If you’re running a crowdfunding campaign at work, there are lots of fun ways to get your colleagues involved. Virtual fundraising events have so many advantages, making them a popular choice.
Benefits of virtual fundraising events include:
Very few outgoing costs, which means more money for your cause.
They’re typically easy to plan and run, which means less stress for you.
People can join in from anywhere, which makes them great if some of your employees work at home (which many of us do, especially during the COVID19 pandemic).
They’re accessible and all-inclusive, allowing everyone in your company to join in.
They aren’t affected by external factors, like the weather and travel time.
Let’s take a look at 12 virtual fundraising events you could run.
1. Virtual Exercise Challenge
An exercise challenge is always great fun and gets people moving. You can set a distance to be completed in a specific time frame and encourage your colleagues to gather sponsorships for taking part. If you want to enhance the sense of competition, you could make it a race.
You could set a specific activity, such as running or walking, or let people complete the distance however they like. Everyone can take pictures and videos of their activity and share them on social media with a hashtag related to your company.
2. Virtual Quiz
Prepare a quiz of any theme (one related to your company can be a fun choice). Gather your participants on video call and have a quiz night. You can even offer a prize for the winner if you want to make things more exciting.
3. Social Media Challenge
Most of us use social media, so why not include it in your fundraising? Not only is it fun, it also promotes your business. Set a challenge to see who can get the most likes on a post. You can make the post themed or allow participants to post anything they like. Ask them to tag the company and use a relevant hashtag, and offer a prize for the winner.
4. Virtual Raffle
You can turn a good old raffle into a virtual one by giving out numbers rather than tickets. Winning numbers can be drawn using a random number generator (or picked out of a hat if you’re more old school). You could even ask your colleagues to donate items to the raffle to reduce costs.
5. Virtual Fancy Dress Day
Fancy dress is fun (yes, even for adults including business professionals). You could set a theme and ask everyone to dress up in their best fancy dress, with a donation for taking part of course.
This one is great because it can involve both those at work and those taking part virtually at home. Ask virtual participants to join you on a video call, or to send pictures of them in their fancy dress. You can even turn it into a competition and offer a prize for the best costume.
6. ‘Give It Up’ Challenge
Why not ask your coworkers to give something up for a month and have them gather sponsorships for completing the challenge. They could give up anything, for example chocolate, caffeine, or even social media. Have weekly video calls to check in on everyone’s progress and encourage each other.
7. Online Game Challenge
If you and your workmates love gaming, why not have an online game challenge? Ask for donations to take part, and join each other virtually in a multiplayer game. You can have knockout rounds if there are lots of players, and of course, don’t forget a prize for the winner!
8. Online Dinner Party
Gather together over video call (dressed up in your finest evening wear, of course), and have a dinner party. Everyone can cook their meal at home, or if you have the funds you could get meals delivered to everyone. Don’t forget to encourage donations.
9. Virtual Talent Competition
Most of us have a hidden talent, or at least something that will make others giggle. So why not try a virtual talent competition? Ask willing colleagues to perform their act via a group video call. You could even offer a prize for the best and worst act.
10. Virtual Readathon
If you all enjoy a good book, you could run a virtual readathon. You can set any reading goal you choose, for example you could set a goal for everyone to read five books within a month. Each participant can ask loved ones to sponsor them for taking part.
11. Virtual Class
Virtual classes and workshops are popular and they’re a great way to connect with your colleagues. Why not run an online class related to your work? Or you could do something more fun and use your personal skills. For example you could run a cooking class, an art class, or a fitness class. Don’t forget to ask for donations to take part!
12. First One to Find Challenge
For this challenge, gather your colleagues on video call and ask them to race to find specific objects within their home. This challenge is fun because you can make the objects as random or funny as you like. For example you could say, find something green, find something beginning with the letter ‘a’, or find something that looks like a specific animal or person.
The first one back to show the object on screen is the winner. You can have as many rounds as you like. Don’t forget to ask for donations for participation and offer a prize for the winner.
Whichever virtual fundraising idea you choose, remember to promote your campaign, be proactive, and have fun!
Ann-Marie D'arcy-SharpeGoGetFunding Author
I'm Ann-Marie, I'm 32 and a passionate freelance blogger and writer. I live in Scotland with my husband and lots of pets. My favourite things are bright coloured hair, animals, hiking, writing and anything creative!