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A to Z of Fundraising Ideas

Perhaps you are not in a position to take part in one of our YSPI fundraising events and would like to organise your own event, at a time that suits you.

Here are some easy ideas to get you going:

  • If you have children, nieces/nephews or young neighbours at a local school, try and get the school to organise a non-uniform day in aid of YSPI.
  • Promise auction: you will need the help of all your friends with special skills (e.g. Hairdressing, decorating, cooking, gardening etc.). Ask them to donate some of their time then organize an auction.
  • Sponsored beard-shave, beard-grow chest wax etc… Anything that would amuse your friends & colleagues usually works best.
  • Cake sale at work. Ask a few people to bring in cakes which can be sold at tea time in return for a donation.
  • Arrange a €15 menu at a local restaurant on one of their quiet nights and charge friends €30.
  • Arrange a football / basketball / rounder’s match. Charge everyone to play and maybe even run a sweepstake on the result. This is a good one for a large workplace.
  • Car boot sales – ask friends & neighbours to have a clear out in the name of charity!
  • Wash people’s cars in a supermarket car park while they do their shopping in return for a donation.
  • Hold a dinner/barbeque/party at home for friends who each pay €10.

If you are using a sponsorship card here are some tips:

  • Make sure the first person to sign your card gives you a reasonably large amount of money. Others often follow their example.
  • Keep your sponsorship card with you at all times with the YSPI information leaflet. If necessary have several cards on the go at once – one at home, one at work, one in the car etc.
  • Put your sponsorship card up on your staff-room or canteen notice board.
  • Enlist family and friends to help you find sponsors.

Do's and Dont's

If you want to fundraise on the street or go door to door to collect sponsorship then you must go to your local Garda station and have a chat with them first as you will need a permit.

You can fundraise on private property at any time with the owner's consent.

You can go door to door selling a fundraising item such as a wristband or keyring for a fixed price at any time.

If you are in any doubt about whether you need to get a permit then call us so we can assist.

To make things easier for you we have included an A-Z list of fundraising which has lots of ideas to choose from including tips on how to plan and organise your event and ways that can support you:

A

Afternoon Tea Party

Alternative Marathon

Angling Competition

Antiques Fair

Art Exhibition

Arts and Crafts Fair

B

Baby sitting

Bag Packing at Supermarket

Balloon Race

Barbecue

Bridge Night

Bazaar

Beard Shave

Bedroom tidying

Bingo Nights

Book Sale

Bring and Buy Sale

Buffet Lunch

C

Cake sale

Car Boot sale

Car Wash

Car Draw

Carol singing

Casino Nights

Casual day at work

Cheese & Wine Party

Children’s sports day

Church fete

Coffee Morning

Computer games marathon

Concert

Cookery Demonstration

Craft Fair

Crazy Golf Match

D

Dog walking

Dress Down Day

E

Easter egg hunt

E- Fundraising

Egg and Spoon Race

Exhibitions

F

Face Painting

Fete

Film Premiere

Flag Day

Flower Arranging Demonstration

Football Match

Fun Run

G

Garden Party

Garage Sale

Golf Tournament

H

Halloween Party

Hat Sale

Head Shave sponsorship

How many... sweets in a jar?

Hula Hoop Contest

I

International food dinner party

J

Jelly Eating Competition

Jumble Sale

K

Karaoke Night

L

Line Dancing

Loud Tie Day

Lunchtime quiz

M

Magic Show

Make Up Demonstration

Marathon

Market

N

Non-Uniform Day

O

Odd Job Day

Open Garden

Orienteering

Outward Bound Event

P

Pancake Race

Parachute jump

Pizza Party

Poetry Reading

Pram Race

Pub Quiz

Q

Quiz Night

R

Race Night

Raffle

Read-a-Thon

Record Breaking Attempt

Rugby Match

S

Sailing Race

Sale of Work

Ski-a-thon

Soccer Expert game

Sponsored Silence

Sponsored Swim

Sports Day

Staff Payroll Donations

Street party

Swear box

T

Table quiz

Talent Show

Tennis tournament

Theme Evening

Three Legged Race

Treasure Hunt

Tug-o-war

U

Unwanted Gift Sale

V

W

Walks and Cycles

Welly Throwing Competition

Windsurfing Competition

Wine and cheese evening

Wine tasting

Work Fundraiser

X

Xylophone Concert

Y

Yacht Race

Yodelling Competition

Yoga Marathon

Yo Yo Competition

Z

Zany Clothes Day

Zoo Trip

Planning Your Event