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bring and buy sale - fundraising ideas

Bring and buy sale

Set up your own VSO shop for the day. Ask everyone to bring in their unwanted items and hold a sale. All the leftover items can be sold in a car boot sale – double whammy!

giving a talk in your local community fundraising

Give a talk to your local community

Ask your local church, rotary club, WI or Soroptomists if they will make a donation to your fundraising target, in exchange for you giving them a talk about the work that we do.  

coffee morning fundraising ideas

Coffee morning

Bake some cakes, bring out the coffee beans and they will come. Remember to charge them for the privilege.

Fundraisers enjoying the sun during their street collection vso

Street collections

A great way to collect donations, but don’t forget to obtain permission from the council/shop owners First.  Don’t forget to check out our tips on holding a street collection here

fancy dress fundraising ideas

Hold a themed fancy dress day 

Everyone loves a dress up day! Why not take it one step further, by picking a theme and awarding a prize for the best outfit?

Fundraising in your local community vso

Fairs, Fetes, Bazaars

Ask your head or student union if you can use a hall, a field or even a car park and let your imagination go crazy. Set up a coconut shy, apple bobbing stand, races and jumble sales. 

make a cinema in your garden - fundraising ideas

Film show/premiere

Stage a screening - see if you can borrow a projector from your school or workplace, hang a sheet, choose your film, make some posters and away you go – provide popcorn and ice-cream and ask people to pay a small amount to view a blockbuster. 

talent show - fundraising ideas

Talent show

Celebrate everyone’s uniqueness and talent, let them shine by putting on a show and asking for a donation for family and friends to come and watch. Where you stage it is up to you - whether it's at work, school, down the pub or in your garden. You'll find out your friends and fmaily's hidden talents, have a laugh, and raise money at the same time!   

curry night fundraising

Curry Night

Whip out your pans and prepare to tantalise tastebuds with a curry night fundraiser. 

Check out our full curry night how-to guide here

pub quiz fundraising ideas

Quiz Night

Fingers on buzzers, it’s time for a quiz! Get the competitive juices flowing and raise a chunk of money in the process by hosting a charity quiz.

Check out our full quiz night how-to guide here

bake sale fundraising ideas

Cake sale

Why not charge people to eat what they enjoy?  Add a competitive element by asking colleagues to bake their favourite sponge for the title of ‘star baker’ in your workplace.  Top tip – Thursdays and Fridays are prime cake sale days.

Check out our full How-to bake sale guide here

raffle fundraising ideas


Gather some prizes from local businesses  and host a raffle at your workplace or at your home. If you can find 10 prizes and charge £2 per ticket or £5 for 3 you could easily make £150.

Check out our "how to host a raffle" guide here

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