Eight festive fundraising ideas for Christmas… and beyond!

Did you know that one in three donations to charity are made in December? This festive season is the perfect chance to give back to our favourite charities after a difficult year. Here are just some of the creative ways you can raise money on GivenGain over the holidays. 


  • Livestream virtual carol singing! With our new livestreaming widget, you can host an evening of Christmas songs for your friends and family from your sofa – and round up donations through your livestreaming platform!
  • We’ve been enjoying virtual runs all through this year – but now they’re Christmas-themed! This December, track your activity to help Rudolph get to Lapland in the Great Reindeer Roundup.

    The whole family can help to complete a 14,000 km journey around the Arctic Circle, meeting up with Santa’s reindeer along the way. The event’s nominated charity is Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Group, so by donating or fundraising you can help to change the future for all children with cancer.
  • Ask for donations instead of Christmas presents this year by setting up a fundraising project and adding the link to your Christmas list. Or if you’re struggling to find the perfect present for someone on your list, make a donation to charity in their name! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

A certificate for a donation

  • Give out handmade Christmas cards in exchange for a donation to charity – or go a step further and replace Christmas cards with donations. The money you save on stamps can go to good causes instead!

#CareWithoutCards by West Cumbria Carers

  • Host a Christmas sweater party or bobble hat day for your friends, classmates or coworkers – and ask for donations to take part.
  • Donate a virtual Santa shoebox. The Santa Shoebox Project provides underprivileged children in rural South Africa with essential items each Christmas. A donation of R400 / £20 / $26 will provide a shoebox containing items such as toothpaste, soap, stationery and toys – and they even pack and deliver it for you!
  • Why cut down a Christmas tree when you can plant one instead? Fund a tree in one of Greenpop’s forest restoration projects and receive a personalised digital tree certificate to send as a gift. 
  • Remember that charities will still need our help after Christmas! Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to make a difference? Start 2021 strong with a fundraising project.

Want even more inspiration for your festive giving? Check out our list of virtual fundraising ideas that you can do all year round!

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