Fundraising for charity is an excellent way to give back to the community and support causes that are important to you. Whether you want to raise money for a local charity or a national organisation, there are many fundraising ideas for charity that can help raise large amounts of money. 

Here at Seashell, we know the importance of fundraising and how vital it is for charities to fundraise. So we’ve put together a range of ideas of how you can lend a helping hand and fundraise for causes and charities close to your heart. 

group of people hiking up yorkshire three peaks

The best fundraising ideas for charity

If you’re looking for some fundraising ideas that have proven to be successful in the past, we’ve got the perfect list of inspiration for you. 

There are certain challenges, events, and activities that have been proven to generate a significant amount of donations, so we thought this would be a good place to start.

Sponsored walks, runs, or bike rides

One of the most popular fundraising ideas is holding a sponsored event. This could be a sponsored walk, run, cycle, a sponsored silence, or even a sponsored head shave. 

These are often the most popular fundraising events that people host as they are a great way to get the whole community involved. Not only do sponsored events raise awareness for the charity in question, but they also do a good job of encouraging people to donate money. 

Another bonus of this kind of fundraising event is that people will have fun, challenge themselves, and get fitter; all while raising money for a good cause.

Charity auctions

Another fundraising idea is to hold a charity auction. 

This could be an online auction or a live event. It’s a great way to raise money for charity while also providing people with the opportunity to bid on unique items or experiences. 

A popular way of generating items for the auction is to get local businesses involved. You can ask them to donate items or services, or you can reach out to friends and family for donations. 

Popular auction items often include art, antiques, food and drink hampers or even a weekend away in a luxury hotel – this one is sure to get people bidding for the chance of a weekend away! 


Raffles are simple yet effective fundraising tools. Get together a range of prizes that can be raffled off in exchange for a monetary donation.

These prizes could be gathered from donations from the local community or even local businesses. Prizes often range from a bottle of wine to a fancy meal for two at a nice restaurant.

Charity car washes

A super simple way to raise money for charity is a charity car wash. 

Simply get together a team of volunteers, some buckets, sponges, and car shampoo and you’ve got everything you need to get cracking and wash some cars. 

The key to this idea is to choose a popular location in the community, a car park for example, or offer a door-to-door option. Wash cars for a reasonable charge and you will see people lining up to get it done. This might not be the most ‘out there’ idea but it is sure to be lucrative for your given charity.

Charity bake sales

Bake sales are a fantastic fundraising idea for charity. They are easy to organise and can be done at home, at work, or at a local event. 

Get a team of bakers together and ask them to donate cakes, biscuits, cookies, and other baked goods to sell, and then charge people a fee per item. It’s a win-win situation as you get to raise money for your charity and people get to take home a yummy baked treat!

Charity fun runs or marathons

A more adventurous idea could be a charity fun run, while marathons are another popular fundraising event. 

This could be anything from climbing a mountain to running a marathon, or walking a certain amount of miles in a given time period (such as 50k in a month). It’s a great way to enable people the chance to challenge themselves physically while raising money for a good cause. 

Make the most of social media

Social media has become an incredibly powerful tool for fundraising in recent years.

You can set up a fundraising page on websites like JustGiving and share it on your social media profiles. This allows people to donate money easily and quickly. It’s also a great way to reach more people than you would have without. 

You can also use social media to promote your other fundraising activities, such as sponsored events or charity auctions.

Fundraising at Seashell

Here at Seashell, fundraising is a crucial part of what we do. Through events, such as lotteries and charity balls, we can continue to make a difference to those within our community and continually improve our facilities.

Over the years, we have held a range of fundraising events to ensure we can keep providing the services and facilities that we do. Only last year, we conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks as a team and raised a total of £37,500! The money raised from this event helped us to provide essential equipment and experiences to the children and young people we educate and care for at Seashell.

This year, we are hosting the ‘Shellebration Sponsored Walk‘. This is taking place on Saturday 17th June for an eight mile (approximately) walk through the gorgeous Cheshire countryside. The walk will start and finish at the Seashell campus in Cheadle Hulme and is on track to raise a large amount of money to help us with our charity efforts. 

There are many fundraising ideas to choose from when it comes to raising money and we hope this list of fundraising ideas for charity inspires you to raise some money for a cause close to your heart.
For more information on how you can get involved in supporting us, get in touch on 0161 610 0100 or email us at