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, in parishes or schools, or on your own!

As we continue to learn to live alongside covid-19, explore our ideas for both ‘in person’ and online events. Together – we can help build a world free from hunger.

Fundraise for CAFOD this Summer!

Thumbs up from a fundraising family

Hold a Summer FUNraiser for CAFOD!

Find your challenge and be a Summer FUNraiser!

This summer - CAFOD turns 60

Help celebrate by organising a tasty food-related event or challenge yourself to come up with a fundraiser around the number 60!

Join in the fun with our summery ideas

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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, on your own or with friends. Set up a JustGiving Page or a Facebook fundraiser in order to fundraise. Ann has already been doing this, read her story here.

Arts and Crafts Fair

Put your creative talents into action! - Sell your decorated biscuits, knits and jams at a fair or car boot sale.

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

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Bake off! 

Easy fundraising ideas for schools.

Hold a bake sale for CAFOD!

One of our most popular fundraising event ideas and you can do it in person or 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! You could even sell the resulting goodies and donate the money to CAFOD! Remember to send us your pictures!

Bingo

Search online for fun bingo squares and organise a bingo fundraising event! Charge a fee per game.

Bring and buy sale

Sell donated goods or World Gifts on a stall. Get in touch on 0303 303 3030 to order your World Gifts shop in a box, or sell cakes, home-made biscuits or Fairtrade goodies.

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Camp Out 

Enjoy the summer weather and get sponsored for time spent in the great outdoors! Camp in your garden or at a professional campsite, cook outside or go on a nature walk. Get sponsored for the time spent outside or for the different parts of nature that you have seen or experienced (number of trees / species of bird etc). If it rains, you could do it at home and online.

Celebration

Is it your birthday or anniversary? 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. 

Climate Crisis challenges 

Man juggling coins and ink cartridges

Challenge yourself to live in a more planet-friendly way and raise money for CAFOD!

With the global focus on trying to limit the damage caused by the climate crisis to the earth and communities around the world; can you think of ways to help reduce your impact on the environment?

Challenge yourself to live in a more planet-friendly way and donate the money saved to CAFOD! Our ‘Go Green’ challenges are a great place to start.

You could even ask for sponsorship for you or your family to have a break from social media, gaming online or watching your favourite TV shows! If you break your challenge, donate a ‘fine’ to CAFOD!

Coffee fundraising

Hold a 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!

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Dance challenge 

Time to put your best foot forward – why not organise a barn dance or danceathon! Hire a hall, provide the music, and maybe even set up a raffle and refreshment stall. Don’t forget to charge for entry or ask for donations!

If dancing online - pick a time, get your playlist ready and get your groove on! Get sponsored, post pictures and videos online or (if you’re really clever!) stream the whole thing live.

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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 also help others! Maybe you've taken on a personal challenge to run/cycle/walk a particular distance? How about skipping, walking up and down the stairs, salsa dancing or learning something new? Get creative, set up your JustGiving page and raise money for CAFOD.

Exercise challenge: 1-2-3!

Does your local park have outdoor exercising equipment? Challenge a family member or friend to see who can complete the most push-ups or cycle or row the furthest. Up your fitness levels and up those funds 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! Pick a theme and ask your school or workplace to hold a dress-up day for CAFOD! Ask for sponsorship and see how much you could raise. 

Or - 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

Young people demonstrating a keepie uppie football challenge for CAFOD

Taking a football challenge!

The new season is here. 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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Gaming for Good

Gaming marathon for CAFOD

Gaming marathon for CAFOD

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 – in person or online! Either pay to play or get sponsored. Take pictures or a video and post to social media, inviting donations to CAFOD.

Give it up!

Challenge yourself to go without something. Chocolate, magazines, or computer games are just a few things you could give up! Donate the money you save, set up a sponsorship page for CAFOD on JustGiving or download a sponsorship form.

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 at home or 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

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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!

International evening 

Illustration of a boy holding a globe.

Illustration of a boy holding a globe.

Hold a themed international night and decorate your hall with flags from across the globe for an interesting fundraising event.

Search for recipes from around the world and charge an entry fee. Why not also hold a fundraising quiz and test your friends’ geographical knowledge?

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Jamboree 

Make your own jam

Make your own jam

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 to their doorsteps or invite people to a jamboree in a community hall or on a village green.

Jewellery making/selling

Put your creative jewellery making skills to good use and sell your creations as perfect presents!

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.

Jumble sales

One girl's old party dress is another's treasure! Hold an old-fashioned jumble sale – complete with tea, coffee, and cake - so that everyone can find a new outfit. All profits to CAFOD please!

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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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Last minute fundraising ideas

Not all fundraising ideas need lots of planning - try an impromptu coffee morning with shop-bought biscuits, or collecting sponsorship for a spontaneous challenge! Feeling brave? - Let friends, family or colleagues pick your challenge for you!

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!

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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. Check out our Sponsored challenge events, challenge yourself to complete an event and ask for sponsorship. How far can you run and how much can you raise?

Join Team CAFOD

Join Team CAFOD and start raising funds for our brothers and sisters around the world!

Marbles contest!

Why not join the family together for some marble-based fun and raise lots of money for CAFOD in the process! You could build an obstacle course in your house or garden, split the family into teams and see which team is the first to get all their marbles from the start to the finish. Or, how about seeing who can build the tallest or longest marble-run? Charge per team or ask for a set donation per each marble entered into a race! 

Maths

Play the ‘How many game’. Count the number of taps, doors, phones, Bibles etc in your house. Donate an amount per item.

Marvellous moo cow

Marvellous Moo Cow

Marvellous Moo Cow

Team up with friends and colleagues for this udderly fantastic World Gift.

At a cost of £150 – this gift can make an enormoooooos difference to a vulnerable family.

You can sell milkshakes, ice-cream or even hold a cheese and wine evening to raise funds! 

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Name the teddy

Challenge your mates to come up with the most interesting suggestion for a cuddly toy. You could raffle the teddy at the end too.

Nearly new sale

Need a new outfit on a budget? Only worn something once? Why not sell or swap your unwanted things with your friends? Pay £2 for each item you take.

Netball tournament

Challenge your friends, teachers or parish to a netball tournament. To add to the fun, why not play your matches in fancy dress too?

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.

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Odd job day

Charge a fee for all those odd jobs around the house that need doing – you could offer to spring clean, babysit children or cook!

Online fundraising

As we learn to live alongside covid-19, we want everyone to stay safe and well. If illness prevents you from organising an in-person event – 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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Pancake breakfast

Hold a pancake breakfast before a big day out. You could even add on a pancake race for fun - make sure you remember to collect those donations to CAFOD as well!

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!

Pennies from Heaven!

Why not save up all your loose change and donate the total to CAFOD. Fill up an empty jar and you’ll be surprised at how much you can raise!

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 

Have fun and raise money for CAFOD - hold your own CAFOD QUIZ!

How about a CAFOD Quiz? We have loads of online resources which can help you to Hold your own quiz and raise money for CAFOD by asking for a donation per entrant. 

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Raffles 

Everyone loves a raffle! Ask friends and family or local businesses to donate prizes, and then invite people to take part in-person or online. Great on its own but this also works well as an extra idea at any fundraising event! Or you can get involved with CAFOD's raffle

Reduce your single-use plastic! 

As the world battles with ways to combat the dangerous affects of the climate crisis, why not try and find ways to reduce your reliance on single-use plastics? For example, over time plastic water bottles degrade and too many end up polluting the environment.

By purchasing a metal water bottle instead, you can fill it up with your favourite drink and save money on the cost of buying plastic bottles throughout the year. Why not spread the word to your friends and family, ask them to do the same and donate the money saved 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 

A fundraiser to enjoy during any season! 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 easily adapted to comply with any future social distancing rules!

Summer FUNraisers - CAFOD at 60!

Parish summer Fundraiser Strawberries and Cream Tea

Enjoy summer with a Wimbledon-inspired Strawberries and Cream Tea Fundraiser!

Sun, warmer weather, and the great British outdoors – summer is here! Why not join in some summer fun and be a Summer FUNraiser?

  1. Plan a Strawberries and Cream Tea party
  2. Bake and sell 60 cupcakes
  3. Host your own 1960's themed dinner party - check out our ideas for some tasty global food recipes!
  4. Organise a teddy bear's picnic and let younger children join in the fun!
  5. Challenge your friends to see who can score the most goals in 60 seconds or an hour!
  6. Run or cycle 60km
  7. Swim 60 laps
  8. Can you complete 60 football 'keepie-uppies'?

Swim-athon

Swim the distance for CAFOD. Get sponsored per length… or per mile! You could even go for an open water challenge. Download your CAFOD sponsorship form.

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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.

Tea, cake, and Teddy Bears! 

Teddy Bears Picnic

Enjoy a teddy bears picnic for CAFOD!

Teddy Bears are loved by all – the young and the young at heart! Why not join your Teddy Bear in holding a Teddy Bears Picnic?

Children will love joining Teddy for some tasty cake and treats in the garden. You could even hold some Teddy Bear inspired arts and crafts and games. Dress to match Teddy or make some Teddy Bear ears? How high can Teddy jump? Who will win the Teddy Bear race?

So, bring out your best teapot, cups, and picnic food, ask for a donation for attending and join in the Teddy Bear fun!

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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Ultra Challenge Series 

Take on an Ultra Challenge!

Take on an Ultra Challenge for CAFOD!

Does 25km sound like a long way? How about 50km or 100? If you fancy a challenge, (walking, running or jogging) there are a number of events in different parts of the country, as well as virtually. This is the full list, and you can sign up for as many as you like. Just pick CAFOD as your charity and get fundraising!

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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Very Easy Fundraising

The simplest fundraising idea has to be a non-uniform or dress down day! Ask everyone to donate £1 to CAFOD to dress as a character from TV, literature or history instead of their usual clothes. The perfect, easy fundraising event for work, school or church.

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

Enjoy meeting and socialising with family and friends, with a wine and cheese evening! (Apple juice only for under 18s please!) With coronavirus still present, you could hold the event online (via apps such as Zoom) and 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.

Woodland Walk

Enjoy the nicer weather - challenge family and friends to see how many different birds and animals, flowers and trees they can count. How many miles will you walk? You could consider a set sponsorship amount for each mile. Don't forget your sponsorship form!

World Gifts

World Gifts are CAFOD's alternative charity gifts that transform lives all around the world! Whether in your parish, school or friendship group, you can buy gifts online, or you can fundraise for a group gift with friends and family.

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!

Check out our range of new World Gifts; such as the Energy saving stove - many with a focus on combating climate change!

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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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Yellow Ideas 

Why not shine like the sun? - try a fundraiser based on the colour yellow! Children could ask friends and family to sponsor them to have an 'all-yellow day'; yellow clothes, yellow nails, yellow hair! Or, how about making crafty gifts that feature the colour yellow?

However you feel inspired, be sure to let everyone know and invite donations for CAFOD

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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!

It’s much appreciated, and makes such a difference towards helping create 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. If you'd like a sponsorship form you can download it here.

We'd love to hear your fundraising stories – and any unusual ideas you might have – that we can add to this list! Tweet your pictures to @CAFOD or email events@cafod.org.uk

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