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A – Z of fundraising ideas

A - Z of fundraising ideas

Looking for fundraising ideas? You’ve come to the right place.

A

  • Afternoon tea party – ask for donations or sell tickets.
  • Art sale – live or online
  • Adventure! Like a sponsored Three Peaks Hike
  • Auctions

B

  • Babysitting – offer your services to neighbours, family and friends, for a donation
  • BBQ – charge a fee for guests in an afternoon of sizzling fun
  • Barn dance – sell tickets and make extra on a raffle, cloakroom and refreshments on the night
  • Ball – go posh and give people a night to remember
  • Bring and buy sale

C

  • Carol singing – ask us for a tin or bucket and give your neighbours some festive cheer
  • Cake bake – an easy way to raise money at the office or church
  • Club nights – ask your favourite DJs and MCs to do this one for free and aim to sell out
  • Clothes swap – charge an entry fee and donate any unwanted items to One25 afterwards
  • Coffee mornings – coffee, cake and a chat with your favourites, for a donation
  • Competitions – at work, with mates, at the gym – this is an easy way to raise money and have fun

D

  • Dress down day – at school or work. Fridays always seem best for this!
  • Dance show – put your talents to good use and sell tickets to show them off
  • Dinner party – don your finest cuisine and ask your friends to donate what they would normally spend on a meal out

E

  • Eighties night – terrible tunes, big hair and loud fashion. Charge for entry and run a competition for ‘best fancy dress’, ‘best dance moves’ etc
  • Exhibitions – have you got something people would pay to see? Why not ask for donations instead
  • Easter egg hunt – and other egg themed fun, eg. egg and spoon race

F

  • Face painting, fetes and fairs and all that family fun
  • Football competition – turn your husband/ boyfriend/ son’s obsession into a fundraiser for the day
  • Fun run – you don’t have to be an athlete to run for charity. Find a park run or 5K race near you and entice people to sponsor you by wearing fancy dress (the highest donation decides)
  • Film night – set a projector up in your garden or community hall and show a classic film with popcorn, hot dogs and pop for donations

G

  • Guessing competition – how many sweets in the jar, who’s baby photo etc
  • Garden party – show off your lawn and host some summer fun
  • Gig – if your musical or know someone who is, people love to hear love music and plenty of venues will give you a stage for free

H

  • Head shave – the ultimate sacrifice for some. Shave it all off for sponsorship and sell your luscious locks for an extra donation
  • Hire a helper – hire out your gardening/ cleaning/ cooking skills for a donation to One25

I

  • International food dinner party – everyone picks a country and brings a native dish to contribute as well as making a donation

J

  • Jumble sale – get the whole road to join in, set up your stalls and have some fun
  • Jazz night – dust down your Louis and Ella vinyls or host a live band

K

  • Karaoke – you can’t go wrong with a bit of this
  • Knit-a-thon – yep you really can turn anything into a competition!

L

  • Leg waxing – for men of course. Convince your boss to be a good sport and watch the money roll in
  • Lessons in – teach a skill such as professional masseur, French, cooking, singing
  • Luck dip – another good one for the office, school or church. Make it a regular Friday feature

M

  • Magic show – kids and grown-ups love it alike
  • Marathon – secure a place at on of the dozens of organised marathons around the country each year
  • Murder mystery – a fun themed night with friends can easily be turned into a fundraiser

N

  • Netball tournament – get fit, socialise and fundraise. What a great combo
  • Non-uniform day – convince your school to donate the proceeds of your next one to One25
  • New years party – everyone likes to celebrate this night, why not see the new year in with extra purpose

O

  • Obstacle course – not just for kids you know
  • Odd clothes day – why not get sponsored to let the child in your life dress you for the day
  • Open mic night – a more professional and original version of karaoke

P

  • Parties – for every occassion can be turned into fundraisers
  • Pancake day – cheap to make, everyone loves them and would be happy to donate
  • Poetry night/slam – Bristol is full of talented poets and spoken word artists who’d be sure to take part
  • Pub quiz – everyone loves one, why not make it a regular feature at your local
  • Progressive meal – otherwise known as a safari supper. Great fun with all the neigbours

Q

  • Quiz night – struggling for fresh ideas on this awkward letter!

R

  • Races – on foot, three legged, jumping in a sack, relay, on your bike…phew!
  • Raffles – a great way to raise more at almost any event or challenge you take on
  • RAG – if you’re a student you could find out who heads up the ‘Raise and Give’ society and make sure One25 gets a piece of the pie
  • Rugby match – gather your team and a rival for a charty special

S

  • Sports day – in the park, on the beach, in your back garden. Call in the crowd and get the competitions going
  • Sponsored challenge – this is by far the best opportunity to raise oodles of money for One25. The crazier your challenge (“she’ll never do that!”), the more you’ll raise
  • Swear box – set one up in your office and watch it get full in no time. Muttering still counts!

T

  • Themed day/party – pull out all the stops with costumes, music, games, food, decor
  • Treasure hunt – provide an afternoon of entertainment and ask for donations or a entry fee
  • Talent competition – at school, at uni, at work, at church or anytime/anywhere with your talented friends!

U

  • Unwanted gifts sale – don’t just stash them in a drawer and forget about them, make them count
  • Ultimate challenges – this could be a cycle ride across Pery, hiking the Great Wall or abseiling the Avon Gorge

V

  • Valentines ball – for the lovers out there
  • Variety show – more performance base fundraising, the list is endless

W

  • Walks – a novelty ‘fancy dress’ walk or a serious, epic trek
  • Wine tasting – or wine and cheese party

X

  • Xmas ball/ party – Ok we know it’s a ‘C’ but cut us some slack. This is a great idea!
  • X Factor sweepstake – bets on the winner at the start of the season makes it more fun for you all

Y

  • Young / Old switch – young people dress up as old people and vice versa. Which category are you in!?
  • Yoga morning – ask your yoga teacher to donate an hour of their time and spread the word
  • Yoga challenge – 24 hours of non-stop yoga?? Now that’s worth sponsoring

Z

  • Zumba class – in the same vein as the yoga idea. OR a zumba marathon (26 hours straight!)
  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz – still awake and reading? Well done. Hopefully you’ve found something you like the sound of. Now let’s get started.

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