A to Z of Fundraising Ideas

getinvolved moreideas1There are many ways in which you can raise money to help us support families in Essex with children and young people who have special needs and disabilities. You can do anything, whether it's something that is easier to organise or something a little more demanding. These events are often a lot of fun and very rewarding.

We hope this page gives you the inspiration to do something amazing and organise an event of your own to raise vital funds for SNAP!

A

Abseil

Antiques fair

Arts or crafts stall/exhibition/fair

Auctions

B

Balls (Valentine's, Easter, Summer and Christmas/New Year or themed?)

Bad hair/tie day

Bag packing at local Supermarket

Baked beans bath

Barbecue Barn Dance

Bike rides

Bingo evening - everyone loves bingo – set an evening aside and call out those numbers.

Book sale

Bouncy castle

Bring and buy sale

C

Cabarets/talent shows

Car boot sale

Car washing (in schools grounds/fire stations)

Charity of the Year in your school/workplace

Christmas cards

City Marathon

Classroom collections

Coffee Morning / Cakes Sales

Come dine with me - set up a series of dinner parties with your friends and collect the proceeds.

Competitions

Computer games knockout - organise a competition, 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 – could be the teachers!)

D

Dance marathon

Dinner dance/ball

Discos

Donkey Derby

Dodgeball competition

Dragon boat race

Dress Down Day

Dry Cornflakes/Cream Cracker-eating contest

E

Easter Eggs hunt 

F

Face painting

Fairs, fetes, bazaars, etc

Fancy dress party/day

Fashion show (with clothes made by pupils or donated by local shops)

Film show/premiere

Fireworks party (adults to organise)

Flower/fruit/vegetable show/sale/display/stall

Food Competition

Football tournament

G

Game shows (e.g. Stars In Their Eyes, Wheel of Fortune, Blockbusters, Blind Date etc)

Gigs (local bands play in school or clubs)

Give up your favourite alcoholic drink for a month (this will also help your training!) and see how much you raise.

Golf day 

H

Halloween party

Hot-dog/burger stand at fetes or fairs

J

Judo competition or display (adults to organise)

Jumble sale

Jelly Bath

K

Karaoke competition/display (adults to organise)

Karate display/competition

Sponsored Kick/Punch

Kickboxing display/competition

L

Line dancing

M

Marathon events - table tennis, aerobics, line dancing, badminton, etc (in shift teams)

Midnight film shows/parties/etc

Murder Mystery evening/weekend

N

New Year's Eve dance/party

No work day, students choose what they want to do

O

Old-time music hall

P

Pamper party - invite the girls over, have the mudpacks, nail polish and wine ready

Pancake day race/competition

Parties – school birthday/anniversary

Penalty shoot-out competition

Photographic competitions

Q

Quiz Nights

R

Races

Raffles

Rapping contest, show or sponsored event

Running events

S

Santa's grotto

School fair

Silly games afternoons: egg & spoon, silly races, wet sponge throwing, etc

Sponsored events

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

Swear-box - place a box near you or dot them around the office and your home. Pop some silver in every time someone slips up.

Sweepstake for football league or reality TV show - place bets on who will win the latest reality show or sports league.

T

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/manager in stocks, great at a summer fair!

Tombola

Top of the Pops show, teachers or students miming and dancing to chart music

Treasure hunt

Tuck shop

U

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

University challenge

V

Variety show

W

Who's that baby? (students and staff bring in photos of themselves as babies)

X

Xmas fair/panto/party

Y

Yacht race

Yo Yo competition - whose the best in the School or even sadder at work

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