A-Z Fundraising Ideas 2019

To help give you some inspiration for your fundraising activities, here's an A to Z of fantastic fundraising ideas!

An Auction

Why not ‘auction’ your friends? Sounds crazy, but all you need is a group of enthusiastic buddies who are willing to be ‘auctioned’ (or at least auction a skill). This fundraising idea can also work a treat in a large workplace, where the proceeds can amount to quite a significant donation.

Bring-a-book sale

Ask your friends or colleagues to spring clean their bookshelves by bringing some unwanted books to work or school. Price them up ahead of your fundraiser. This is a great opportunity to bag a new read - recycling and fundraising in tandem! A perfect fundraising idea for schools.

Cuppa & Cake Coffee Morning

There’s nothing quite like a warm cuppa and homemade cake to brighten up everyone’s morning! Or how about inviting pals around for an afternoon treat of dreamy creamy scones and speciality teas? Combine with a raffle for an even bigger fundraiser. A great fundraising idea for clubs.

Cycling Events

Another great fundraising idea, you can get on your bike and take part in a sponsored cycle!

Dress Down Day

Approach your employer or teacher to agree to an informal dress day at your workplace or school. You’ll find your colleagues will gladly make a donation to leave their suits, formal wear and uniforms at home for the day! A great idea for fundraising for your school or workplace.

Employer Matched Giving

Many employers have a charity or community fund and offer matched-giving to their employees. Whatever fundraising idea you decide to undertake, make sure to ask your employer if they’ll match your fundraising total.

Fun Run

Set a fitness goal by organising your own fun run in your local park or tow path. You could also enter one of the many organised events around the country. Enlist friends and secure sponsorship from your network. Another great fundraising idea for clubs or schools.

Golf tournament

Approach your local golf club and arrange a date for a golf tournament. Involve your local businesses, hotels and restaurants by asking them to donate a prize and invite them to enter a team.

Head shave

Not a fundraising idea for the faint-hearted! However, use this rare occasion to get as many people as possible to sponsor you. Don’t forget to buy a hat to compensate for the sudden hair loss!

International Cuisine Dinner Party

Take to trip to your local ethnic food store and stock up on interesting ingredients for your international dish. Ask your friends to do likewise and create a ‘pot luck’ feast. Entertain your guests with world music and throw in some themed quiz questions. All invitees are asked to make a donation to FirstLight.

Movie Night

Give your friends something to look forward to with a special screening of an old favourite or a recent must-see. Serve a few treats, a nice cuppa or a glass of bubbly (in exchange for a donation) and your guests just won’t want to leave!

Oldies Disco Night

Celebrate the 60s, 70s, 80s or even the noughties with an ‘oldies’ disco. Encourage your friends to dress up to represent the decade and charge for admission. Don’t forget to take photos!

Pay Day Breakfast

Treat your colleagues to a scrumptious breakfast on payday. Ask a local shop or supplier to come on board by donating food or offering a discount. Your colleagues will soon be asking about the next date!

Quiz Night

A pub quiz is another much-loved and successful fundraiser. Arrange your venue well in advance, source prizes, a good MC and promote your event through colleagues, friends and at the venue.


Everyone loves to win prizes so try organising a private raffle. Ask your local shops, restaurants, hotels and cinema for prizes or vouchers. Give yourself lots of time to sell the tickets. Be aware that if you plan to sell tickets publicly you would require a license from the police/gardaí, contact FirstLight for assistance with securing a permit. One of the best fundraising ideas for schools.

Running & Marathon Events

As another great fundraising idea, you can take part in a sponsored run or fundraise for FirstLight by running a marathon!

Sponsored Walk Events

Take part in a sponsored walk or organise your own - another great fundraising idea for schools and clubs.

Themed party

Try a Funky Christmas Jumper party. Or base your party on a movie, a colour or simply a letter from the alphabet. Participants can make a donation and you can offer prizes for the most imaginative costumes.

Vintage Party

Get a taste of a bygone era with a vintage event. You’ll have fun researching what people wore - from togas in Cleopatra’s ancient Egypt to a medieval Irish monk, to a 1920s flapper

Wine & cheese party

A very easy (and tasty) fundraiser! Simply choose a date that suits your circle and ask your guests for donations. Approach local off-licenses and supermarkets to enlist their support. It may well become an annual fundraising event.

X Factor

You’ve seen it on the telly – now it’s your turn! Give local talent a chance to shine on stage. Secure a good local venue, charge admission on the door and include a raffle to boost your fundraising total.


A pyjama party at home or wear pyjamas to work (with employer consent)!

  • Dated: Dec 06

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