Virtual events are all the rage in the charity sector, but how can you make your stand out? We take a look at ten of the best virtual event ideas.
With lockdown extended, virtual fundraising events and campaigns need to temporarily replace IRL ones. While digital fundraisers aligned with NHS Together Charities have raised over £100 million online, smaller charities also have opportunities to reach out and engage.
For charity digital leaders, we showcase ten of some of the most innovative digital fundraising events and campaign ideas.
1.) Games Tournament
Great for charities already involved with video, live streaming gaming tournaments can be powerful fundraisers. Recently, Comic Relief launched a Dungeons & Dragons event with comedians Sue Perkins, Nish Kumar, Ed Gamble and Sara Pascoe taking part. The tournament was hosted on Tiltify, and has targeted raising £10,000.
Dungeons & Dragons Senior Brand Manager Dan Barrett said: “We believe the social connection and fun of watching and playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons can be helpful to those of us feeling isolated in this time of social distancing. So, please stay safe at home, and together with Comic Relief, we’ll bring the adventure to you. All we ask is that you donate if you’re able to help support those most vulnerable amongst us in the fight against COVID-19.”
2.) Online auctions
Tapping into those retail enthusiasts missing out on shopping, online auctions can raise significant funds for charities. Premier auction house Sotheby’s May Day COVID-19 event sold lots worth up to $1 million each, with all funds going to coronavirus relief efforts. Some of the lots included virtual cooking lessons with Heston Blumenthal; virtual conversations and a musical concert with Sheku Kanneh-Mason; and a virtual meeting with renowned businessman Sir Martin Sorrell.
3.) Indoor challenges and events
Safe, indoor challenges leave room for supporters and donors to design their own fundraising events. Families can set an indoor challenge, and raise money for that activity. The Fire Fighter’s Charity recently used this approach – families have lifted shopping bags and run on the spot for charity. On social media, the efforts have been shared on the charity’s Twitter feed.
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Source: Charity Digital News