How To Fundraise In The Age Of Social Distancing

How To Fundraise In The Age Of Social Distancing

Just a year ago, fundraising was an easier time. You could organise fun runs, cinema evenings and lots of other activities that could help raise funds for important school investments like school canopies, new computers and more. However, all that has changed.

Covid-19 is due to be with us for a long time and the need for schools to invest has not gone away. That’s why school fundraising options need to be found. Fundraising ideas now need to consider social distancing and the fact that many students could still be studying from home, at least for part of the week.

So, what are the best ways to socially distance and fundraise?

1. Online Auction

Auctions are one of the best ways that you can get your children’s parents involved and it is simple to do. Depending on the software that you’re running your website on (WordPress, Shopify, etc.) there could be great software to help run an auction online. All the proceeds can then be donated to the cause.

Otherwise, you can use software like Facebook Messenger, Zoom or other video chat options to run an online auction. Remember to get local businesses to donate products to your auction; in exchange for them to be mentioned during the event.

2. Sponsored Online Events

Another great way to earn money is by doing virtual sponsorship events. Like sponsoring teachers to read online to children. Children could choose their favourite books and parents to offer to sponsor the children to read. The longer the books, the more money that could be raised.

The readings can be done via all sorts of technology including Facebook, Zoom and more.

Alternatively, you can sponsor a teacher or group of children to walk around their gardens a number of times. Children can be paid per lap they do or for the length of time that they’re walking.

3. Online Games

Games have always been a massive part of the online world, and you can take advantage of that by offering online games. For instance, you can get the children’s parents to buy entries in word search, crossword or sudoku competitions. The winner can be given a prize, that could be donated from a local business.

Depending on your website software as well, this should be fairly easy to manage.


There will be a new norm when it comes to schooling. Fundraising options will change. By planning now, you can still invest in the school and make sure that you have the funds necessary for the new equipment like computers, school canopies and more for your school.

If you want to know more about fundraising, you can download our A-Z of fundraising guide here:

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