A-Z Fundraising Ideas

A-Z fundraising ideas

Raising money to start new cancer cures is as easy as ABC!

Looking to raise money for Worldwide Cancer Research and become a Curestarter, but not sure where to start? From sporty challenges to social events, spark your imagination with our A-Z of fundraising ideas. 

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Abseil: take your fundraising to new heights with a sponsored abseil.

Afternoon tea: tea, scones, finger sandwiches, and raising money for charity - who could ask for more?

Arts and crafts: sell what you make or host a ticketed workshop.

Art exhibition: showcase local artists (or your own creative efforts!) and charge a small amount for entry.

Auction: source exciting items or experiences to be auctioned off - either online or at an event. 


Bake Sale: from pound cakes to pound coins, sell some delicious homemade treats to raise crucial funds. 

Bingo: you've got to be in it to win it, who will check off all their numbers first?

BBQ: whether it's with friends and family or colleagues and your local community, fire up the grill for a charity BBQ. 

Burns Night: enjoy Scottish traditions and raise money for a Scottish charity.

Black Tie Event: get your glad rags on and host an evening extravaganza.

Birthday: no ideas for your birthday list this year? ask your loved ones to donate to your favourite charity instead. 

Bowling: lace up those bowling shoes and enjoy a little competition for charity.


Coffee Morning: What could be better than starting the day with a chat, a coffee, and some charity fundraising?

Cycling Challenge: Feel the burn with a sponsored cycle.

Comedy Night: Practice your stand up routine and trade belly laughs for big donations. 

Car Wash: Pick a sunny day to shine up local cars - for a fee of course.

Car Boot Sale: Declutter your house and raise funds for charity - it's a win win!


Dinner Party: channel your inner Come Dine With Me competitor and cook your socks off for charity.

Dance Competition: whether you're competing over skill or stamina, hit the dance floor and strut your stuff. 

Darts Tournament: take aim to hit your fundraising target with a fun darts tournament.

Decade-Theme Party: platform shoes or padded shoulders? Dig out your best retro outfit for a decade-theme party.


Eurovision Party: celebrate this world-famous song contest with a world-themed party.

Extreme Challenge: get your adrenaline pumping and tick an item off your bucket list.

Ebay or Etsy: whether you're selling your creations or decluttering your cupboards, selling online can raise plenty of cash.


Fancy Dress: who doesn't love an excuse to dress up? Perfect for fundraising at school or work. 

Football Match: score a winning goal for game-changing research.

Fashion Show: reach out to your local boutiques and suggest a fabulously fashionable fundraiser. 



Golf Day: from mini golf to the longest day golf challenge, pick up your clubs for a great cause.

Games Night: board games, video games or even just a round of charades - all you need are people to play with.

Give It Up: got a habit you want to kick? motivate yourself with a plan to raise money with your efforts. 


Hiking Challenge: whether by yourself or with a group, a hiking challenge is a great way to get fundraising in the great outdoors.

Head Shave: a bold move for bold research - a sponsored head shave is a phenomenal way to raise funds.


Iron Man Challenge: not for the faint-hearted, but we believe in you! Can you tough it out?

Its a Knockout: the ultimate activity day - perfect for schools, colleges, workplaces and community groups.

Lynne and Tim, our incredible Curestarters
Successfully completing our first long-distance hike gave us the idea that we should push ourselves further and raise some cash for a worthwhile cause in the process. In the end we raised more than £8000 to help fund new cancer cures!



Jumble Sale: have you got a pile of unwanted or unloved items that could have a new lease of life in a new home?

Jazz Night: smooth tunes and good company - a winning fundraising combination. 


Karaoke Night: who has got the X Factor? Host a charity karaoke night and find out if you put the star in Curestarter.

Kayaking: take to the water and cruise your way to victory.

Kilt Walkget into your stride at a family-friendly Kilt Walk event. 


Learn a New Skill: get sponsored to skill up, and share important milestones with your sponsors to keep up your motivation.

Live Streaming: fundraise your way - and reach a global audience - with charity streaming!

Loony Dook: take the plunge for vital cancer research - and feel the 'brrrr'. 


Murder Mystery: Whodunnit? Find out with your very own murder mystery party.

Matched Funding: Many workplaces offer matched funding to support employee fundraising - why not check with yours?


Name the Teddy: a fantastic family-friendly fundraiser - whoever guesses Ted's name, gets to take him home!

No Makeup Selfie: go bare-faced to boost your fundraising - and challenge your friends to join in!

Nature Walk: whether in a group or going it alone, why not go fundraising in the fresh air?


Open Mic Night: know any budding comedians, musicians or poets? Anyone can take to the stage on an open mic night.

Office Fundraising: want to raise money at work but not sure how? Why not send round a survey asking for suggestions?

Open Garden: are you a green-thumbed gardener? Show off your outdoor oasis with an open garden - just charge for entry!


Poker Night: poker with a twist - all money won gets donated to charity.

Press Up Challenge: who has the strength to hold out the longest? Find out with a press up challenge.


Quiet Hour: Shh! During a quiet hour event, there's a donation for every noise made. 

Quiz Night: Test your team's trivia knowledge with a fun quiz night to raise money for charity. 


Raffle: Reach out to local businesses to ask for raffle donations - great prizes often spark great donations!

Rowing: No rivers in sight? The good news is, a rowing challenge can be completed just as easily at your local gym!

You can't spell 'cures' without 'u' - and we can't start cures without you either.



SkydiveReach new heights and brave a tandem skydive for charity.

Sports Event or Challengechallenge yourself and help us challenge cancer. 

Sports Day: Reminisce about your childhood with a school sports day themed event. 

Street Party: Invite all of your neighbours to join you for a local street party for charity. 


Treasure Hunt: a brilliant fundraising activity to get the kids (and kids at heart involved)!

24 Hour Challenge: test your endurance and think about something you could challenge yourself to do for a full day and night!

Talent Show: Show off your best talents and then show off about how much money you've raised!


Unplug from Tech: could you give up technology completely? How long could you manage? Get sponsored to switch off. 

Uniform Free Day: whether at school or at work, skip the uniform for the day in exchange for a small donation.


Variety Show: host a variety show in your local community and enjoy an evening of entertainment (and fundraising!)

Virtual Challenge: thanks to modern technology, you don't even need to leave the comfort of your own home to take on a new challenge - and the possibilities are endless!


Walking Challenge: take more steps to stop cancer with a walking challenge - where will you do it, how will you do it, how far will you walk? There are no shortage of options to suit every fundraiser. 

World Record Attempt: by yourself or in a group, why not try and break a world record to raise money?

Wear Yellow Day: bring some sunshine and encourage people to wear Worldwide Cancer Research yellow for the day and make a small donation. 


X-Box/Playstation/Video Game Tournament: Get comfy and play to win (and raise money) with a video game tournament. And why not think about reaching an even bigger audience by choosing to livestream it?


Yoga Marathon: why not run, or take, a yoga class and ask the attendees to contribute a small fee to donate to charity?

Year Long Challenge: be in it for the long haul and ask for sponsorship for a 365 day challenge (or 366 days if you pick a leap year!)


Zipslide the Clyde: be a daredevil and experience Glasgow from new heights by gliding over the river Clyde!

Zumba: set up a class or find some videos online and host a fun physical challenge for you and your friends. 


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