4 Easy Fundraising Ideas That Can Be Done Virtually


  • August 19, 2020
  • /   Tyler Mielke
  • /   online-giving
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Right now, many churches are facing a significant deficit right now due to lost revenue from canceled events or the inability to engage with people face to face. This lack of in-person donation opportunities is forcing a lot of organizations to get creative in how they take in tithes and donations. To help inspire your creativity in this novel virtual world, we want to highlight some of our favorite fundraising ideas that can be done virtually without spending too much time and money to get started. 

Our 4 Favorite Virtual Fundraising Ideas 

1) Online Campaigns – You don’t have to wait until Sunday morning to talk about church outreaches. Online campaigns can engage church members to support an outreach opportunity any day of the week! Examples of online campaigns could include a backpack drive for kids going back to school or a fundraiser that aspires to pay bills for families that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. People want to engage and support stories that change lives, so use your platform to share those opportunities. See an example of our campaign tools here.

2) Change for Change - A simple campaign that is catchy and easy for people to get involved. Have church members exchange their spare change for cash and donate online (we are in a coin shortage so now is a great time!). The amount of good that can come out of this is be incredible. I have been told that some churches that start this program and remind people to give to it see donations of 10's of thousands over the course of the year. The best part is that it all goes right back into helping and reaching out into their community.

3) In Honor or In Memory of Fundraiser – In Honor Fundraisers are a way to encourage supporters of your organization to create fundraising pages in honor or in memory of a loved one or someone special. This is an especially effective fundraiser right now with many families experiencing loss and tough times due to COVID-19. The church is in a great position to drive support for those in need and sometimes it is just helping a family within the church.

4) Give Week– Chad Boswell from the Harvest Foundation challenged churches in a recent article to ask themselves "does your church know where their donations go to?” and one of the easiest ways to answer this question is to kick off a Give Week at your church. For example Highpointe Church in Enterprise, Alabama holds “A Week of Generosity “ in which the church goes out and blesses the community. They have bought food for thousands of people as well as paid off all the outstanding utility debt for people who were going to have water or electricity shut off.

People want to give through the Church not give to the church so start a give week and give into your community! 

After you settle on the type of fundraiser you want to have you will need to promote it through your social media networks and by sending out email blasts to all of your subscribers. It is important that all communications include a link to your fundraising landing page, donate page, and sign-up forms so people know where to go, what to do, and when it starts. If you need help with anything like this contact us! We can help!