Fundraising Ideas

We are here to help you with your fundraising every step of the way. If you are stuck for ideas, here are some to get you started.

Don’t forget you can always call our Fundraising Team to get help and advice on 0207 620 4919 or email at hello@visionfoundation.org.uk.

  1. The fail-safe and delicious way to raise money – a good old-fashioned bake sale
  2. Regular quizzer? Ask the quiz host if they’ll help you organise a special evening with profits going to your fundraising total.
  3. Football tournament – round up your mates and see who should be given the golden boot
  4. Challenge the golf pro – see who can get that hole in one
  5. Glitter beards are so 2018, go clean-shaven for a good cause
  6. Upcycle pre-loved items and sell them on
  7. Usually hitting Pret at lunch? Make lunch at home and donate your savings.
  8. Host a fancy-dress day at your office for Halloween
  9. Set up a birthday fund on Facebook instead of getting another pair of socks
  10. Stuck for what to do for favours at your wedding? Let your guests know that by attending they’re also helping to change lives and save sight.
  11. Organise a Tea Dance at your local community centre and get a local dance studio to lead the sessions.
  12. Leftover Euros from your last trip or found a secret stash of old pound coins? Donate these to the Vision Foundation.
  13. Set up a JustGiving page for your chosen activity
  14. Know friends with some useful skills? Organise an auction of promises.
  15. Host a Dungeons and Dragons tournament over a weekend
  16. Organise a non-uniform day at school
  17. Supply the doughnuts for an epic Fat Thursday in true Polish tradition and ask colleagues to donate in return for a tasty treat. If you cannot find authentic Polish doughnuts Krispy Kreme do a fundraiser’s rate!
  18. Save all your coins and change for a year and see how it mounts up
  19. Taking on Dryuary or Veganuary? Up the stakes by getting everyone to sponsor you.
  20. Turn your living room into a pop-up cinema and ask guests to make a donation as their entry fee
  21. Turn junk into cash at a local car boot sale
  22. Host an Iftar meal during Ramadan
  23. Trying to cut out caffeine? Save the money from your morning coffee on the way to work and donate it to your fundraising pot. Why not encourage friends and family to join you in solidarity?
  24. Keen photographer? Share your talents and host a workshop.
  25. Take on a marathon or an ultra-marathon if you dare!
  26. Ask local businesses to donate items to a raffle
  27. Keen cyclist or not touched a saddle in years? Sign up to a cycle challenge and get your friends to sponsor you per mile.
  28. Take on social media favours – 50p per like or £1 to compliment someone’s post.
  29. The sky’s the limit when you take on a skydive
  30. Abseil down ArcelorMittal’s Orbit in Stratford
  31. Hope for a lucky seven and host a bingo night, charge for entry and ask local businesses to help with prizes.
  32. Or bingo but not like you know it, host your own music or rebel bingo night with some fun surprises!
  33. Donate your pay for a day
  34. Round up some friends and help shoppers with their bag packing at your local supermarket in return for a donation
  35. Take on a sponsored bungee jump
  36. Feeling crafty? Create Christmas cards to sell to friends and family
  37. Not a fan of snail mail? Instead of sending Christmas cards tell your loved ones you are donating the amount saved to your fundraising efforts
  38. Host a karaoke night and ask people to donate to perform their favourite song
  39. Host an office games day at work with an entry fee for the whole day or per event
  40. Host a bring and share lunch and ask people to donate what they would usually spend on buying lunch out
  41. If you’re a budding gardener, sell the produce from your garden
  42. Dye your hair a crazy colour and ask people to sponsor you
  43. Organise a sweepstake for a big sporting event.
  44. If your colleagues are notorious for being late to meetings, set up a fine box and change £1 every time they are late
  45. Organise a Friday afternoon drinks/treats trolley and donate the profits
  46. Guess the baby – everyone brings a picture of themselves as a baby and people pay to guess who’s who
  47. Organise a 24hr spin-athon and get donations per hour!
  48. Keen baker? Offer your services to make celebration cakes for friends and family. Ask them to cover the cost of ingredients and make a donation for all your hard work!
  49. Organise a sports day and donate the entry fee
  50. Does your school or community organise a yearly fete? Ask if you can host a stall where the proceeds can add to your fundraising target.
  51. Host an auction at an event your hosting
  52. Sun looking like it will make an appearance? Host a BBQ and ask for a small donation in return.
  53. Everyone loves a cuppa, invite your friends around for a coffee morning
  54. Why not organise a ceilidh and get everyone dancing, charge an entry fee and sell refreshments?
  55. Fancy yourself as the next Jamie Oliver? Host a dinner party and ask everyone to pay what they would for a restaurant meal.
  56. Organise a Throwback Thursday party for your favourite era.
  57. Strut your stuff on the catwalk. Host a fashion show with local designers or showcase fashion students’ work
  58. If Pancake Day is approaching, host a party and ask for a donation for all you can eat pancakes!
  59. Host a board game night with penalty fines for taking too long on your go or distracting another player
  60. Think you have the cutest puppy? Take your dog to work for the day and ask for donations in return for selfies.
  61. Virtually row the Channel from the comfort of your gym, you could even do it as a relay with friends and colleagues
  62. Host a Eurovision party and get everyone to dress up and of course play a little Eurovision bingo!
  63. Always envied your co-workers wardrobe? Organise a clothing swap and ask people for a donation to take part
  64. If you are known as the chatter-box in your group, why not take on a sponsored silence for a day or even a week?
  65. If you are a dab hand at doing your own nails, why not offer your services to your colleagues over a lunchtime in return for a donation?
  66. When the sun makes an appearance, get your friends outdoors for a sporting tournament of your choice – netball, volleyball, cricket or even rounders! You can even have a BBQ to raise a few extra pounds.
  67. Organise a scavenger hunt around London and ask for a donation as an entry fee
  68. Some banks offer a matched funding scheme for community fundraising events, see if your local bank might be willing to support your event
  69. If you are getting married soon and already have all the cutlery and casserole dishes you need. Ask your guests to make a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted Londoners and make a donation to the Vision Foundation in your name.
  70. Could you stay in the lotus position for 24hrs? If you are a yoga or Pilates enthusiast see if you can sign up your friends to a 24hr yoga-thon.
  71. Take up our swimming challenge – Swim Serpentine and see the sponsorship donations come flooding in
  72. No-one really likes washing their car, ask your neighbours for a donation in return for a sparkling clean car
  73. Love your pies? Organise a food eating contest with your local pub or bakery.
  74. Have a small change amnesty at your office and offer to put those odd pennies to good use
  75. Fancy yourself as a wine connoisseur? Host a wine tasting evening for friends and family.
  76. See if your company offers matched giving which could give a hefty bump to your fundraising total
  77. Take on a fire walk in aid of the Vision Foundation and ask for sponsorship
  78. If you know lots of great local bands, organise a Battle of the Bands night to help your fundraising
  79. See if your local pub would support and sponsor you to host a darts competition
  80. Get sponsored to wear only green and red clothing for a month
  81. Offer your services as a dog walker or sitter in exchange for donations to your fundraising total
  82. Cut down those carbon emissions with an eco-fine system in your office. Leaving the lights/computer on, leaving the taps running, printing unnecessary emails or not printing doubled sided could all incur a small fine which in turn helps with your fundraising.
  83. If it’s coming up to BBQ season offer your services as a lawnmower in exchange for a small donation
  84. Host your own New Year’s Eve Party and ask people to donate what they would pay for a club entry fee
  85. Save the money on your daily commute by lift sharing, cycling or even running to work. The amount you save each week can be added to your fundraising total.
  86. If you and your colleagues need a caffeine fix each afternoon rather than head to Starbucks, offer to make a proper coffee using a cafetière and some good quality coffee for a week (or tea in teapot!) in return for a donation of what they would spend in a café.
  87. Often an unofficial chauffeur? Ask for a donation to be the designated driver for the night or for doing an airport run.
  88. Host a video game tournament with an entry fee – Mario Cart is always a firm favourite!
  89. See who can last longest in a bath of baked beans
  90. Do some good in London and organise a sponsored litter pick
  91. Go into work in fancy dress for an entire week – the crazier the outfit the better
  92. Organise a chilli chompathon at your local pub and see who’s taste buds are the strongest
  93. See who can make the fastest omelette and get people to bet on their favourite to win
  94. Ask a local gallery if you could organise a pop-up one evening for local artists or students with a suggested donation price as an entry fee.
  95. Organise a choir concert – Pitch Perfect style
  96. If you have green fingers, open your garden and ask for donations in return for some Pimms in the sun
  97. Who can grow the tallest sunflower? 50% of the winnings go to the winner, 50% to your fundraising total.
  98. Design your own obstacle race and ask for a donation to enter
  99. If you fancy yourself as a style queen, offer makeovers in exchange for a donation.
  100. The easiest way of all to increase those pounds is to ask everyone to Gift Aid their donation. Speak to the Fundraising Team on hello@visionfoundation.org.uk for more information.