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A-Z Fundraising Ideas

Do you want to help Cyfannol by fundraising but don’t know where to start? Everyone, whether a first-timer or an experienced fundraiser, requires a little motivation from time to time and we are here to help with that.

Check out our A-Z of fundraising ideas. It’s jam-packed with fundraising ideas and resources to get you started on your fundraising journey.

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  • Coffee mornings and Afternoon tea are the bread and butter of fundraising. They provide a wonderful opportunity to get your favourite people, colleagues or even your wider community together to catch up, have a natter, eat treats and raise some dough to help support charities like Cyfannol!

  • Families in the community pay £10 at Christmas for a light that represents a lost loved one. Families gather outside to sing hymns as a community, and the tree is lit - all the lights turn on at once, and it is stunning. The Christmas tree's lights are white.

    The tree will remain lit until the New Year. People sitting or standing in the parking lot are surrounded by luminaries. This is very meaningful to families.

  • If you’re an artist or you’ve got friends or students who are artists or craftspeople such as photographers, painters or jewellery-makers, ask them to donate pieces to an art auction in support of your cause.


  • Who can resist a slice of rich, delicious cake or fudgy brownies? Making tasty desserts that everyone raves about is a badge of honour for avid bakers, which is why bake offs have become so popular.

    A bake off can be a fun activity to do with friends or an excellent way to raise funds for a good cause.

  • A charity bingo night is one of the most effective and fun ways to raise funds for our cause. It is an excellent way of encouraging people to give money to a good cause as it has the incentive for participants to win some money of their own.

  • June 23rd is even designated as an official awareness day for this type of event. Each dog costs £10 to enter.

    There may be some concerns about people with allergies, so set up a "Dog Free" zone in a room for the day. We considered "Cats At Work Day" because there are many cat lovers among us. However, we decided that keeping the cats from declaring war in the offices would be too difficult.


  • Organizing a car wash can be an excellent way to raise awareness and fund for your cause. Before your customers drive away in their sparkling clean car, take a moment to introduce yourself and your purpose!

  • Each "boat" should pay an entry fee. A typical competition format gives competitors a set amount of time to create their structures using only a predetermined number of cardboard sheets, glue, adding machine tape, and paint. Duct tape is also frequently used.

    After completing their boats, teams must race them across a shallow pond or river using similarly constructed oars. Due to the difficulties of waterproofing cardboard, the boats almost always flood, sink, or shred under the weight.

  • The key to a successful bike ride definitely comes down to the planning involved, from ensuring you’re fit enough and deciding what distance is achievable, through to figuring out the best way to fundraise for your event, there is lots to consider.

    Finding an event near you

    There are some good websites to help you find what's on the cycling calendar near you including Cycle UK, Find a Race, and Let's Do This.


  • Whether you're dancing 'round the club or the dinner table, in-person or virtually vibing, you can have a dance-off fundraiser! Get supporters' attention by making your own dance video invitation—funky, offbeat, and off-balance welcome!

    Ask for a small entry fee and provide a monetary prize. Make sure spectators know they're welcome, but entertainment comes at a suggested donation!

  • A darts tournament can raise a substantial amount of cash. If you've ever stepped inside a pub you'll know how popular the sport can be. More and more people are warming up to the idea of taking darts seriously as well.

    Organize an official darts tournament and you'll give your community the chance to show off their skills.

  • Let your dog take the lead to raise vital funds for Cyfannol's life-changing work. Get involved or host a sponsored dog walk in your local area. A sponsored walk with a difference: the fundraisers have four legs!

    From Chihuahuas to Labradors, from Crufts champions to lovable mutts, the UK’s dogs are taking the lead to raise vital funds. Every pound raised goes towards the work we do at Cyfannol.

    But dog walking isn’t just about raising money for this vital cause. It’s also an opportunity to get out in the fresh air, celebrate our special dogs and meet new people.


  • Did you know that Easter egg hunts can be a super way to raise funds? If you haven't already considered this for a school, club, or community fundraiser, now is the time to do so!

    Place lots of chocolate eggs around and ask people to pay a donation to take part in the big hunt.

  • Why not choose something that is always entertaining to watch for your next fundraiser that everyone can join in with? A timed eating competition. Wither sweet or sour tooth there will be a food item that will work for everyone.

  • Increase awareness of your studio and create a positive association with your community with one of these exercise fundraising. Host a charity ride or boot camp and donate all the event registration fees to a cause.

    You will not only energize your current clients, but it will likely draw the participation of friends, family members and locals who want to help.


  • No matter what time of year, a fashion show can be a popular fundraising event. It can be a relatively easy event to organise that can bring the whole community together to support Cyfannol.

  • Bring the big screen to your small screen – and donate the costs you have saved from your cinema trip to Cyfannol Women’s Aid. At the cinema we always go for popcorn and pic-n-mix and you can buy these in premixed bags at the supermarket.

    Look out for supermarket offers on mini sweet bags and mix them up to recreate that pic-n-mix treat.

  • There are so many sponsored events doing the rounds that it’s a case of the quirkier the better to make yours stand out! Engage the community by getting imaginative with a themed football match – Star Wars or Harry Potter, perhaps?

    If fancy dress isn’t your club’s thing, there are other football club fundraising ideas. Consider a three-legged game or a non-stop, 24-hour match involving fans as well as players, all of whom can rally sponsors.


  • If an afternoon with tea, coffee, champagne, cake and spending time with family and friends sounds up your street, why not consider hosting a Garden Party to raise money for Cyfannol?

  • Whether you love golf or know someone who does, golf days have amazing fundraising potential. With our handy tips, turn a hobby into a money maker to help power our life changing services.

  • A guessing game is so simple that many groups never consider it for fundraising. It is appropriate for school groups, sports teams, civic clubs, adult work places, and just about anywhere. There are numerous variations, but the basic concept remains the same.

    Participants are given the opportunity to guess something, and each guess costs money. The most basic version is a large jar filled with almost any item as long as it takes a large number of them to fill the jar.


  • This is perfect during the festive season! Get stuck into the seasonal trend and offer your wreaths in exchange for donations to your fundraiser. Make them yourself or hold wreaths making workshops.

    If you assemble the wreaths yourself, add flourishes like dried berries, succulents, flowers, chili peppers, herbs or ribbons – especially if they visually or symbolically relate to your cause.

    If one wreath is selling out, recreate it to meet the demand. Set up a delivery process and make sure that you draw up a schedule.

  • For those who are blessed with long, flowing locks then the thought of shaving off your hair, let alone actually doing it, is no mean feat – and that’s exactly why this is a superb fundraising idea. If someone is willing to make this sacrifice, then it’s definitely worth a few fundraising pounds.

    You can raise fund by getting people to sponsor your Head-shaving event - Download our Sponsorship form today!

  • Whether you take part on your own or as part of a group, a hiking challenge can take place in many exciting locations. From walks that take in the many sights and sounds of extraordinary cities through to life-changing charity walks that see participants take on the most challenging heights and terrains; you’ll be able to create happy memories whilst making a difference to the lives of our survivors and families effected by abuse.


  • Have you ever woken up in the morning and said to yourself, “Man, I want to be a great improv show host!” then this is the fundraising event for you!

  • Hosting an international evening is a great way to learn more about another culture (or to teach others about your favourite!). Ask your guests to make a small donation to Cyfannol.

    There are numerous ways to host an international evening, ranging from theme clothing to bringing your favourite film made in the location of the night. The possibilities are endless with this idea.

    Maybe host an Italian night with pizza making competition for your friends and drink some Italian wine while trying to sing to Funiculì Funiculà... you'll know this one once you google it. I’m sure you’ll recognise this one but just never knew its name!

  • An ironman challenge includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon run. And if you're going to tackle this legendary distance, you're probably going to do it with the undisputed king of the long distance triathlon.

    for more information about taking part in an Ironman Challenge please visit their website.


  • At Cyfannol we love a bit of jewellery making in our peer support and girl groups!

    It is a great way to encourage creativity while raising money as well as giving them something special to take home at the end of the day. You could ask people to make a small contribution that grants access to a jewellery-making class. Equally, you could make necklaces and bracelets to sell at a local craft fair or to family and friends.

  • You’ve probably heard of a sponsored walk, but how about a sponsored jog?

    Get everyone’s hearts racing, whether it be jogging around the your community or within a local sports hall for several laps. Everyone can all get involved and ask their family and friends to sponsor a certain amount per lap. Alternatively, they could donate a set amount.

    It is a great way to fundraise because it not only gets everyone moving but you’ll feel inspired to complete as many laps as possible to collect the most!

  • You know the old saying – one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. Jumble sales are a fun way to have a good declutter, all for a good cause.


  • If the X factor, Britain's Got Talent or The Voice is your cup of tea then why not combine your love for singing good and bad with your fundraising exploits.

    All you need is a karaoke machine or a karaoke microphone, a location to host the event, and a passionate crowd of friends ready to sing their hearts out!

  • Everyone has got their vices, whether it is the office sweet tin, a regular glass of wine, a 3pm sugary drink, or a sneaky cigarette or two.

    If you’re well known for a particular ‘bad habit’, perhaps it’s even one you’ve been struggling to find the motivation to kick, then giving it up to raise money for charity is a great way to collect extra cash and benefit your lifestyle too!

  • Knitting for charity can be a really satisfying way to use your skills to help Cyfannol. If you are one of those people who can never sit down without a pair of knitting needles and a ball of wool why not turn your passion into a way to help others?

    Or, if you are a total novice, a charity knitting project could be a great way to learn and discover a whole new hobby.


  • Are you guilty of padding out your valuable free time with social media or TV? Or, perhaps you’ve exhausted just about every documentary or box set available on Netflix?

    Well, it’s about time to put away from the remote, to try something new and enrich your precious free time. Challenge yourself and give your body and brain a stimulating workout or step out of your comfort zone.

    While doing this why not get people to sponsor you to learn a new skill and stick to it.

  • Whether you have recently unearthed a mine of coppers from the back of your sofa or have been saving loose change for years, cashing it in can give your wallet a welcome donation.

    So what are the most economical and hassle free ways of getting rid of your hoard of coins? Why not take it to the bank and donate those pennies to Cyfannol. Why not Challenge your friends to do the same too!

  • By holding a luncheon for a cause that you care about, you can bring in some much-needed funds for Cyfannol.

    Fundraising lunches are a great way to get your family and friends or even local community out of their house and do something memorable while also raising money.

    They’re also an excellent opportunity for loved ones to come together or communities to build new friendships.


  • Everyone loves a magic show (well, almost everyone!). It’s a great event for all ages whether you’re an amateur magician or a total pro. Donate everyone’s entry fees to charity and have a great time!

  • Ever thought about running a Thinking of running a Marathon or even a Half Marathon for Cyfannol? Why not take a look at our Run for Cyfannol page.

  • Now that we have the entire world in the palm of our hands, everyone lives on their phone. Why not give everyone the challenge of a full day without using their phones.

    Any setting would be suitable for this kind of fundraising. Rules could be established for the day, such as emergency use only or being considerate and allowing them to use their phones during lunch.

    The fundraising comes into play here if anyone breaks the rules.


  • Set resolutions you can actually keep this year. Challenge yourself and your friends in the New Year to raise money for Cyfannol and help us provide support for those fleeing abuse in Gwent.

  • Have you ever wanted to be on the TV show Ninja Warrior but didn’t think you’d have the chance? The Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park is located in Cardiff or If you'd rather take part in an obstacles course outdoors, why not check out what's local to you here.

    Why not get everyone to sponsor you to see how long you’ll last doing certain tasks or if anyone has a special request for you while taking on Ninja Warrior, charge them more to bring in the funds.

  • Wither your in school or work this is a simple and easy fundraising idea. Charge everyone a small donation fee to come in with no uniform for the day, who doesn’t like a dress down day!

    If your school or workplace doesn’t have a uniform, why not pick a theme instead like wear something yellow for Cyfannol and then charge everyone a small donation fee.

    You can also so bring in more donations by hosting raffles and bakes sales to make the most of a relaxed day.


  • Why not get your team together and host a office party, it could be a buffet that the team brings in a donation and a plate of their favourite treats or have a teamed party for a football match and get people to pay a donation to wear their favourite teams top.

    You can find other work related ideas on our Work fundraising page.

  • Everyone has that one dress or outfit they save for a special occasion or that one piece of clothing they don't want to part with. Instead of keeping your old clothes, consider holding an old clothes sale and setting up an eBay or Vinted shop.

    Even better, hold an old clothes sale in a hall or community centre and get everyone in the neighbourhood involved.

  • Why not put everyone’s original recipes to the test and hold a contest to see who the best chef is out of everyone you know. Charge people to enter the contest and crown the winner of the original recipes.

    You can also share your winning recipe with us and see if the public also agree with you!


  • Pancake Day is, arguably, one of the best days of the year. Why not make it even better by turning it into a fundraiser? Get flipping and sell your delicious pancakes!

    Alternatively, you could have a flipping competition and get a small donation for entry!

  • Get dressed to the nines, get your favourite music on, and party food out. Meet with friends and ask for donations.

    You could host a best dressed or best dance move competition or host a quiz to get the party started.

  • The summer is the perfect time of year to host a fundraiser picnic. Bring a blanket, maybe your favourite teddy bear and enjoy your picnic.

    Don't forget to let everyone know when and where it's happening so they can come along too.


  • Making a quilt is a great way to bring a traditional craft into your fundraiser. Ask people, organisations and businesses to sponsor squares on your quilt with a donation to your fundraiser.

    Once the quilt is finished, raffle it off as a prize or you can donate the quilt to us to be displayed in our offices or given to someone we support.

  • Bunting, tea and corgis are just a few things that spring to mind. Perhaps for you it’s afternoon tea, Marmite or maybe a Sunday roast and Stephen Fry?

    Whatever springs to mind, why not put on a celebration of all things quintessentially British. You can charge entry and raise funds with tombolas and bake sales.

    Just be careful of spilling anything if you’re wearing Wimbledon white. And make sure you bring your brolley - British weather is guaranteed!

  • Test your knowledge and everyone else’s with a quiz night. Pull together a variety of questions and charge a small entry fee per person in each team.

    Then, split the money so half can be won and the other half donated! Use our guide to plan your fundraiser.


  • A raffle is great to have at a charity fundraising event. Just charge a fee for tickets and the winner gets a prize. This could also work as a standalone fundraising activity.

    Just be aware of offering that unwanted Secret Santa gift you got last year as a prize: your friends may recognise it!

  • Ask as many people as possible to do the same thing at once e.g. star jumps, singing etc and try to break a world record. Ask for a donation to take part.

  • Why not take a look at our Run for Cyfannol page to get some ideas of how to fundraise while running.


  • Silent auctions are an enjoyable and engaging way to raise money. They aren't just fundraisers — they're also entertainment for your guests.

  • The 16 Days of Activism against [glossary word = 'Gender-based violence'] is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

    Why not take part and help raise funds for Cyfannol by trying something new everyday and get people to sponsor you each day or support us in raising awareness of the work we do.

  • Have you ever wanted to take to the skies with a sky dive? Why not visit our Take On A Challenge page.


  • Encourage your friends to show off their talents singing, dancing, playing an instrument or perhaps something more unusual!

    Sell tickets, have a raffle and hold a refreshments stall to maximise your fundraising.

  • Yes, it may be daft. Yes, it’s fun to watch. Yes, you’ll need a first aider on standby!

    Three-legged races are great for a bit of silly fun and super simple to arrange. Get entrants to donate a small amount and watch them go!

  • If you’re the type of person who causes your colleagues to get lunchbox envy, then it's time to set up shop.

    Grab yourself some simple budget recipes and cook up something cheap.

    Your colleagues can grab some grub for a budget price while getting the chance to support a good cause.


  • Hosting your own university challenge is a good opportunity to let teams test their knowledge, and show you’re the best university (or school!) in the area.

    Battle it out against your rivals and raise lots of money for charity.

  • You might not want to admit it, but every year, you end up with one or two presents that you just know you won’t like or won’t use. Perhaps its bubble bath in a smell you don’t like or a type of chocolate that you just don’t enjoy.

    Ask those around you for donations and then either sell them on, making a profit and donating it to Hope for Tomorrow or considering gifting them to us for use in future raffles.

  • If you have ideas for clothing, jewellery or other artwork that you can upcycle or reproduce in large quantities, you can use sites like eBay and Etsy to help you raise money.

    Donate all the funds made from selling your crafts (i.e. the margin between the cost of making and shipping the products and the amount you make after selling them) to your fundraiser.


  • You could organise a speed-dating evening or even a full-blown Valentine’s ball. The best part is that even if nobody gets a love match, everyone can go home happy knowing they have supported such an important cause.

    Don't have the resource for a single's event? Why not bake some love themed goodies for the office.

    Or why not throw an alternative Valentine’s Day event? Whether its fitness or food, make the theme 'what you love' and ask for donations from friends who attend.

  • Have you got a talent you'd like to show off? why not host a local variety show and give the people in your community the chance to shine.

    Remember to donate profits from tickets to charity!

  • Everyone likes the odd Vegetable, why not grow your own vegetables and sell what you grow by leaving an honesty box outside your house.


  • A sponsored walk – no matter what length – is a great way to raise some money by getting sponsored.

    You could go it alone or get your friends involved – it’s up to you. Make your route a personal challenge.

  • It's a classic charity fundraising technique that provides an interesting insight into how much your friends are willing to pay to hear you shout 'ouch!'.

    A packet of wax strips (and maybe some aloe vera) is all you need to raise money with a wax off.

  • This is a nice and easy fundraiser you can do on your own. Get your sponges and squeegee at the ready and see who wants their windows cleaning!

    Ask for a small donation from them and remember to be safe


  • Set up a treasure hunt around your house and get sponsored for how many items you find!

    Just don't forget to put together a map, just encase you get lost!

  • Mad about gaming? This is the fundraiser for you! Why not host an x-box tournament? Ask for a small entry donation from participants – the winner will get ultimate bragging rights and confirmation they’re the best at that game!

    Have you tried out live streaming before why not check out our Streaming for good page?

  • Carol Singing, Christmas Craft Fairs, Nativity Plays, Ugly Christmas Sweater Days…the list is endless!

    We've already got your poster ready for a Christmas Jumper day!


  • What's the most memorable year of your life? Why not make it this year, for all the right reasons. What could you do for a year to make a difference?

    Doing something for 365 days shows ultimate dedication and is a sure way to encourage people to sponsor you. But what to do?

    How about walking dogs every day for a year and donating the money you make? Or how about giving something up for a whole year?

  • If you're a self-confessed yoga bunny, why not run your own yoga class and ask your pupils to contribute a small fee for taking part?

  • Get your mates together, find some speakers and blast out the tunes from your youth – so start digging out those records and cassettes!


  • Anything goes here! Have a cream cracker eating contest, eat jelly with chopsticks; or the muddiest run ever!

    Every participant pays to enter and charge or take donations from spectators.

  • Ever wanted to sore through the sky and take it the beautiful very around you?

    Why not look at our take on a challenge page to get inspired.

  • If you’re a Zumba teacher or know someone who is, holding a one-off charity Zumba class is a great way to fundraise and introduce some new people to your classes who might not have known about them.

Quick and easy fundraising ideas

Here’s a tried-and-tested way to give a  fundraiser a quick boost. Do any of the numbers between 1 and 31 have a symbolic connection to your fundraiser? It could be the beneficiary’s age, an anniversary or a birthday. Mark that date on your calendar and make a special fundraising push on that day – ask everyone to give £15 on the 15th, for example. The date isn’t intended to be the final deadline for your fundraiser, it’s a special day within the bigger picture of your fundraiser.

Never underestimate the power of updates! When potential donors see updates to your fundraiser, you make them aware of your goals again which creates a great opportunity to get people involved in your on-going story. Every time you thank your supporters or include them in your updates, potential donors will see how they could become part of your story too.

One of the key reasons for posting updates is to show what the funds that you’ve already received are going towards.

Clarity and brevity are essential to getting others to react quickly to your appeal. A list of expenses gives people a clear idea of what you need and why you need it – and that can help them get a clearer idea of the scale of the challenge that you’re facing. In your fundraiser story, include an itemised list of the expenses that you’re raising money for.

People who might otherwise wonder what you need so much money for will quickly see exactly why you need it. Also, when people see precisely what their donation is going towards, they know how much of a difference they can make.

It may seem counterintuitive at first, but people who know you less well are more likely to make a donation if they arrive at your fundraiser page and see that you’ve already raised a significant proportion of your goal. Therefore, we recommend sharing your fundraiser with your inner circle of family and close friends first and building up donations from that inner circle before you share it more widely on Facebook, Twitter etc.

To be clear and complete, your fundraiser story needs to answer five crucial questions: who, what, when, where and why. When it comes to creating a sense of urgency, you need to focus on the why. If the reason for your fundraiser isn’t clear, people will often assume you have other options.

So be clear and straightforward about why you’re doing your fundraiser. We like to promote that fundraisers are raising money to help more people in Gwent feel safe to flee abuse.

Ready to fundraise?

If you’re ready to get started, download our fundraising toolkit to help you in organising your fundraising effort.

Keep it legal

Fundraising should be fun, but it’s important that everything is safe and legal, for everyone involved. Please plan ahead and make sure you get things right.

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