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 to respect lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures.

Fundraise this Advent and Christmas time

Nativity scene for World Gifts

World Gifts are a range of virtual charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of families living in poverty.

World Gifts are CAFOD's ethical presents which save lives. You can buy gifts online, or you can fundraise for a group gift with friends and family.

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Advent Calendar

As we approach Christmas, you can enjoy our CAFOD Advent Calendar. Make a donation each day as you pray and reflect.

Organise an aerobics-athon to keep fit and healthy and feel good this Christmas time, 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. It might help when the inevitable clear out comes after Christmas.


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, be creative, raise money and have fun! 


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! 


Carol Service

Carol services can be presented online. This Advent season why not organise one to bring people together and raise lots of money for CAFOD. Follow this link for our carol service guide.

Carol Singing

Carol singing is an outdoor event, and might be allowed by the time we get to Christmas. Make sure you get permission and are socially distanced, and raise money for CAFOD.

Christmas Party

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!


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 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.


Provide food to a family who have nothing to eat following an emergency

Provide food to a family who have nothing to eat following an emergency

Emergency Food

This amazing World Gifts 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! 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. It's also great for keeping fit during the festive season.


CAFOD's Christmas Fun Run

On Sunday December 27th, you are invited to our Christmas Fun Run. This is an opportunity to join with people around the country to run, walk or toddle 5km to raise money for CAFOD. 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

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

Christmas dressing up can be such fun. From Christmas jumpers to more elaborate costumes (maybe including face painting?). You could do 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

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! This works really nicely with all the festive football fixtures.

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

This Advent, 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. 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 to CAFOD from your family and friends! 

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.

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

As the nights draw in, 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.


Helpful Elves!

Children, (big and small!) why not be the washing up or laundry 'elve' 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 in time for Christmas.


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?


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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Mulled pies and mince wine

Mulled wine and mince pies

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

Lots of us love mince pies and mulled wine, but just because we are apart, doesn't mean we can't enjoy this Christmas tradition. We have produced a guide to take this gathering online, and 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.

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.



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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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 be 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 Christmas 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. 



Christmas is a great time from raffles. 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. 

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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! 


Christmas tree with lights on

Christmas Tree with candle decorations

Tree decorating

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.

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.



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 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 gfit you already planned for!


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. You could do it as a sponsored event, or donate some of the money you might have spent on Christmas activities which might be cancelled this year.


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.



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.

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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