The season of giving is upon us, and we are in the peak time for festive fundraising.

It is time to consider the impact that the COVID virus will have on your efforts. We mustn’t forget our strong British values of helping others and raising money for charities and good causes.

Here we reveal the Christmas fundraising ideas that overcome the social-distancing practices we need to follow to tackle the COVID crisis.

Festive Fundraising Ideas

Under the current restrictions, there are various Christmas fundraising ideas to raise money for the cause that is close to your heart:

Virtual Christmas party

Use your favourite conferencing platform, such as Zoom or Skype, to hold a party with mince pies and mulled wine.

Get outside and active

Whether it is a walk, run, swim, or cycle, you can have fun with this traditional form of fundraising by dressing up as Santa or one of his elves.

Christmas raffle

You can hold a lottery or auction and either purchase gifts or make your own by putting together a Christmas hamper.

Carol singing

Raising money through carol singing has to be one of the oldest Christmas traditions. If your vocal chords are not up for it, then get your children involved. It is a great way to raise money and teach kids about important values.

Festive dress-up day

Hold a dress-up day for you and your virtual co-workers. You can wear your favourite Christmas jumper, and everyone can show off theirs during a Zoom team meeting.

Donations instead of presents

A great way to feel good about giving.

Virtual pub quiz

Think festive when you curate your questions, such as naming Santa’s reindeer.

Contactless Fundraising

Contactless collection boxes are the future of festive fundraising. At a time when we need to reduce passing things from one person to the next, it only makes sense to say goodbye to cash.

Contactless payments are convenient, and the fundraiser doesn’t even need to be there when donations are made.

Who are GWD?

We help socially-minded organisations transition to digital systems, building stronger relationships through impactful products and services.

Our experience goes back two decades, with a foundation building and providing critical digital services and products for the financial services and retail industries.

With a long-proven ability to handle challenging projects and a team of trusted experts, we work hard to solve problems and deliver change that helps others.

Attract Loop

Part of the Donation Station’s key visual design features, the Attract Loop are screensavers purposefully designed to run on a loop. Created by GWD with your input, they use visuals or photography, plus an emotive call to action, to catch the donors interest and lead them towards donation through interactive storytelling.


The entire Donation Station is open to branding, from external display to on-screen logos, photography and your brand look and feel.

Our design support service can adapt visuals and graphics to suit your brand.

Wifi or 4G/5G Data SIM

Where you need it, the Donation Station can be supplied with Data or Wifi connectivity.

If using the device in a remote location or at an event, it’s worth considering the signal strength available – GWD can support you to ensure there’s a smooth running operation on the day.

Safe & Secure

All data is transmitted with full encryption, so you can be sure that all individual donor data is safely used, in accordance with GDPR regulations.

Choice of Donations

Giving choice on where the donor wants their money to be spent empowers them further. The Donation Station asks this question and gives charities freedom to present their causes and activities as separate campaigns.

Gift Aid Up Sell

An integrated Gift Aid function on all Donation Stations helps boost fundraising a further 25%. This tax relief can be claimed from HRMC from any donor that supplies their contact details and makes a declaration, as a UK tax payer. The Donation Station is designed to encourage and secure this additional fundraising income easily, through simple reports that can be downloaded and submitted to HMRC as part of a Gift Aid claim.