Fundraising Ideas

Great ideas for fundraising

There are tons of different for you to support Oxfam's work and help us to reach as many people in need as possible.  We really can't do it without you, so please consider fundraising for us - you can have plenty of fun as you do!

To get started, here are some great fundraising ideas to inspire you:

Our A-Z of Fundraising Ideas

Upcoming Runs & Marathons you can do for Oxfam

No matter what fundraising idea you pick, you can get started straight away by setting up your very own online fundraising page.  Once your page is created you can invite friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you.  You can set your page up on this website, or use two other well known platforms - whatever you're most comfortable with!

A-Z of Fundraising Ideas!

To help give you some inspiration for your fundraising activities, here's an A to Z of fantastic fundraising ideas!  If you've any questions or need any support in your efforts to support Oxfam and the people we help, please get in touch here.

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! 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.

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! 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 organized events around the country. Enlist friends and secure sponsorship from your network. You can create your own personal fundraising page here and get started right now! 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 ethic 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 Oxfam who works in 94 countries worldwide.

Jumble Sale

“One man’s waste can be another man’s treasure.” Ask your family and friends to de-clutter their houses of unwanted items that are still in good condition. Invite people to bag a bargain at your event. You’ll be saving the environment while raising funds! Any items left over can be donated to your local Oxfam shop. This is one of the best fundraising ideas as everyone who takes part has a chance to declutter and all the items raise vital funds for Oxfam’s work.

Karaoke Evening

Ask a local pub to host a karaoke evening for you. It’ll be fun! Simply charge each participant a fee to take part and let the vocal chords do the rest.

Local Supermarket Bag Pack

A bag pack at your local supermarket is a great idea for fundraising. Approach the manager and secure a busy date. Engage a group of enthusiastic friends and create a timetable for the day. Oxfam will provide your team with T-shirts and labelled collection buckets.  Just get in touch here and we’ll set you up with everything you need. A great fundraising idea for clubs and schools.

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!

Night In

Swap a night out for a night in. Invite your friends around for a bite to eat and a glass of wine. If you’re stuck for time, try tapas or pizza. Your night in could also be a pyjama and pamper party. Guest can make a contribution towards Oxfam’s work.

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. One of the best fundraising ideas for schools.


Organise your sweepstakes around a big sporting event – golf, football or a horse race. Agree the prize for the winner in advance and the remainder raised can be donated Oxfam.

Themed party

Try a Halloween or Funky Christmas jumper party. Or base your party on a movie, a colour or simply a letter from the alphabet. You may unearth some treasures in your local Oxfam shop. Participants can make a donation and you can offer award prizes for the most imaginative costumes.

Swap Sale

An easy way to revamp your wardrobe or update your home. Everyone brings an item that they no longer want or wear. Guests pay a fee to swap their unwanted item for something different.

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.


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.

Your own original fundraising ideas!

As long as it’s legal, go for it! And tell us about it.


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

Running, Marathons & Cycles: Great Fundraising Idea

As another great fundraising idea, you can take part any of the events below (or any event you wish) and fundraise for it on behalf of Oxfam.  You can even create you own personal fundraising webpage here for your event, or use the Just Giving or My Charity platform to raise money online for our work overseas.

Running Events (ROI)

Rathfarnham 5k – Sunday, 28th September 2014

Limerick City Women’s Mini Marathon – Sunday, 26th October 2014

Dublin City Marathon – Monday, 27th October 2014

Run in the Dark – Wednesday, 12th November 2014

Clontarf Half Marathon & 5 Mile – Saturday, 29th November 2014

Connemarathon – Sunday 12 April 2015

Flora Women's Mini Marathon – June Bank Holiday Monday 2015

Cycling Events (ROI)

Yeats Country Tour Cycle, 100km & 200km – Sunday, 7th September 2014

Dying Cow 200 – Saturday, 13th September 2014

4 Counties 100km Challenge Cycle – Sunday, 28th September 2014

Running Events (Northern Ireland)

Belfast City Half Marathon - Sunday 14th September 2014

Causeway Coast Marathon - Saturday 27th September 2014

Tough Mudder – Saturday 4th & Sunday, 5th October 2014

Run in the Dark – Wednesday, 12th November 2014

Belfast City Marathon – Monday, 5th May 2015

Belfast One World Run – May 2015 

Cycling Events (Northern Ireland)

Lap the Lough Cycling Event - Sunday 24th August 2014

Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive (57km, 126km or 281km cycle) - Saturday 13th September 2014

Multisport Events (Northern Ireland)

FEARmanagh – Sunday 5th October 2014

The Wall – Saturday 11th October 2014

If you decide to take part in any of the events above, remember, you can create you're very own fundraising webpage for Oxfam using the options below.  Then you can invite your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you and donate the moeny to make real change in the lives of others!