Fundraising online has been a part of animal welfare since the early days of the internet, but now that in-person events are particularly challenging, more organizations are looking to virtual events for generating critical donations. From dog walks to bingo, auctions to conferences, shelters and rescues are getting creative! We hope you'll find these examples of awesome virtual fundraising events inspiring as you create your own, or will find a national event you can join without having to figure it all out from scratch.
If you know of a 2020 or 2021 virtual animal welfare event not listed here that is open for other US or Canadian animal welfare organization participation, let us know by clicking the blue question mark icon on this page and fill in the form to contact us with that information.
ASPCA - How to Take Animal Sheltering Operations Online During a Crisis
Great overview article with links to their huge library on virtual adoption events on social media, virtual fundraising, and virtual tutorials for foster volunteers.
Best Friends Strut Your Mutt 2020
The Best Friends network is made up of shelters, rescue groups and other animal welfare groups in all 50 states, and every year, hundreds take part in Strut Your Mutt to raise money and save the lives of animals in their care. If your organization is not yet a network partner, you can apply here.
Houston SPCA iwalk
www.houstonspca.org/events/iwalk-for-animals/ is a single organization fundraising dog walk hosted on the reason2race.com platform.
Oregon Humane events
www.oregonhumane.org/get-involved/events/ has some great ideas for virtual fundraising events, like a virtual kitten yoga class and an online photo contest hosted by www.gogophotocontest.com/oregonhumanesociety
Pasadena Humane Wiggle Waggle Walk 2020
give.pasadenahumane.org/event/wiggle-waggle-walk-your-block/e267679 thinking of doing a virtual dog walk fundraiser? For inspiration check out this sleek all-virtual walk website for one organization hosted by www.classy.org
Race For The Rescues 2020
www.racefortherescues.org The annual Pasadena Rose Bowl dog walk/run has many virtual participation options using the Donor Drive platform. Southern California 501c3 nonprofit animal rescue organizations interested in participating may apply by emailing email@example.com before 9/15/2020.
How about hosting an online conference as a fundraiser? Here are conferences to inspire you:
Animal Care Expo 2020
www.animalsheltering.org/expo was a fully online experience this year. Their conference experience through cvent.com was super engaging and was available to anyone in the world for $49 with access online until Nov. 1, 2020.
Texas Unites 2020
www.texasunites.com this annual conference is offering a series of online webinars that users pay $15 per session to attend. Uses GoToMeeting's webinar service - lite version ($49/month/100 participants) lets you accept payments to charge registrants to attend your webinars.