Fundraising ideas to get you started

We continue to be inspired by the imaginative ways in which UWS supporters fundraise for our schools. We have also seen that this hard work is not something that has to forfeit on the ‘fun’. If you’d like to get involved, but are feeling in need of some inspiration, here is a quick round up of our favourite, fun, and very feasible fundraising activities to incorporate into your home, workplace and local community.

Starting from home?

  • Sell it off! – Give your unwanted clothes, books, DVDs or furniture to a loving new home. Set up a car boot or jumble sale and create some space whilst raising funds at the same time.
  • Come dine with me – Show off your culinary skills and host a dinner party for friends and family. Ask them to donate what they feel your night is worth.
  • Give it up – Test yourself by giving up something, be it chocolate, smoking or even talking. Ask for sponsorship or donate the amount you would have spent on these items otherwise.
  • Feeling quizzical? – Host a quiz night at a local venue or in your front room. Quizzes are available online and can be tailored to your needs. Why not sell refreshments to fuel your brains and donation boxes further?

Working 9-5

  • Sweepstake – Create your own, from Wimbledon to the Bake Off final.
  • Office Olympics – Stretch yourselves with chair racing, pencil javelin and tape-measure limbo. Add a prize for extra competition and charge a fee for entrance.
  • Dress up day – Hold a jeans, pyjamas or other themed clothing day every month. Charge a pound for a regular and simple fundraising event.
  • Eco-fines – Who left the light on? Charge colleagues for every breach of the Eco Laws: leaving on heaters/lights, unnecessary printing, mistaken recycling…create your own rules to be broken.
  • Team sporting challenge – For those looking for something more challenging, why not set yourself a sponsored team activity such as a group cycle ride, marathon, abseil or walk. If finding the time outside of work is a problem, set up a treadmill or bike in the office and see how far you can get.
Beyond the Bike team cycled 300km across rural Cambodia this March

Community spirit

  • Village fête – cake sales, raffles, apple dunking and sports races. These are a fun and versatile way to get everyone involved.
  • Help a neighbour – Help out with lawn-mowing, dog walking and odd jobs around your neighbourhood, and ask for donations in return.
  • Film night – ask a local venue such as a pub or school and set up your own cinema. Combine it with selling popcorn and raffle tickets to maximise on your red carpet attendees.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Remember to spread the word, keep your supporters updated, and importantly – say thank you. Happy fundraising!

To see what our creative school partners have achieved so far, click here.