The A-Z of fundraising ideas!
Arts or crafts stall–let you imagination go wild—try making greeting cards, scarves or jewellery to sell
Auction–get goods donated and hold an auction
Band night–get a local band to play and charge people an entry fee
Bingo night–an oldie but a goodie
Book sale–collect old books from everyone you know and sell them
Car wash–get your friends together and have a fun day washing cars
Casino night–card or games night
Casual day–ask people at your work or school to pay to dress casual for a day
Caption competition–choose a funny photo and get people to pay an entry fee submit a caption
Coin trail–get a school or club to see what distance they can cover with $1 coins
Cold turkey–be sponsored to 'give up' something e.g. talking, driving, Facebook, television
Collection boxes–great for the workplace, receptions or workshops
Competitions–be creative with fun competitions in the home, office or workshop e.g. who can throw a gold coin closest to the prize
Crafts–if you have a talent, make something and sell it to others e.g. hand bags, necklaces, etc
Dinner party–ask your friends/family to come around for dinner and charge $20 p/head
Dollar for dollar–ask your boss to match what you raise
Exhibitions–display your art, crafts and interests and charge an admission fee
Fancy dress–get everyone to dress up in fancy dress, award prizes and collect donations
Fun run–join in a fun run and ask your friends to sponsor you
Games afternoon–get your friends together for an afternoon of board games, egg and spoon races, or wheelbarrow races... use your imagination
Garage sales–use your garage, shed or car boot to display your wares
Guessing game–guess the weight of a new born baby, 'How many grapes in a jar?'
Head shave–get sponsored to shave or colour your hair
Hire services–hire out what you do best: mow lawns, handy man, massage or even accounts
In lieu–in place of a gift for any special occasion ask friends and family to donate
Jigsaw marathon–get some willing people around and ask them to donate a small amount to be part of the jigsaw marathon. Each person has a jigsaw and is timed to see how long it takes to complete. After the first has been completed, it is a race to the finish. The winner is the quickest to complete all of the jigsaws
Juice stand–make some fresh, natural juices and sell for a gold coin donation at work
Karaoke night–hold a night where people can sing along to all their favourite songs
Lawn mowing–use your lawn mowing skills and let your friends and family know. Charge a fee for your services and make sure you explain where the money raised will be donated to inspire people to support you
Limbo competition–charge an entry fee and then see how low everyone can go!
Luncheon–invite everyone in your workplace, school or friends and family to a grand lunch. Make healthy sandwiches and nibbles
Melbourne Cup day–hold a lunch, charge per head and give prizes for best hat or best dressed
Movie night–ask for a donation and get friends together to watch a classic
Name the baby competition–who's that baby, get old baby photos of your mates or—much better—your bosses or teachers. Stick them up around your school or office and get people to pay to guess who they are
Office collection–stick a pot on your desk with notices telling people what you're raising money for and remind your colleagues that it's for a good cause
Open garden–green thumbs can invite people to visit their garden and charge an admission fee, maybe sell some plants as well
Plant sale–requires forward planning—buy a packet of seeds, vegetables or pretty flowers and plant them. When theyíre looking impressive, set up a stall and sell the plants
Play DJ–throw a party and get people to pay for the priviledge of playing music from their iPod
Photo competition–get kids and adults to showcase their photography skills
Quest–get your friends together and ask people to prepare and perform a talent
Raffle–ask local businesses to donate prizes and run your own
Retail therapy–ask people to sacrifice three items from their weekly shop and donate the funds instead
Slave for a day–sell a high profile person–give them tasks for a day e.g. at the local cafe, answering telephones, coffee runs
Sports days–golf tournament, tennis round robin, bowls day, darts night
Spelling bee–grab a dictionary and hold challenges in your office, club or home
Speed dating–play cupid while organising a matchmaking event
Swear jar–stick a swear jar in your office, club rooms or home for any 'slips of the tongue'
Talent quest–get your friends together and ask people to prepare and perform a talent
Tea-party–tea is the new fashionable drink of choice, or so they say. Charge your friends to attend, and go all-out with the finger sandwiches and healthy snacks. Very civilised
Trivia night–a great social gathering with facts and figures
Treasure hunt–place prizes around your home or park and charge an admission to play
Trek–strap on your shoes and get walking with your friends
Tug-of-war–teams pay to enter, with the hope of winning prizes. Teachers vs. students, boys vs. girls, or one town vs. another could be fun
Twister-a-thon–get sponsored to play an all-day game of Twister with your mates. People will donate more if youíre doing it in a public place—your embarrassment is always worth a donation
University Challenge–get together with your old uni friends—and have a challenge!
Valentine’s Day Event–soft music, mirror-balls, largely heart-based decor... you get the idea. Sell tickets to the love-sick and desperate. Alternatively, hold an anti-Valentine party
Waxing boys–get your sports team involved and get sponsored to wax your legs or chest
Wheel barrow races–see Games afternoon
Xmas party–get out the mistletoe for a big Christmas party, or sell home-made gifts at a Christmas fair
Yo Yo competition–get people to pay to enter; hand out small prizes for duration and tricks
Yoga marathon–get sponsored to do yoga for a day. Youíll be so bendy by the end of it that you can charge people to watch you tie yourself in knots. Bonus!
Zany dress day–charge a fee for friends or work colleagues to wear crazy clothes or hats for the day. Why not encourage everyone to come dressed as celebrities, animals, in their team colours or in all the colours of a rubix cube?
For more ideas or tips on planning your fundraiser, please call us on 1300 65 65 85.