A-Z of Fundraising Ideas

A

Abseil

Abseil down a local landmark or join in a group event and raise funds en masse.

Aerobics

Why not get fit by organising an aerobics session? Get your family and friends involved too; it's great to fundraise together!

Art exhibition

Are you a keen artist? Put on an art exhibition and charge a small entrance fee or sell your work.

Arts and crafts fair

Creative and keen to organise an event? Why not hold an arts and crafts fair? Hire pitches to local craftsmen and women and set up activities to do on the day for people that attend.

Auction

Grab your gavel and start selling. Auctions are a fun and easy way to raise money for charity.

B

Bad Tie day

Great for offices, you can incentivise the scheme with prizes. If you don't own a bad tie, just visit a local charity shop – that way you can help two charities!

Bag packing

Many supermarkets let fundraisers pack bags for charity and allow you to ask their customers for donations. Why not pop in and find out if yours will support you?

BBQ

Hold a charity BBQ. You could also run a competition for Best Burger.

Bike ride

Get friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor your next ride. Alternatively, arrange a mass sponsored ride!

Big Fun Runs

No times, no pressure, no sweat – just some easy moves and lots of laughs! Find out more.

Book Sale

Too many books and not enough space? Organise a book sale at your village hall or community centre.

Bring and buy sale

Ever popular, the traditional 'bring and buy' sale is a great opportunity to sell any unwanted quality goods and pick up a bargain for yourself. Food stalls always do well – think cakes, jams and chutneys.

C

Cake bake and sale

Ask your friends, family, or colleagues to bake a cake to sell (either whole or by the slice). Great for the office or at home!

Car boot sale

If you've got lots of unwanted items, take them along to a car boot sale and donate the proceeds.

Car wash

Why not offer to clean cars for a fee, or ask for a donation to Beat. You could charge your teachers, friends, and family to wash their cars, or even your local supermarket if you can set up in their car park and ask their customers.

Coffee morning

Coffee, tea, biscuits, and cakes make for a great coffee morning! Organise one at home or alternatively find a local village or church hall in which to host. Cake and bric-a-brac stands also work well at these types of events.

D

Dance Off

Harness your inner Tony Manero and dance off for charity!

Darts tournament

Why not hold a darts tournament in your local pub or social club and ask the them or a local business to donate a prize for the winner?

Dinner party

Get your mates round for a Come Dine With Me style evening. You could ask them to pay what they think the meal is worth and donate the money to Beat. Or maybe you'd prefer a safari dinner party where you go to a different house for each course?

Disco

Put on those dancing shoes and dance the night away!

Dog show

Get competitive with a "cutest pet" game at work or school. We love to see our supporters' pets - why not share on Twitter?

Dress down Friday

Whether there’s a theme or you just want to go casual, this is always popular whether at school or work.

E

Easter egg hunt

Want an idea for school fundraising? Set up an Easter egg hunt with fun clues for the kids.

Egg and spoon race

Don't crack under pressure! Race your friends and family. 

Egg painting competition

Save the unbroken eggs from the egg and spoon race and get creative with your paints.

F

Fancy dress Friday

Take dress down Friday to the extreme! Onesies, pyjamas, or superheroes are always winners.

Fashion show

Why not put your creative talents to the test and organise a fashion show? You could charge an entry fee and invite the wider community to see your fabulous designs.

Film night

Stock up on popcorn and host a film night for friends and family. Sell the popcorn and drinks (at a huge mark-up!) and charge an entry fee.

Fun Run

Whether it’s around the park or something longer, there are plenty of options for every level of fitness. Find out more about Beat’s running events.

G

Garage sale

Why not set up a garage sale at home and then invite people to come along and buy? Don't forget to put out flyers and advertise!

Golf day

Go pro at a golf club or get silly at your nearest crazy golf course!

Guess the weight…

Sell tickets to guess the weight of a jar of sweets, a cake, a car, or anything else that takes your fancy.

H

Head shave

Go bald for Beat! We can help with sponsorship forms too.

Horse show

If you have horses or ride, why not put on a gymkhana at your local stable yard?

I

Instagram

Share a selfie, donate, then nominate a friend.

Ice cream sale

Perfect for summer!

Iceland trek

An unforgettable adventure across a volcanic landscape. Read more here.

J

James Bond Day

Come to school or work as your favourite Bond villain or girl or as the man himself.

Disclaimer: Roger Moore’s safari suit is never an acceptable option.

Jumble sale

Get rid of all your unwanted items while raising money for charity.

K

Karaoke

Host a karaoke evening at home or at school. If your local pub is in the mood, they may also support you.

Knitting competition

Get crafty. Whether it’s a scarf, tie, Christmas jumper or silly socks to Sock It to Eating Disorders, this is bound to be a winner.

L

Line dancing

Grab your partner and dosey doe! Give a prize for best dance partners (and best cowboy hat!) with this fun family event.

Litter picking

Give something back to your local community with a sponsored litter pick afternoon.

M

Mile of coins

Ask for donations in coins and see how long your line of coins is.

Make the tea 

Be everyone's favourite colleague and make tea all day (in exchange for sponsorship of course!)

Mini Olympics

Test those budding Olympians and hold a mini Olympics. Get silly with office Olympics - fastest typist wins.

N

Name the teddy

Why not get a local business to donate a big teddy and hold a 'name the teddy' competition. You could come up with a list of names where people can buy the name that they think it is called. You can then give the teddy as the prize.

O

Obstacle course

Create your own obstacle course and let the mayhem begin.

Odd clothes day

This is really just an excuse to be scruffy!

Open Garden

If you've got a gorgeous garden, open it for the weekend and sell tickets. See if you can get your whole community involved with open gardens all over town!

Open mic night

All you need is moonlight, music and you!

P

Pancake day

Give prizes for best (and worst) pancakes or hold your own pancake race. Be sure to make extras to boost your energy levels afterwards!

Parachute jump

Take a leap of faith with a tandem parachute jump!

Plant sale

Have lots of spare cuttings or plants you don't need? Why not pot them up, sell them, and donate the money?

Q

Quizzee Rascals

Organise a quiz night. Pubs are often happy to assist and may even give you a percentage of their takings as their contribution.

R

Raffle

Why not hold a raffle and ask for donated prizes from competitors and local business alike?

Raft race

This is great fun and a great team building activity for the work place as well. Charge teams to build a floatable raft. Then meet at the water and see which one sinks first!

S

Scrabble contest

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

Skydive

See parachute jump.

Spelling Bee

Are you an excellent speller? Challenge yourself to a predetermined quantity of words.

Swim-athon

Why not get sponsored per length swum?

T

Talent show

Everyone's got a talent - from tongue twisters to trumpets, get your friends and family showing off their best skills.

Tea party 

Whether it’s just tea and biscuits or a full blown afternoon tea, this is a winner.

Ten-pin bowling

Head to the lanes and challenge your friends, family, or colleagues. Ask for a fee or donation to enter and then give a prize to the winner.

Three-legged race

Team up with a friend and challenge others to a three legged race. Each team pays to play.

Tombola

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.

U

Uniform free day

Ditch the uniform for a fee. Easy fundraising for your school!

V

Variety show

Put on a show and charge entry to watch.

Vehicle Rally

Are you into cars or motorcycles? Why not hold your own rally? If you are part of a bike or car club why not get them involved too?

W

Word search

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

Wax Off

How much would your friends be willing to pay to see this? Challenge them to join you!

X

X-Factor Competition

Celebrate all your talents by putting on a show. Organise your own talent show and invite friends and family too.

Y

Yo-yo competition

Have you got a talent for yo-yoing? Then put your skill to good use and get sponsored!

Yoga class

Get flexible and get fundraising with this stress-busting activity

Z

Zumbathon

Dance and donate with this energetic fundraiser.

Zip Wire

Get sponsored to take a ride and challenge friends to join you.