Fun Fundraising Ideas

Fun Fundraising Ideas that are Successful


In this article we will share some enjoyable fundraisers you can do online while keeping social distance from other people. We hope you enjoy these fun fundraising ideas for school, teams and non profit organizations. Each of these make excellent online fundraisers for school.

Virtual game night tournaments are very entertaining with a fun fundraiser program!

This is a great way to raise money for schools, teams and nonprofits. A virtual game night tournament is clean fun for the entire family.

Here are a few suggestions that you can try:

The important thing is to get the concept in your mind. Once you understand the concept, you can apply this to any group or organization that you represent.

Here are some of the questions that we will be answering. Remember, if it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing. So look for ways to make this an occasion that your friends and family, school mates and team members will remember for a long time to come.

  • What are the best apps to hold a game night on?
  • How many people can we invite to game night?
  • How can we send invitations out?
  • What kind of games can we play?
  • How can we monetize this?
  • What about food and snacks?
  • What other fun fundraising ideas can we try?

So what are the best apps for holding a virtual game night fun fundraising ideas

Thankfully there are many free apps that are available for friends and family to play games together online.

Some of the more popular ones include:

  • Skype
  • FaceTime
  • Wassap
  • Google hangout
  • Zoom
  • House party

How Many People Can I Invite?

Every app has a different limit for number of people joining at one time. So your choice will be depending on how many people you plan on having at your game night fundraiser.

  • Skype allows up to 50.
  • FaceTime allows up to 32.
  • Google hangout allows up to 10.
  • Zoom allows up to 100.
  • House party allows up to 8.
  • Wassapp allows up to 8 also.

Fundraising ideas during covid using the zoom appAs you can see, zoom can hold the most players at one time.

However, there is something that you need to know. The free zoom account limits you to only 40 minutes of video playtime. So this will leave you three options.

  1. After your free 40 minute session everyone will get kicked out. Simply remind all of your guests to re-log back in afterwards. We suggest to give them a second reminder when you see the “10 minutes left” warning pop up. You can make that a game as well and announce the winner for the first one to log back in!
  2. Additionally, you have the choice to see if any of your volunteers have a paid zoom account already that you could use for your fundraising event.
  3. Finally, your third choice is to sign up for a pro account for $15 a month. With the pro account there is no time limit.

Furthermore, think about which of these apps most of your participants might have already. We mention this because some people don’t like to download new apps on their phone or tablet.

Send an invitation

So how are you to get the word out about your game night event?

Here are a few suggestions for you to use.

  • Email
  • Send a text
  • Social media
  • Send an old fashioned invitation in the mail.
  • Evite

Evite? Yes, this is a free app to send an invitation by email. It will give you a list of all the people that accept your invitation and those that declined.

We recommend you follow up with a text or call to make sure they got the invitation. This is because occasionally it may go to their spam folder by mistake.

What kind of games can you play?

Many of the games that you enjoyed it in your childhood are now available to play online virtually.

Imagine the fun introducing your kids to your favorite childhood games! Some are free while others you will have to buy the game.

  • Monopoly
  • The game of life
  • Clue
  • Risk: global domination
  • Scrabble
  • Trivial pursuit
  • Words with friends
  • Online chess tournament via
  • Pictionary
  • Yahtzee
  • Scattergories
  • Playing cards 

What about online Video games?

  • Tetris 99
  • Fort nite
  • Apex Legends

Creative ways to play board games – they are really fun fundraisers

So what if you cannot find an online version for your favorite games?

Simply use your imagination. You can have the moderator point the camera so everyone can see the game board. We suggest using a spare tablet or phone that could be exclusively used for the game board. Just be sure to shut the microphone off so you don’t have feedback due to two devices being on at the same time.

What about food and snacks?

Set up a restaurant fundraiser for people to pick up their food.

This is a no brainer especially if your participants live in your local community.

How can you do this?

Reach out to a local restaurant and/or pizzeria and set up a referral program. Create a flyer with the name of your game tournament on it. Tell people to order their dinners, drinks and snacks there too. Your group will earn a 10% commission on all sales generated. This means you all can now talk about what you’re eating while you play at the same time!

So how can you monetize this amusing evening of fun and games?

  • You could get people to donate an entry fee for every game they play.
  • Additionally you can ask for sponsors that will be willing to donate every time you win a round of games.
  • Keep a list of winners and their top scores. This way you can have all of the top winners compete against one another.
  • Finally, this gives you the option to extending game night to a weekly or monthly event.

Additional delightful online activities for fun fundraiser ideas:

Virtual wine tasting:

Team up with a local winery or liquor store. Tell them you are going to hold a fundraiser for school. Ask them if they would be willing to do a virtual zoom wine tasting room. They can explain how to pair wine with different foods. Wine tasters can pay a fee to pick up bottles of wine they will be tasting that night.

Additionally you can set up a coupon for your school fundraiser which entitles your tasters to 10% off future purchases.

This will be a win-win for the local winery or liquor store because they will get new customers. Plus your supporters will get an education on selecting wines.

Paint and sip:

Find a local artist that’s willing to do a basic paint class on zoom. An artist might be willing to do this for free because everyone will have the opportunity to sign up for paid art classes afterwards. You can also pay them a modest fee out of the proceeds you collect.

Design a simple list of painting products they will need to get started. Set up an Amazon account that will pay your school a percentage of all sales. Simply send a link out with all the products you recommend for them to purchase to participate in the online art class fundraiser.

Similarly you can make a deal with the local wine store for a percentage of all the sales generated by your donors. Tell your guests which liquor store to go to to purchase their wine. Design a flyer advertising your event that will ensure they get a discount.

Then have fun painting and sipping together!

In conclusion, we hope that you found these virtual fundraising ideas for schools exciting and inspirational.

You and your donors will be sure to have a good time while raising money for your cause. You can’t ask for more than that!