A to Z
Get your friends and
Parcelforce Scottish Mo Bros get tache-tastic
with managing director Gary Simpson (pictured
back left) to raise money for Movember.
Scale the dizzy heights of a local landmark or office block.
Make necklaces, dried flower arrangements, stained glass
mirrors, etc. to sell on a stall.
Compile a local information booklet for distribution at
libraries, shops and businesses. Include info on local
attractions. Make money with adverts and discount
vouchers from local firms.
Stage an exhibition for local artists. Charge an entrance
fee and commission.
Organise a sponsored aerobathon with the help of gyms,
leisure centres and sports shops.
AKA posh jumble sale. Ask everyone you know for
unwanted belongings and hold a sale evening.
Put the kettle on and get baking. Entertain guests with
raffles, auctions, tombolas and live music.
Auction off original items, taking a percentage of sales.
Collect your own, and then raffle them off.
Auction of services
Auction services of people and businesses - anything from
singing lessons to dinner for two.
Contest for unsigned bands, where the audience votes on
the winner. Charge bands to enter, offer cash prizes and
invite record producers. Sell tickets and set up a paying bar.
Beat the goalie
Score a goal and win a prize. Players pay to enter.
Hold a one-off evening or regular morning sessions.
Baked bean bath
Invite friends over to play Scrabble, Monopoly, Cluedo and
more. Charge an entrance or game fee.
Get sponsored to spend the day
in a bath/jacuzzi of baked beans.
Charge friends to join you.
Teams build model boats and race them. Alternatively, use
real yachts, dinghies or canoes.
Organise a cruise down a nearby river or canal. Include
refreshments and entertainment.
Charge proud parents to show off their offspring in the
town centre. Invite the local press.
Make badges to sell at work, to friends or at craft fairs.
Sell old books, collected from everyone you know. Book
dealers may also buy leftover stock.
Bad tie day
Charge your colleagues a pound to come in wearing their
loudest tie. Award the winner.
A great way to keep kids entertained at bigger family
events. Charge a bouncing fee.
Sell balloons that are filled with helium; the purchaser’s
name and address are written on a tag fixed to the
balloon. The balloon that travels the furthest wins a prize.
Raise sponsorship by flying in the face of fear.
Add music, football and rounders bats and make it a
Themed evening with Scottish dancing, haggis, neeps and
tatties. Charge an admission fee.
Hold a traditional cake stand at fetes or fairs. Make sure
you adhere to high health and safety standards.
Get sponsored to cover a set distance in a bed, shopping
trolley or bathtub.
Design and sell a pictorial calendar.
Organise children’s parties or activities. Please refer to the
Make and sell candles at craft fairs or coffee mornings.
Sell tickets and ask local firms to supply prizes. Please
refer to the Fundraising Guidelines.
Entrants pay for a sheet of photographs and have to think
of the best and funniest caption that fits each picture and
submit them for a prize.
Build clocks to sell at craft fairs.
Car treasure hunt
Entrants work through a series of clues to reach a
destination or cross a finish line.
All you need are some coconuts.
Wash cars at shopping centre or office car parks.
It’s open house for the morning. Make extra with raffles,
bring and buy sales and cake stalls.
Arrange a colourful carnival for your town. Charge an
entrance fee for each float.
Entertain the crowds with your own recital, or hire bands
Host a festive concert for your community. Earn extra by
selling mince pies and mulled wine.
Invite well-known chefs to share the recipe of their success
with a ticket-paying audience.
Hire gaming tables and a hall for the evening. Charge an
Ask people to donate their collections of one and two
Teams race decorated ‘chariots’ - anything from a horse
and cart to a sedan chair.
Assemble a team and challenge your county team to a
match. Charge spectators.
Raise sponsorship the sophisticated way. Organise a
themed ball with a DJ or live music at a hotel or nightclub.
Charge for tickets and boost your earnings with games and
Compile huge crossword, so punters pay per clue. Each
number hides a ticket for a prize draw.
Barn dances, tea dances, disco dances, salsa dances -
whatever rocks your boat.
Charge proud pet owners to show
off their pooches. Ask pet shops to
sponsor the event.
Challenge all the pub teams in the area to compete for
cash prizes, or a barrel of beer.
Dinner and cabaret
Hire a popular and spacious restaurant. Entertain ticket
holders with music, comedy and magic.
Spin the decks or hire a DJ to stage a themed disco night.
Sell numbered plastic ducks and launch them from a
bridge. The duck to finish first wins.
Easter egg hunt
Edible hide and seek. Charge an entry fee and ask
confectioners to provide the eggs.
Get sponsored to stuff your face with as many baked
beans/grapes/pies etc. as possible.
Get sponsored to shave them off - they grow back
Get creative with face paints at fetes, fairs and children’s
Always popular. Boost funds with competitions, advice
corners and side stalls.
Jazz up your event with a fancy dress contest. Charge an
Entrants predict win/draw/lose for each of 10 games per
week for the month. Charge an entrance fee.
Get sponsored to fast for an hour, a morning or a day.
Consult your doctor fi rst.
Schedule fi xtures and charge teams to enter. Ask local
businesses for prizes.
Reach the whole community by holding a fete, or team up
with organisers of an annual event.
Ask people to donate their leftover holiday coins. Change
them into sterling once you have enough.
Recreate an evening of vintage cinema by showing classic
fi lms and musicals.
Arrange games, music, competitions and stalls at a nearby
hall or sports club.
Weather permitting, fi rework displays are massive
fundraisers. Please refer to the Fundraising Guidelines.
Hire a large hall to sell donated furniture and old offi ce
equipment. Take sales commission.
Make your own fresh, dried or silk arrangements to sell at
craft fairs or fetes.
Apply for matched giving
“Royal Mail Group’s matched giving scheme is a great
motivation for employees to get involved in fundraising
Carl Bottley (pictured left), a Royal Mail postman from Dudley,
works with a local junior football team to raise money every
year for local children in need.
To fi nd out more visit
Host a mock version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? or
The Weakest Link. Otherwise adapt board games for big
audiences, and get prizes donated.
Sell off all your unwanted belongings.
Arrange your own garden
party and sell tickets or
invite guests to make a
Offer your gardening services to friends and family.
Arrange a post-Christmas sale of unwanted gifts. Ask
traders to donate a cut of their takings.
Go Kart Grand
Hold a Go Kart Grand Prix at the nearest track. Drivers pay
an entrance fee.
Put individual tickets of the horses’ names in a hat and ask
your friends or colleagues to draw a ticket suggesting they
make a donation. Keep a note of which horse each person
Make and sell cards for every occasion. Find out about
selling Christmas cards for your charity.
Guess the ???
Competitors guess how many sweets in the jar, a cake’s
weight, etc. The closest answer wins.
Invite a guest speaker and sell admission tickets. Boost
funds with a raffle and refreshments.
Take tourists and visitors on locally guided walks or trips.
Another excuse to dress up and party. Charge entrance
fees and raise money trick or treating.
Dump teams in the middle of nowhere. With no money or
transport, see who gets back to base first. Charge entrance
fees and offer prizes.
Sick of bad hair days? Go bald for charity.
Play your own brand of jazz, or stage a show for local
musicians. Sell tickets and refreshments.
Players have to hook the duck with a fishing pole to win
Buy your own beads and get threading. Sell your products
at markets and craft fairs.
Players have to try and throw a hoop over some kind of
prize that is propped up on a small target, pedestal or
Sell off all your unwanted belongings.
Rent out stalls to local traders, or take a cut of profits.
Inflatable gladiator court
It’s a Knockout
Put a bounce into your summer fete with an inflatable fly
wall, boxing ring or gladiator court.
Offer your ironing services - at a cost.
Revive the 80s game show by inviting teams to compete in
silly games in silly costumes.
Arrange your own X Factor
contest. All you need is a
machine, a room and a
Clare Atkins, team leader for Royal )
Mail International in Stoke-on-Trent, )
and colleagues took part in some carol )
singing to raise money for charity. )
Neil Donovan, a Chester-based HR )
investigator at Royal Mail, cycled 325 )
miles from London to Paris to raise cash )
for Action Medical Research.)
Brian McBride, a postman from )
Northern Ireland, has helped )
“I have had some wonderful support
and to date I have managed to raise
more than £1,500 for Action Medical
Research, most of which has come from
my colleagues at Royal Mail, along with
matched giving from the business.”
organise various sponsored walks to )
raise money for the Foyle Hospice. )
He has raised £1,400, including £200 )
from the business in matched giving. )
Colleagues Dave Mallett and Sarah )
Scrafield, from Sheffield, each swam )
a whopping 22 miles (the equivalent )
Jeanette Donovan, from Chester mail )
centre, raised £555 from a cake sale. )
distance of the English Channel) to raise )
money for The Weston Park Hospital )
Cancer Charity. )
They both received £200 in matched
giving from Royal Mail, and raised more
than £3,000 in total.
“I joined the World’s Biggest Coffee
Morning; however, it was a 24-hour
event at the centre so everyone could get
involved! We did it in memory of a muchloved
colleague, Bob Lydiate, who died of a
brain tumour, and we got matched giving
from Royal Mail to boost the total.”
Try doing everything with your left hand for the day. Ask
It’s all the rage. Just make sure you have a caller and
plenty of drink!
Offer guided walks to natural beauty spots.
Get sponsored to run the traditional 26-mile race.
New Year’s resolutions
Get sponsored to stick to your New Year’s resolutions.
Themed evening of medieval food, jousting and
Mile of pennies
Make a mile of pennies in your town centre. Ask shoppers
to help by donating their coins.
Invite everyone you know to compete in traditional and
silly sports. Charge an entry fee.
Open your garden to visitors. Sell tickets, refreshments,
plants and vegetables.
Introduce dress-down day at work. Colleagues pay a fee to
leave their suits at home.
Stage an opera evening in your area, or arrange a trip to
see a big London production.
Entertain the crowds with your own recital, or hire bands
Ornament sale pitches
Set up a market/fair stall. Alternatively, plan your own
event and charge for pitches.
Organise paintballing challenges at locally run centres.
Players pay to enter.
Sell donated plants or rent out pitches to traders.
Get flipping on Shrove Tuesday. Charge teams to enter, and
spectators to eat.
Organise a league of players and compete on a certain
game. Charge entrants.
Your chance to play the ugly sister. Stage a production with
friends, family and colleagues.
Playing your cards right
Fair game made famous by Bruce Forsyth. Guess higher or
lower 6 times running and win a prize.
Pick a venue, a date, a theme… and party on. Sell tickets
and charge for extras like food.
Gather pledges of support, donations and services. These
could be auctioned or raffled off.
Sell uniquely personalised gifts for special occasions.
Hire a venue and invite local bands to play. Sell tickets and
set up stalls.
Charge proud pet owners to show off their cats, hamsters,
bunnies, mice, etc.
Collect and sell foreign and unusual stamps to dealers.
Pick a cork
Pick a numbered cork out of a board and if the number’s a
winner, claim a prize. Charge a fee per go.
Whether it’s French or Flamenco, sell your skills with
Pick a ticket
Pick a numbered ticket from a bucket and if the number’s
a winner, claim a prize. Charge a fee per go.
Sell promotional gifts with your charity/organisation logo
on. Make sure you get approval first.
Frame and sell prints of local scenes, or pictures relevant
to your charity.
Pub games night
Stage a championship of traditional pub games - darts,
skittles, dominoes, cards, etc.
Plant a tree
Seek sponsors for a “plant a tree” scheme.
Pull in the crowds with a traditional Punch and Judy show.
The race is run on a large screen after all bets have been
taken. A typical evening consists of eight races. Props (and
film) are supplied by race operators. Please refer to the
Ask local firms to donate prizes and sell tickets. Please
refer to the Fundraising Guidelines.
Teams compete by building their rafts and racing over a
set distance. Teams pay to compete.
Take to the countryside for a mass walkabout. Throw in
a theme (fancy dress, singles, three legged, Easter), and
charge for entry and refreshments.
Publish favourite recipes from local restaurants and chefs.
Make sure you get their permission.
Sell teas, coffees, sandwiches, biscuits, cakes, etc. at any
Fair game where player rolls a ball through a hole at the
end of a bowling-type alley.
Fair game where player rolls a coin down a chute, aiming
to land on a playing card.
If your local doesn’t run a pub
quiz, set one up. Test the regulars
on pop, trivia or sport.
Roll the dice
Roll six sixes and win a car! You need a big event - and car
sponsor - to make this worthwhile.
Travel from restaurant to restaurant, having a different
course at each stop. Ask restaurants to support your
efforts, but set a cover charge to include all food and the
donations for your charity.
Players pay to chuck sopping wet sponges at whoever’s in
Sale of Xmas gifts
Sell Christmas cards, wrapping, gifts, food and drink.
Mum’s the word. Stay silent for as long as you can.
Pull on your white beard and brush up your ho, ho, ho.
Whatever your game, organise a tournament. Sell tickets,
and organise stalls, raffles, etc.
Variation on the treasure hunt where participants have a
list of items to collect.
Raise the curtain on a local theatre production.
Get down on your knees at your nearest train station or
Don’t fancy the map reading? Forget cycling to Paris, but
cover the same distance at the gym.
Ask supporters to donate their loose change collections.
Bring the taste of Wimbledon to your event, with this
Sit in a bath
Get sponsored to spend the day in a bath of beans or tea,
Get juggling, tightrope walking, fire eating, knife throwing,
Make an evening event out of this traditional pub game.
Put unwanted items in touch with loving homes. Charge
swappers to participate.
Free-fall your way back to earth - for sponsorship.
Spend a £1 for every $@*£$! uttered. Put a box at home,
at work and at the pub.
Arrange with local slimming clubs. Participants get
sponsored £1 for every pound lost.
Get sponsored per length, mile, minute, hour…
Fair game where competitors pillow fight while sliding
along a slippery pole.
Indoor variation on the car boot sale. Charge for table hire.
Comedians, magicians, singers, dancers and musicians all
under one roof.
Discover Britain’s next big thing with your own talent
show. Charge entry and offer prizes.
Offer to clean cars inside and out for all your family,
friends and colleagues.
Bowling alleys often have special rates for big groups and
Tin can alley
Traditional fair game. Knock down the stack of tin cans and
win a prize.
In the run-up to Christmas, toy sales can be big
Lead organised walks to historical spots and places of
interest. Ghost walks are also popular.
Sniffing out the clues, teams compete against each other
to discover the ‘hidden treasure’.
A hair-raising experience for the boys. Get sponsored to
wax your legs or chest.
Weight of the
Pay to guess the weight - and win the cake if you’re
Fun for every fete and fair. Throwers compete to see
whose welly goes furthest.
Charge a pound a ticket, and pick a winner for every 25
sold. Please refer to the Fundraising Guidelines.
Wear your underwear on the
outside for the day, ask your
friends for sponsorship. Make
sure it’s clean!
Who am I?
A quiz sheet with clues in the form of words and pictures.
Put individual tickets of the players’ names in a hat and
ask your friends or colleagues to draw a ticket suggesting
they make a donation. Keep a note of which player each
Invite a guest astrologer for a star-studded fundraiser.
Charge for entry and horoscopes.
Hold tasting sessions for wine companies. Charge
commission on wine sold. Arrange a raffle.
Organise a sponsored zumbathon with the help of gyms,
leisure centres and sports shops.
Offer to prune trees or chop firewood for friends and
Stock up on crackers, pudding and mince pies. Break with
tradition by holding it in July!
Make up and sell your own Xmas hampers. Include food,
drink, toys and gifts.
Yard of ale
Challenge yourself and others to a lengthy drinking
contest. Charge an entry fee.
Say yes to everyone’s demands (within reason!) and ask
people to sponsor you to do so.
Put the FUN into fundraising
Postman Tim Hyde and postwoman Sandra Pizzey,
both from Kent, organised a three-hour Zumbathon to
raise money for Breast Cancer Care. They both received
£200 in matched giving, and raised £2,000.
Before you undertake any fundraising activity, please make sure you read
our Fundraising Guidelines.
For additional help and advice, we recommend that you contact Charities
Trust on 0151 284 1221 or visit the Institute of Fundraising website
www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk for more information on fundraising.
See the ‘Disclaimer’ section of the Fundraising Guidelines, which applies to
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