Fundraising ideas

Why fundraise?

Below are a range of ideas that you could try by yourself or with your team mates to raise funds, either to help fund your place or to donate to the organisation that you will be working with. The organisation you will be working could be a not-for-profit organisation or a charity that does excellent work to benefit the local community.

Chances are that they are under-funded and could do with some help. That's one reason. You might need to raise money to help fund your trip - that's a perfectly valid thing to do. After all, it's not a holiday and you are paying to go and work for free doing some community action. That's reason number two and reason number three is that it's a good way to get to know your team mates before you go.

Money matters

Making it official

Fundraising ideas – fairly easy

Fundraising ideas – more time consuming

Fundraising ideas – events based

The direct approach

How to organise an event at ARU

Some ideas to avoid

A little bit of research

These ideas are ones that we have found successful in the past or ones to get you thinking. There is a lot of information about fundraising online and some of the big charities have very helpful fundraising pages:

Our top ideas

If you haven't got time to come up with something new then stick to something tried and tested. Here are ideas that we have found successful in the past

Cake sale

This is an old favourite. It takes a group to organise it, and you need to get all your friends to help you make cakes. We can advise on booking a space and the table and publicising the sale.

Book sale

Again you'll need to get a group together, but collecting books is easier then making cakes - provided you know enough people!

Dinner party

We've mentioned this earlier... If you know how many are coming and what they will each pay then you'll know how much you're going to raise beforehand so the trick is to keep the costs to a minimum.

Good luck!

Please let us know if you have any ideas you would like to add, or if you have tried any ideas that were particularly good - or a waste of time!

Good luck with your fundraising and please contact us if you have any questions or would like to run any ideas past us.