A to Z of Fundraising Ideas
Afternoon tea – whether at home or work you can bake up a storm and ask people to make a donation in exchange for a cup of tea and piece of cake
Auction – ask businesses if they can donate prizes that you can auction off. If it is something that money can’t buy you could raise thousands!
Battle of the bands - contest for unsigned bands, where audience votes on the winner. Charge bands to enter, offer cash prizes and invite record producers. Sell tickets and set up a paying bar.
Beer Festival – ask your local pub to host a beer festival and then sell raffle tickets
Car wash - wash cars at shopping centre or office car parks.
Charity ball - raise sponsorship the sophisticated way. Organise a themed ball with DJ or live music at a hotel or nightclub. Charge for tickets, but boost your earnings with games and raffles.
Christmas jumper day – pay £1 to wear your Christmas jumper to work or school
Disco - spin the decks or hire a DJ to stage a themed disco night.
Dog show - charge proud pet-owners to show off their pooches. Ask pet shops to sponsor the event.
Easter egg hunt - Edible hide and seek. Charge entry fee and ask confectioners to provide the eggs.
Eyebrows - get sponsored to shave them off - they grow back eventually!
Fashion show - ask businesses to sponsor venue, outfits or catwalk. Charge admission and sales commission.
Football tournament - Schedule fixtures and charge teams to enter. Ask local businesses for prizes.
Garage sale – get rid of all your old junk and clothes that no longer fit. Put up posters or use social media to promote to locals
Garden party – open your gardens up to the public and ask for a donation on entry and sell cakes or other homemade goodies.
Head shave - sick of bad hair days? Go bald for charity.
Halloween party - another excuse to dress up and party. Charge entrance fees and raise money trick or treating.
Ironing - offer your ironing services in exchange for a donation.
It’s a knockout - revive the 80s game show by inviting teams to compete in silly games in silly costumes.
Jailbreak - dump teams in the middle of nowhere. With no money or transport, see who gets back to base first. Charge entrance fees and offer prizes.
Jewellery making - buy your own beads and get threading. Sell your products at markets and craft fairs.
Karaoke – charge contestants an entry fee and invite the audience to bid for them to sing again or, if they are terrible, to stop.
Line dancing - It's all the rage. Just make sure you have a caller and plenty of drink!
New Year’s resolution - get sponsored to stick to your new year's resolutions.
Outward bound – from fell races to mountain biking, pick a route and then ask for sponsorship money
Parachute jump – get sponsored to jump out of a plane
Quiz night – ask for a donation to enter and ask local businesses to donate prizes for brainiest team
Roll a coin – ask a local shop to donate a bottle of whiskey and place in the middle of the office/dance floor and invite people to roll £1 to see who can get the closest. Once the first person rolls they sit in a chair, then only if someone gets closer do they give up their seat. Once the allotted time is up the person in the seat wins the bottle.
Raffle – sell raffle tickets around the office or to friends and family
Sit in a bath - get sponsored to spend the day in a bath of beans/maggots/tea, etc.
Swear box - spend a £1 for every $@*£$! uttered. Put a box at home, at work and at the pub.
Tuck shop – sell sweets, crisps and other treats to colleagues and donate the profit to charity
Unwanted presents – ask friends or colleagues to donate their unwanted Christmas presents and then sell or raffle them off
Variety show - comedians, magicians, singers, dancers & musicians all under one roof.
Walks – get sponsored to take part in a walk or run your own event and charge an entry fee
Wine and cheese – charge for tickets and hold a raffle on the night
Xmas hampers – raffle off a hamper at Christmas
Yogathon – get sponsored to do yoga for 12 hours
Zumbathon – get sponsored to do Zumba for 12 hours