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Fantastic ideas to raise funds and awareness for charity from home

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Strict lockdown measures are likely to disrupt the campaigns of many fundraisers. The good news is that technology is bringing people together in ways that would have been unimaginable a few years ago, and now you can hold all sorts of fundraising events from your home. Here are some top stay-at-home ideas to get you inspired.

It’s easy to get online and host a quiz from your home, with entrants donating to your chosen cause. For smaller groups you can use Facebook Live or a video conferencing site such as Zoom to gather together (use the mute function if everyone is talking over each other) or you can ask your questions over YouTube and embed the stream directly into your fundraising page (see "Using apps and websites to fundraise"). You can either go old-school with answers scribbled on paper and people trusted to mark their own sheets, or you can collect the answers live by using collaborative web-based software such as Google Forms.

If you possess a skill that others would love to have, now is the perfect time to share it. With physical classes off-limits, many individuals and organisations have been taking to video streaming or conferencing sites such as YouTube or Zoom to share their valuable skills, whether it’s teaching ballet, baking, yoga or guitar. To get as many viewers as possible and to keep things straightforward, it makes sense to make the lessons free; just make it very clear that you’re doing this to raise funds, and make the donations link visible at all times, or better still embed directly into your fundraising page.

There are plenty of other ways to raise money while at home: you could get sponsored to do press-ups or other forms of exercise, or you could take a leaf out of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s book and raise funds with feats of athleticism in your back garden. Alternatively you might be able to raise money by playing video games. Gaming for good is not a new phenomenon – and there are plenty of opportunities on live-streaming gaming platforms such as Twitch to achieve something truly meaningful through your games console.

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