Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising Ideas to help get you started


abseil: reach new heights with an abseiling challenge
afternoon tea: hold an elegant afternoon tea with friends or family
arm wrestling contest: see who’s crowned the arm wrestling champion
art exhibition: showcase local artists and raise money through an entry fee
auction: encourage local businesses to donate items to be auctioned off


bake sale: get your local community baking to sell some delicious treats
bbq: fire up the grill for a charity BBQ day with friends or neighbours
bingo: who will be the first to check off all their numbers at a bingo night?
birthday giving: ask your loved ones to donate instead of buying you gifts
book sale: raise money through your community selling unwanted books


car wash: help shine up local cars in a community car wash event
cocktail night: mix up your favourite drinks in a charity cocktail evening
coffee morning: get together and enjoy a cuppa while raising money
crafts: turn your hobbies into a fundraising activity and get crafting
cycling: get sponsored to hop on your bike for a charity cycle


dance-a-thon: see who can last the longest on the dancefloor
darts contest: take aim to see who lands the bullseye in a round of darts
dinner party: pick a theme and host your own charity dinner party
dog show: let those pups strut their stuff to see who is voted the winner
drawing contest: challenge people to show off their drawing skills


eBay: sell any unwanted items you have lying around on eBay
egg painting contest: get creative to see who can paint the best egg
Etsy: use your crafting skills to sell your awesome creations on Etsy
exercise marathon: hold a day long event to see who can go the distance
Eurovision party: everyone can represent a different country at this party


Facebook fundraising: use Facebook fundraising tools on your social media posts
fancy dress day: hold a fancy dress day at school or work for a donation
fashion show: rock your best outfits in a local charity fashion show
film night: host your own film night, you can even get creative with themes
football match: see who will score the winning goals in a charity game


games night: get competitive in a board games or video games night
give something up: get sponsored giving up something you love
golf day: get outside and take to the green in a charity golf day event
grow a beard: let it all grow out while raising money for charity
guess how many: challenge people to guess how many items are in a jar


Harry Potter party: discover Hogwarts with your own Harry Potter party
head shave: shave all your hair off for some sponsorship money
hiking: take a sponsored hike and see how long you can trek for
homebrewing: try your hand at some homebrewing and sell your drinks
hour of earnings: challenge your colleagues to donate an hour of their pay


ice cream tasting: discover all the different flavours in a tasting event
improv night: let your community flex their skills at an improv night
international food party: ask everyone to bring a dish from a specific cuisine
iron man challenge: hold an iron man event and see who can tough it out
It’s a Knockout: have some fun with an It’s a Knockout event


jam making: try your hand at making some jam at home to sell
jazz night: take in some smooth tunes at your own jazz night event
jigsaw puzzle marathon: see who can complete the most puzzles fastest
joke-a-thon: crack out your best jokes to exchange laughs for donations
jumble sale: see what old or unwanted items you have lying around to sell


karaoke: find out who’s got the chops to be the best at karaoke
kayaking: take to the water to see who wins a charity kayak race
keepy uppy contest: who will keep the ball up in the air the longest?
kick a habit: challenge yourself to break a bad habit while raising money
knitting: use your knitting skills to create some items to sell


Las Vegas night: enjoy a glitzy Vegas casino themed evening
learn a new skill: get sponsored to learn a useful new skill
lego contest: see who can build the most impressive lego creation
litter pick: raise money for cleaning up your local community
loose change collection: ask people to donate any loose change they have


makeover: ask people to donate skills for hairdressing, manicures, etc.
mobile free day: challenge everyone to go without phones for a full day
mountain climb: rise to the top with a mountain climb challenge
murder mystery party: find out who done it at a murder mystery night
music concert: hold your own local music event or battle of the bands


nail art: raise money through creating beautiful nail art on people
name the [blank] contest: challenge people to name the song or movie
needlework sale: create some impressive needlework you can sell
night walk: get sponsored to walk alone or with friends all night long


obstacle course: see who can complete the obstacle course fastest
onion chopping challenge: who can go the longest without shedding tears?
open mic night: let anyone take to the stage in an open mic event
original recipe contest: bring out your best recipes to be crowned winner
outdoor theatre: hold an outdoor theatre show with entry fee


penalty shootout: step up to the line for a penalty shootout tournament
plank / press up challenge: see who has the strength to hold out the longest
poetry day: get lyrical and share your poems in front of an audience
poker night: all money won in the game gets donated to charity
pot luck event: everyone brings a dish to contribute to the pot luck


quickest time contests: see who can complete a task the fastest
quiet hour: challenge people to stay quiet for an hour, donate for every noise
quintissentially British party: tea, scones, and everything British
quiz night: test everyone’s knowledge with a quiz night to raise money for charity


read-a-thon: challenge people to get reading for charity
roaring twenties party: host a decadent theme party for your friends
rock climbing: see who can reach the top in a rock climbing challenge
running challenge: test out your endurance by challenging yourself to do a sponsored charity run


sky dive: take to the skies and get sponsored for a charity sky dive
sports day: get nostalgic with a school sports day themed event
street party: all your neighbours can get involved with a local street party
superhero party: dress up as the person you consider your superhero
short story contest: hold a contest to find the best short stories


table tennis tournament: see who edges out the competition at table tennis
talent contest: give everyone the chance to show off their best talents
teddy bear picnic: host a teddy bear picnic for families to enjoy
tombola: run a local tombola with fun prizes to help raise money for charity
treasure hunt: put together a treasure hunt around your town


ultimate frisbee: take to your local park for an ultimate frisbee competition
uniform free day: skip the uniform for a day in return for a small donation
University Challenge: host your own University Challenge style event
unplug from tech: get sponsored to completely switch off from tech for a set period of time
upcycling: transform old items into something new that you can then sell


variety show: hold a local variety show and enjoy an evening of entertainment
video game competition: discover who’s the best when it comes to gaming
village (or village style) fete: organise a village fete to help raise money



window cleaning: offer to clean neighbourhood windows for a donation
wine tasting: enjoy some delicious drinks at your own wine tasting event
world record attempt: challenge people to try and break a world record

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X Factor competition: host your own X Factor style singing contest
yoga marathon: release the tension and stretch out your body for longer
yo-yo contest: crack out your best yo-yo skills in a competition
zero waste day: challenge yourself to go fully zero waste for a week