Fundraising ideas

There's so many ways to fundraise - here's some ideas and suggestions to get you started

By raising money for Girlguiding, you're making an incredible investment in girls' futures

You can fundraise with your friends and family, at school or in your workplace, by working with a local business or by applying for a grant - and no matter how much time you have, there'll be an idea to suit you.

How much do you need to raise?

First, you need to think about how much you need to raise.

Think about the total amount you need to achieve and don’t forget to include the small things in that cost - they all add up! Bigger projects might involve some costs, so think about including your overheads in the budget. This can include items like rent, heating, lighting, transport or equipment.

If you need to raise a small amount then an event in your local community, like a cake sale or a bingo night, might be a good fit. Our resources for running fundraising events can help with these.

If you need raise more, for example to do maintenance to a building or raise funds for a trip, you might need combine a mixture of fundraising methods.

How will you raise it?

Now that you’ve thought about how much you need to raise you can decide how to raise it. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Dress up - organise a non-uniform or dress-down day at your school or workplace - or take it further and get people to come in costume! Ask everyone for a small donation to take part.
  • Sponsored somethings - if your friends or colleagues are interested in getting fit and healthy then a sponsored run or walk might be just the trick. You can pick anything challenging to sponsor - from shaving your head to a space-hopper bounce.
  • Sell, sell, sell - Jumble sales and car boots are a good staple, but you can add a competition-factor or twist to increase people's engagement for example, with a bake-off or a sale of home-made crafts. Ask friends and family for unwanted gifts after the festive season or use it as an opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need.
  • Quiz it up - hold a general knowledge quiz or you can choose another theme popular in your social circle. Test people on a famous TV show, specific topic or - if you're one of our members - the history of guiding. Download our quiz night pack here.
  • Finders keepers - treasure hunts are great, especially if you want to involve younger children in your fundraising. Why not theme them to a time of year to bring in outside interest - for example, an Easter-themed hunt in April, or a Christmas-themed hunt in December.

You can check out our A–Z of fundraising ideas for even more fundraising inspiration.

Choosing the right mix of fundraising

You don't have to stick with just one fundraising idea – different types of fundraising can be combined to help you reach your target.  Especially when funding bigger projects like building maintenance, international trips or long-term projects.

If you’ve a big fundraising target, think about applying for grants, or working with local businesses to help raise more money.

Once you’ve worked out the total amount that you need to raise, you need to work out how much you think you can raise from each type of fundraising. Then you can break your total amount into chunks – which is much more manageable especially when you’re raising a large sum.

Be realistic and remember that you may need to rethink where and how much money you’re looking for from each type of fundraising as you go.

James Etheridge

James Etheridge Fundraised for Girlguiding by cycling 100km and completing a muddy 20km obstacle course

I used JustGiving to collect donations, and shared the link through social media and email a few times during my training. I also blogged about my training progress – the painful and the enjoyable bits! – and shared photos on Facebook. This showed all my donors and potential donors that I was really putting the effort in for them and Girlguiding. I also got creative by hosting a quiz in my office and baking cakes, which were really popular. I think that these worked well because I was able to give something back to my donors.