Virtual Fundraising Ideas
The outbreak of coronavirus is affecting all our lives in lots of different ways. If your fundraising plans have been postponed or cancelled, we’ve put together a selection of ideas for virtual fundraising that you can do from home instead.
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Our virtual fundraising ideas are based around the five ways to wellbeing.
With many of us in isolation and with social distancing strongly advised, it is important that we stay connected with our network of family, friends or colleagues.
Virtual pub quiz
Virtual CrafternoonUse Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts to hold a virtual pub quiz. Set up a JustGiving page and ask your guests to make a donation to take part.
Get together with your favourite people online for a virtual spin-off of Mind’s craftiest fundraising event.
Regular physical activity doesn’t have to be outside for you to feel the benefits to your wellbeing.
Virtual physical activity
Lead an online class through Facebook Live or Instagram Live. It could be yoga, pilates or old school aerobics. Set up a JustGiving page and ask for a donation to Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind for friends to attend.
Even at this difficult time you can still take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.
Green fingers sweepstake
Choose your favourite plant and encourage your friends to sow seeds at the same time as you. Ask them for a donation, and over time you can watch your seeds change from seedlings into grown plants. The gardener of the plant that bares its first fruit or flower wins half the sweepstake donation. Donate the other half to Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind.
Ebay your clutter away
Now is a good opportunity to declutter, and working through your possessions is a chance to remember memories associated with them. Sell your clutter on Ebay, or go to a website like Music Magpie, which will give you cash in return for your old CDs and DVDs. Donate the money you make to Mind.
If you have a musical talent, take it online to a virtual gig through Facebook or Instagram live. Set up a JustGiving page so that those who join your gig can make a donation. Listening to live music is also a great way for others to take notice.
Learning something new has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
Share your skills with others through online tutorials. You could do cooking, a foreign language or flower arranging. Ask for a donation in exchange for sharing your skills, which can be donated on your JustGiving page. Or does your friend have a skill that you have always wanted to learn? Ask them to set one up for you.
Virtual book club
Take your book club online or set up your own online book club. Donate the money that you would’ve spent on drinks and snacks to Mind. When you’re done with your books, use Ziffit to de-clutter your bookshelf and they’ll make a donation to Mind for you.
Research into actions that promote happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week, over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
Creating a birthday fundraiser is a fantastic way to give back to a cause you’re passionate about on your special day. Staying at home and self-isolating mean social gatherings and parties are on hold, but you could ask them to donate to Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind instead. Encourage friends and family members to forgo birthday gifts and donate to your birthday fundraiser by setting up a Just Giving page for Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind.
Coronavirus swear jar
Put £1 into the jar whenever you use the word “coronavirus” and donate the collection to Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind.
Donate to Mind
Many of us are finding that we are working from home or cancelling activities outside of the house. This may mean that you find that we are saving money on travel or other expenses. If you’re able to, you may want to consider donating those savings to Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind here.
Fundraise for us and support our campaign – #ItTakesBallsToTalk
In 2018 we launched our #ItTakesBallsToTalk campaign to tackle suicide and self-harm across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhonnda Cynon Taf. Our aim has been to reach out to 3000 men aged 20 – 50 by generating awareness of suicide and self-harm, promoting access to national services and to provide 1-2-1 talking treatment or counselling sessions to men at risk.
We have been doing this in partnership with grassroots ruby football clubs by attending matches and speaking to players and supporters. See our video below:
By fundraising for us you will be directly supporting our #ItTakesBallsToTalk campaign and helping to raise awareness of suicide and self harm across Merthyr and the Valleys. Monies raised from all fundraising activity will go towards ensuring the longevity of the campaign, supporting us to reach out to as many people as we can.
Downloads and Resources
Below are some free downloads to support you with your fundraising:
If you are a business that would like to support us in our work, then please take a look at our Corporate Fundraisers Welcome Pack – this includes lots of ideas on how to fundraise for us and involve your staff.
Also please contact Jayne Young, to discuss your fundraising plans, on 01685 707480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org