Are you looking for unique fundraising ideas for charity? Then you’re in luck because we’ve compiled a long list of them right here.
We’ve also linked to more detailed explanations of each idea in case one of them catches your eye.
This guide will cover…
- Food and drinks
There’s something for every occasion and cause, so let’s dive right into it.
Contest fundraising ideas
Contests are always a fun way to bring out people’s competitive nature. And regardless of who wins the contest, the cause will always win some donations.
1. Trivia night
You can use trivia night themes such as Jeopardy! or Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?
2. Pub quiz
Pub quizzes are a staple in British free houses, so why not add a charitable element to them?
Scavenger or treasure hunts are a great fundraising idea for younger audiences.
A rubber duck race is a silly but very entertaining fundraising idea if you’re near a channel or river.
One of the most common guessing games is the classic jelly beans in a jar.
6. Bingo night
Like pub quizzes, bingo is a very British pastime and works well with fundraising.
Create a board game tournament with prizes and charge contestants an entry fee.
If board games feel a bit outdated, you can easily arrange a video game tournament instead.
Find a volunteer pie target and sell some ammunition to participating pie throwers.
10. Casino night
Even gambling addicts can participate with a clean conscience as the proceeds go to charity.
Entertainment fundraising ideas
Musicians, actors, and comedians often participate in fundraising events. Why not capitalise on that and put on an entertainment fundraising event of your own?
1. Comedy show
Everyone loves having a bubble, and plenty of comedians will be happy to do a set for charity.
Put on a classic flick, or pick a film that relates to the theme of your charitable cause.
Pantomimes are a great way to involve younger audiences. Oh, and he’s behind you.
4. Theatre play
A theatre play is a more ambitious fundraising idea but can be very spectacular.
If you’re a dancing instructor, why not donate the proceed from a class to charity?
Auction fundraising ideas
Silent auctions are one of the classic fundraising ideas that don’t even require an auctioneer.
2. Art auction
If you know some local artist, ask them to donate a piece to your fundraising auction.
3. Date auction
Not only will you raise money for a cause, but you could also become a certified matchmaker.
Sports fundraising ideas
Sports events are a great idea for fundraising if the weather allows for it. Even so, we’ve also got some indoor options for you below.
Marathons are another classic option when it comes to raising funds for a charity.
You don’t have to build a new stadium but can easily put on a mini Olympics for charity.
As with dance classes, you can organise a fitness class and donate the proceeds to charity.
5-aside football games already take place after hours, so use it as an opportunity to raise funds.
You have plenty of options when it comes to races: egg races, stiletto races, sack races, and so on.
A darts tournament is perhaps one of the cheapest and easiest fundraising events to set up.
If you have access to a large space, you can organise an obstacle course for charity.
The more relaxed version of a marathon can still be a fun day out for all generations.
A spin-a-thon is spinning (on an exercise bike), but with a competitive element.
If throwing pies sounds too messy, you can opt for a dodgeball competition.
11. Dance marathon
Dance marathons will require some creativity on the contestants’ part…because they can go on for a long time.
An old-fashioned arm wrestling contest is an even cheaper option than a darts tournament.
Partner up with a bowling centre and have participants battle in our on the lanes.
Mini golf is a great fundraising event for when the weather is a bit warmer outside.
14. Pool tournament
Organise a pool tournament at a local bar and donate £1 for every ball that gets knocked in.
Social fundraising ideas
A fundraising event can be as simple as a social gathering. You always have the option to spice things up a little, however.
Galas are a great way to network and attract bigger donors to a charitable cause.
Carnivals can be a great way to combine live entertainment with a fun day out.
3. Themed party
A themed party is a top fundraising idea.
You can choose whatever theme you want for this incredible party, just make sure that it’s family friendly if you plan on inviting families with kids to your big bash.
4. Field day
If one sports idea isn’t enough, you can combine several of them into a field day.
5. Pool party
Pool parties can be a fun and alternative way for people to mingle and socialise.
Food and drinks fundraising ideas
There is a whole range of culinary fundraising ideas that you can make use of.
A cook-off is not only a fun competition but will produce very delicious results as well.
Combine wine tasting and craft sessions to create an alternative fundraising event.
3. Pizza bingo
Similar to sip-and-paint, a pizza bingo night combines a traditional bingo night with unlimited pizza.
If you’re already organising cooking classes, use this as your main fundraising event idea.
5. Wine tasting
Wine tasting events (blindfold or not) can also be used as a fundraising idea.
If your charitable cause involves healthy eating, why not put on a class where you teach just that?
Breakfasts are underrated as a place to network and socialise. Combine with a raffle for extra points.
The British bake-off is popular for a reason. Organise your own bake-off or bake-a-thon.
Organise a community barbecue (remember vegan options) and donate the proceeds to charity.
10. Cocktail party
If you’re running a bar, restaurant, or hotel, you can’t go wrong with hosting a cocktail party.
11. Celebrity lunch
Similar to a date auction, you can recruit a celebrity to have lunch with a donor to your charity.
If a dinner party is not enough, why not add a bit of murderous mystery to spice things up?
Raffle fundraising ideas
Raffles have been part of fundraising for a long time. Everyone loves the chance to win a prize, so get your tickets ready and draw the winner!
This idea combines traditional bingo and raffle into a new game where the prizes are different goodie baskets.
Instead of drawing a number for a bag, why not put them inside balloons you can pop?
Switch it around with a reverse raffle. The winning ticket is the last one you draw rather than the first one.
Musical fundraising ideas
Music events are a great way to raise funds but are not limited to just live band gigs. Here are some alternatives you can use for your next event.
1. Talent show
A talent show will always be interesting because you don’t know who will come up with what.
2. Live concert
Live concerts can involve either unsigned acts or famous ones — if you can get them on board.
Sing-a-thons are an excellent idea if you can round up participants with strong pipes on them.
Get a microphone, a stage, a sound system, and you’re ready to roll out a karaoke night.
This event is common among underground music acts and can be a great fundraising event.
Give James Corden some competition by putting on your own lip sync battle contest.
Alternative fundraising ideas
If none of the above ideas are your jam, we’ve got a few more for you here.
1. Car smash
Do you have an old car no one cares about? Charge people to smash it up and donate the proceeds to a cause.
2. Car wash
You can also do the exact opposite of smashing a car. Wash them and donate the profits to charity.
Finally, we have a water balloon fight. Not recommended for winter, but great as a summer fundraiser.
Phew, that was a lot! Hopefully, you’ve found some inspiration in these 61 unique fundraising ideas for charity.
If you’ve got some ideas of your own, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
Good luck with your next fundraising event!