Ideas for Fundraising

Here are just a few ideas to raise funds, there are lots of other ways and variations.  If you need any help or promotional material (posters, bunting we can send you digital versions to print off).  If you’re planning a big event we may even be able to get you some PR coverage, please ask and we’ll try and help –  



Morning Coffee/ Afternoon Tea – in your own home/garden, invite friends and neighbours, perhaps include a raffle

Office bakes- ask permission first, put up posters and sell cakes during tea breaks and lunchtime

Cake Stalls – join in an existing fair or fete

Barbecue – invite friends and neighbours for either a day time or evening event in your garden

Dinner Party – either a one off or get a group together, take it in turns to cook and make a donation, perhaps link in one of the games or a murder mystery

Wine and Cheese – as above but on a smaller scale


Running – join in with organised runs/marathons and ask for sponsorship

Ramble – get a group together for a mass walk somewhere interesting, could be combined with a dog walk

Aerobics – organise an aerobathon or zumbathon

Cricket /Football Match – get a team together, village or workplace based and challenge another group, ask a local company to donate a cup

Triathlon- South Hams has its own yearly event

Parachute Jump – not for the faint hearted

Raft/Canoe Race – they usually take place regularly, look out for local adverts

Darts Match – perhaps for cold winter evenings in the pub whilst planning one of the above


Board Games – gather all your old board games together and either enjoy with friends or teach the younger generation how to play Monopoly, Cluedo, Battleships, Checkers etc.

Bingo – either one off or as a regular event

Fancy Dress – perhaps link this in with another activity

Duck Race – sell plastic ducks and race them from a bridge

Face Painting – get hold of some face paints and get creative

It’s a Knock Out – silly games in silly costumes

Beat the Goalie – pay to enter and the best player wins a prize

Game Show – recreate your favourite show


Burns Night – 25th Jan, celebrates Robert Burns birthday, sell haggis, swedes, potatoes, whisky

Pancake Day – or Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, depends when Easter is but it always falls in February or March

Easter Egg Hunt – hide different size eggs which act as prizes and charge to take part

Halloween Party – 31st Oct, dress up, create weird food and be as scary as possible

Fireworks – 5th Nov, safety, safety, safety charge to view and sell hot snacks and drinks

Christmas Carol Concert – sell tickets and make extra by selling mince pies and mulled wine


Art and Craft Exhibition – organise an exhibition for local artists/craftspeople and charge commission on items sold

One off sale – if you are an artist who exhibits, perhaps you could donate the proceeds of one of your works to Citizens Advice, either as a one off sale or by silent auction



Pub Quizzes – a lot of pubs run these and are open to them being taken over for the occasional charity evening or you could start one up, questions can be found on line

As New Sale – posh jumble sale, could be combined with tea/coffee events or a wine and cheese evening

Book Sale – left over books could be donated to charity shops

Car Boot Sale – either start one or join in with an organised one

Car Washing – would make you very popular with your neighbours

Auction of Promises/Services – ask for pledges, e.g. singing lessons, dinner for two, works best if combined with a larger event

Murder Mystery – get a group together, dress up, think Agatha Christie and have fun


They are a very friendly and helpful team in Totnes, I got results the next day on something I have been trying to sort out for half a year.

Sarah – December 2023

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