GET INVOLVED: Top Ten Fundraising Ideas

Calling all fabulous fundraisers – Xavier Project needs YOU!

Xavier Project works to provide pioneering learning opportunities to refugees in East Africa. We work with communities to enable them to deliver an education to as many students as possible. To continue this important work we need your help.

From running marathons to hosting a dinner party, there are plenty of fun activities and challenges you could take on to raise money for Xavier Project. To help you out we’ve created a list of our TOP TEN FUNDRAISING IDEAS to inspire your next charitable venture. 

Here we go… 

1.) Get sponsored to take on a run, cycle or swim. How about signing up for the Royal Parks Half or the London Marathon for 2020. Inspired by the upcoming Tour de France, maybe the trusty bicycle is more your calling; UK Cycling has some great events on all year round with a wide range of distances for all levels. Or if you’re more of a water baby then how about diving into an open water swim this autumn/winter.

2.) Dinner party – Host a Nigellaesque dinner party for your friends and family. Serve up a storm and then ask each person to pay what they feel the meal would have been worth in a restaurant. BBC good food has a whole dinner party category so check it out for some delicious menu inspiration:

3.) Organise a tournament – Pick a sport and ask a local club or sports centre to help you host a tournament. Be it Rugby sevens, 5-a-side football, mixed netball or volleyball. Invite all the local clubs and encourage friends to get teams together and why not incorporate a classic British barbeque to satiate those hungry competitors and ask for a contribution. 

4.) Coffee morning – An excellent opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues over a steaming cuppa and a slice of cake. Sell refreshments and ask for donations. You could also hold a bake-off competition by charging a small entrance fee and asking a local bakery to judge. This Lemon Drizzle is super quick and easy and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser endorsed by the Queen of Baking, Mary Berry, herself! 

5.) Jumble Sale – Kill two birds with one stone, channel some Marie Kondo and have that clear out you’ve been meaning to for months and sell your old knick-knacks at a local jumble sale to raise money for a fantastic cause. Encourage your friends to get involved and sell their old things too. 

6.) Have a night in – Instead of heading ‘out-out’ one weekend invite all your friends for a night in. Play board games, watch films and hang out with your friends. Put any money you might have spent on taxis, club entry, drinks and cheesy chips into a pot and donate it. 

7.) Pub quiz – Head down to your local public house and ask the landlord to co-host a quiz in aid of Xavier Project. Charge each participant an entrance fee and ask the landlord to provide some free drinks or food for the winning team. If your event is going to bring them business, they should be more than happy to help.We even have a pre-written quiz we can share with you (including a selection of picture rounds). Pull together a simple raffle on the side to raise some extra pounds. 

8.) Open mic night – Showcase the best talent your area has to offer. Hold an open-mic night for a great way to raise money and give new artists some exposure. Ask for a small donation from the audience entry. You never know you might discover the next Ed Sheeran!

9.) Home clothes day – Organise a Mufti Day at your school or a wacky shirt/tie day at work and get people to make a donation in order to take part. 

10.) Climb a mountain – Take on a mountain and climb your way to your fundraising goals. Previous fundraisers have tackled sponsored climbs of Kilimanjaro and trekked to Everest base camp. However, if you’re after something a little closer to home, why not try the Three Peaks challenge. Their website allows you to join pre-organised challenges or gives you lots of useful tips on how to organise your own.


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