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A-Z Fundraising Ideas

Charities nationwide rely heavily upon fundraising, and Burning Nights is no different.

Without our dedicated volunteers and fundraisers, we would not be able to help the people who need us the most.

This is why we understand how difficult it can become to think of new and exciting ways to raise money for your chosen charity. From Awareness Days to Skydiving, there can be many ways to get yourselves and your family and friends involved with fundraising - every little bit helps to make a massive difference to people's lives.

Group of people running marathon

Below we have listed some exciting fundraising ideas for you to sink your teeth into - and who knows, perhaps you'll find your next big charity event along the way.

A-Z Fundraising Ideas

A - Awareness Days: An awareness day is a great way to encourage people to take action, and for those hoping to raise money for their chosen charities, it is easy to participate too!

By creating posters, spreading awareness through social media posts, or even attending events, you are actively helping the cause.

B - Bingo: A bingo night fundraiser is a fun and inclusive way to raise money. Available to people of all ages, a bingo night can be an affordable alternative for many volunteers. It puts the "fun" back into fundraiser!

C - Car Wash: Another cost-effective fundraising idea is the classic 'car wash'. Simple and easy to organise, ask people in your local community to pledge some money, and get them all involved.

Soak up the suds and start scrubbing; it all makes a difference!

D - Dog Day: Nothing makes people smile as much as a man's best friend! This is why utilising a 'dog day' event could be an exciting way to raise money.

To get started, all you need to do is hire a suitable venue and advertise your upcoming event. Although costly, this fundraising idea could be a new take on the tried and tested alternative.

E - Easter Egg Hunt: Although constrained to a seasonal event, an easter egg hunt can bring family and friends together and the wider community - plus, any children would love to get involved; it's free chocolate!

Perhaps you could turn this event into something even bigger. Sell tickets, hire a venue, or host it at your home if needs be. You can hide the eggs around your venue and let the fun begin!Two little girls hunting for easter eggs

F - Fun Run: While it is relatively common in a fundraising event, it doesn't mean it isn't an effective way to raise funds for your charity. Paired with physical exercise, a fun run can bring the local community together through generosity and goodwill.

G - Gaming/Livestreams: If you're particularly tech-savvy, or you have an avid interest in video gaming, then this could be a perfect solution to raise money by doing something that you love.

For the event, you could throw in some quirky extras, such as inverting your controls or inviting friends to play alongside you. It is an effective way to gain more donations!

H - Head Shave: Could you Brave the Shave? This common fundraising idea helps people come together under one cause. You can do this as a team and make it a group challenge, or you could even get your friends, family, and work colleagues to sponsor you on this journey.

I - Ironman Challenge: If you're feeling particularly adventurous, your next fundraising event could be the formidable Ironman Challenge.

In an extensive Triathalon-style race, participants are expected to swim 2.4 miles, cycle for 112 miles, and finish the event with a 26.2-mile run - all within the 17-hour time limit.

Although this may not be everyone's cup of tea, if it's yours, you can encourage family, friends, and more to sponsor you through this gruelling challenge.

J - Jumble Sale: Who doesn't love a good jumble sale? One person's junk can become another's treasure, so why not utilise this as an opportunity to raise funds for charity?

Not only is this a great way to declutter your home, but it also means the proceeds can go to a good cause and help people.

Old lady knitting

K - Knit-a-thon: Are you prepared to knit like you've never knit before? Well, a 'Knitathon' is an innovative way to get people from your community, who are avidly interested in knitting, to come together to raise money for a good cause.

L - Ladie's Day: For an excuse to dress to the nines in your black-tie outfits, why not host a ladies' day event where all the proceeds from the evening are donated to a charity of your choosing?

Although organising an event of this calibre may be time-consuming and require a lot of effort, it'll be an event to remember.

M - Murder Mystery Event:  Are you as perceptive as Poirot? If so, why not host your very own murder mystery event? By selling tickets, you can ensure a jam-packed event where all the money raised is then donated to a charity.

N -  Non-Uniform Day: Often seen within schools across the UK, why not implement a non-uniform day at your workplace or businesses around your local area? With employees donating a pound or two, you will find it is easy to raise money with even the simplest ideas.

O - Obstacle Course: From mud runs to assault courses, if you're ready to test your mettle, then why not get the whole community involved? Whether you're selling tickets or sponsorships to the public, an obstacle course is an exciting way to raise money.

P - Pet Show: Move over, Crufts; there's a new pet show in town! Have you got the perfect pooch? Well, why not organise your exclusive pet show, where all the proceeds are donated to a great cause?

With help from the general public and other volunteers, there's nothing to stop you from succeeding. Who knows, your pet may even win 'Best in Show'.

Q - Quiz Night: Are you a general knowledge mastermind? Why not use that brainpower to organise your own charity quiz night?

This is an event for people of all ages and quiz skills. It may require some organisation to find a suitable venue but rest assured, this tried and tested fundraising method is bound to be a hit!

R - Raffle: Raffles are a fun and easy way to raise money for a non-profit organisation. These games can be part of charity events, held online, or even be done by postage. This may be the one for you if you're looking for a fresh idea.

S - Skydiving: Are you an adrenaline junkie looking for a way to raise money for a non-profit organisation that is close to your heart?

There are multiple companies across the UK who can accommodate people who are aiming to choose this fundraising method. Through sponsorship donations, you can raise your goal in no time.

Pair of skydivers jumping from plane

T - Three Peaks Challenge: Lovers of charity and nature will rejoice with this next suggestion; the Three Peaks Challenge. Many non-profit organisations often arrange sponsored hikes up this famous route.

The challenge sees participants walk a 39.2km circular route along Whernside, Ingleborough, and Peny-y-ghent mountain trails in the Yorkshire Dales. This one-day event, which most walkers finish within 10-13 hours, is a great way to raise money for your chosen charity.

U - Upcycling Event: Upcycling helps to breathe new life into your old, unwanted possessions. Volunteers often come together to repurpose furniture, old clothing, jewellery, and more. These items are then sold in charity shops across the country, ensuring that all proceeds are going towards helping those who need it most.

V - Virtual London Marathon:  If you are unable to physically participate in the London Marathon due to personal or health issues. Well, we have an innovative solution for you that allows you to raise money for charity too.

The Virtual London Marathon, and its accompanying app, allow you to participate from a holiday destination or the comfort of your home. How you do it is up to you with this inclusive alternative.

W - Walking Challenge: Various non-profit organisations arrange sponsored walks for their volunteers regularly; it is the most common form of fundraising, but that doesn't mean it isn't effective.

These charity walks are a great way to raise money for your chosen charities consistently, and it is something that the whole family can get involved with.

People in camouflage clothing walking along trail

X - Xbox Tournament: Aimed towards the younger generation but not limited to that demographic, an Xbox Gaming tournament can be a fun way to bring people together in the name of charity.

When hosting a tournament of this kind, you can choose to donate all the proceeds to your chosen non-profit organisation or split it between multiple charities.

Y - Yoga: Whether you are seasoned in the art of yoga, or you are a total beginner, charity yoga classes can enrich your life whilst you contribute to a meaningful cause.

Z - Zumbathon: The 'Zumbathon' is a unique event that aims to raise money for charity.

For many, Zumba is an enjoyable exercise, coupled with the charitable nature of the session, can make for an entertaining event that can make a huge difference in people's lives.

Two women doing yoga on yoga mats


These different ideas allow you to break the cycle that the same old fundraising events seem to be stuck in.

Whilst any idea, both new and old, can make a huge difference to the services charities can provide, it also has a direct impact on those who need it most.

With new ideas, however, you can keep things fresh and exciting, and you may even inspire new people to take up fundraising.

Click the link below to download our 'A-Z Fundraising Ideas' PDF.

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