3 Engaging Virtual Fundraisers From Charities

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As a charity that’s been impacted by disruptions to daily life and the social distancing measures brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic, you may be wondering how you can continue to fundraise for your cause in the current climate. Many charities have already transformed their fundraising campaigns into a virtual format.

Whether you’re just starting out, or adding on the finishing touches, we have put together the following creative examples from our charity partners to help make your next virtual campaign a success.

1. Walking on the greener side with Youth Unlimited (YFC Toronto)

Youth Unlimited (YFC Toronto) supports youth in the Greater Toronto Area by connecting them with mentors who can help them achieve their full potential and transform their lives. Even though they are unable to host their annual spring golf tournament fundraiser, it didn’t stop them from taking everyone to the green to “walk the course”.

  • Their virtual fundraiser: “Together for Transformation” virtual golf
  • Duration: Runs between March 31st to May 12th
  • How their supporters can participate: By virtually walking the golf course and “taking a shot” in the form of one or more donations. Donors who give $250 and over receive various golfer’s swag. Every day, an update is provided on which hole they are walking, and the total amount raised to date.
  • Their fundraising goal: $90,000
  • Fundraising tool: An embedded custom donation form with preset amounts that provide creative giving options for donors. Participants also have the option to donate monthly to the cause.

Take a look at their campaign by clicking here.

2. Getting everyone moving at home with Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley

Big Brothers Big Sisters in Langley, BC is encouraging everyone to stay healthy, strong, and connected during these uncertain and stressful times. Throughout the month of April, they are asking supporters to participate in their peer-to-peer social fundraiser in support of their youth mentorship programs.

  • Their virtual fundraiser: “Move for Mentoring” fitness challenge
  • Duration: Runs between April 1st to April 30th
  • How their supporters can participate: By joining as an individual or getting into teams to pledge their at-home workouts, set a fundraising goal, post pictures/videos of their accomplishments, and encourage their friends to do the same. At the end of the month, participants complete their physical challenges based on the amount of money that they raised.
  • Challenge Ideas:
    “FOR THE PUSH-UP KING: I commit to doing one push-up for every $1 I raise for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley!”
    “FOR THE DANCING QUEEN: I will commit to dancing for 1 minute for every $1 I raise for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley!”
    “FOR THE JUMPING JACK FAMILY: We commit to doing 1 jumping jack for every $1 we raise for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley!”
  • Their fundraising goal: $5,000.
  • Fundraising tool: Individuals and teams can set up their own fundraiser pages using the peer-to-peer social fundraising tool.

Take a look at their campaign by clicking here.

3. Honouring loved ones in times of social distancing with Crossroads Hospice Society

Crossroads Hospice Society provides compassionate care to those affected by the end-of-life experience in Port Moody and the surrounding area. This year, in light of the recent pandemic, they have taken their annual Hike for Hospice virtual.  Supporters are provided with an opportunity to come together virtually, anytime, and anywhere (indoors) to raise money while staying active, healthy, and safe in the comfort of their homes.

  • Their virtual fundraiser: “Hike for Hospice” social distancing edition
  • Duration: The fundraiser runs between January 29th to May 3rd. Supporters can choose when they ‘walk’ and a virtual celebration will take place on May 3rd.
  • How their supporters can participate: By registering online, pledging to ‘walk’, then sharing their individual fundraising pages to friends and family.
  • Ways to complete the hike:
    Supporters are encouraged to hop on their elliptical, treadmill or stationary bike, run up  and down those stairs or get in their steps during their favourite Youtube workout!
  • Their fundraising goal: $50,000.
  • Fundraising tool: Individuals and teams can set up their own fundraiser pages using the peer-to-peer social fundraising tool.

Take a look at their campaign by clicking here.


Looking for ideas to run your next event virtually?
Check out 7 Creative Virtual Fundraising Ideas You Can Use To Replace Your Cancelled Event, for fundraising ideas that can help you raise much-needed funds and engage your supporters when in-person events just aren’t possible.


Want more ideas, tips, and resources for coping with COVID-19 beyond fundraising? Browse our growing list of CanadaHelps’ COVID-19 resources and support that we’re updating as more become available.

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