Raising large amounts of money for charity can seem extremely daunting, but with a positive attitude mixed with creativity and some imagination you will be amazed how soon the money starts coming in. We’ve identified some ideas to get you thinking about what you can do. See what you think…
And don’t forget, we are here to help, if it is possible for a member of the Travel Teacher Team to attend and support you with your event, we will do our upmost to do so.
A little note about keeping it legal - it is all about common sense of course but there are some fundraising ideas that will have to adhere to health and safety laws and food hygiene. If alcohol is involved please talk to your local authority or venue provider to make sure you are staying within the law – Thank you. Download our fundraising guide.
Ideas and Hints
Food and Drink
Find a venue, (indoors or out), preferably given to you for free, borrow a huge urn and get baking! How many cups of tea could you sell in an afternoon with a slice of cake? Turn it into a bit of a Fete with some other ‘amusements’ thrown in and count the cash that rolls in.
Get everyone you know to give you their favourite (tried and tested) recipes, with a bit of reformatting put them all together and get them printed for re-sale.
Pudding and Wine Evenings
You need a venue, preferably free of charge with a licence to serve alcohol then ask restaurants and hotels in your area to donate a pudding. Sell tickets before hand and on the night. Again max out the evening with quizzes, games and raffles.
Your local wine merchant is probably used to these sorts of evenings and will guide you through what to do to make the most of the opportunity, essentially they give away samples and if your guests make a purchase they will donate a percentage of the sales to your fundraising effort. You might want to call the night an Amateur Wine Tasting, so that those with little knowledge of wines won’t be put off!
Come Dine with Me
Set up a mini-restaurant in your own home one night and charge the diners to eat. Again a great opportunity to sell a few raffle tickets too!
Get the sausages on the sizzle and charge for your baps! Set up the garden with a few games and competitions to keep the appetites keen!
Give friends and family an empty Smartie Tube and ask them to fill it with either 20p coins or better still £1s. Put the Smartie's you’ve emptied out into a Jar and then you can run a Guess How Many Smartie's are in the Jar Competition as well – genius!
Supermarket Bag Pack
Many supermarkets are happy to allow you to pack shopping and ask each shopper for a donation for doing it. Pick your supermarket, give them a ring and set a date. Don’t forget with 24hr opening you could be in for a long haul.
Ask your friendly Zumba instructor if they will give up their time and hold a half day or whole day session for you. Let people know what percentage of their ticket is going to your charity. Works for any exercise class/gym session.
Negotiate the driving range for free and hold a competition event. People love to outdo each other where golf is concerned so longest drives, nearest the pin competitions, balls in the net etc go down a treat. Golfers pay an entry fee and you provide the donated prizes.
5-a-Side Football Tournaments
Spread the net far and wide to get as many teams as you can together, see if your local football club would like to get involved and see what ‘amenities’ they can throw in. Charge teams to enter and let the fun commence!
Hit them for 6 with a fundraising cricket match. Do a variation on the usual game, but make sure you punctuate it with plenty of meal breaks – a chance to sell more burgers, sausages and those lovely cricket teas. Charge teams an entry fee and spectators to watch.
Do it on your own and get people to sponsor you by the hour, minute, mile or length or take over the pool for a day and hold a team competition.
Make and Sell
Rope everyone in to get crafty and make you something for your stall - Jewellery, greetings cards, candles, pictures, all manner of pretty gifts go down well. Look out for local opportunities to hold your sale, go where the masses go.
Jump on the cupcake bandwagon and sell your home made beauties. Make a large fruit cake and run a Guess the Weight Competition on the side of your stall.
Why don't you bear all for Jan, Feb, March etc. You need a friendly Printer that won't charge you too much for production.
One packet of seeds could produce you many plants. Scour the shed for a few plant pots and when the time is right and the seedlings have turned into showy plants hold you sale – either at home, work or at your club.
Get all your friends to search out their nearly new clothes and accessories they no longer have a need for and get rid! All the proceeds go to your fundraising target. Hold it at home, in work or at a table top sale in your local hall.
Auction of Promises
Ask everyone you know to offer up their services free of charge and auction them off, this can be done Via Facebook or email to save getting people to a particular venue on a particular day. Anything from 2 hours ironing to half a day garden clearance goes down well.
Get people to donate their unwanted books and hold a sale and add the proceeds to your fundraising target.
Car Boot Sales
More de cluttering required! Flog it all at your nearest, well attended car boot; you’ll soon cover your costs.
Too much stuff or too big to take to the car boot… swing open the garage doors and sell it from there – this event will need to be well publicised to ensure the hoards rock up.
Hold a table sale or sell on eBay and bank the money for your fundraising target.
Not going to use them? Sell them or raffle them off.
Invite friends over to play Cluedo, Monopoly, Scrabble, Ker Plunk, Jenga etc etc and charge an entrance fee.
Open your house up for the morning and put the kettle on, combine with a Bring and Buy Sale and have a really nice time with friends, family and neighbours for your good cause.
It’s an old favourite but it works. Get your venue, know how many teams it will hold and publicise it well. A tenner a team usually goes down well. Quiz questions can always be Googled and downloaded but beware the pros will know this and be well genned up. Another opportunity for a raffle of course!
There are many days in the year you can ‘hang’ your fundraising efforts on:
Burns Night Suppers
Easter Egg Hunts
Pancake Day Races
St Patrick’s Day
St Andrew’s Day
St George’s Day
St David’s Day
Remember to plan ahead, try to get pledged money from people immediately, and don't be afraid to ask.