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At home? Take on some “Virtual” fundraising!

This blog outlines the several different ways you can host an event "virtually" from the comfort of your own home, and continue to raise vital funds for a cause that still needs it as much as ever.

With fundraising events across the country being postponed or cancelled and many people opting to self-isolate, we wanted to remind you that there are still a number of viable alternatives that don’t require physical gatherings!

Hosting your own “Virtual” event

While people won’t be able to attend in person, there are lots of benefits to holding an event virtually. All you need to do to organise your very own virtual event is access to the internet and communications between people who you’d like to invite.   

You can organise a virtual event on social media channels, Just Giving pages and video conferencing software such as zoom or Facebook live. You can be as creative or inventive as you like with it, and make it so it suits you and your attendees 

How to set up a virtual event: 

  1. Establish what type of event you would like to host – think about what you can do from the comfort of your own home. Here are some ideas!
  2. Make a list of people you’d like to invite 
  3. Set up the platform you would like to fundraise on e.g. Just GivingGoFundMe 
  4. Organise how your event is going to be held – will there be a specific start time, or are people able to participate whenever they like? 
  5. Invite people to take part – we recommend asking people to donate £2-5 per person 
  6. And finally, enjoy, stay safe and have fun! 

Equipment you may need to hold a virtual event: 

  • TV 
  • Computer 
  • Mobile phone 
  • Tablet/iPad 
  • Webcam 

Virtual event ideas and social media posts: 

  • Coffee morning– hold a coffee morning by Twitter Chat or a live stream. Set up a fundraising page and ask people to donate as if they were attending an actual coffee morning. This is a great to connect with friends and family!  
  • Movie night With sites like Netflix Party, you can set up your own virtual movie night, which is a great way to keep in contact with friends and family. 
  • Workout/dance/zumbathon– All you need is a live stream where everyone can join in together. Social media post. 
  • Virtual/live quiz – Enjoy pub quizzes? Why not hold your own virtual quiz? You could live stream it! Social media post.
  • Makeshift fancy dress Get inventive and see what you can find in your house.  
  • Virtual bake off – Hold your very own virtual bake off with family and friends and see who can make the best cake. Don’t forget to live stream or share photos so everyone taking part can see! Social media post.
  • Pyjama party – Sign up to take part in Pyjamas for PanCan and hold your very own virtual pyjama party! 
  • Get inventive and make your own – Have an idea of your own? Why not create your own unique virtual event, the possibilities are endless!  

Social media posts you can use:

Other ways you can fundraise virtually: 

  • Online shopping– If you’re online shopping, don’t forget to use Amazon Smile or Give As you LiveA great way to donate to charity without any extra cost to you! 
  • Giving Lottery  A great way to enter lottery and support PCA at the same time!  
  • General fundraiser  With platforms like Facebook allowing to set up quick and easy fundraising, you could just set up a general fundraiser. These are also great for birthdays if you would like people to donate to PCA instead of receiving presents.  
  • Give It Up for PanCan – Take part in PCA’s very own fundraising campaign. You can ask people to sponsor you by giving up anything you like. You could make it one month, two months or even longer!

Get in touch!  

If you’ve got any questions or ideas, you’d like to discuss then please do get in touch with the fundraising team. We love hearing your ideas and are on hand to give you all the guidance you need! Email fundraising@panact.org  

Lastly, good luck, have fun and stay safe!