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Fundraising from home

For many organisations, coronavirus is creating a lot of uncertainty and upheaval. The changes we are facing will be having an impact on your business and employees in a number of ways. For most of you, the fundraising events you had planned to support Mind may have been cancelled or postponed and many of your staff might now be working from home.

We know that our supporters still want to be connected to Mind and are eager to find ways to keep fundraising. We are especially grateful for your enthusiasm during this time of uncertainty. We know that coronavirus will have a huge impact on the nation's mental health, with many people being affected by anxiety and long periods of isolation and we want to be there to make sure everyone gets the support they need. But we need your help to ensure we can reach everyone who needs us.

We've put together a selection of our top virtual fundraising tips which you can do at home. They are all based around the five ways to wellbeing.

Thank you so much for choosing to fundraise for Mind! We're delighted that you're part of our team of amazing supporters.

Connect

With many of us in isolation, it is really important to stay connected with our network of family, friends or colleagues.

Quiz night

Use Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts to hold a virtual pub quiz. Set up a Just Giving page and ask your guests to donate to take part. You can include a round on mental health using the Time to Change pub quiz template.

We love this DIY "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" quiz – just download the template and fill it out with a range of questions! You could also check out the Kahoot platform to create and host a quiz with remote players.

Virtual bake off

Make office-based fundraising virtual and post pictures and videos of your baked goods. You won't get to eat everyone's delicious creation, but you can still swap recipes and vote for a winner. Charge a small donation to Mind as you would normally but use a Just Giving page instead of a collection box.

Be active

Regular physical activity doesn't have to be outside for you to feel the benefits to your wellbeing.

Step challenge

Take part in a step challenge using a step counting app such as Strava (which allows you to create a virtual club and leaderboard). Ask for a donation fee to enter and award extra points for the most creative way to get to 10,000 steps in your house, garden, or balcony! This is also a great way to stay fit and active while working from home.

Tip: Could your company match donations or donate for every milestone reached?

Bonus challenge: DIY marathon

If you've always wanted to do a marathon, or if your local fundraising run got cancelled, why not challenge yourself to a marathon distance over several weeks! Here's tips from Runners World on how you can run your own marathon.

Sports sweepstakes

If you'd rather donate than take part in sport, you can hold a sweepstake on a virtual sports or online gaming tournament.

Dance party

If you want to make a night of it, have a virtual dance party. You can all dress in ​mismatched clothes or even dress in 80's themed workout gear. Why not offer a prize to the worst dressed? Donate the money that you would otherwise have spent on a night out to Mind.

Take notice

Even at this difficult time you can still take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.

Online auction

Ask your company and suppliers to donate prizes or future experience gifts to an online raffle. You could use a website such as 32 auctions. If your team is taking the opportunity to do some home decluttering, you could do this on a departmental level and see what great finds people are willing to part with.

Green fingers sweepstake

Choose your favourite plant and encourage your colleagues to sow seeds at the same time as you. Ask everyone to contribute into a pot of money, and over time you can watch your seeds change from seedlings into grown plants. The gardener of the plant that flowers first wins half the sweepstake donation, with the other half donated to Mind.

Learn

Learning something new has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Virtual supper club

Share a virtual supper club as a team. Choose a key ingredient from your store cupboards, try out a new recipe and cook together (and enjoy eating!)

Tip: Each week, Instagram account @uksupperclubs will present a selection of themes and you can vote for a type of food or concept of the week for everyone to cook together. Use #virtualsupperclub to join in and share your pictures.

Virtual clubs and skill sharing

Take your book club online or set up your own online book club. Donate the money that you would have spent on drinks and snacks to Mind.

You could also host an online tutorial during a lunch time or an after work social event. Any budding chefs, speakers of different languages, or close-up magicians can share their skills and ask for a donation in exchange. Good platforms for this are Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Hangouts.

Give

Research into actions that promote happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

Donate your travel money

Many of us are finding that we are working from home or cancelling activities outside of the house. This may mean that you find that you are saving money on travel or other expenses. If you can, you may want to consider donating those savings to Mind.

Get in touch

We'd love to hear what innovative fundraising you're doing or which ideas you're using! Please reach out to your account manager or to [email protected].

If you've got concerns about any fundraising or project activity you have planned, speak to your account manager or contact at Mind.

Looking after your mental health and the mental health of employees is vital right now. Please do share our 'Coronavirus and your wellbeing' page or our page for line managers on supporting yourself and your team.

Thank you so much for your support.

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