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 for CAFOD during Lent 2021

Organise an online Hot Cross Bunraiser!

Organise an online Hot Cross Bunraiser!

Online guide and recipes

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Aerobics-athon

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.

Auction

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!

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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! 

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Celebration

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 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! Also, look out for our 'Hot Cross Bun Fundraisers coming soon!

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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.

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Easter Fundraising

We have plenty of ideas for fundraising at Easter. From Hot Cross Buns to eggs, plants to art and craft. Have a look at our Easter Fundraising ideas for inspiration and resources.

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

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. 

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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

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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Global Family Food

Sharing food is special, and we want to encourage 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

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

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.

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Hot Cross Bunraiser

Organise an online Hot Cross Bunraiser!

Organise an online Hot Cross Bunraiser!

Enjoy this amazing Easter tradition with family at home or with friends and the wider parish with your very own online event. Our recipes and guide will give you everything you need to set up the event and have an incredible time as well as making a difference to our sisters and brothers who live in poverty around the world.

Find the online guide for our Bunraiser here and invite donations through JustGiving.

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. 

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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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Jamboree

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.

Joke-athon

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.

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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.

Karaoke 

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?

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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.

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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. It might be easier to find volunteers as we are still waiting for hairdressers to open.

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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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Pilgrimage

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.

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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

Quizzes

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. 

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Raffles

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! See also our Walk for Water.

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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.

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Upcycling

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.

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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!

Walk for Water!

Walk for Water is the only Lent challenge you need: 10,000 steps a day - done your way. Every day. For 40 days. This lent we are particularly focussing on those living in poverty and struggling to get enough water. Please follow the link below to sign up! 

Walk for Water 2021

Walk for Water 2021

Sign up now

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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.

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Zzz

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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