Our A-Z of fundraising ideas

Our easy fundraising ideas include fun and quirky ways to raise money for CAFOD and can be done online, at home, with family and friends, or on your own.

We’ve updated the A-Z with new and exciting virtual fundraising ideas that work for the 'new normal'. As we continue to emerge from lock-down, maybe you can do some online and 'in person' events!

Fundraise for CAFOD this Autumn

Join the Go Green Challenge!




Organise an aerobics-athon to keep fit and healthy and feel good, as well as supporting CAFOD. You can do this online, following one of the YouTube exercise classes, or do your own. Set up a JustGiving Page or a Facebook fundraiser in order to fundraise. Ann has already been doing this, read her story here.


Organise your own online fundraising auction! There are various sites where you can set up an online auction for charity. Another idea is to donate a percentage (or all) of the funds raised from selling anything unwanted through a CAFOD EBay auction. This could be part of your spring clean!

Autumn Walks

How about an autumn walk? As the seasons change, why not wrap up in your favourite jumper and head outside with your friends and family. Have fun jumping in muddy puddles or a huge leaf pile! 

You could find a new route and then 'sell' it to friends and family for a donation to CAFOD. Maybe you could donate per species of tree or bird that you see. There are loads of ways you can enjoy nature while helping people in poverty around the world.

Award-winning Harvest Veggies

“We plough the fields and scatter!”

Harvest, the time of year when crops are cut and collected from farmers’ fields. Could you grow your own vegetables and help care for our natural world? Why not challenge yourself throughout the year and try growing your own carrots, onions, potatoes, or runner beans. Ask your family and friends to join in and once harvest arrives, see who has grown the best-looking crop, or the largest or heaviest carrot, potato, or onion. Charge an entrance fee and maybe design your own winning rosettes or certificates to hand out!


Bake off!

One of our most popular fundraising event ideas and you can do it online! Get your friends, family and colleagues to bake too, share the results of your labours on social media, and make sure you tag @CAFOD. People can vote for their favourites by donating or give money to take part! 


Could you set up a bonfire, get some marshmallows, and toast them? You could make s'mores! You could charge and give the money to CAFOD. (Remember to check for any of our tiny hedgehog friends first).

What a great way to keep warm, have fun and raise lots of money! 



Is it your birthday or anniversary? Do you have another celebration coming up that will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic? Why not set up a CAFOD Celebration Fund to mark your occasion? It’s a great way to stay in touch and celebrate, as well as raising money for people in need around the world. 

Coffee fundraising

Hold a virtual coffee morning with your friends and family - catch up over a cup of tea or coffee, and help communities around the world! Our downloadable guide is full of tips and ways to make your coffee morning a success - all of which can be adapted for a virtual event!


Dance challenge

Time to put your best foot forward and do a danceathon at home. Pick a time, get your playlist ready and keep dancing! Get sponsored, post pictures and videos online or (if you’re really clever!) stream the whole thing live.


Emergency Food

This amazing World Gift can make a life-saving difference to a family in urgent need, by providing food to a family who have nothing to eat following an emergency.


Exercise is not only good for you, it can help others! Maybe you've taken on a personal challenge to run/cycle/walk a particular distance? How about skipping? What about walking up and down the stairs? How about yoga or learning something new? Get creative, set up your JustGiving page and raise money for CAFOD. 


Facebook fundraising

Do you have a Facebook account? Is your birthday coming up? Instead of getting presents this year, why not ask for donations to CAFOD? You can fundraise for loads of different things through Facebook and it's simple and easy to set up.

Fancy dress

Dressing up is always fun, and this way you can do it to help others. How about trying it as a family, post pictures and videos online and ask people to join you and donate. You could make it an online event, competition or a challenge, and set up a JustGiving page.

Footie Fundraiser

Young people demonstrating a keepie uppie football challenge for CAFOD

Taking a football challenge!

The new season is here. Why not do a footie fundraiser? You could have a penalty shoot out, dribbling challenge, or see how many keepie uppies you can do! 

Free fundraising

Sign up for Give as you live or Savoo and you can give a donation to CAFOD every time you shop!

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Gaming for Good

Gaming marathon for CAFOD

Gaming marathon for CAFOD

Computer games can do good! If you or someone you know plays a lot of FIFA, Minecraft or some other game, why not have a look at JustGiving, to see how they can turn all that gaming into money raised for CAFOD.

Games Day: scrabble, chess, trivial pursuits etc

With the long winter nights and restrictions, why not hold a marathon board game tournament! Either pay to play or get sponsored. Take pictures or a video and post to social media, inviting donations to CAFOD.

Go Green!

Go Green Challenge

Take on a Go Green challenge this autumn!

As we head towards the COP26 climate talks in November 2021, this autumn CAFOD is asking you to take on a climate-related fundraising challenge and help raise money to tackle poverty caused by the climate crisis. Find your Go Green challenge here! 


Helpful Fairies!

Children, (big and small!) why not be the washing up or laundry 'fairy' for your family. You could offer to clean the house, tidy up, or cook! Charge a fee for these odd jobs and then donate it to CAFOD. What about selling i.o.u. jobs to friends and neighbours to be completed in the future, all for a donation to CAFOD.

Hula hoop contest

How many times can you spin the hula hoop? Organise a hula hoopathon! Don’t forget to get sponsored by the spin, or the length of time you keep the hoop going. 


Indoor fundraising

There are loads of things you can do around the house! Look around - what could you do to raise money for CAFOD with the things that are right in front of you? What about having a charity clear-out? What about a sponsored reading challenge? Have a think and get creative!

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Make and sell jam at a CAFOD jamboree! Our downloadable guide is full of ideas, tips, and a recipe that will make sure your event is delicious! You could drop off people's purchases in safe, socially distanced deliveries.


Have your friends in stitches with an online joke-athon. Make a video or stream online. All you need is a webcam and an internet connection. Get sponsored. How long can you keep your friends laughing? If the jokes are really bad, make them pay a fee to leave.


Keep clean kit illustration

Keep clean kit World Gift

Keep Clean Kit

Help vulnerable families to keep clean with the Keep clean kit World Gift. You can provide a family with soap, washing powder and five reusable, locally-made facemasks, along with instructions for proper washing – a small way to help families keep peace of mind during unstable times.


Get into some online Karaoke! There are numerous sites which offer this service, and you can join with others as you do it. Donate to take part or watch - who will be the best or worse singer?

Kite-flying competition

Let’s go fly a kite! As the windy weather starts to arrive, why not challenge your family and friends to make a kite? You could even use some fallen autumn tree leaves to decorate the tail.

Head out to a country park with a nice warm drink and tasty snacks and see which kite can fly the highest, fly for the longest time or twirl away in the wind! Charge an amount for each kite entered and let the competition begin!


Lego making competition

Gather together all the Lego in your house and challenge your family to get creative! Who can make the most recognisable landmark, or biggest building? Pay to take part or get sponsored per brick or size of building!

Lockdown Games

Search around the house for lost coins! A great game and you can give the money to CAFOD. (We also take foreign coins!). Play the ‘How many game’. Count the number of taps, doors, phones, Bibles etc in your house. Donate an amount per item. Count the number of screens and then see if you can get sponsored for not watching any.

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Marathon or Half Marathon

Maybe your New Year's Resolution was to run a Marathon (or a half!), or maybe you do this sort of thing all the time. Either way, we would love you to run for CAFOD. We have places in the (virtual) Royal Parks and London Landmarks Half Marathons, and there are many other races which you can enter and get sponsored to run.


Nominate a teacher – to have their legs, beard or head shaved online.

Do you have a teacher who is game for a laugh? Challenge them or a youth leader to have a shave or wax for a good cause. Remember that they should get sponsored for CAFOD too, or charge people a fee to watch it happen.


Online fundraising

We are still facing restrictions on our lives which make fundraising difficult, but fear not, there are loads of ways to raise money online. Almost anything you can think of can be turned into an online fundraiser.  We have artists, knitters, runners, bakers, quizzers and many, many others raising money for us. Choose an activity which you can do, make it a bit of a challenge and see if people will give to CAFOD on your behalf! Get creative, head over to JustGiving to set up a fundraising page and let your friends and family know what you are up to!

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Bernadette took on a virtual Camino do Santiago pilgrimage

Bernadette took on a virtual Camino do Santiago pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is a wonderful expression of our faith, as is giving to others. The two can be wonderfully combined in lots of different ways. How about walking the equivalent distance as a sponsored walk? You can do it on your own over a period of time or get friends and family involved. Set up a Fundraiser on JustGiving and invite your Parish to get involved and sponsor you.

Planet Friendly Meal

Enjoy a planet-friendly meal this autumn in your parish or community and see how much you can raise to help tackle poverty and the climate crisis. Meals can be safely shared outside to make the last of the warmer weather! Need some inspiration? Check out some of our recipes from around the world, and our how-to-guide here.

Plus, download our Go Green poster and promote your planet-friendly meal event! What yummy meals will you discover?

Go Green Planet-Friendly Meal

Enjoy a planet-friendly meal in your parish or community this Harvest.


Quiet in the house!
Make your parents or carers happy by remaining quiet for a few hours, or even a whole day, with this popular fundraising activity. Remember to get sponsored too! Download your sponsorship form


How about a CAFOD Quiz? We have loads of online resources which can help you to Hold your own online quiz and raise money for CAFOD by asking for a donation per entrant. 



Everyone loves a raffle! Get friends and family or local businesses to donate prizes, and then invite people to take part in an online raffle. Remember to give people their prizes when you can, and look out for our CAFOD Raffle!

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Sell for CAFOD on EBay

Unwanted items around the house? Auction them on eBay and a percentage (or all) of the sale price can come to CAFOD!

Sponsored walk

Challenge yourself to walk a certain number of miles and get sponsored for it! Our downloadable guide has information about how you can turn your walk into an event - which can be adapted to comply with social distancing!


Talent contest

Hold a contest to showcase the talents of your family! Video it and share online, set up a JustGiving page, inviting donations to CAFOD. If you are feeling very adventurous, you could livestream your talents or present them on a Zoom call.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic

Enjoy a teddy bears picnic for CAFOD!

“If you go down to the woods today…. You’ll find us having a Teddy Bears’ picnic for CAFOD!” 

Children will love joining Teddy for a picnic! Invite your friends and gather virtually or in person (following government guidelines). Give your children a day of memories and with a small donation from each Teddy attending, you’ll be bringing joy to children around the world. You could even hold some Teddy bear inspired games. Dress to match Teddy or make Teddy Bear ears. How high can Teddy jump? Who will win the Teddy Bear race? Have fun and give a ‘gift of play’ (£27) World Gift to children overseas with CAFOD. 

Treasure hunt

Create a treasure hunt around the house (or garden), with clues and challenges to see which of your family can find the treasure horde of chocolate treats (or anything else!). You can charge per entrant. Remember to Order your chocolate coins from World Gifts.


Ultra Challenge Series 

Take on an Ultra Challenge!

Take on an Ultra Challenge for CAFOD!

Does 25km sound like a long way? How about 50km or 100? If you fancy a challenge, (walking, running or jogging) there are a number of events in different parts of the country, as well as virtually. This is the full list, and you can sign up for as many as you like. Just pick CAFOD as your charity and get fundraising!


Create sock puppets, craft key holders or cook candles! Go online for inspiration, get crafty and get donations or sponsorship for your creations. Post pictures and videos on social media so we can all enjoy them.

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Virtual Fundraising

Almost anything can be a virtual fundraiser, exercise, restraint, challenges, these can all be great fundraisers. Do you have a particular form of exercise that you like or a particular challenge in mind? Set up a ‘Virtual Fundraiser’. Visit our page on JustGiving, and see how easy it is to promote your activity to friends, inviting them to donate.


Wine and cheese evening

The Houseparty App is a way to meet and socialise. Why not get together online with wine and cheese. Have a great time and enjoy some food and drink. You could even link it to our Global Family Food Events. Ask people to donate to be part of the fun.

World Gifts

World Gifts are CAFOD's alternative charity gifts that transform lives. Whether in your parish, school or friendship group, World Gifts make a great thing to fundraise towards. Work towards buying a community water supply, or even a health clinic! We have created a JustGiving page which you can use to fundraise as a community. Pick a gift, ask people to donate and maybe try a few online events to get even more sponsorship. Who knows you might be able to buy more than the gift you already planned for!


X-box tournament

X-box and other games consoles are available, and you can use any of them to host a virtual fundraising day or night or both for CAFOD. Go to JustGiving for more info. 

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Yoga (Real or Desk based)

Search the internet for yoga routines or for desk-based yoga to help you stay fit and well (especially as many of us are working from home). Donate to take part, maybe encourage others to get involved too.



Still looking for fun, sponsorship ideas? You've come to the end of our list! If you've tried one of our suggestions, we'd love to hear how you got on and if you've tried more than one, you're due for a well-earned rest. Zzz 

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Thank you so much for your support during this difficult time

It’s much appreciated, and makes such a difference towards helping creating a world without poverty and injustice. 

You can find more help and advice in our How to fundraise guide and on our health and safety pages. If you'd like a sponsorship form you can download it here.

We'd love to hear from you about your fundraising as well - tweet your pictures to @CAFOD or email events@cafod.org.uk

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