A - Z Fund Raising ideas

A

- Auction / Auction of promises -

If you have a well-stocked record collection you're willing to let go off for a good cause or you have the contacts to get your hands on sought after sports memorabilia an auction could be the fundraising activity for you.  Or make your auction a more casual affair by auctioning off your skill set. Could an evening of waiting on your friends help you raise funds? 

 

- Afternoon tea -

Ready to debate how to pronounce scone? Then why not host an afternoon tea, whether you do it at work home or a local venue we are a nation of tea drinkers and so we are sure your event will prove popular. Get the cake stand at the ready and the invites out.

 

B

- Bake Sale -

Make like Mary Berry and bake your way to fundraising success. Whether you run the event at work, school or your home be sure to find out about any specialist diets (or perhaps just favourites) first to maximise sales! Download your free bake sale poster today. 

 

- Bingo -

If the phrase two little ducks brings a smile to your face then bingo could be the activity for you! Our advice: keep it fun and adapt the game for your audience. If they are celebrity obsessed why not use photographs of famous people instead of numbers or perhaps your friends are foodies... food bingo anyone? 

 

C

- Coffee mornings -

Most people rely on a coffee to get them through the day so hosting a coffee morning is a great way to fundraise on your lunch break and gathering donations is made easier when you're offering something people wanted anyway. If you're looking to host outside of the workplace, why not make a longer session, perhaps tie in with your local book club? If you know a friend is running a bake sale why not partner up, they can focus on the cake while you make sure you've got the right beans and brew.

 

- Cinema screening -

Film student with a grad film to show or a DVD collection to rival Netflix? Either way a cinema screening is a flexible fundraising idea. Whether it's hosted in the school hall, work canteen, your living room, the local cinema or projected outside only one thing will stand between you and success - popcorn - so buy your own kernels and get inventive, it's a great way to raise extra cash on the night. Peanut butter popcorn anyone?

 

D

- Dinner Party -

An event which can be hosted all year round, on its own or in support of other events a dinner party can be adapted to appeal to most people. Our top tip:  pick a theme. You could focus around the origins of the food you serve or go theme first, food second and serve dishes from your favourite film. Keep in mind the timing of your event, if your hosting in January why not throw a healthy food dinner party to appeal to all those trying to kick bad habits in the new year.
 

-Dances / Disco -

You don't need access to a ballroom and moves for Strictly to host a dance (but if you do that’s great) you just need space and music to move to. Will you host your dance at home or will your hire a local venue? We've helped lots of supporters raise funds this way so if a disco is how you want to raise money get in touch and let us help you fundraise too. 
 

- Darts match -

Set your sights on bulls-eye and keep the game serious by charging an entry fee to raise funds. Or keep it fun and set challenges like throwing whilst on one leg and charge per throw. If you are or know a local darts champion why not charge a fee to play against them?

 

E

- Easter Egg Hunt -

The only constraint here is time - we find eggs are hard to find in December so make sure you leave enough time to get this organised. Easter party - With school holiday and a long bank holiday weekend Easter is a great time to fundraise. You'll have more time to plan the activity and people are more likely to have the time to support you.  There are lots of low cost ways to raise money at an Easter party... from the more obvious Easter egg hunt to an Easter bunny hop race (ears at the ready).

 

F

- Fancy dress days -

Fancy dress isn't just for Halloween, it's a great way to raise money. If you’re the boss why not have every one come into work in fancy-dress and pay a small donation for the day or if you are a dab hand on a sewing machine why not make up your own costumes to raise money? Top Tip: Why not let your colleagues cast votes on the costume you have to wear for the day, they pay a fee to vote which goes towards our vital research (and of course embarrassing you).

 

G

- Games Night -

You don't have to be a Monopoly board master or play scrabble like Carol Vorderman to a host a games night. You just need games, a place and people. It can be as simple as charades or if you have a screen and console to hand why not go down the gaming route, charging friends to play. Tight on time?  Put on a lunchtime session at your office and colleagues can play for the price of a coffee.

 

- Girls Night In -

Get the girls round and gang up on cancer. It's simple, just invite your friends round and ask them to donate the amount they would usually spend on a night out towards our life saving research. View our free Girls Night In pack for more information.
Give it up! - We all have bad habits, some worse than others (we are looking at you toenail biters) but if you have a habit you want to kick why not do it whilst fundraising for us? If your habit is costly why not donate the money you save or if your habit causes more frustration to others than yourself why not have people sponsor you? Over the years our supporters have raised money by giving up things like crisps, television, alcohol, chocolate, meat and  smoking.

 

H

- Halloween party - 

For us the only thing better suited to fancy dress than fundraising is Halloween so get your invites out and charge guests an entry fee to spend the night apple bobbing to Thriller.

 

I

- International evening / International Day -

Whether you've travelled the world or just love a particular culture an international theme is a great way to get people excited about raising money. Choose your country - or go 'around the world' - and charge people an entry fee. Have a think  about dress codes, food and music. Entertainment such as quizzes can be a great way to raise extra funds at the event.

 

J

- Jewellery collection, Jewellery making/selling -

If you have high value pieces you're looking to donate an auction could be the best route for you, or if your skill set lies in making why not put on a 'make-your-own' craft session.

 

K

- Karaoke night -

Time to stretch the vocal cords and get ready for a night of karaoke, love it or hate it our fundraisers have proven it’s a great way to raise money. If you're on the lookout for a karaoke machine reach out to friends on social media to save money on renting one. Sponsor friends to step up to the mike to sing your favourite song!

 

L

- Ladies Night / Day -

Throw a ladies day (or evening) and get your female friends together. The first challenge will be getting a date in the diary so if this is the event for you start to ask people now about their availability. Once you've got the date, start to think about entertainment. You could have cocktails and canapés or a Mad Hatters tea party. You know your guests best so choose something that you’d all enjoy.

 
Luncheon / Lunch -

You don't have to be a lady to lunch. If your office has a habit of ordering food on a Friday why not cook up your own treats? You'll save your colleagues time buying lunch which will give them even longer to enjoy your yummy food!
Leap Year  - Whether your fundraising activity takes 1 hour or the full 24 use your Leap Day to make a difference. Don’t forget with an extra day in the working month it’s a great chance to speak to employers about matched giving. .  
 

M

- Marathon events -

Before you go to the next idea, a marathon doesn't have to mean running. In the past our supporters have raised money with marathon DJ sets, roller skating, and nail art sessions. Decide if you want an activity that will take you  26.2 miles or hours.
Matched Giving - Whether you are raising money in the office or outside of work, ask your employer about matched giving. Lots of our fundraisers have doubled the amount raises by their employer so don't be afraid to ask. 

 

N
- New Year's Eve dance/party -

Avoid a night of queuing and host your own New Year's Eve party. You get to control the music and the guest list and can charge cheaper than local pub for entry and donate the fee.

 

- Office Collection Day / Office Fundraising -

Short of time but eager to make a difference? Then fundraising in the office could be the right activity for you.  Fundraising activities for the office could  include; Bake Sales,  Office Olympics, dress down day or perhaps take breakfast orders and set-up your own tea trolley. A morning coffee could make for workers happy to sponsor you!

 

- Obstacle course/beach water fun day -

Set-Up the ultimate obstacle course to raise money for the Home. Perhaps yours could be on the beach in summer and include water slides, water pistol fights, sandcastle competitionP

 

- Pamper Day -

It's likely your friends are already spending money on pampering (the UK beauty industry is worth £17 billion) so why not plan a day that offers the break people need and leaves them feeling good in more ways than one. Are you a trained beautician, masseuse, hairdresser? We need your skills. If pampering is more of a hobby, whilst we'd suggest staying away from offering haircuts, why not have your friends over for a night-in? You could even make-your own beauty products which will help keep guests entertained and expenditure low.

 

Q

- Quiz night -

The pub, parish hall, local sports centre and your best mates garden are all venues suitable for hosting a quiz. Decide what is right (and available) to you and get working on those questions. Will the focus change by rounds or will your quiz be more niche, with all questions specific to a particular band, film or book? You host the night and guests pay to play. Simple... but the questions might not be.

 

Quintessentially Guernsey Day - Bunting tea and Gache are just a few things that spring to mind, perhaps for you it is a picnic in the Saumarez Park? Put on a celebration of all things Quintessentially Guernsey. You can charge entry and raise funds with tombola's and bake sales.

 

R

- Raffle -

A raffle is great to have at a fundraising event like a fun day or as part of your fundraising for a wider event. Just charge a fee for tickets and the winner gets a prize, This could also work as a standalone fundraising activity. Just be aware of offering unwanted gifts as prizes, your friends may recognise them!

 

- Running -

Join our team of training heroes and fundraise by running! No organised event, just you and your challenge. Combined our supporters have run thousands of miles to help raise funds for the Home, where will your run take you?

 

- Sweepstakes -

Want a way to fundraise fast? A sweepstake could be the perfect way for you to raise money. You have one question for example, 'How many sweets in the jar?' and people pay to be given an answer. Whoever has the winning answer gets a prize and you donate the money raised.  We have a sweepstake poster available for free to make this extra easy: 

 

T

- Tea party -

A good cup of tea can change your mood, we drink it when we are sad, we drink it when we are happy and today why not drink it to help the Home.

 

U

- University Challenge -

Pit yourself against your university pals and have a competition, open it up for friends and family to enter teams. Ticket costs will help you raise funds.


- Uniform free day -

Whilst best avoided if you are a fireman, a uniform free day is a great way to get raise funds at school, or let your office relax a little with a dress down dress code. Swapping your usual uniform for  fancy dress could help you raise even more money.

 

V

- Valentine's Day -

Lots of single friends and a penchant for matchmaking? Then organise a singles event from speed-dating to a full blown Valentine’s ball. The best part of this is that even if you don't get a love match you know that people can go home happy knowing they have supported such an important cause. Don't have the resource (or friends willing) for a singles event? Why not bake some love themed goodies for the office. Or why not throw an alternative Valentine ’s Day event, whether its fitness or food, make the theme 'what you love' and ask for donations from friends who attend.

 

W
- Walk -

Where and how far will you walk for the Home? Some have walked aroud the Bailiwicj others have walked around the Channel Islands, some have walked 600 miles blindfolded  but they all did it with the same aim, to help raise money for those with severe physical disability. 

 

X
- Xbox-ing Competition -

Fundraising is all about doing what you can to make a difference, so if you can play like Messi at FIFA or love The Need for Speed then why not organsie an Xbox competition. 

 

Y
- Yoga marathon -

Know your tree pose from your downward dog? Lots of fundraisers use skills they already have to successfully raise money. So if you are a self-confessed Yogi why not run a not-for profit class, your pupils will not only have invested in their own health but also have the added satisfaction that they have made a difference to other people's wellbeing too. We can help provide you with risk assessment templates and information to make sure your yoga event is safe, you can start by viewing risk guide. 

 

- Year to Remember -

What's the most memorable year of your life? Why not make it this year, and for all the right reasons. What could you do for a year to make a difference? Doing something everyday for 365 days is the ultimate dedication and a sure way to encourage people to sponsor you. But what to do? How about walking dogs every day for a year and donating the money you make? Or how about giving something up for a whole year?

 

Z

- Zumba -

They did it with the girls, whilst others went boys only. Others did it in water and some did it wearing only pink, but one thing stayed the same... they all Zumba'd their way to fundraising lifesaving research.  Ready to feel the rhythm? Then get in touch and tell us how you would Zumba for the Home.
 

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