Fundraising Ideas

If you’re interested in fundraising for us and need a little inspiration, here’s our list of fundraising ideas for your next event.

Run a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon…

We’re now so spoiled for choice when it comes to running events, you really can find a race to challenge you and inspire friends, family and colleagues to dig deep. You can find the perfect race by at Runner’s World event calendar, where you can search by distance and difficulty. Once you’ve signed up to the race, it’s never been easier to raise money online or through social media.

… or a movie marathon

Raise money and indulge your love of movies by inviting your friends and family to a movie marathon. Challenge each other to watch the whole of the Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings films or, if you have a weekend to spare, how about every single James Bond film?

Charity bike ride

If you prefer your exercise more pedal-powered, getting a group of friends together to take on a cycling challenge is another popular fundraising option. Either choose a well-known charity bike ride route, such as the famous London To Brighton route – or even London To Paris if you really fancy a challenge – or arrange your own.

Collection tin

Don’t forget the good, old-fashioned collection tin, which is still one of the best ways to raise money for your chosen charity. Make sure you publicise that you’re collecting and place it somewhere in your workplace where it’s visible to people walking by – either by reception or in a kitchen.


For the thrill-seeking fundraiser, a charity skydive ticks the boxes of being challenging and something that will encourage friends and family to give generously. There are a lot of organisations set up for tandem skydives, so check for suitable skydive schools in your local area who offer this. If, like the rest of us, skydiving isn’t your thing, other high-octane activities include bungee jumping or obstacle course races, like Tough Mudder.


This is a popular way to raise money for good causes that people love to take part in. The key to running a great charity auction is finding auction prizes your audience value highly. The best auction prizes are those one-of-a-kind-items – such as signed football or rugby merchandise – or experiences, such as having lunch with a celebrity or winning a VIP ticket to an event.


It’s an oldie but it’s a goodie when it comes to raising funds and something nearly everyone can contribute to. The success of your raffle depends on how good the prizes are on offer as this increases ticket sales. A good idea is to ask people you know if they would donate suitable prizes or approach local and national businesses who are usually happy to donate for a good cause.

Dress to work day

Whether you’re at school, college or work, everyone loves a bit of dressing up (or down). A simple way to raise funds is to arrange a dress to work day, where people make a small donation for the privilege. A good idea is to base the day around a theme, such as superheroes or sports stars.

Bake sale

“No, thanks, I don’t want cake…” said no-one ever. If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen or know friends who are, there’s no more enjoyable way to raise money than appealing to your work colleagues’ taste buds.

Film quiz

This is really simple but fun idea to raise money for a good cause. Organise a date, time and location for your quiz. You can run this at your school, in your office or find a pub or other venue willing to host you for the evening and invite teams to take part.

Charity dinner

Organising a charity dinner takes more effort than many other fundraising options but is one of the best ways to raising a lot of money for a good cause while providing a great experience for all involved. Choose a suitable venue, choose your entertainment and start selling tickets for the big night. Of course, it doesn’t just have to be a dinner. You could do a charity breakfast, lunch or even barbecue. And to raise even more money, combine a charity dinner with other fundraising options such as a raffle, film quiz or auction.

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