A-Z fundraising ideas

If you want to help fundraise for us but are stuck on what to do, we have plenty of ideas to inspire you. 

Whether you're looking for a sporty challenge, wanting to put your skills to good use, or just bring everyone together for a bit of fun, you'll have a great time fundraising and helping us be there for children. 

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Fundraising ideas

A

  • 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

B

  • 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

C

  • 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 

D

  • 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

E

  • 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

F

  • 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

G

  • 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

H

  • 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

I

  • 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

J

  • 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

K

  • 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

L

  • 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

M

  • 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

N

  • 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
  • netball tournament: take to the court for charity netball matches
  • nighttime walk: get sponsored to walk alone or with friends all night long

O

  • 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

P

  • 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

Q

  • quad bike racing: get the adrenaline pumping in a quad bike race
  • 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

R

  • raffle: hold a local raffle with donated prizes and see how much you can raise
  • 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
  • run: test out your endurance by challenging yourself to do a sponsored charity run

S

  • sky dive: take to the skies and get sponsored for a charity sky dive
  • sports day: get nostaligic 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

T

  • 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

U

  • 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 day
  • upcycling: transform old items into something new that you can then sell

V

  • variety show: hold a local variety show and enjoy an evening of entertainment
  • vegetable growing: see what vegetables you can grow and sell
  • video game competition: discover who's the best when it comes to gaming
  • village fete: organise a village fete to help raise money
  • vintage sale: rummage through your closets to find vintage looks to sell

W

  • wear NSPCC green day: encourage people to wear NSPCC green for the day
  • wedding gifts: instead of gifts, you can ask for donations to charity
  • 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

X, Y, Z

  • 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
  • zip wire: soar through the sky as you take on a zip wire challenge