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Walking, a great way to see a city, or the countryside – or even both!
Get some friends to join, and all fundraise for your favourite cause. It would be a great way to bond while making a big difference to causes you care about.
Bonus: Have a look at Marc Pitman’s ideas on how to fundraise for a Walkathon on his website The Fundraising Coach
Sell Your Skills
The best part of this is that the work involved is varied.
Just convince people to stay one extra hour, or to come in early and teach one special skill like cooking, baking, knitting, playing guitar, dancing, or whatever talent you can find at work.
Colleagues who wish to learn can pay a nominal fee each week, and that is the amount that goes for charity.
Sponsored Bungee Jumping
If you are adventurous and interested in bungee jumping, you should think about getting sponsored to bungee jump on a special occasion for your favourite charity.
Since this is not something that people do every day, sponsorships will be easy to get.
But make sure that you are adequately insured, and above all, safe.
It is certainly not as dangerous as sky-diving or paragliding.
Abseiling is quite common as an adventure sport, and can be used as a fundraising idea simply by adding some level of difficulty to it. Get your friends to sponsor you.
Sponsorship from an adventure sports store or company is not a bad deal either.
That’s right! It’s quirky enough to grab the attention of the people.
It is even part of some annual fetes. Worm charming is particularly enjoyed by teenagers and young adults. A grassy area is divided into parts, on which each participant must bring out worms and collect them.
The person with the maximum number of worms wins.
Charge an entry fee. You can also create funds by selling jars and instruments for the game. The prize can even be sponsored.
This one you can do at work as well as at home. But make sure that you have supporting people around your before you do this.
Every time someone does something that is not eco-friendly (leaving the lights/computer on, leaving the taps running, printing unnecessary emails, using fresh papers for rough drafts) you could give them a small fine, which you can donate at the end of the month.
An incredible fundraising idea fosters the spirit of donating on an organisational level.
If you own a company, a store, or any business that involves employees, you can float a program that lets them donate via payroll.
As soon as their salaries are credited, the donations will be legally transferred for charity. The best part is that they do not have to pay taxes on it.
Charity Film Night
Organise a location, get a projector, and have a movie night!
Fundraise via entry donations and selling movie snacks; popcorn, sweets and drinks, will go down well too.
Similar to eco-fines but with what you say.
It’s a great fundraising idea as it encourages less swearing and raises money for your cause.
Ask for a donation every time someone swears, and place it in a publically viewable box for extra encouragement. Try it at work, or at home, any place where people regularly congregate.
All you need is a dart board, darts and some space.
You may find these at a local pub, and they might be willing to sponsor it, as its likely to help with drink sales too.
Or, if you find your own place you could raise further funds by charging for drinks.
Talk to your neighbours and see who you can help for a small donation.
As well as fundraising for your cause you would be helping your neighbours, and is a great chance to foster community relations, catch up or meet new people.
Do you play an instrument, sing, or can you entertain? Then this could be for you.
You only need to find a well populated area, make a sign, and start fundraising!
Recycling is a phenomenal gesture, may it be for cans, paper, or you mobile phones and cartridges.There are recycling units that pay per piece for every used mobile phone and every used printer cartridge that you can hand them.
Look around and may certainly come across some people who are willing to discard those.
Begin with yourself, spread it to your family, and then convince your friends and family, before you make it popular among the supporters of your cause.
You will be astonished to see the amount of funds you can raise for cancer research by just curbing the morning tea/coffee.
Shed Some Pounds
You will need some grit for this. Set a time-frame for shedding some remarkable weight.You can get it sponsored by a gym, or by a dietician, to raise more funds.
It is not only a motivating way to get back in shape, but also a noble gesture for the cause of cancer research.
Bands’ Battle for Charity
This is one of the most fun and popular ideas.Not only does it raise funds in the most interesting way to do your bit for charity, but also gives a chance to the local artists to present their talent to the public.
Wait! What’s the best thing about this one?
Since so many groups of people are involved, it is easy to get more sponsorship. All you need to do is make arrangements for venue and logistics. And you are good to go. The tickets, along with donations will fetch you enough funds.
It is like a piggy bank thing. You can either do it on an individual or familial basis, or on community basis.
Just devote a donation box, and keep making donations every now and then when you come across an unspent pence or a pound in your pocket.
Encourage your family to do the same.
Shave Your Head for a Cause
Better than shelling some pounds on a fancy haircut is shaving your head for a cause. If you are a daring person you may like to go ahead with this one.
Get a head-shave sponsored. A rather brilliant idea is to convince people of some reputation to do it for a cause. It really works.
And, gentlemen, if you dare to go further till your threshold of pain, go for waxing a leg or an arm. Funds will definitely be higher.
Stage a Pantomime
Everyone likes a spectacle once a while.
And, it can be a great fundraiser for your cause in the case you can put up a good cast and crew together for a pantomime.
Also, if you can get a sponsor, you can bear the expenses of the costumes and the stage easily.
Make sure that you send out the news and also put a ticket. Providing refreshments for a charge will add to your funds raised.
Colourful wristbands that have people’s names on them are a fun and interesting way to collect funds.
The best part is that these also create awareness about your religious cause.
You can buy those at local stores for a pretty reasonable price when you buy wholesale.
So, every Sunday, you can have people buy these with their names on it.
Packing at the Supermarket
This is a fundraising idea that does involve some labour, but it can be done nonetheless.
Contact one of your local supermarkets prior to Christmas.
They see a lot of business at this time of the year, so an extra helping hand is always welcome.
You cannot only donate the money thus earned but can also ask the customers for donations for your charity, with the employer’s permission of course.
A jumble sale can be done on any Sunday. All you have to do is inform people about the event.
On the day of the event, you just need a few tables and a few people who can manage the money.
People are usually generous at doing this, so you can turn this fundraising idea into a regular feature.
Christmas Card Sale
Nothing beats this one when it comes to Christmas season.
As an annual fundraising idea, it really works. You can either get the cards online for very cheap, or let your creativity loose, and go for making them on your own.
But, there is one thing for sure – these will sell.
Despite the fact that the tradition of singing carols to spread the spirit of Christmas is age-old, it never fails to work.
And it can work for your favourite charity too. And you can make it hi-tech this time.
Instead of taking donations from door-to-door in cash, you can just ask them to do it online there and then at you charity’s website. It certainly sounds more authentic than cash donations and, thus is likely to get you more funds.
Who doesn’t like a clean vicinity? So, get out on a cleaning spree, and clean up your locality.
Make sure that you have with you collection buckets that publicise the cause that you support.
Locals, as well the passers-by, are likely to donate for such a noble gesture.
You can put up a stall pre Easter, selling painted Easter eggs.
People love buying those.
You could even get sponsored from a local bakery or a restaurant.
All you need is the raw material and a creative idea.
Charity Car Wash
If you like to have a little fun with water, you will certainly find this idea the easiest way to fundraise.
Along with many more volunteers like you, choose a community place, a parking lot, or a door to door option, offer to wash cars for a reasonable charge, and you will see people flocking to get it done.
Not a very novel idea, but a lucrative one indeed.
Easter Egg Delivery Fundraiser
If you wish to do something novel this time; something more than just painting Easter eggs, you can take orders for painting the ones filled with sweets to be delivered at clients’ doorsteps for an Easter morning surprise for their children.
It doesn’t take much more effort than painting, but does fetch more donations.
You can really find something good in people who have two left feet.
You will also find people in your religious group who like to put their boogie shoes on. Rope them in for instructing, sell some tickets and let the learners mingle with the dancers that you chose.
Charge a registration or a lesson free from the learners, and voila! You will be fundraising in no time.
You can’t miss on this one if you are supporting this type of cause.
And, you can do it with the help of the charity that you support.
Organise a show that brings the public, especially children closer to these animals, and teaches them about the challenges they face. Just make sure that the animals don’t get distressed.
The tickets will help you fundraise with ease.
Well, this is just a cousin of the ever so popular fancy dress.
Not only do the children love it, the adults might find it amusing too (just don’t overdo it).
You could get sponsorships easily; the registration fee will also add to the funds.
If it is a success once, make it an annual feature.
Pet owners love to show off here, and win some accolades for their cherished pet.
Chances are, if you try approaching a local pet shop for sponsorship, the results would be positive.
Just do some brainstorming for finding unique ideas for titles – like the laziest dog, or the heftiest cat, and the show is sure to get popular as an annual fundraiser.
Dogs are by far the most popular pets in the UK and world over.
If you support a cause that cares for dogs, you can organise a dog wash.
Do it for a small charge, and dog owners will rush to you. If you could get sponsored by a pet shop, you can also add dog grooming to your service.
The End of Season Dinner
The end–of-season dinners are a great way not only to appreciate the efforts of your team during the season, but also to enthuse them with a renewed spirit.
Tickets, raffles and auctions can be a part of this dinner where you exhibit the awards and accolades that the team has won during the season.
It is one of those good ideas that everyone appreciates.
Arm Wrestling Competition
No matter how much of an anachronism it sounds, arm wrestling competitions are still something that the pub goers may interest themselves in.
So, get some sports buffs who support different teams.
Charge them for competing with one another.
At a buddy night, you invite a buddy or friend for interacting and playing with the team that you support.
If so many like you can do this, the funds thus raised can be remarkable.
And it gets even better when the support increases this way.
Jog-athons work with sponsorships.
Get each covered mile sponsored from different sponsors. That makes getting sponsorships easy.
Doing this by convincing a gym, or shoe store is a unique fundraising idea.
Race for Funds
Races – you could craft any kind with your imagination.
If sack race and egg race are too old for you, try wheelchair races, or stiletto races, or slow races or any ingenious race that comes to your mind.
The point is that they are amusing, easy to do, take very few resources, and attract a lot of people.
Charge a registration fee, get prizes sponsored, and you are good to go.
Sports Skills Workshop
There is all probability that local sports fan would want to hone their skill in their favourite sport of given a chance and a professional instructor.
So, you can give them both, and raise some funds at the same time. You can rope in professional/amateur players, or coaches, or trainers from the club that you support, and get them to train those who are willing to be trained.
You will get ample funds as registration fee as well as tuition fee, while the public will get a chance to learn from the pros.
And, do not forget to market your endeavour well before you start with the workshop.
Marathon Events for All
This one has never been beaten.
Marathons for football, tennis, table tennis, badminton, or any sport that interests a lot of people can work for you.
Get sponsorships from sports related sponsors, hire a place, and get ready for raising some massive funds.
Give Away the Best Seat in the House
When your team’s next match comes up, you can get one of the local stores or an acquaintance to donate a comfy couch.
Now put up a raffle for this best seat in the house. This is prize that students will never want to lose.
This can be a regular fundraising idea each season.
The best fundraising idea for supporting a sports club is to organize a sponsored sport-athon.
It is different than a regular match; the duration is much longer; precisely the reason why it fetches more sponsorships than usual.
You can keep a match on for hours. Apart from the sponsorship, the tickets and snacks for sale will also add to your funds raised.
In case there is big match that your team is playing in, it’s going to work very well if you hire a place and a projector to have it televised.
Charge a little fee from the audience to raise funds. But we’re not through yet.
Arrange for some snacks, and sell them to those who want to enjoy the match more.
Obstacle Course Event
This one here is much more interesting than any race. It is a race, but at the same time it is much more than that – a real test of talent and timing that is much more exciting and rewarding.
Also, as far as the psychological reaction of the public is concerned, it is more so the case that the more special the task, the higher the willingness for participation.
Not only can you charge a registration fee, but also bag sponsorship. Tickets for those who wish to see the match will raise a lot of revenue. A bonus? The refreshments that you can sell during the event.
Fun, as they already are, you can try roping in another local club apart from the one that you support.
This will add some more spice.
You could also get a pub to sponsor you, and the venue could be the pub itself.
Sponsored Litter Cleaning
Even a small gesture like cleaning litter in public places such as local parks is a great fundraising idea to get donations.
Gather some like-minded people to volunteer and you are sure to get a sponsor or two as this one makes a visible difference.
If you can do it for your parents, you can do it for some charity cash too.
Just make some fliers to let people know that you can mow their lawn for a tiny charge which goes for the environmental cause.
People are likely to pay generously.
Share a Ride for a Week
This time, go for lift sharing not only to save money, but to save money so that you can consecrate it for the cause of the mother earth.
Encourage your mates too; it only gets better with more people.
Old Book Sale
Throwing away old books is never great for the environment.
What you can do instead is collect old books for sale– literature, science, magazines, comics – and sell them. Repair the ones that have turned shabby; recycle the ones that cannot be used.
This will help you raise some good funds for your cause!
Ever discovered the nature trails in your area? Well, you could be a guide for a good reason.
Charge a nominal amount from people who wish to go for treks or nature watch.
Surely a good way to support your cause.
Recycling cans can be a good idea.
Most recycling units pay for the cans; just pick up the cans littered around in your area, and turn them in for recycling.
One more thing, it will help make your surroundings cleaner.
Make sure that you do it in is a season that is ideal for planting.
For that, you will have to sow a variety of seeds in advance, and prepare the saplings in time.
Not only will it help you fundraise, but it will also help the environment in the long run.
If you have the affinity for shutters and lenses, you can raise some good charity money out of it.
Make yourself useful in the holidays; click those who would like an instant photo; and raise your funds.
Sleep Rough - Sleep Easy
Have you thought of sleeping rough for one night – so that others don’t have to?
By joining in and spending a night out you can fundraise and help to beat youth homelessness. Building your own cardboard shelters, trying to stay warm and secure will provide a glimpse into the very real hardships and challenges faced by vulnerable, homeless, young men and women. Are you ready for the challenge – can you find sponsorship and create greater awareness?
Thanks to Robert Purcell from the East Herts YMCA for contributing this idea
Staging Theatre or Playing a Movie
If showmanship is one of your special talents, you could very well use a movie show or a stage theatre as a fundraiser.
You can gather more enthusiasts like you, and get the show on for a ticket and paid refreshments.
The fact that it appeals to a very wide range of audience makes it an absolute hit.
You stay fit when you run alone; you feel close when you run with company.
So, a sponsored community run could be the fundraising idea that you need to bring the community closer together.
People of all ages love karaoke. All you have to do rent a karaoke machine, and hold a fund raising event in a local pub, or even in your backyard.
Sell tickets for people to enter the contest, and see how you can have hearty fun while fundraising.
A swap shop is a good idea for garnering donations.
You can organize a swap event, in the community hall may be, where people come and swap things that they no longer use – clothes, books, appliances – whatever you can think of.
And in return people donate an amount for the cause.
The 50-50 Club
It may be the oldest trick in the block, but remains as one of the most used ideas for children.
How does it go?
You get everyone to donate a pound a month. You take out a draw every month and the winner takes home half the value of the total donated amount.
Great news – you do not need a license for it.
Collect Some Jewellery
Involve your neighbours, friends, and family – everyone you can – and get them to donate old jewellery that they no longer wear.
You surely will get some stunning pieces for which you can hold a car trunk auction.
But wait, don’t just sell the jewellery as you get it. Package it well, and make it look like new before you auction it.
Denounce a Vice
May it be alcohol, or smoking, or junk food, or whatever you think is bad for you, convince the people of your community to sponsor you, and the ones who are with you in this, to denounce a vice.
You could have one sponsor each day for giving it up for a certain period.
Displaying BMX Bikes
You’re sure to find a sizeable number of local kids with BMX bikes in the parks around you.
Get them around to organise a display of their bikes, and maybe some tricks.
Make it a fundraising event; market it; put a ticket for people to see it; and see decent funds coming in.
Paint Me Pretty
If you wish to take painting a notch higher, face painting is what you do.Children love it, and it is much more interesting than painting the canvas.
Just a little creative effort in marketing the competition, and participants will be swarming around you.
You can easily convince a local art and crafts store to sponsor you. You can also levy an entry fee, add in some snacks and beverages to the event, and funds are what you are going to raise.
Here’s the deal!Get the local businessmen to make donations for the children’s charity that you support; garner a lot of goodies, arrange for an event, sell tickets, get refreshments in place, and auction.
It may be a lot to do, but when you see the amount of donations that pour in, it is certainly worth it.
This may be an old trick, but here is the kicker; let the children host their own talent show.So much fun as it is, it will attract more audiences, accolades, as well as funds.
Parents can bring in refreshments – and a good party is on the cards.
Set up a Stall
If you live in a community that has events going for a good time of the year, setting up a stall where you can promote your charity is a brilliant idea.It not only serves as a platform for promotions, better still, it also gets you networking with talent show movie other causes and charities.
Bring and Buy Sales
Well, if you can gather enough of sellable things from your attics or from your neighbours’, you can do some good charity fundraising by putting up a sale.You could invite others for a stall at a minimal charge.
The Unrivalled Raffle
This one may not be a unique fundraising idea, but it’s even better than that.
Make sure you fulfil the legal requirements for selling tickets to general public. Click here to read more about raffle licenses and procedures.
You can also go for free prize draws; here you won’t need licenses since people don’t have to pay. Asking for donations is a good prospect here.
Urge your friends and neighbours to make generous donations, and market your raffle with children’s creative efforts.
Yes, you read that right! Its for a reason that we use the idiom “sells like hot cakes” because cakes definitely do sell.
With just a pinch of decoration, and some delicious homemade cakes, some good cash is flowing your way.
Choose a festive time of the year, for people are likely to buy more at such times.
If not that, candies, crafts, etc., also make for great sales.
The Bingo Night
Clichéd as it may sound; it certainly works, and is pretty favoured by the elderly.
The reason? Most older people tend to like the game of bingo.
How can you beat that? It is a super hit idea for making people have fun, and raise funds at the same time.
If you could, try roping in a few local entrepreneurs for sponsorships.
Getting an Idea Sponsored
Well, it may be a more difficult choice than raising funds with other methods, but if you have the conviction it can work out pretty well.
The pro is that you can be imaginative.
Getting sponsorship for a walkathon, a flash mob, or a silence march, whatever you think best conveys your message can work well.
One point to watch out for, you will have to be really good with selling skills so that you can get a sponsor.
Baking can never go out of the British hearts, and so, a bake-athon is never a NO.
The fact that most of the senior citizens have a rather good experience and the best kept secret recipes for cakes and bakes makes it a marvellous way to involve them, and raise funds with both sponsorship and sales.
How about an annual school runathon, when all the children head outside with scorecards round their necks and they run laps set up by teachers. They run as many laps as possible in 45 minutes, and no matter what the weather is, they run.
It simply means substituting money, and this kind of charity fundraiser works very well for schools, non-profit organisations and religious causes as well.
It usually goes something like this – churches, schools, and other non-profit organisations buy vouchers from certain retailers at a discount. These are then passed on to supporters at a little higher price for buying services or goods from those very retailers.
As the charity bought it for a comparatively lesser price than the one it is sold for to the supporters, this can be quite a great source of funds for charities, and is almost an offline version of TheGivingMachine!
Sometimes known as smencils, these scented pencils are pretty popular as a fundraiser.
You can buy these wholesale for a cheaper price, and then sell them for a reasonable price to students.
Not only are these attractive but also eco friendly.
As an idea for charity for education, this is a quite favourite one.
Walking to School for a Week
Well, children do not get tired easily, but parents do.
It may be a rather good idea to walk your kid to school, and encourage others to do the same. Turn it into a kind of drive.
What’s the bottom line?
All the money that is saved in this process, which would have otherwise been spent on fuel, can be donated for education.
The Evergreen Fancy Dress
Fancy dress is one event that always stays a guaranteed favourite, not only among school-going children, but for adults as well.
All you have to do is organise one, and decide a small registration fee.
Sponsorships can also come in easy from local entrepreneurs.
And, it gets even better than that when you choose a theme that has something to do with what children study.
Ask your school, your family, your neighbour, and friends to donate books that they no longer read.These can then be sold to raise funds for education.
Want to know the best part?
It not only raises funds, but also fosters the habit of reading.
It is a rather good day to find so many people together in one place; saves you the trouble of spreading the word.
You can put up stalls, with the school’s permission of course, sell homemade items, and garner some good cash.
Better still, getting donations here can be easier than elsewhere.
Get Your Silence Sponsored
Get your teachers, or some other organisation to sponsor an hour or more of silence.
If you usually make a lot of noise, it could make others happy 🙂 and you will do your bit for your cause.
Competitions for Easter
Festive times are a good for setting up fundraising events.
There’s a range of options and you can actually let your imagination come up with some great fundraising ideas.
You could have the local school engaged in this; you could choose from Easter egg painting or bonnet making.
Simply make a budget that will go into the making, levy an entry fee, and arrange a donated prize for the winner.
If you have the knack, you may as well go for a raffle, to keep the expenses low and profits high.
Happy Hour for the Alumni
It can really pay off to have contacts with the alumni from school and college.
If you have lots of alumni you are in good terms with, send out invitations for a happy hour. Make sure that the word is spread as far and wide as possible. Since the pub that you choose as the venue is going to see tremendous sales for the chosen evening, ask them for a sponsorship.
If the gathering is small, it is a good idea to ask for donations. But, if it is a large one, tickets and raffle is going to be lucrative as a quick fundraising idea for schools.
Alumni Networking Luncheon
Okay! No matter how similar it sounds to the previous idea, and no matter how high brow it sounds, it is actually worth it.
Networking is absolutely good among the newer workforce.
An alumni networking luncheon or dinner is conducive enough for alumni who work in the same or related fields. A rather engaging idea is to invite a speaker that interests the guests.
You can ask for donations or voluntary involvement of any kind for the cause.
In the United Kingdom alone there are thousands of charities and non-profit organizations that make every effort to do good for the humanity and the nature. These ideas are only a handful among the plentiful ideas that zealous supporters add to the list every day. If you to wish to be one among them, it is time you tried something new to put your best foot forward for a good cause. For starters, you can shop with The Giving Machine, and donate to your charity for free.