Fundraising Ideas

Our fundraisers have done some pretty amazing things to raise money for clean homes. And they're thinking of new things to do every day. What will you do?


If you're unsure we've given you some fundraising ideas below;

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Bingo fundraising tips

  • Decide on a venue - it could be your office, school, university or perhaps even your living room.
  • Buy books of bingo tickets from the internet or from a stationery supplier.
  • Start selling bingo tickets to your colleagues, classmates or friends in advance - around two weeks before the event is ideal.
  • Source a bingo prize or trophy. Try asking local businesses to donate the prize.
  • Produce posters and flyers, and use social media to promote the event. Be sure to send a reminder on the morning of the event.
  • Involve some of your colleagues, classmates or friends, perhaps by asking them to be a bingo caller or an assistant.
  • Email participants with bingo rules and information on how to play.
  • If you can, use a bingo machine when picking the numbers for added excitement.
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Cake sales fundraising tips

  • Decide on a suitable date to tempt people with cakes. If you work in an office, payday is always a popular choice.
  • Arrange a time and place. The joy of a cake sale is it can be done almost anywhere - from your desk, in the playground or outside the student union.
  • Register your event and receive our fundraising pack. Use the posters and invitations in the pack to publicise your event.
  • Send out an email a week before and a reminder on the morning of the sale.
  • You can ask the supermarket to donate ingredients - ask your local fundraiser for a headed letter.
  • Get baking. Between four or five friends you can put on an impressive spread, or if you're pushed for time you can always buy from a shop.
  • Sell, sell, sell!
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Charity ball fundraising tips

  • A charity ball requires lots of organisation. Always speak to your local fundraiser when considering putting on an event of this scale.
  • The larger the event, the more work it will be. Forming a fundraising team will help share the workload. It will also give you a bigger pool of people to invite.
  • Pick your theme and research venues, catering and entertainment before deciding your budget. Make sure you ask your local fundraiser to help.
  • Book the venue in advance. Consider the number of guests who will be attending and the locality.
  • Entertainment is recommended. Before booking a band, ask for an internet link so you can listen to their music.
  • Approach local organisations for corporate sponsorship. Even if people don't give you money, they might supply auction and raffle prizes. It is also worth writing to companies to ask for prizes. Always check with your local fundraiser before approaching companies, as they may already support ACT - Supporting People in Need.
  • Produce press releases and posters to advertise the event. Work with your local fundraiser to get the event advertised on the ACT - Supporting People in Need website.
  • Make sure to keep track of the table plan. Also keep a record of prizes, and remember to send thank you letters to donors.
  • Produce invitation letters and tickets. Send them to guests around four weeks before the event, with a copy of the menu or any other details they will need to know.
  • On the night make sure you have lots of volunteers helping. If you're having table decorations, make sure you allow time to set them up before the event. Depending on the type of ball, you will probably need volunteers to give out goody bags, compere the evening, run the raffle or auction and put on entertainment.
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Coffee morning fundraising tips

  • Book a venue, preferably at a time when no other community groups are doing something similar.
  • Recruit a few people to help make tea and coffee, wash up, set and clear tables. You will also need people willing to make delicious home baked cakes.
  • Publicise your event with posters around your local area.
  • Consider having extra stalls selling items like Christmas cards, baked goods, plants or small gifts.
  • A raffle is a brilliant way of making even more money.
  • Try and advertise your coffee morning in your local paper.
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Dress Code Colourful fundraising tips

  • You might not want to organise the Dress Code Colourful day all on your own - especially if you work in a big organisation or are planning lots of activities. Forming a fundraising team with colleagues can help share the workload.
  • Promote Dress Code Colourful within your workplace. Put up posters, send out e-mails, and use social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Set up a Virgin Money Giving page and circulate the sponsorship form among colleagues, family and friends.
  • Find out if your employers offer a matched giving scheme - you could instantly double your money.
  • Consider organising additional activities - like a cake sale - to raise funds on the day.
  • Remember to contact your local fundraiser if you need any help or advice.
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Five-a-side football fundraising tips

  • Know your audience. Make sure that football is popular in your office, school, university or group of friends. If another sport is more popular, consider doing that instead.
  • Create a fundraising team. There is a lot of running about and organising to be done, and it will be easier with more than one person.
  • Decide on the structure of the tournament beforehand, including the format of the tournament and the number of teams.
  • Publicise your event through posters, social media and email. Start promoting at least two weeks before the event, as people will need to get themselves organised into teams.
  • Encourage teams to dress up and come up with comical names - it helps make the event fun and is entertaining for spectators.
  • Try to book at least an hour of extra time on the pitches you are using - it will always take longer then you originally think.
  • Make sure you have plenty of the necessary equipment on the day; whistles, balls, bibs, cones and stopwatches are essential. A megaphone will come in handy when trying to organise a large group of people. >Bring extra balls - some are bound to be lost in trees or over fences.
  • Consider giving prizes. It isn't expensive to get a trophy engraved at your local engravers.
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Sponsored silence fundraising tips

  • If you're known as a bit of a talker, this could be the fundraiser for you. If you're a quiet type anyway, choose something else a little out of character to be sponsored for.
  • Decide how long you will be silent for and choose a time when others will be present - you could do it in the office, at school or anywhere else where you're known as a talker.
  • Set up a Virgin Money Giving page and circulate the sponsorship form among colleagues, family and friends.
  • Use social media to promote your challenge.
  • Press your lips together and fight the urge to talk. Be prepared for others to test you during your silence.

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