Our A-Z of fundraising ideas

Carol singers

Spread some festive cheer by singing loud for all to hear!

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!

Top fundraising idea: Carol singing – Download our step by step guide and our list of favourite carols to sing up for CAFOD this Christmas.

Try out our quiz to see which fundraising event suits your Christmas personality best!



Advent fundraising
Whether you want to go carol singing for CAFOD, serve mince pies and mulled wine, or hold a carol service, we've got easy to follow guides, posters, recipes and a list of our favourite carols to make things simple for you!  


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?

Bake off!
One of our most popular fundraising event ideas! Download our Cake sale toolkit to get started and make things festive by encouraging bakers to make mince pies, stollen and gingerbread.

Hold a cake competition and get your friends and colleagues to bake too - make sure you have a 'Christmas bakes' category! Ask someone to judge the winning showstopper, sell what’s left after the tasting and auction the winning entry.


Candlelight Fund
A candlelight fund is a special, dedicated fund to remember a loved one who has passed away. Just as we light a candle to reflect on their memory, our Candlelight Funds celebrate the life and the memories that are left behind. 

Carol service
Holding a carol service during Advent is a great, festive fundraiser and we've got a simple fundraising guide, plus a carol sheet, to help you get started!

Carol singing
Spread some Christmas cheer and raise vital funds for CAFOD by going carol singing! We've got a carol singing guide, Christmas carol sheet and Carols for CAFOD poster for you to use!

Curry night
Use our Curry night toolkit to spice things up at this fundraising event! A fantastic event for using up leftover turkey after Christmas.


Desk based fundraising
Take homemade or shop-bought mince pies desk to desk in your office, run a Strictly come dancing or X-factor sweepstake, or use your computer to set up a JustGiving page for a New Year challenge! 


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. Use our mulled wine recipe to make your evening extra festive!


Fa la la la llama
Go carol singing for CAFOD this Christmas and raise funds to help a llama farmer!

Festive events
We've free guides, posters, recipes and carols to help you fundraise festively for CAFOD this Advent and Christmas.

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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Go carol singing
We've collected our favourite Christmas carols for you to sing as you raise funds for CAFOD this Advent. Make sure you also use our simple guide and Carols for CAFOD poster so that everyone knows why you are singing!


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

Hold a carol service
Use our straightforward guide to hold a carol service in your parish - and download our Christmas carol sheet for your service, which includes all our festive favourites! 


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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Joy to the world!
Sing up for CAFOD and spread some festive cheer by organising a carol service  with your parish, or getting friends together to go carol singing.


Knitting competition
Craft some cosy items to sell at fairs or jumble sales - perfect 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 during Advent, or collecting sponsorship for a spontaneous challenge! Let friends, family or colleagues pick your challenge for you! 

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Mince pies and coffee
Serving mince pies after Mass during Advent, at a Christmas fete or as the festive treats at a coffee morning is a great way to raise funds. Check out our Mince pies and mulled wine guide for ideas and advice!

Mulled wine evening
Making and serving mulled wine brings a festive feel to any event! Our fundraising guide includes advice, tips and a recipe.


Noel, noel
Get your friends together and go carol singing for CAFOD! Go between pubs and churches to keep warm in the cold and take our Christmas carol sheet and poster with you.


O come, all ye faithful
Download our favourite carols to use at a carol service, or to go carol singing during Advent.

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

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Period pack
Give a refugee woman her dignity this Christmas with this perfect and practical present from World Gifts!

Pig that provides
Alternatively, go the whole hog and buy this perfect pig for a foodie! This unusual gift will really help a poor family bring home the bacon this Christmas.


Quick fundraisers
Have a Christmas jumper day at school or work, sell mince pies and other festive treats, or use our Christmas carol sheet for an impromptu sing-along!

Quiz for Christmas
Create your own Christmas quiz to test your friends’ knowledge. Hold a parish quiz night during Advent and raise money for us by charging per entrant.


Share the joy of Advent by singing carols - in church with your parish, or as a group of carol singers! We've got guides, posters and that all important carol sheet  to get you started.

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Serve mince pies and mulled wine
Whether you buy or make these festive treats, serving mince pies and mulled wine at an evening event, after a carol service, or at your Christmas party, is a great way to collect donations for CAFOD during Advent.

Sing up for CAFOD
Organising some carol singing is a brilliant way to raise funds for CAFOD this Christmas! Recruit a couple of strong singers and try to get some musicians to help out too. More tips, plus links to posters and our carol sheet can be found in our carol singing guide.


Too many ideas?
Take our fundraising quiz and we can pick your fundraising event for you!

Try something different
If you usually hold a carol service, why not try carol singing in public? Give teas and coffees after Mass a festive twist with mince pies and even mulled wine, or add a World Gifts stall to your Christmas fete!


Uniform free day
Ditch the uniform in favour of Christmas fancy dress. You could rock a terrible Christmas jumper, wear a tea towel on your head as a shepherd, or even dress up as a heavenly host! 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 mince pies, stollen and gingerbread is a great way to raise funds for CAFOD in the lead up to Christmas.


While shepherds watched...
Go carol singing, hold a sing-along at the office, or plan a carol service using our fun and festive guides, plus our Christmas carol sheet.

World Gifts
Raise funds with your school, parish or friends and family to buy a big World Gift together and make a big difference to a poor family this Christmas.


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 Christmas character, or wear a Christmas jumper instead of their usual clothes! The perfect, easy fundraising event for work, school or church this Advent. 

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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 Advent? You could try a different fundraising idea each week.


Looking for fun, Christmas 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.

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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