  8. Fundly.

What is better than GoFundMe? ›

Fundly – Best GoFundMe Alternative for Mobile-First Fundraising. Givebutter – Best GoFundMe Alternative for Donor Management. Bonfire – Best GoFundMe Alternative for T-Shirt Fundraising. Snowball – Best GoFundMe Alternative for Auctions and Events.

Can I use a fake name on GoFundMe? ›

What's your name? The name you enter will be displayed publicly on the fundraiser page. If you don't want to use your full name, whether for safety or personal reasons, you can enter your chosen name here. Be sure to enter your legal name when it comes time to set up transfers.

What is hybrid fundraising? ›

A hybrid fundraiser is an event that takes place online and in-person. Two audiences engage in your fundraising, at the same time, just from different locations. Because the fundraising takes place simultaneously, nonprofits leverage technology to engage and execute their fundraising activities.

How can I raise money as a kid? ›

Other Great Fundraising Ideas
  1. Sell Cookie Dough. Learn more about bake sales. ...
  2. 50/50 Raffle. Learn more about raffle planning. ...
  3. Trivia Night. Learn more about trivia nights. ...
  4. Cook-Off Fundraiser. Learn more about hosting cook offs. ...
  5. Recipe Book Sales. ...
  6. Karaoke Night Fundraiser. ...
  7. Teachers in Jail. ...
  8. Shoe Drive Fundraiser.

What can a child do to raise money for charity? ›

Fundraising Ideas for Kids
  1. Donate or sell old toys. Get your kids to go through their old toys and donate some to charity or sell them in a car boot or garden sale. ...
  2. Donations instead of presents. ...
  3. Sponsored events. ...
  4. Seasonal fundraisers. ...
  5. Battle of the Bands. ...
  6. Bake Sale. ...
  7. Art attack. ...
  8. Mufti days.

What is a shoe drive fundraiser? ›

During a shoe drive fundraiser, you ask your community to collect gently worn, used and new shoes and sneakers of all styles and sizes. When Funds2Orgs receives and processes the shoes collected from your shoe drive fundraiser, you will receive a check!

Do TikTokers get paid? ›

The short answer is: Yes. To make money on TikTok directly you must be 18 years of age or older, have more than 10,000 followers, and have at least 100,000 views over the last 30 days. You can then apply to the TikTok Creator Fund in the app.

What school fundraisers make the most money? ›

Shoe drive fundraisers are school fundraisers that make the most money, as schools and education groups have learned. Shoes become the currency, and there are many shoes in school communities to collect. In other words, this is an easy fundraiser.

Do Instagram users get paid? ›

Instagram allows you to earn money with the help of IGTV Ads, Branded Content, Badges, Shopping, and Affiliate Marketing. But creators can also earn from sponsored content, fan membership, licensing the content they produce, and also by becoming a consultant.

How can a 17 year old make money online? ›

Here are the best ways for teenagers to make money online, with most requiring little to no experience: Take Online Surveys. Play Video Games. Watch Ads for Money.
  1. Get Paid to Complete Online Surveys. ...
  2. Play Video Games Online. ...
  3. Watch Ads for Money. ...
  4. Get Paid to Review Songs (Yes, really!) ...
  5. Test Products.
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