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 Advent

Carol singers

Spread some festive cheer by singing loud for all to hear!

Join in an Advent challenge!



A-Z of Festive Fundraisers

Need help to get into that 'festive fundraising' mood? Check out our A-Z of fun Christmas fundraising ideas! There's plenty of choice here for all the family to join in, raise money for CAFOD and to help spread the Christmas message of joy and hope!


We have lots of ideas for Advent. What about an advent service? How about a quiz? A Christmas Party? A food event? All you need is an internet connection, Zoom or a similar platform and a way for people to donate. Whatever you do, have fun, raise money and get creative!

Advent Calendar

As we approach Christmas, why not take a few minutes each day to reflect on topics that are important to you. As you open an advent window, you could pray and make a donation a day. Also, why not visit our Advent Calendar resources for children.


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 and Winter Walks

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

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.


Bake off! 

Bake some scrummy cakes to raise funds for CAFOD this Christmas

Bake some scrummy cakes to raise funds for CAFOD this Christmas

One of our most popular fundraising event ideas and you can do it in person or 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! 

You could even give your baking masterpieces a Christmas theme!


Carols for CAFOD!

UK school children carol singing to raise money for World Gifts in a CAFOD fundraiser

Have fun singing your favourite Christmas Carol for CAFOD Carols!

We so missed singing our favourite carols last year, it would be wonderful to meet and sing – whether indoors or out. Use our carol sheets and carol service guide to help plan your Carol Service or Carol Singing event. You can also video yourselves singing your favourite carol and then share online using the hashtag #CAFODcarols and @CAFOD. 

If you sing outside - don't forget your warm hat and gloves! Maybe add a glass of warm mulled wine or fruit punch and a mince pie! Make sure you get permission and respect coronavirus guidelines, and raise money for CAFOD. 


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. 

Christmas Party

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" As people begin to gather together again in homes, offices and schools, maybe you could hold a collection for CAFOD at a Christmas party?

Or, with coronavirus concerns still in place; how about trying out an online party? You could have music, food and drink, a quiz, dress up (smart or Christmassy) all with lots of chat and laughter! Set up on Zoom (or a similar platform) to connect with your friends or family. Not only will this be great fun, it will also be cheaper. How about inviting your friends and family to donate some of the money saved to CAFOD? Whatever you do, have a great time! 

You can send in your donations via our JustGiving Advent Campaign

Climate Crisis challenges

With the global focus on trying to limit the damage caused by the climate crisis to the earth and communities around the world; can you think of ways to help reduce your impact on the environment?

Challenge yourself to live in a more planet-friendly way and donate the money saved to CAFOD! Our ‘Go Green’ challenges are a great place to start!

You could even ask for sponsorship for you or your family to have a break from social media, gaming online or watching your favourite TV shows! If you break your challenge, donate a ‘fine’ to CAFOD!

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.

'Festive' Christmas Fun Run

On Monday December 27th, you are invited to our Christmas Fun Run - run off your turkey and mince pies! You can take part virtually wherever you are, or join in at the in person events in Liverpool and Bollington. You can even run in your best Christmas fancy dress! Donate or fundraise to support people around the world living in poverty.

There is a JustGiving page set up here, where you can fundraise for CAFOD. Please send us pictures or video of your adventures to events@cafod.org.uk.

Supporters taking part in the Fun Run in Liverpool

Supporters taking part in the Fun Run in Liverpool

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.

Gingerbread Advent competition

Gingerbread is one of the most Christmassy food smells there is! As most of us have a sweet tooth, how about challenging your family and friends to a ‘Gingerbread Advent’ competition?

Christmas nativity gingerbread house

Christmas nativity gingerbread house

Search for simple gingerbread recipes online or in good old-fashioned cookbooks, set a target time to bake and decorate and see which team can make the best (or biggest!) Gingerbread Nativity scene? You could charge an entry fee per team or maybe even sell the resulting gingerbread goodies and donate the money to CAFOD!


Helpful Elves!

Children, (big and small!) why not be the washing up or laundry 'elf' 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. Check out our Sponsored challenge events, challenge yourself to complete an event and ask for sponsorship. How far can you run and how much can you raise?

Mince pies and mulled wine

Serve some festive treats this Christmas to raise funds for CAFOD!

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

Lots of us love mince pies and mulled wine - what can be more 'Christmassy'! Hopefully friends and family can meet together this year, but even if we are apart, we can still enjoy this Christmas tradition! We have produced a guide to help you plan a gathering in-person or online, and to use it as a way to raise funds for CAFOD to help those around the world, who will be struggling even more than usual this Christmas. 


Nativity Play

We have a CAFOD Nativity Play! It has been produced to be used at home and online. Maybe you could use this as part of another Christmas event, like a party or carol service, what about including mince pies and mulled wine. Whatever you do, don't forget to ask for donations or sponsorship and have fun.

This beautiful hand-made Nativity triptych is available to buy in the CAFOD shop.

Nativity triptych

Nativity Craft

What could you create this Christmas? There are loads of different things you can make from decorations to cards, and whatever you create can be shared online. When you are making your crafts, please think about whether you can request donations from friends and family or make one yourself. It would be great to see loads of Christmas crafts on social media and lots of money raised for CAFOD.

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!


Christingles are a wonderful activity to do this time of year. All you need is an orange, ribbon, cocktail sticks, sweets or raisins and a candle. You can make them at home and share your creations online as pictures or a short video. When you are sharing your creations use it as an opportunity to remember those less fortunate and invite people to make a donation to CAFOD.

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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.


Christmas is a time of giving, and although this may still be a little harder to do in person this year, we can still be generous. CAFOD's World Gifts is a wonderful way to help those in need as well as giving to our friends and family.


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!

Reduce your single-use plastic!
As the world battles with ways to combat the dangerous affects of the climate crisis, why not try and find ways to reduce your reliance on single-use plastics? For example, over time plastic water bottles degrade and too many end up polluting the environment.

By purchasing a metal water bottle instead, you can fill it up with your favourite drink and save money on the cost of buying plastic bottles throughout the year. Why not spread the word to your friends and family, ask them to do the same and donate the money saved to CAFOD?

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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

Going for a walk over Christmas and New Year is a great idea, especially as many of us will over indulge and need the exercise! 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.

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.

Tree decorating 

Christmas baubles

Decorating the tree!

Decorating the Christmas tree is a wonderful Christmas tradition, and one which we will be able to do in our homes. Why not think about ways you could include CAFOD in this festive event? Maybe you could make some decorations which represent CAFOD or post a picture or video of your decorating and invite donations to CAFOD. 


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

Enjoy meeting and socialising with family and friends, with a wine and cheese evening! With coronavirus still present, you could hold the event online (via apps such as Zoom) and 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 and are the true spirit of Christmas giving! Whether in your parish, school or friendship group, You can buy gifts online, or you can fundraise for a group gift with friends and family.

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!

World Gifts Green House Family

World Gifts are CAFOD's charity gift range of unusual, ethical presents that will delight your friends and family.


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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