A-Z ideas

Thinking of ways to fundraise can be hard. That’s why we’ve put together this simple A-Z of easy fundraising ideas.


  • Abseil
  • Amazon Smile
  • Antiques fair
  • Arts or crafts stall/exhibition/fair
  • Auctions
  • Art attack


  • Bag-packing event
  • Barbecue
  • Barn Dance
  • Bike rides
  • Bingo night
  • Bits and Pieces (music quiz)
  • BMX bike display, or competition
  • Book/comic sale
  • Boot sale
  • Bouncy castle – it could be a sponsored event, e.g. number of bounces per minute!
  • Bring and buy sale


  • Cabarets/talent shows
  • Cake sale
  • Car boot sale
  • Car washing
  • Card delivery service, pupils pay for delivery within the school
  • Cards and gifts
  • Carol singing
  • Charity shop – open one lunchtime a week selling donated items
  • Christmas cards – making and selling them, or selling bought cards
  • Class collections
  • Coffee mornings
  • Collections of money at speech day
  • Collections of other things (e.g. waste paper, bottle tops, coins, stamps)
  • Competitions
  • Computer games knockout, best if played in pairs
  • Concerts/recitals/plays/shows
  • Cook books – writing a class or school cookbook that can then be sold
  • Cookery contest (e.g. Ready Steady Cook!)


  • Dance marathon
  • Dinner dance/ball
  • Discos/raves
  • Donkey Derby
  • Dragon boat race
  • Dry Cornflakes/Cream Cracker-eating contest


  • Easter egg hunt
  • Easter party
  • Egg rolling competition
  • Ebay for Charity (BPA)


  • Face painting
  • Fairs, fetes, bazaars, etc
  • Fancy dress party/day
  • Fashion show (with clothes made by pupils or donated by local shops)
  • Fifty to One
  • Film show/premiere
  • Fireworks party (adults to organise)
  • Flower/fruit/vegetable show/sale/display/stall
  • Foam party – fill paddling or swimming pool with foam and then party!
  • Football tournament


  • Game shows (e.g Stars In Their Eyes, Wheel of Fortune, Blockbusters, Blind Date etc)
  • Gigs (local bands play in school)
  • Gladiators
  • Go-Karting
  • Golf day
  • Great Run Series (North, South etc)
  • Guess the sweets in a jar
  • Gymkhana


  • Hair beading/plaiting
  • Halloween party
  • Hot-dog/burger stand


  • It’s a Knockout competition


  • Job swap
  • Judo competition or display (adults to organise)
  • Jumble sale


  • Karaoke competition/display (adults to organise)
  • Kite flying
  • Kick-off – football marathon


  • Line dancing
  • Litter pick
  • London Marathon
  • Longest chain of paper-clips, line of coins, etc
  • Lottery – can be Choco Lotto where numbers are put onto sweet packets


  • Man O Man (or Teacher O Teacher)
  • Marathon events – table tennis, aerobics, line dancing, badminton, etc.(in shift teams)
  • Midsummer masked ball
  • Midnight film shows/parties/etc
  • Mufti/non-uniform/denim/tracksuit/etc.day
  • Murder Mystery evening


  • New Year’s Eve dance/party
  • Night-time hide and seek, using torches
  • Non-uniform day
  • No work day, students choose what they want to do


  • Odd jobs – swap a donation for lawn mowing, car washing, dog walking
  • Old-time music hall
  • One hundred club – raising £100 every week, half term or term, or a fundraising club with 100 members in it
  • Open House


  • Pamper/alternative therapies evening
  • Pancake day race/competition
  • Panel games
  • Parachute jump
  • Parties – school birthday/anniversary, etc.
  • Penalty shoot-out competition
  • Penny mile, where coins are lined up and measured – can be done in teams
  • Pet show
  • Photographic competitions
  • Pram push


  • Quiet – sponsored silence!
  • Quizzes


  • Races
  • Raffles (see guidelines)
  • Rapping contest, show or sponsored event
  • Running events


  • Saints’ days parties/theme day
  • Santa’s grotto
  • School fair
  • Scoff-a-hotdog competition (e.g. ‘who can eat two in the fastest time possible’!)
  • Shakespeare marathon
  • Silly games afternoons: egg & spoon, silly races, wet sponge throwing, etc
  • Skateboard display
  • Slide evening
  • Soap episodes show or theme day
  • Sponsored events (e.g. bike ride, dog walk, knit, kite-flying, head shave, haircut, hula-hooping, no smoking, rapping, run, shoe-clean, silence, sing, sports match, swim, talk, three-legged walks, walk, watch TV/don’t watch TV, window clean, etc.)
  • Sports contests, teachers vs students (no PE teachers allowed!)
  • Stalls at fairs etc. (e.g. cakes, plants, books)
  • Strawberry and cream tea party
  • Student-teacher swap day
  • Swap-shop


  • Tea party
  • Teddy bears’ picnic
  • Theme days/evenings (e.g countries – French, Spanish; soap operas, past-eras etc)
  • Throwing wet sponges at a person/teacher in stocks, great at a summer fair!
  • Tombola
  • Top of the Pops show, teachers or students miming and dancing to chart music
  • Treasure hunt
  • Treks
  • Tuck shop


  • Uniform days (for schools without a uniform and/or for teachers)
  • University challenge


  • Variety show


  • Wacky Races
  • Whist drive
  • White Elephant stall
  • Wine and cheese evening
  • Who’s that baby? (students and staff bring in photos of themselves as babies)


  • X Factor – talent competition!
  • X-Files day (Use your imagination – the ideas are out there!)
  • Xmas fair/panto/party
  • X marks the spot – treasure hunt!


  • Yacht race, etc
  • Yogathon
  • Young Enterprise Scheme run by students, donate part of profits (e.g. making and selling cards)


  • Zany parties
  • Zumbathon
  • Zzz… – sponsored sleepover!