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 summer as part of our Summer of Hope. Our list of easy fundraising ideas includes our favourite ways to raise money for charity and can be used at home, on your own or with family (some do require an internet connection!).



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.

Would you normally go to an airshow in summer? Recreate your own at home with a best model plane competition or a paper plane throwing contest, etc. You could even film it, add a commentary and release it online. Remember to include a link to our Summer of Hope JustGiving page so people can donate!

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.


Bake off!

One of our most popular fundraising event ideas! And you can do it online! Hold a summer cake making competition 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!

CAFOD Bake off raspberry pie

Beach party
Don your sunglasses, grab the deck chairs, roll out the towels and hold an at-home beach party. Donate the money you would have spent on a trip to the beach! Make mocktails, let your household judge the best, and ‘sell’ the recipe online for a donation to CAFOD.


Get sponsored or donate for time spent in the great outdoors. Did you miss a camping holiday this year? Donate the money saved! Camp in your garden, cook outside or go on a nature walk. Get sponsored or donate for the different parts of nature that you have seen or experienced (number of trees/species of bird etc). Make sure you post plenty of pictures and/or video online to let others know what you are doing and to inspire them to give and get involved!

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!
Have you missed your daily coffee during lock-down? How about donating the money you have saved? Also, you could 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.



The Euro's have been cancelled! We have football fundraisers listed below, but why not do a gaming challenge with Football Manager or FIFA? You can stream the event via JustGiving or Twitch. Click here for a link to help set it up.


Exercise is now allowed more than once a day. Why not keep a log of distances covered running/cycling/walking and ask for sponsorship? Do you have a treadmill or exercise bike? How about skipping? What about walking up and down the stairs? How about yoga or learning something new? Get creative, set up your giving 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.

Festival fundraising - See 'Performance and Festivals' below

Fancy dress
Have a theme for your dressing up day. Paint people’s faces! Try some summery themes like butterflies, sun rays and - of course - rainbows. Do it as a family, post pictures and videos online and ask people to join you and donate.

Dress as a superhero!

Footie Fundraiser - #wemisstheEuros
As part of the Summer of Hope, have a football fundraiser to replace the Euros. You could have a penalty shoot out, dribbling challenge, or see how many keepie uppies you can do! More ideas in our football fundraiser guide. 

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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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. Maybe you would have spent money visiting garden centres or shows and you could donate some of the money that you have saved? 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. 


Have you saved money on your gym membership during lock-down. How about donating some of that saving to CAFOD to help communities around the world as they try to deal with Coronavirus.  

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.



Lots of people have long hair at the moment! Most of us have saved money on trips to the hairdressers. How about donating that money to CAFOD.

Helpful fairies
Children, (big and small!) in this time of isolation, 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. 


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 the money you would have spent on a night out.


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. Even more difficult at the moment!


Nominate a teacher – to have their legs, beard or head shaved online.
Are you in touch with any of your teachers? 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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Performance and Festivals - Missing a theatre/music show or the Edinburgh Fringe?

Were you due to go to Glastonbury or another festival? Could you donate some of the money saved? How about the theatre or the Edinburgh Fringe Festival? Why not put on your own event at home or in the garden. Take pictures or stream it live and ask for donations to CAFOD. See our handy guide here.


Were you planning on going on a pilgrimage? Can you do an equivalent sponsored walk? Maybe you could cover the same distance. You can 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

Hold an online quiz or quiz night and raise money for CAFOD by asking for a donation per entrant.



Prize winner in the CAFOD raffle

Mr Naylor won a prize in the CAFOD raffle

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 raffle

Restaurants and Pubs

We will soon be able to go for a meal out and a drink. Think about all the money saved from the trips we might have already made to our local restaurants and pubs during lock-down, and donate some of it 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
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! 

Sports day
The school sports day may be cancelled but you can recreate it at home with egg and spoon races, obstacles courses, relays, and pillowcase sack races! Charge household members to enter each race. Get other families to do the same and link up online.

Summer of hope
Recreate any event or activity you’d normally enjoy in summer - BBQ, beach party, open air cinema, summer fair - and transform it into a stay-home fundraiser and sign of hope through raising money for our Coronavirus appeal.


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.

Teddy bears' picnic
Have a teddy bears' picnic for CAFOD. Get all your favourite food, picnic blanket and drinks and head to the garden (or park if allowed!) and make a donation to CAFOD. Post pictures on social media.

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
If you can still get out to exercise or have a particular challenge you are doing at home, set up a ‘Virtual Fundraiser’. Visit our Summer of Hope page on JustGiving, and see how easy it is to promote your activity to friends, inviting them to donate.


Watery Fundraisers - Summer of Hope
How about doing a water activity over the summer? You can get sponsored for all sorts of challenges and events! See our Summer of Hope Guide. Great fun in the garden or the park!

Wine and cheese evening
The Houseparty App is a way to meet and socialise in this period of isolation. Why not get together online with wine and cheese. How about giving it a Royal Ascot theme, with dressing up and hats! Ask people to donate to be part of the fun.

Wimbledon, Olympics etc

The Olympics has been cancelled. As has Wimbledon and the Euros. You can do lots of different activities to raise money for CAFOD in memory of these events. Whether you can do a football or athletic fundraiser or want to do a Strawberries and Cream Garden Party, you can fundraise for CAFOD by setting up an event, starting a JustGiving or CAFOD Celebration page, and get people to donate.


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 (Desk based)

Can’t get to your gym or class anymore? Search the internet for desk-based yoga to help you stay fit and well in these difficult times. Then donate some of the money you would have paid to go to the gym to CAFOD!


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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