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The A to Z of Fundraising Ideas

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We can of course always supply all sorts of branded merchandise to help with your fundraising drives but check the extra creative list below the pic. There are nearly 100 ways that your school, club or community group can put into play in order to raise for that next project.

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Arts and crafts fair

Put your creative talents into action and sell your works of art at a craft fair.

Organise your own fundraising auction. Why not auction off your talents for the day or donate a percentage of funds raised through an online auction.

Art exhibition
Instead of selling your art, charge your friends and family to look at it!

Beat the goalie
Challenge your friends to a beat the goalie competition. Pay to play.

Bad Tie day
Look in your dad’s wardrobe for those outdated ties and dazzle your friends. Pay to display the outrageous tie. Your friends could pay to have the offending tie removed.

Battle of the bands
Challenge those budding musicians to a battle of the bands and put on a concert to raise money. You could also raise money with a “pay to leave” policy.

Bring and buy sale
Sell donated goods on a stall. Cakes, books, home-made jam, bric-a-brac and fair trade goods are firm favourites.

Bike ride
Pedal against poverty! Why not organise a bike ride and turn it into a sponsored event?

Organise a bingo event – devise your own calls for the numbers. Charge a fee per game.

Put those empty jam jars to good use and turn small change into a big difference.

Cook up a storm
If you’re a budding Master Chef, cook up some treats and sell them to friends and family, or put your own original recipes into a cookbook to sell.

Devise your own competition, or use tried and tested ideas such as ‘guess who the baby in the picture is.’

Gather all the talented people you know under one roof and put on a concert for friends and family. Think about a “pay to leave” policy too!

Cricket match
Challenge your peers or teachers to a cricket match. Each team pays a fee.

Car wash
Charge your teachers, friends and family to wash their cars.

Chocolate ban
Give up chocolate for a day, a week or a month and give the cash you saved to CAFOD.

Eco day
Dress green and do good deeds for the day, like litter picking and recycling your rubbish. Remember to get sponsored for all the activities you do.

Eating baked beans with a cocktail stick
Challenge your friends to a baked bean eating competition – how many can you eat in a minute using only a cocktail stick?

Egg and spoon race
Are you up for an egg and spoon challenge? Race your friends and family. No cheating now!

Egg painting competition
Don’t waste those eggs after the race – turn them into works of art. Sell them to raise money for us.

Fashion show
Put your creative talents to the test and organise a fashion show – why not use recycled clothes and make it an eco-show? Invite the wider community to see your fabulous designs, and don’t forget to charge an entry fee.

Face painting competition
Put your artistic talents to good use and paint people’s faces. You could have a themed face painting day such as of animals or characters from a book. Remember to charge for your works of face painting art.

Fun run
Dust off your running shoes, add a green tutu and run for fun. Organise your own fun run and get sponsors

Guess the number of …(balloons in a car, sweets in a jar)
Have a lot of fun challenging your friends to guess the quantity in the jar or car.

Guess the weight of… (cake, teddy)
Quiz your friends on the weight of the cake – 50p a guess.

Games: scrabble, chess, trivial pursuits etc
For all those who love the challenge of a board game – why not have a marathon board game tournament? Either pay to play or get sponsored.

Green day
With everyone talking about climate change and the importance of looking after our world, why not organise a Green Day? Dress in green, hold an eco fashion show, litter pick and create a recycled materials art exhibition. Invite friends and family too. Remember to charge a fee to take part.

Hair beading, braiding and plaiting
Put your creative talents to good use. Make your friends look cool and raise money for CAFOD.

Organise a Hopscotch contest in the playground, and challenge your friends. Pay to play. Rain won’t stop play and you’ll have fun challenging your friends and raising money for us too.

International evening
Hold a themed international night and decorate your hall with flags from across the globe. Why not also hold a quiz and test your friends’ geographical knowledge? Charge an entry fee.

It’s a Knockout
Organise an It’s a Knockout competition – fun for all the family. Either make it a sponsored event or pay to play.

Jelly races
Have loads of fun with a jelly race – why not try different jelly moulds too, or even an obstacle course? Remember, you pay to play.

Jigsaw marathon
Have you got an eye for a jigsaw? Challenge your friends to a speed jigsaw puzzle race. Get your friends and family to sponsor you too.

Have your friends in stitches with a joke-athon. How long can you keep your friends laughing? If the jokes are really bad, make them pay a fee to leave.

Impress your friends with your singing ability – try out your favourite tunes. Pay per tune.

Knitting competition
How long is that scarf? Challenge your friends to a knit-off. You could sell or auction your work of art too.

Knobbly knees competition
Who in your group of friends has the knobbliest knees? Take some pictures and charge your friends to see who can guess correctly.

Litter picking
Get yourselves sponsored on a mass litter pick afternoon and look after the local environment too.

Loud tie day
Look to make a difference amongst your friends: see who can wear the most outrageous tie. You could even design your own tie. Only those who have paid to display can take part.

Money boxes
Make your own, and collect your small change to make a big difference. At school ask if you can have a classroom box.

Mini Olympics
Test those budding Olympians and hold a mini olympics at school. Pay to play or charge people a fee to watch it happen.

Nearly new sale
Outgrown those jeans? Only worn something once? Why not sell or swap your unwanted things with your friends? Pay £2 for each item you take.

Name the teddy
Does your mascot need a name? Charge your mates to come up with the most interesting suggestion. You could raffle the teddy at the end too.

Netball tournament
Challenge your friends, teachers or parish to a netball tournament. To add to the fun, why not play your matches in fancy dress too?

Odd clothes day
Turn your non-uniform day into an odd clothes day – mix up those socks and clash for cash.

Odd job Day
Charge a fee for all those odd jobs around the house that need doing.

Plant sale
For those with green fingers, sell your produce in a plant sale.

Poetry reading
Organise a poetry recital and invite your friends and family. Why not hold a themed poetry event, or use poems from your favourite poet? Set yourself the challenge of reciting your poem from memory. £1 per line – the longer the poem the more you raise.

PTA coffee morning
Get the Mums and Dads to organise a coffee morning – and why not make it a Fairtrade event too? You could combine it with a ‘bring and buy’ sale.

create your own to test your friends’ knowledge. Hold a PTA or parish quiz night and raise money for us by charging per entrant.

Rich man Poor man meal
Organise a simple lunch with a difference – a small number of randomly chosen people get an upgrade from a simple lunch to a sit down meal. Help to demonstrate inequality in the world today.

Get friends and family or local businesses to donate prizes and raffle them off to raise funds.

How many books can you read over a short period of time? Get sponsored per page or, for fast readers, per book.

Organise a sponsored relay race. Add a bit of variety into the race and create an obstacle relay.

Rounders tournament
Challenge your friends and teachers to a rounders match. Remember it is pay to play.

You can recycle spent ink cartridges, collect left over foreign coins from your holiday or even donate your car! Turn your

Rugby match
Challenge your friends and teachers to a rugby match. Each team pays to play.

Admire a friend’s outfit? Then hold a swishing event to swap your unwanted clothes for somebody's else’s! Make an evening of it with snacks and drinks, and ask for donations to join.

Do you have a head for spelling? Then organise a spelling competition or spell-athon. Challenge yourself to a certain number of words – and why not get sponsored too?

Scrabble contest
Challenge your friends to a Scrabble competition. Each competitor pays to play.

Swim the distance for CAFOD. Get sponsored per length… or per mile!

24 hour fast
How long do you usually go without eating? Why not give up something you really enjoy for 24 hours?

Get friends and family to donate gifts and organise a tombola. Only numbers ending in 0 or 5 will win a prize!

Treasure Hunt
Create a treasure hunt and challenge your friends to find what you have hidden. Pay to play.

Teddy bears’ picnic
Organise a teddy bears’ picnic and invite friends and family to attend in return for a donation .

Three legged race
Team up with a friend and challenge other pairs to a three legged race. To make it more fun, why not do it in fancy dress too? Each team pays to play.

Challenge your friends and teachers to a sponsored volleyball match, or charge each team to take part.

Welly throwing competition
Put your shot put skills to the test and see how far those wellies will go.

Word search
Create a themed word search and challenge your friends and family. Remember to charge a fee.

World food day
Get together with friends and prepare and sell different dishes from around the world.

Yodelling competition
If yodelling is your thing, then either get friends to pay you not to do it.

Zany clothes day
Instead of a dress down day, dress up! Charge a fee and wear a zany costume that will brighten everyone’s day!