Improve Fundraising

Fundraising is not only a great way to make sure there’s cash in the bank to help fund what you do, it also gives you the opportunity to get out there and meet lots of new people. There are lots of digital alternatives to the traditional methods of fundraising that could be quicker, more profitable, or simply reach more or different people. Add your favourite tools and share your experience with others.

Here are some of Community How To member's favourites to help you get started...

Google Apps


With Google Apps, you can access your emails, calendar and documents from anywhere as long as there’s an internet connection. You can also use Google forms for surveys, Google chat for instant messaging and Google Hangouts for video conferencing.

Everyone is feeling the pinch at the moment and Blackpool Wyre & Fylde Council for Voluntary Service is no different. Project Manager Kim Wood decided to see what he could do to make savings and started to research tools that might help. He came across Google apps which had made a real impact on the way he and his team work.



A free mind mapping tool to help you organise your ideas.

BT mydonate

The free fundraising service where every penny goes direct to charity. Start fundraising, sponsor a fundraiser or donate to charity
Greg Clark from Childreach International talks about how BT mydonate changed the way the organisation fundraises online.
Greg Clark from Childreach International talks about how BT mydonate changed the way the organisation fundraises online.


The complete mobile messaging service for your organisation.

Debs Drew talks about how Textlocal has helped with communications when working with Community Champions.


Blogger is (as the name implies!) an easy way to get going with a blog, whether for yourself, your organisation or even your community project.

Mohamed from Southern Housing Group talks about how they have used Blogger.


Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the ones you find most compelling and follow the conversations.

Nicola Wallace-Dean is the centre manager for Starting Point in Stockport and found using Twitter an excellent way of recruiting and communicating with volunteers.



A social way to make donating easy and fun for your supporters.



Coursera aims to give everyone access to world-class education from the best universities.


If you have ever wanted to show a colleague in another organisation something on your computer screen or help a friend with a technical question then this is the screen sharing tool for you.



Pinterest allows groups and individuals to organise the images they like online, by pinning them on a virtual pin board.



GoFundMe makes it simple to fundraise online for all sorts of things for individuals or groups



This project management software allows you to plan & execute tasks, recurring tasks, track time and manage deadlines with your team on a virtu



Superb online collaborative mind mapping

Contracts Finder

Search for live contracts with the local government worth over £10,000. You can also see what's in the pipeline allowing you to prepare for potential opportunities.


Helping you to listen to others, Wufoo will help you create online surveys. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds you a database, and collects your data in a way that makes it easy to understand and analyse. You can build tables, graphs and charts, surveys and securely share the results.

Sue Oxley and her team are based at a busy community centre in Doncaster. She’s always on the lookout for online tools that will save her time, and WuFoo does just that.



Storify allows you to pool and present content from around the web (including tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, news articles) about a particular topic.

Funding Central


This is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises that provides access to thousands of funding and finance



YORtender is the procurement platform for Yorkshire and Humber allowing you to find contracts with local authorities in the region.


A website to make both fundraising and giving as easy as can be, by bringing the whole process online.
How the Cathedral Archer Project make use of



A very simple way to raise small sums of money, at no cost to them, each time your supporters make an online purchase.

Derek Rocholl, Barnet FC Supporters Trust talks about how Easyfundraising has been used to raise funds to help a campaign to secure the return of Barnet Football Club to the town of its origin.

3.666665 is a social network which connects community and charity projects with companies that can help.


4 is a not-for-profit organisation helping small, local charities and community groups to reach more supporters, raise more money and help more people.
With cuts right across the sector and less admin support available, Kate from Deaf Advice Service Sheffield realises that everyone is having to get a bit more multi-skilled... including tech skills!


LinkedIn is a social media platform where you can connect with the people you do business with, and share your company updates through direct mes

Golden Giving


Golden Giving is a donation and fundraising website that is free to use for both charities and fundraisers.

NCTLC Trust logo
The National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia and Cancer Trust needed an easy online way to collect donations and to help their fundraisers do the same.



Crowdfunder is a UK based crowd funding platform - think Kickstarter or IndieGoGo.



This free mindmapping app is very usable - the phrase that comes to mind is "a picture means a thousand words" which certainly is very true if you