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 this Spring
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 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. Look out for the 5km for £5 and nominate 5 friends challenge coming soon!
5K in May
Run, walk, roll, crawl, or even swim 5km during May - donate £5 to CAFOD and nominate 5 of your friends to take part. After donating you’ll
unlock an exciting goodie bag too!
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.
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.
Why not do a footie fundraiser? You could have a penalty shoot out, dribbling challenge, or see how many keepie uppies you can do!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Teddy Bears Picnic
“If you go down to the woods today…. You’ll find us having a Teddy Bears’ picnic for CAFOD!”
Children will love joining Teddy for a picnic! Invite your friends and gather virtually or in person (following government guidelines). Give your children a day of memories and with a small donation from each Teddy attending, you’ll be bringing joy to children around the world. You could even hold some Teddy bear inspired games. Dress to match Teddy or make Teddy Bear ears. How high can Teddy jump? Who will win the Teddy Bear race? Have fun and give a ‘gift of play’ (£27) World Gift to children overseas with CAFOD.
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.
Ultra Challenge Series
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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.