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5 unique fundraising ideas

Creative ideas that stick in people’s minds for years to come

A successful fundraiser starts with a strong concept. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does need to make an impact. After all, some of the best charity fundraisers are those unique ones that stick in people’s minds for years to come.

Whatever cause you’re raising money for and whoever you’d like to participate, your best option is to shun the traditional and get creative. These wacky fundraiser ideas might just inspire your next big event.

Great for kids

Jail the teacher

The idea

Each class in the school hosts their own fundraising page, all with the same target. The first to reach the target gets to put their teacher ‘in jail’ for an afternoon, and take a triumphant (supervised!) break from lessons.

Why it stands out

Unlike a lot of other school-based fundraisers, this involves the teachers while keeping the kids in control. It also allows every class to take part, without too much disruption.

Top tips

To get the kids even more invested in the project, why not have them decide on the charities of choice – they can learn about the cause and democratically decide which they’d like to contribute to.

Great for adults

Moon tennis

The idea

A tennis tournament that takes place through the night, ideal for any kind of group – from families and friend groups to entire communities. Check out this fundraiser by Rupert.

Why it stands out

The moonlit setting adds a bit of magic. Raising money by playing tennis is admirable – but doing so when you’d normally be tucked up in bed? That deserves extra recognition, surely.

Top tip

You could try this with different sports or activities. Think moon football, moon netball, or for the less active among us, a moon readathon.

Great for small groups

Take a dip

The idea

Ok, there’s nothing wacky about a sponsored swim – but why not mix things up a little? Opt for a brave ocean dip on a winter’s morning, paddle along the shoreline in costume, perform a synchronised routine at your local pool with some friends, or hold an underwater handstand competition.

Why it stands out

This takes a long-held favourite and puts an unexpected spin on it – uniqueness defined.

Top tip

Keep this inclusive by checking potential participant’s ability levels before organising.

Great for the office

Clothes swap

The idea

It’s simple: everyone brings in a spare outfit for a colleague to change into. Mix up genders and sizes to boost the silly factor. You could even offer small prizes – nothing that’ll eat into raised funds too much – for the funniest pairings.

Why it stands out

This idea brings people from all levels and departments together. The effort is minimal, but the impact can be huge.

Top tip

If you can’t run this on a regular work day, you could host a clothes-swapping office party instead.

Great for everyone

A medieval day

The idea

This takes a bit more planning, but offers a wonderful opportunity to invite people from far and wide. Find a venue – try the grounds of a stately home, or the local park if you can get permission – then plan shows, tournaments, dances, competitions and more, all with a medieval theme. Check out this fundraiser by Historia Normannis and The New Union in Kendal.

Why it stands out

Think of this event as one giant playground, for kids and adults alike. It offers glorious escapism, for a good cause.

Top tip

A medieval banquet makes the perfect centrepiece.

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