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12 Ideas for Christmas fundraising

Festive-inspired tips to keep the donations coming in

Three young siblings looking festive

Christmas is all about family, love, giving and kindness. But despite the spirit of giving, with cash being tighter, for many people it can become a time when fundraisers find it harder.

Why not aim to overcome this by making your fundraising Christmas-inspired? Here are some of our favourite ideas to get you started.

1. Gift wrapping party

Everyone needs their presents wrapped, but it’s a time consuming job. Helping people to get it done, in exchange for a small fee, could be key to climbing up towards your fundraising target:

2. Christmas jumper day

Many people love wearing festive jumpers so this is a fun and easy fundraising idea. You can make it into a contest at work or with friends, where people have to pay to enter, and whoever wins gets a small prize (a bag of Brussels sprouts, perhaps?). You could even do it online – get people to post a photo of their jumper and donate to your page.

3. Personalised cards

Sending personalised Christmas cards is a great way to remind people you’re fundraising. Telling people what is motivating you to support your charity, and the challenges you face (like running 26.2 miles!) will encourage donors to dig deep to help you achieve your goals.

4. Pack shoppers’ bags

Not all heroes wear capes, but you can whilst packing bags for exhausted shoppers. Reach out to your local supermarket to offer a bag-packing service, with a bucket alongside to catch any spare coins shoppers wish to donate.

5. Take a dip in the sea

When everyone else is waking up to Buck’s Fizz and new socks, how about a Christmas morning dip in the sea? Some people do this for free, but you can drum up support by sharing your post-dip-selfie alongside a link to your fundraising page.

6. Great Christmas Bake Off

Ask some friends or colleagues to whip up something sweet and then sell your selection to a wider group. You could appoint a person to play Paul Hollywood to decide the winner. The best baker would walk away with a small prize (and bragging rights), and the remaining donations go toward hitting your target.

7. Give up something you love

While everyone else overindulges, why not stand out from the crowd? Living on £1 a day for a week and avoiding alcohol for a month are just two ideas for raising money by giving up something you love.

8. Donating Christmas presents

Why not donate Christmas presents to your fundraising page? You could even get friends and family to do the same to get their wider followers to donate to your charity.

9. Christmas decorations

We all love sparkly lights and beautifully decorated trees at Christmas – and there is a lot you can do around this for fundraising. Why not offer your Christmas decorating services to neighbours or local businesses in exchange for a small donation? Or you could go wild and decorate the outside of your home with decorations and ask people to donate for coming to visit.

10. Last hour’s pay

If you know your colleagues aren’t likely to wear a Christmas jumper and you don’t like the idea of asking people individually for donations, you could ask colleagues to donate their last hour of pay – an hour’s pay from the whole year seems like small change. If your Payroll Team can take care of the logistics then it’s incredibly easy to rake in a huge haul; if not, all your colleagues they have to do is donate straight to your fundraising page on pay day – simple.

11. Letters to Santa

Christmas is a magical time for children and writing a letter to Santa is a tradition for many. You could create a few templates and offer parents at the school or in your local community the chance to donate, in exchange for their child receiving a letter from Santa.

12. Christmas tree/rubbish collections

If you get real Christmas trees the end of the festive period can become a pain point. Why not offer Christmas tree disposal or a recycling service, in exchange for a donation? All you need is a boot big enough and a hoover for when you’ve finished.

Have you gone the extra mile to inspire more people to donate? We’d love to hear your story and top fundraising tips on Facebook and Twitter.

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