Our A-Z of fundraising ideas

Thank you for visiting our fundraising ideas page - we’ve updated it with new and exciting ways to fundraise for CAFOD while respecting the restrictions placed on all of us by coronavirus.

Fundraise for CAFOD this autumn, especially as we think about Harvest. Our list of easy fundraising ideas includes our favourite ways to raise money for CAFOD and can be used at home, on your own, or with family and friends (some do require an internet connection!).

Our top fundraising ideas

Join us virtually on Saturday 10 October at 12pm for our Global Family Food event. Get cooking, and come together to eat some delicious food from around the world!

Sign up for the Global Family Food event

Explore our recipes from around the world



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. You could set up a JustGiving Page or a Facebook event in order to fundraise.


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.

Autumn Walks

How about an autumn walk? 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!
One of our most popular fundraising event ideas! And you can do it online! Hold a Global Family Food Event (see 'G' below) and 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.


Celebration Fund
Is it your birthday or anniversary? Do you have another celebration coming up that will be affected by this lock-down? Why not set up a CAFOD Celebration Fund to mark your occasion. It’s a great 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! You could 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.


Exercise is not only good for you, it can help others! Why not take on a personal challenge to run/cycle/walk a particular distance and ask for sponsorship? 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
Have a theme for your dressing up day. Paint people’s faces! Try some autumnal themes like leaves, nature and food. Do it as a family, post pictures and videos online and ask people to join you and donate.

Dress as a superhero!

Footie Fundraiser
Football is back! To celebrate, 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 Amazon smile, Give as you live or Savoo and you can give a donation to CAFOD every time you shop!

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Global Family Food Event

This Harvest, we're sharing food with our family and friends across distances and social distancing - because we are one human, global family! Check out our recipes and videos of some very tasty looking desserts (see the Bake Off idea earlier!). Could you cook one of the recipes (or one of your own!) and get some family and friends together online to join your event. Share what you make with us @CAFOD and #globalfamilyfood, and don't forget to ask for a donation from your family and friends to give to CAFOD's Coronavirus appeal! 

And join our CAFOD Global Family Food event online, Saturday October 10th at 12pm (sign up here) as part of the CAFOD Harvest Festival during the Fast Day weekend.

Sign up for the global family food event

Explore our recipes from around the world and How to Guide

Shared lunch in Bolivia

A shared lunch in Bolivia with homemade cheese with a tomato salsa, home-grown potatoes and corn.

How about turning gardening into a fundraiser? Maybe you have an amazing garden and you can post pictures or videos online, and invite people to donate.  If your garden is in need of some tidying up, how about getting sponsored to make it look beautiful! Remember to post any videos or pictures on social media and ask for donations to CAFOD. 

Gaming for Good

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
Hold a marathon board game tournament! Either pay to play or get sponsored. Take pictures or a video and post to social media.


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! As it's Autumn, how about sweeping leaves? 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! Loads of the ideas presented here can be used, but I’m sure there are others. 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! 


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.


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?


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!

Lost Coins
Search around the house for lost coins! A great game and you can give the money to CAFOD. (We also take foreign coins!).

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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.


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.


Open air cinema

If you have a garden, why not set up an open-air cinema screen (or just use a laptop!) and charge household members to vote on which movie you will show? Provide homemade popcorn and ice cream for extra donations to CAFOD.

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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.

Penalty shoot-out
Show off your skills in a sponsored shoot out as part of a football fundraiser. Put the goalie in fancy dress to make their job harder!


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


Join CAFOD's online Harvest Quiz on October 10th at 7pm, as part of our 'Harvest like no other' weekend of online events. It's a great chance to have fun, gather together and support our work tackling Coronavirus. Also, you could Hold your own online quiz and raise money for CAFOD by asking for a donation per entrant. 



By entering our raffle, you have the chance to win one of eight fabulous prizes!

By entering our raffle, you have the chance to win one of eight fabulous prizes!

Get friends and family or local businesses to donate prizes, and then get people to take part in an online raffle. Remember to give people their prizes when you can. Alternatively, you can get involved with CAFOD's World Food Day 2020 Raffle

Enter the World Food Day 2020 Raffle online

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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.

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.


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. Do you have a particular form of exercise that you like or a particular challenge you are doing at home? Set up a ‘Virtual Fundraiser’. Visit our Coronavirus Appeal 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 with the Global Family Food Events. Ask people to donate to be part of the fun.


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 if you are still working from home). Donate to take part, maybe encourage others to get involved too.


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.

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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