Top tips on how to raise money during Covid

Last updated: 7 April, 2022

4 fundraising ideas

1Host an online activity from home

If you’re after a quiz alternative, try a: 

 Find more online fundraising ideas at: 

 To help you get started, read our how to set up an online activity guide.  

2Take part in a fitness challenge

Follow in the footsteps of Captain Tom by: 

  • climbing the equivalent of Everest from your stairs 

  • hiking to the moon from home 

  • running a marathon round your living room 

  • lifting the weight of your home doing press-ups

3Teach a new skill

Have you mastered something that others have not? Inspire others to give it a go. It might be a hobby like:

  • knitting, crochet or quilting 

  • playing an instrument 

  • cooking or baking 

  • painting or drawing 

  • creative writing 

  • photography 

  • learning a new language

4Game for good

Boardgames, video games and jigsaw puzzle tournaments. It’s the taking part that counts towards your fundraising total. 

So, ask each player to collect sponsors and live stream the event to spectators. Win, win. 

Out with the old...

Turn clutter into cash

Books, games and DVDs gathering dust? Put your unwanted wares to good use.

Ask people to have a clear out and donate the value of their items to your cause. They can do this online at

In with the new...  

Shop smarter

Register your activity or group with an online charity shopping website. You’ll receive a ‘thank you’ donation every time a person shops and chooses you as their cause. 

You can register your cause at: 

“A few groups I know are using the easyfundraising website and PayPal bonus ball to raise funds. It’s working really well.”

Tim DredgeMember Pioneer County Durham

Remember to

Promote your online donation page

To help people understand how they’d be helping, explain what the money could buy for your community group or charity. 

If you do not have a donation page, set up yours at Virgin Money Giving and start fundraising.

Add your group to Co-operate, include a link to your donation page and share on your social networks.

Say thank you

Tell donators how much their support means to you by sending a thank you e-card.

Apply for funding

Funds are available to help groups continue to do good in communities during Covid.     For a directory of what’s available, and how to apply, visit: 

Or read our how to apply for funding guide

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