Our A-Z of fundraising ideas

CAFOD helped Longora Atido in Kenya to get clean water

Fundraise for CAFOD this autumn so that families like Longora's can drink clean, safe water. 

This list of easy fundraising ideas includes our favourite ways to raise money for charity and can be adapted to use at schools, parishes and work with teenagers, students, friends, family and colleagues!

To get started, take our "How should I fundraise" quiz to get a personalised idea!

Top fundraising idea: Soup lunch – Follow Linda's lentil soup recipe to hold a super lunch this Harvest!



Abandon treats!
Giving up chocolate, crisps or sweets can be a big ask, but abstaining for a day, a week or a month and giving the cash you save to CAFOD will make your eventual treat taste even better! Save your change in a CAFOD collection box.

Hold an auction of people who can spring clean homes, wash cars or spruce up gardens. A great fundraising idea for schools, students and youth groups! Make sure you chase up the highest bidders for donations that can make a difference. 


Raising money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Girls at St Erconwald's Church, Walton-On-Thames at their bake sale. How will you raise money to support CAFOD's work?

Back to school
With the new school year beginning, why not organise a cake sale, non uniform day or a quiz this term at your school?

Bake off!
One of our most popular fundraising event ideas! Download our Cake sale toolkit to get started.

Hold a cake competition and get your friends and colleagues to bake too. Ask someone to judge the winning showstopper, sell what’s left after the tasting and auction the winning entry!

Brighten up
Download fun activities and fundraising ideas for your school to make a difference and build a brighter world.  


Coffee morning
A coffee morning with cakes is a great fundraiser and will give customers the caffeine hit and sugary treat they crave! Download our Coffee morning toolkit for tips and inspiration.

Conkers challenge
Collect conkers and string them up to start your conker cup! Everyone pays to play and winner stays on until the conker champion is found!

Curry night
Use our Curry night toolkit to spice things up at this fundraising event! We've got an authentic curry recipe for you to try, plus a competition for those who can stand the heat...

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Desk based fundraising
Take homemade or shop-bought treats desk to desk in your office, ask everyone to enter a sporting sweepstake in person, or just use your computer to set up a JustGiving page


Eco pledge
Give up plastic and donate what you save (5p per plastic bag at least!), scrap your car and have the proceeds donated to CAFOD or change your home energy supply to ecotricity and get £40 donated to CAFOD.

Emmenthal and wine evening
Or brie, cheddar, gorgonzola... Match your favourite cheese with your favourite wines (apple juice for under 18s) and charge your guests by the glass, plate or cracker!


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

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Green day
Hold a plant sale at church, offer to do some gardening for your neighbours in return for a donation, or hold a seed swap - go green for CAFOD and make a difference.


Healthy mum and baby
Buy this World Gift for a loved one and help mum and babies get the best start in life. Raise the money by saving £1 each day for a month, selling homemade cakes at school or making fancy coffees at work.

How should you fundraise?
Take our fun quiz to find out!


I don't know what to choose!
26+ ideas is a lot, but we've made it easy for you. Take our fundraising quiz and we'll give you a personalised suggestion and advice on what to do next!

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Make the most of the fruit harvest and make it into jam to sell! Download our simple Jamboree toolkit to get started. You could also have a competition for the top chutney chef as part of this sweet fundraiser.


Knitting competition
Craft some cosy items to sell at fairs or jumble sales in time for the colder weather. You could even challenge your friends to a competitive knit-off!


Last minute fundraising ideas
Not all fundraising ideas need lots of planning- try an impromptu coffee morning with shop-bought biscuits, or collecting sponsorship for a spontaneous challenge! Let friends, family or colleagues pick your challenge for you! 

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Magic show
Learn some card tricks and hold a magical fundraiser! Asking young magicians to get involved and charging their parents to see the show is a sure-fire winner. 

Mexican night
Cook up some tacos, fajitas or nachos and charge your friends for their delicious meal as well as a bash of the piñata! 


Name the teddy
Charge your mates to come up with the most interesting suggestion for a cute cuddly toy. You could raffle the teddy at the end too.


Old clothes
Swap your old dresses and tops with your friends at a swishing party and get a whole new outfit! Ask everyone to bring something they don't wear anymore and pay £2 for each garment you take away.

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Pumpkin fun
Have a pumpkin carving evening with friends and run a competition for the most sensational squash! You can also use the pumpkin flesh to make a delicious soup for Family Fast Day.


Quiz night
Download our Quiz night toolkit and use our ready-made question and answer sheets - or create your own quiz to test your friends’ knowledge. Hold a parish quiz night over the summer and raise money for us by charging per entrant.


Rugby sweepstake
Set up a sporting sweepstake - if rugby's not your sport choose football, tennis or even golf! Split the winnings between the victor and CAFOD. 

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School days
Use the new term to organise some fundraising in your school, or collect pictures of everyone on their first day of school and ask people to guess the identities in return for a donation!

Souper soup
Hold a soup lunch this Harvest and ask for a donation in return for each warming bowl. Use CAFOD volunteer Linda's trusty soup recipe to feed lots of people on a tight budget!

Still stuck for ideas?
Take our fun fundraising quiz and get a recommendation for your next even, plus tailored advice!


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Treasure hunt
Create a treasure hunt, with clues and challenges and see which of your friends can find the hidden treasure hoard. Think of some themed clues and charge per entrant or team. 


Uniform free day
Ditch the uniform in favour of fancy dress. You could choose a fairytale or movie theme, or join CAFOD staff and your children to dress you for the day! Just remember to set up your Justgiving page for sponsorship.

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Cakes, cakes, cakes

Hold a CAFOD cake sale!

Very scrummy fundraising
Our top fundraising idea is a cake sale. It's a popular fundraising idea for a reason! Use our Cake sale toolkit and whether you bake yourself or pick up something delicious from the shop, selling cakes and biscuits is a great way to raise funds for CAFOD.


Walk with refugees
Organise an autumnal sponsored walk. Download your Sponsored walk toolkit and take some coffee and biscuits along on your walk, to be given out in return for a donation!


X-tremely easy fundraising
The simplest fundraising idea has to be a non-uniform or dress down day. Everyone pays £1 to dress as a character from TV, literature or history instead of their usual clothes! The perfect, easy fundraising event for work, school or church. 

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Yes we can!
Set yourself a challenge for CAFOD and stay positive that you can achieve it! Why not target funding a Marvellous moo cow or a Medical outreach team and fundraise towards this throughout the autumn? You could try a different fundraising idea each fortnight.


Looking for fun sponsorship ideas for this autumn? 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 

  • We would love to hear from you about your fundraising - especially if you have any unusual fundraising ideas to add to this list! Send your photos and ideas to us at events@cafod.org.uk so that we can share them on our website.

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Good luck!

Thank you so much for your support. It’s much appreciated, and makes such a difference towards helping creating a world without poverty and injustice. 

  • Don't forget to check out our How to fundraise guide.
  • Make sure you read through our health and safety tips to keep your event safe. 
  • We would love to hear about your fundraising activities. Take photos of what you do and send them into us at events@cafod.org.uk so we can celebrate your success by sharing them on our website.
  • Alternatively you can send them to us at CAFOD, Romero House, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB

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