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Fundraising ideas

Fundraising ideas

Find inspiration for your next fundraiser

At Christian Aid we welcome creativity! We love to see our amazing supporters coming up with new ideas to fundraise and fight poverty year after year. 

So, whether you’re a seasoned fundraiser or a first-timer, we are here to support you. 

Need some inspiration? Choose from our ‘ready-to-go’ resources, activities and challenges, or use this page to spark new ideas and make them your own.  

In your community

  • Quiz night: get quizzical with your friends and hold a quiz night at your church hall, community centre or local pub.  
  • Ceilidh: pull on your dancing shoes, hire a good band and recruit a caller who knows all the dances and can help those with two left feet. Charge for admission and refreshments. 
  • Talent show: organise a Britain’s Got Talent style event and charge for admission.  
  • Supermarket/train station collection: arrange a date for a collection at your local supermarket or train station. Get in touch for more information on how to do this 
People dancing at Greenbelt festival

People dancing at Greenbelt festival - Alex Baker/ Christian Aid

Supporters dressed in animal costumes smile and wave next to a bridge

Christian Aid Scotland Bridge Cross event - Lesley Martin

At work

  • Different dress day: whether you dress up in your finest clothes, or dress down in your comfiest clobber, charge everyone to take part. Mix it up a bit and do a fancy-dress day or a wear your funniest shirt or tie day – be as creative as your boss will allow! 
  • Car wash: wash all the cars in your office car park and ask for donations.  
  • Matched giving: many workplaces match what you fundraise – ask yours if they do too! It’s the easiest way to double your total. 

At school

  • Non-uniform day: ask your headteacher about a dress-down day with each child donating to take part. Make it more fun and wear red for Christian Aid! 
  • Collect coins: give each child in your class a tube of Smarties to fill with £1/€1 coins when they’ve finished the sweets. Or ask each child to collect copper coins from their friends and families. 
  • Sports day: turn your school sports day into a fundraiser, charging people to enter. Don’t forget to sell refreshments to raise extra cash! 
Pupils and staff holding their Global Neighbours Bronze Award certificate
Christian Aid supporters with bunting

At home

  • Movie night: bring Hollywood to your home! Organise a film night with DVDs, drinks and popcorn at your home – all for a small donation, of course! 
  • Garden party: hold a party or an open garden event. Choose your own or other local gardens that people would pay to visit, and have stalls, games and refreshments too. 
  • Cook it: invite your friends for a slap-up meal cooked by you, for a suitable donation. It could be a gourmet meal or a delicious BBQ; just serve up your signature dish 

At church 

  • Coffee morning or afternoon tea: whether morning’s your thing, or afternoon is more your cup of tea, invite your friends, family and congregation to join you for tea, coffee or cake in your church hall.  
  • Sell it: bake some cakes to sell after church, or get green-fingered, planting extra seedlings and holding a plant sale. Organise a car boot or tabletop sale in your church hall, get rid of your unwanted belongings and charge others for tables to sell theirs.  
  • Choir concert: ask your church choir to put on a concert and charge for admission. 
Volunteers and staff enjoy a Big Brekkie

Volunteers and staff enjoy a Big Brekkie. - Christian Aid / Joseph Cabon

Christian Aid supporter at Greenbelt Festival 2019

Christian Aid supporter at Greenbelt Festival 2019 - Alex Baker/ Christian Aid

On your own 

  • Hair: shave your hair or beard or dye your hair a bright colour and get sponsorship for ruining your treasured locks. 
  • Give it up: whether your favourite thing is chocolate, coffee or cheese, get sponsored to give it up for a month (or even longer!) 
  • Yes day: say yes to everyone’s demands (within reason) and ask people to sponsor you to do so. 

Some more ideas

Put the fun in fundraising!

Get active!

Challenge yourself and hit your fitness goals whilst fighting poverty.

Get your thinking cap on!

Round up your friends, family, church or local community and test their knowledge with our brand new ‘CAW2022 quiz’