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You may not be able to run your usual fundraising events this year due to coronavirus; instead, consider a range of smaller initiatives that could help you towards your fundraising goals. Share our template letter with parents to let them know how they can contribute.

Any mention of external businesses in this article does not constitute an endorsement from The Key.  

Choose a range of fundraising initiatives 

Sign up with fundraising websites 

Raise money by allowing online shoppers to designate a charity, such as your school's parent teacher association (PTA), to receive a free donation with each online sale they make with participating retailers.  

Examples of these cashback websites include:

To give you an idea of fundraising potential, Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School in Kent has raised over £2,500 through easyfundraising.

To get set up, you'll need to make sure your PTA is a registered charity. Next, register on the fundraising website(s). Then, use our template letter in the final section of this article to get the word out and encourage parents to use these sites when they're doing online shopping. 

Get funds from Christmas tree sales 

Contact a local tree seller to see if you can promote their business, in exchange for a commission on sales. 

Sell personalised items 

Expand your selection of items that parents and the local community can buy as gifts. Find suggestions below of items you can sell, and links to sites where you can purchase them. 

Before purchasing, you may want to speak to the company to get assurance about the procedures they have in place to handle your orders safely. 

Item Site
Christmas cards
Face masks 
Water bottles 
Tea towels 

Host an online auction or raffle  

You'll still be able to hold an auction/raffle - you may just need to rely on parents for donations (e.g. items to create hampers) this year, rather than local businesses. 

Have parents send in donations by a certain date, so you can isolate them for 72 hours. 

Use a free online platform to reduce the admin burden of running the auction/raffle online: 

  • Raffall - use this platform to sell raffle tickets online 
  • 32 auctions - host a silent auction for free if you have 20 items or less 

Share our letter to encourage parents to get involved 

Use our template letter to spread the word about your chosen fundraising initiatives and explain how parents can contribute. 

Sort your arrangements for cashless event donations 

Donations at in-person events 

Read this article to help you decide if and how to safely run in-person events in your school this holiday season.
If it is safe to run any in-person events, you'll want to have a contactless payment system in place - there's an added cost to use these systems, but it'll make it easier and safer to accept donations on the day. 
Consider ordering a bluetooth card reader - you'll need a tablet that you can have next to the card reader to manage sales. Find costs from the main providers below: 
  • iZettle - upfront fee (£29) and transaction fee (1.75%)
  • Square - upfront fee (£19) and transaction fee (1.75%)
  • Sumup - upfront fee (£29) and transaction fee (1.69%)

Donations for virtual events

If you're looking to host a virtual event for pupils or parents, you'll need to consider how you'll collect any donations (e.g. voluntary sign-up fee, sponsorship donations). 
Consider using an online fundraising site (like JustGiving) - this way you can make sure GiftAid is being claimed for donations going to the charity you've set up for your PTA, and it'll mean there's less admin involved for your staff. 


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