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A-Z of fundraising ideas for World Gifts

This list of easy fundraising ideas includes our favourite ways to raise money for World Gifts and can be adapted to use at schools, parishes and work with teenagers, students, friends, family and colleagues!


One for the New Year! Organise an aerobics-athon to kick-start that resolution to be healthy and feel good about supporting CAFOD.


Bring and buy sale
Sell World Gifts on a stall. Get in touch on 0303 303 3030 to order your World Gifts shop in a box.


Curry night
Use our Curry night toolkit to spice things up at this fundraising event! As a group you can set a target of one of our larger gifts to encourage everyone to get involved.


Dance challenge
Time to put your best foot forward! Why not organise a barn dance, get someone up to call and demonstrate the moves, ask everyone to bring a cowboy hat and get your groove on. Remember to charge for entry and maybe set up a raffle too.

Give up plastic and donate what you save (5p per plastic bag at least!), scrap your car and have the proceeds donated to CAFOD or change your home energy supply to ecotricity and get £40 donated to CAFOD.


Fancy dress
Make World Gifts a theme for your dressing up day- everyone can make a donation to come to school or work as their favourite: from cows and goats to a farmer or water collector.


Give it up!
Get sponsored to go without something. Give up speaking for a day, computer games for a week, chocolate for a fortnight, or give up magazines for the whole year! Donate the money you save, and buy your favourite World Gift.


Healthy mum and baby
Buy this World Gift for a loved one and help mums and babies get the best start in life. Raise the money by saving £1 each day during January, selling homemade cupcakes at school or making fancy coffees at work.


International evening
Hold a themed international night and decorate your hall with flags from across the globe for an interesting fundraising event. Search for recipes from around the world and charge an entry fee. Why not also hold a fundraising quiz and test your friends’ geographical knowledge? You could always explore the different countries that we feature in our case studies and make them your starting point!


Jumble sales
One girl's old party dress is another's treasure! Hold a swishing party or an old-fashioned jumble sale so that everyone can find a new outfit. 


Impress your friends with your singing ability – try out your favourite tunes, rock songs and ballads. Pay per song. 


Line of coins
A simple fundraiser that everyone can join in with - bring in a coin for each day of the month and see how long you can make your coin collection before you donate it. You could also use this handy layout of our Emergency shelter gift - a pound per square and you'll easily get to £40!


Marvellous moo cow
Team up with friends and colleagues for this World Gift. Five gifts in one for a poor family, you can sell milkshakes, ice-cream or even hold a cheese and wine evening to raise funds! Don't forget to buy your cow with the profits. 


Nearly new sale
Challenge your friends, teachers or parish to a netball tournament. To add to the fun, why not play your matches in fancy dress too? 


Odd job day
Charge a fee for all those odd jobs around the house that need doing in the new year. You could offer to spring clean, babysit children or cook!


Period pack
Give a refugee woman her dignity with this perfect and practical World Gift! Or, alternatively, go the whole hog and buy a Pig that provides for a foodie.


Download the CAFOD fundraising quiz pack or create your own quiz to test your friends’ knowledge. Hold a parish quiz night and raise money for us by charging per entrant.


Rugby sweepstake
Print off a Six Nations poster and set up a sweepstake for the winning country team or top try scorer! Split the winnings between the victor and CAFOD. 


Swim the distance for CAFOD. Get sponsored per length… or per mile! You could even go for an open water challenge. Put your pennies towards one of our gifts, they start from as little as £5 for Emergency water, to £750 for a Community water supply!


Treasure hunt
A treasure hunt at Christmas is loads of fun, and keeps the kids entertained! Buy some of our chocolate coins (available throughout the festive period) and hide them around the house. You could even have a trail of clues with one big prize horde at the end!


Uniform-free day
Ditch the uniform in favour of your own clothes. You could always don something fun to make it more obvious, one of our schools had a silly sock day!


Very scrummy fundraising
Our top fundraising idea is a cake sale. It's a popular fundraising idea for a reason! Use our Cake sale toolkit and whether you bake yourself or pick up something delicious from the shop, selling cakes is a great way to raise funds for World Gifts.


Wine and cheese evening
Ask everyone to bring a bottle and provide the biggest variety of cheese you can. Charge your guests per plate or per cracker! Apple juice only for under 18s please.


X-box tournament
Other games consoles are available and you can use any of them to host a fundraising night in for World Gifts. Provide the snacks and drinks and let your family and friends battle to win the games you've chosen!


Yes we can!
Set yourself a challenge for CAFOD and stay positive that you can achieve it! Why not target funding a Marvellous moo cow or a Medical outreach team and fundraise towards them? You could try a different fundraising idea each week. 


Looking for fun, fundraising ideas? You've come to the end of our list! If you've tried one of our suggestions we'd love to hear how you got on and if you've tried more than one, you're due for a well-earned rest. Zzz 

We'd love to hear from you about your fundraising as well - tweet your pictures to @CAFOD or email events@cafod.org.uk

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