Fundraising Ideas & Tips

Sometimes it can be hard to get started with your fundraising. We’ve put together a list of fundraising ideas and tips to give you a helping hand.

The first thing to do is to tell your supporters what you are doing and why you are doing it. Be honest and tell them the target you are aiming to achieve.

Think about all the people you know who could support you. Perhaps they could fundraise on your behalf too?

  • Family
  • Friends – from school, university, sports clubs, church groups and other organisations
  • Work colleagues – past and present
  • Your local community – groups, schools, businesses

There is no limit to what you can do.

A-Z Fundraising Ideas

Auction Services

You could auction off services in your
office. You could be a tea-maker, lunch
grabber, post sender. Or find out the
talents of colleagues and see if they will
auction off training sessions to help you
raise funds!

A Close Shave

Shave or wax your beard, chest or legs
to fundraise for Bromley, Lewisham &
Greenwich Mind

Bake Sale

Baking is a great hobby and your results are sure to bring smiles to everyone’s face! Share your feel good food for a donation. Hold a coffee morning

Celebration Donations

If you have a birthday, wedding or anniversary coming up, ask for donations towards your fundraising, instead of presents.

Cheese and Wine Evening

Be a wine connoisseur for the night and
charge an entry fee for colleagues to try
some of the loveliest wine and cheese
that you have on offer.

Come Dine With Me

Hold your very own dinner party. Invite colleagues to enjoy your culinary delights in exchange for a donation!

Give It Up

Give up something you love for a
good cause! Avoid chocolate, alcohol,
Facebook, using the lift – choose your
challenge and ask your friends and family
to show their support by contributing to
Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind

Global Food Day

Share your culinary talents, cook your
speciality dish and bring it into work to
sell to your colleagues. It could be a dish
that’s been in your family for generations
or something you just love to cook. Sit
down for lunch together and take this
opportunity to connect with colleagues
that you don’t normally chat to.

Halloween Party

Organise a spooky event to raise money. You could play a game of witch hockey or hold a scary film night.

Join An Event

There are all sorts of events up and
down the country you can enter, whilst
also helping to raise funds for Bromley
Lewisham and Greenwich Mind. Whether
its a local 5k walk, 100k cycle race or
running a Marathon, there is plenty for
everyone.

Office Olympics

Become an office Olympic champion by
participating in a number of fun events
such as paper plane flying and waste
paper basketball.

Photo Competition

Do you have any top photographers in your office?
Organise a photography competition and ask entrants to make a donation to Mind. You could even set a theme for the competition. If there are any stand out entries you could hold an auction to raise some extra funds

Quote Quiz

Whether it is film or literary quotes, test
the knowledge of your colleagues with
a quote quiz. Ask for a donation to enter
and provide a small prize for the winner.

Raffle Time

Ask your partners, suppliers or friends to
donate some fab prizes and organise a
raffle.

Sports Day

Sports days are a great way to get people together for a good cause. You could do this in a local park and include some snacks and drinks too! Ask participants to make a donation to Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind and organise a grand prize for the winners.

Ten Pence Tuesdays

Why not ask staff to collect their pennies and bring them in on a specified day. Maybe make it ‘10p Tuesday’ or ‘50p Friday’ during Mental Health week in May. You’ll be amazed how much you can raise.

Xmas

Hold a party, go carol singing, sell mulled wine and mince pies, or provide a gift wrapping service.

You Smartie!

Did you know that a smarties tube can hold 27 pound coins? Why not offer your colleagues some chocolate in exchange for them filling the tube? How much you can raise from other confectionary
containers?

Bad Taste

Ask colleagues to pay to express their
bad taste and come to work wearing the
worse tie or vibrant clothes

Bingo Night

Everyone loves bingo! Set up a bingo
night for employees. Everyone pays a
small donation at the door for each bingo
card received. Offer small, fun prizes for
bingo winners

 

Caption Competition

Get a picture of a celebrity or your boss
(if they agree) doing something unusual
and ask people to submit a caption for
a donation. Provide a small prize for the
best caption.

Extreme Challenge

Swim the distance of the English
Channel in your local pool or run the
length of the country on a treadmill?
You don’t have to be a superstar
athlete for this one – you could split
the distance over a few days or
weeks

Fivers

Get friends, family and colleagues to
donate a £5 note each and write their
name on it. Put the notes in a pot and
whoever’s name you pull out wins a
share of the money, with the rest going to
Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind.

Golf Day

Approach your local golf club and arrange
a date for a golf tournament. Make it
a company event or involve your local
businesses, hotels and restaurants by
asking them to donate a prize and invite
them to enter a team

Happy Monday

Start your week with a smile and hold
a fundraising get-together with your
colleagues. Hold a bake sale to brighten
up Monday or wear bright clothes and ask
everyone to donate £2 to take part.

Heads Or Tails

Each person pays £2 for a straw. Hold
your straw on your head for ‘Heads’ and
behind you for ‘Tails’. Someone throws
a coin – if your choice wins, you stay
standing, if not you sit down. Last one
standing wins a share of the money, with
the rest going to Bromley, Lewisham &
Greenwich Mind

Karaoke

Which colleague has the hidden talent?

Match Funding

Don’t forget to speak to your employer
and ask if they will match what you raise
or make a contribution. Many companies
are willing to support their employees in
this way and many have a specific budget
for this type of donation

Positive Steps

Change your route to work for a week;
can you walk instead and donate your
usual travel costs? Or get off two stops
earlier and get your walks sponsored.

Quiz Night

Hosting a quiz at your local pub is easy
to organise and a lot of fun. Be creative
with quiz rounds: musical bingo, Heads or
Tails, Family Fortunes or The Generation
Game. Ask teams to make a donation to
enter, fine people for checking mobiles
and organise a raffle or auction on the
night. Prizes go to the team with the
highest points and best team name.

Sweep Stake

Hold a simple sweepstake on any event: the Grand National, a Reality TV show, the length of your Senior Partner’s speech at the next team meeting. Charge to enter and split the money between the winner and Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind.

Team Vs Team

Pit your teams against each other to see who can raise the most money.

The Joke Box

A guaranteed laugh in exchange for £1! Print lots of jokes out and ask your colleagues to donate £1 to pick one from the box.

Time to Take Day

Set up a pledge wall and ask your colleagues to pledge their support to fighting mental health stigma and discrimination. You can even order some materials from www.time-to-change.org.uk. Hold a team lunch fundraiser by providing homemade soup and a roll for all the team and ask people to donate the money they would have spent on lunch that day to Bromley Lewisham & Greenwich Mind.

We always love to hear from anyone kind enough to fundraise for us and are happy to help you with your event or collection or if you have any other questions.

Contact Liz Pepper on 07718 445559 or liz.pepper@blgmind.org.uk