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A-Z of fundraising ideas

 

Would you like to get involved with some fundraising but need a little inspiration? Perhaps our A-Z of ideas will help to spark your imagination.

Why limit yourself to just one idea when you can combine them? A book sale and a garden open day for example?

Once you’ve found your perfect event, get in touch and we’ll help you get organised.

 

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A

Aerobics
If you enjoy keeping fit, or want to get started, why not get people to sponsor you while you work on those buns of steel.

 

B

Barn dance
Get those happy feet moving and do-si-do the night away country style.

Book sale
Dig out all those old books and have a book sale at home or at work.

Bring a pound to work day
Simply ask all your colleagues to bring just one pound to work in aid of the charity, and send it on to us.

Bungee Jump
Sponsor a friend or colleague to take a jump of a lifetime, or better still, do it yourself!

 

C

Chocs away
Get sponsored to give up chocolate for a month (or longer!).

Cricket Match
Have a knockout contest with a small fee to join a team.  Include an admission fee for spectators and sell refreshments.

 

D

Darts match
Charge an entry fee, have a raffle and sell refreshments. Make it fun, with rival teams or left-handed throws only.

Dinner dance
Have a good band and good food and charge a good price.  Organise a raffle and/or an auction.

 

E

eBay
Have a rummage in the cellar, loft and garage and after your clear out, put your items on eBay.

Expert Seminar
Ask an expert or well-known personality who is prepared to donate their time to give a talk or performance.  Charge admission, have a break to sell refreshments and an auction of a signed book or autograph.

 

F

Fashion show
Arrange a fashion show and charge for entries, or ask a local retailer to put on a show in partnership with your workplace. Or even have a dress up day at work – compare haute couture around the photocopier!

 

G

Golf day
Get your club to support us for their charity golf day.

Gladiators
Have a work fun day and charge teams to take part in a Gladiators-style knockout league.

 

H

Halloween Ball
Host a fancy dress Halloween Ball and charge for admission and refreshments.

How many…..?
...Sweets in a jar, for example. Sell tickets for people to guess.

 

I

International dinner party
Prepare dishes from around the world and charge people to enjoy them.

 

J

Jumble sale
Everyone loves a good rummage and it's always a good fundraiser.

Just a Minute 
Host a sponsored game show with… no repeating, no hesitating and no deviating.  This could double up as a presentation training exercise at work.

 

K

Karaoke evening
Ask a local pub to host one for you and charge an entry fee.

 

L

Lunch money
Ask colleagues to bring in sandwiches for their lunch, and donate the money saved to the charity.

 

M

Marathon
Take on the ultimate running challenge, or get in gear for a shorter distance.

Masked Ball
Everybody wears a mask of their choice.  Have a competition to guess who’s who.

 

N

Night in for Blood Pressure UK
Stay in for an evening with board games, films and food, and donate the money saved.

 

O

Open day
If you have a colourful garden, let all those garden lovers come and admire it – for a small entry fee.

 

P

Plant sale
Use your green fingers to help raise funds.

Promise auction
Ask your friends and colleagues to promise a skill or service – car washing, mowing the lawn, cooking a fabulous meal – and let the bidding commence.

Publicity
Send a press release to all your local papers asking for sponsorship from the companies and individuals.

 

Q

Quiz night
An old favourite – organise a quiz with an entry fee, after paying for the prize, donate the profits.

 

R

Raffle
Ask local businesses to donate prizes.

 

S

Swear box
Either at work or at home, raise funds while you monitor your language.

Sponsored event
Swim, slim, headshave – ask your colleagues and friends to raise sponsorship money for you as you take on a daring challenge, ask them to join in too.

 

T

Tea morning
Sell cakes, teas and coffees and make an event of it.

Treasure hunt
A fun way to raise money with friends and family.

 

U

Unwanted gifts sale
We all have some hiding in the present drawer. Find them a loving home at a car boot sale or at work, get your friends involved.

University Challenge 
Collect together teams who attended the same or nearby universities and hold a quiz to see which university comes top.

 

V

Variety show:
Round up your talented friends and tread the boards, charging for admission of course.

 

W

Walks
Lead organised walks to historical spots and places of interest. Ghost walks are popular too.

Wine Tasting
Invite an ‘expert’ or local wine dealer to bring along a few cases of wine to a gathering of friends and donate some of the proceeds of his sales to the charity.

 

X

Xmas pantomime
Big or small, show your talents and sell tickets.

X-files Party
…or any other themed evening, with fundraising top of the menu of course.

 

Y

Yoga afternoon or evening
Hire a teacher and host an afternoon of learning and relaxation.

Your own Lottery
Works exactly the same way as the National Lottery, only you have a better chance of winning!

 

Z

Zany clothes day
Dress a little differently for work and get sponsored to do so.

 

 

 

 

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