By: Julie Holmes, ChoreoNation Instructor
Living in 2020 has brought a lot of change to our everyday lives. While it hasn’t been easy, social-distance-living can have its perks, such as fostering creativity and forcing your dance team to come up with new and creative ways to do what you love. Another benefit is that people have been home and on the internet now more than ever, which has created an opportunity for your team, online fundraising. Actually, in some instances, online fundraising can be more beneficial than traditional forms. Forget the stress of planning, securing a location, organizing the set-up, and trying to coordinate around everyone’s schedule. No more limited-time, one-location shopping with just the locals! Enjoy a budget friendly online fundraiser with the ability to reach an audience across the entire nation. Here are the BEST fundraising ideas for you and your team to consider while staying socially distanced & COVID safe!
First Things First
If you haven’t already, set your team up as a Nonprofit organization, it is beneficial to do so. This will give your team more opportunity to raise funds and is more appealing to donors who can use their donation as a tax deduction. If you aren’t able to secure Nonprofit status in time, there is still plenty of opportunity to raise money.
Next, you will want to develop a virtual event checklist. Planning ahead is crucial, and making a checklist is the best way to keep track of all your needs and goals. Also, it helps determine which tasks are most important and should be done first.
Lastly, and most importantly, create a donation page or online button on your website that is easily accessible for donors to contribute to your organization. PayPal is the easiest, fastest, and safest way to make this successful.
Virtual Raffle/ Auction
Where to start? Before wasting any time registering or even getting your hopes up on hosting an event, be sure to thoroughly research the legality of raffling or auctioning in your state. Does it require a 501(c)? Do you need a permit? In some states raffling and auctions are considered gambling and are, therefore, illegal. Once you have finished researching, you can start setting up your online event.
Social media raffles are budget friendly, easy to manage, and a great way to expand your audience reach. Sharing on all social platforms with friends and family will help generate the most traffic to your organization. Consider making live videos when selecting winners, and ALWAYS be sure to tag for other users to repost easily!
Running an online auction is less hassle AND provides greater audience reach with the opportunity of having a longer existence. Using an online hosting platform will help keep your raffle organized, professional, and more appealing to donors. After the event is completed, the cheapest and most convenient way to distribute items or packages to the winners would be to send out an online sign-up sheet for date & time selection. This way you don’t have to worry about damages or costs of shipping & handling. The exchange can be contactless helping you stay socially distant and safe.
Services for Donation
This is a real “work for the money” way of fundraising. Your dance teammates would offer services such as dog walking, car washing, homemade meals, etc. in exchange for donations. Adding the pay portal to your website will be extremely beneficial for this type of campaign, and creating an online sign-up sheet will help you keep track while staying organized and efficient.
How about exchanging DANCE for profit? ChoreoNation provides an opportunity for you and your team to profit from your original choreography. Submission is quick and easy! Besides, what better way to make money than doing something you LOVE?
Exchanging profit for products– Yes, we have all done it before; except this time, we aren’t door-to-door selling, everything is online. Whether it be sweets or pastas, you can’t go wrong with this type of fundraising. Most importantly, be sure to pay close attention to the profit percentage. If it is less than 40%-50%, try something else. You want to get the most out of your hard sales.
Virtual Talent Show
Entertainment at its finest! This is a fun and engaging way to raise money for your team. Several platforms can be used for this such as Zoom, YouTube, or even Facebook.
Hosting a Virtual Dare is a great way to bring laughter and light-heartedness with all the stress and negativity happening around us in today’s world. It’s fun; it’s thrilling, and it’s a way to meet your funding goal!
There are endless opportunities to help your team by doing pandemic-friendly fundraising. We hope this has helped trigger ideas and given you a head start!
Have you had success in fundraising 2020 style? What platforms helped you succeed?
Let us know in the comments.