Do Some Easy Fundraising For Charity


There are many easy ways to do some fundraising for charity that will help stop animal cruelty and suffering. This page explores a variety of simple fundraising ideas that you can try without having to spend much money – if any at all.

It can be something you can do at home on your own, or something you can do at work, right through to organising an event.

IMPORTANT: If you are accepting money from people while using the name of a charity you are raising money for, contact the charity in question so it is all legal and above board. Charities often assist you by sending you official fund raising materials and sometimes publicising your event or activity.

Image: Raise money to help animals. Source


Publicity For Your Fundraiser

If your fundraising idea is something you need publicity for in your local area, here are some suggestions:

It is vital to publicise a local  event well, and as widely as possible. Use as many different medias as you can.

You can ask your family and friends to help you spread the word using social networking sites. There are many pages and groups related to local areas on these sites if you search for them, where you can publicise local events. There may even be pages or groups related to local area fundraising. You, and whoever you can get to help you, should share posts about your event as often as possible, and in as many suitable locations on these sites as possible.

Ask the charity you are raising money for to promote your event prominently on their website or social media pages and groups. If possible, get them to also promote it on their premises for their volunteers and visitors to see, and also in their newsletter. You yourself could also post about it on any social media site pages or groups related to the animal rescue or charity you are raising money for.

Have it announced on the local radio if possible, or on their websites. Use local publications to advertise it, both on their websites and in their newspapers and magazines. This may be an additional cost that will have to come out of the money raised.

You could approach these local publications to see if they could write about what you are doing, or at least give it a mention. If you can give them a story behind your motivation, they may be willing to write a piece about it.

Ideally, posters should be colourful, eye catching, clear and not too cluttered. It is essential to have all the necesary information on them. They should be displayed in your local area and can be put up on some supermarket noticeboards, in workplaces, on community noticeboards, inside car windows, in shop windows, in church and community halls. Get as many people as you can to help you get the message out.

If you have enough volunteers to deliver them, you could even post leaflets through peoples doors.

Image: Bright, clear and colourful animal charity fundraising event poster. Source


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Have An Animal Charity Collection Tin In Your Work Place

If you work in a shop, a pub, or anywhere that the public frequent, or even anywhere a large number of people are employed, having a collection tin there is one way of fundraising for charity.

It is important to secure the charity tin so nobody can steal it, or open it, and place it in a prominent position. Simply contact the local branch of the animal charity you wish to support for a collection tin, and then contact them whenever the collection tin is full.

Image: A Scottish SPCA charity collection tin. Source


The 'Grow Your Money' Challenge

This is a way of fundraising for charity where people all pledge an identical amount of their own money at the same time, for example £5 or £10, and do whatever their imagination comes up with to grow it to as much money as they can. Everyone hands in what they raised on a certain date.

They might use the money to buy ingredients and bake cakes to sell, they may buy craft materials to make items to sell, they may pay for a car boot sale stall. There are many things you could do (you can get fundraising ideas from this page).

Prizes can be given for the people who have grown their initial amount of money the most.

All proceeds people make go to the animal rescue or cause.

This is a fundraising exercise that can also be done online.

Image: One way of growing your investment is by buying ingredients, the baking and selling cakes in your workplace or to friends and family. Source


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Pop Your Pennies In A Jar

Putting your low value coins in to a large jar, bottle, tin or other container is a good way of fundraising for charity on your own, without needing to involve anybody else. You will hardly notice a few pennies, and it will make your pockets or wallet lighter to carry.

When the container gets full of the low value coins, empty the coins in to a bag and hand in to the charity or rescue you wish to support. They will be very grateful for the funds.

Image: With this method of easy fundraising for charity, loose change is periodically put in to a jar and then donated to help homeless animals when full. Image Source


Go Without Something

If you regularly treat yourself to tasty but unhealthy snacks or drinks, this challenge can do both you and animals good at the same time.

Image: Coffee cups to go contribute to landfill and litter problems, which harm wildlife. Giving up take out coffee could help animals. Source


You might be a regular consumer of such things as cups of coffee, fizzy pop drinks, chocolate bars, bags of crisps or other junk foods and drinks. By temporarily giving them up and putting the money for them aside, it benefits both you are the animals: your body gets a break from junk food, and animals in need receive a donation of the amount of money you saved on that junk food.

If the piece of junk food you give up has meat or other animal products in it, you will also help save the lives of animals who would otherwise be slaughtered to replace the animal products you bought.

Image: Give up one piece of junk food to benefit both yourself and animals. Source


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Do A Sponsored Activity Or Event

You can go about fundraising for charity by doing sponsored activities solo, or organising a group of people to do a sponsored event with you.

You could do a sponsored silence, where you have to be silent for an entire day; a sponsored bungee or parachute jump; a sponsored bike ride; a sponsored walk, or dog walk – sometimes in fancy dress; a sponsored swim; a sponsored “sit in a bath of baked beans in public all day”; a sponsored “shave all your hair off”, etc.

Look out for your local animal rescue or charity organising events such as sponsored walks that you could take part in.

If you are doing a sponsored event on your own, it should be something challenging or daring that not many people would consider doing in a million years. The more mad it seems, the more likely it is that people will sponsor you to do it.

If you contact the animal charity you are doing your sponsored activity for, they may have official sponsor forms for you to use. You can also set up an online donation page where people can sponsor you.

Image: People fundraising for charity by doing a sponsored dog walk. Image Source


Another thing you can get sponsored for taking part in is mass participation events, such as organised charity runs, walks, obstacle courses, swims, colour runs, etc. These are where hundreds or thousands of people take part in the same event at the same time.

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Offer Your Services, Or Vouchers For Your Business

If you have a talent or skill that would be wanted by people, you could offer your services to people in a fund raising auction, such as the online auctions on this page. You do not need to be a professional at something – anything you are happy to do could be suitable.

You could offer dog walking, baby-sitting, sewing, cleaning, ironing, other housework, gardening, car washing and valeting, chopping wood for fires, DIY, house-sitting and animal-feeding when people are on holiday, shopping and other errands.

Image: Doing cleaning or other housework are ways you can help fund raise for animals. Source


People I have seen offer their services in such fundraisers are body piercers and tattooists, painters and decorators, hairdressers, odd jobs people, cleaners, personal trainers, animal portrait artists, clothes makers, dance teachers, singing teachers, educational tutors, psychic mediums, tarrot card readers, alternative therapy practitioners, dog trainers and behaviourists, and others.

You may have any kind of interest or skill, not mentioned here, that others may be interested in paying for your time for if the money goes to help animals.

Image: You could offer ironing services to raise money for animal rescues and charities. Source

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If you have a business, vouchers are much appreciated as prizes for auctions, raffles, and other competitions held to raise money to help needy animals. If you work for a kind employer, it may be worth asking if they would be kind enough to do this.

Other local businesses may be generous enough to donate vouchers or other prizes, especially if you will publicly give them credit for donating the prize.

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Do A "Calendar Girls" (Or Boys) Style Naked Or Semi Naked Calendar For Animal Rights!

Have you have ever seen the film “The Calender Girls? It was based on the true story of a branch of The Women’s Institute trying to think of effective ways of fundraising for charity. They decided upon creating a calendar where they all posed naked, with only items related to W.I. activities covering their modesty.

Image: A picture from the film “The Calendar Girls”, based on true events of the highly unexpected way they went about fundraising for charity.

This is a fundraising for charity idea that can easily be adapted to animal rights or animal rescue causes. Finding people willing to do it can be a challenge, but the original W.I calendar girls were all different ages and sizes and their calendar was hugely successful.

One reason the W.I. calendar was so successful seemed to be because they were “real” women, rather than models, which made the calendar so unique.

People can be reassured that any bits of their body they are self conscious about can be hidden by animals or related props. PLUS, there is always the magic of Photoshop, so they will be safe in the knowledge that they will be given the flattering air brush treatment, just like the celebs in the magazines.

The lady below is wearing a bra made of lettuce to promote veganism or vegetarianism, and generally being kind to animals instead of killing them to make goods out of.

You can go as risque , comedic, cute, sweet, or heart-melting as you like – as long as you keep away from ANYTHING that could be misconstrued as remotely suggestive of bestiality!

It is good to include men in the calender, and people of all sizes, shapes and ages. Rope in your friends, husbands, boyfriends, partners, and even parents and other relatives. The more variety, the more interest it is likely there will be in the calendar.

Image: Men take part in fundraising for charity and promoting awareness of animals rights by posing naked with animals and related props.

With each picture, you could write a little information about what message you are trying to get across, and the cruelty you are trying to raise awareness of and stop.

You could also relate your pictures to the months or seasons as much as possible. For example, in winter, when some people wear fur coats, you could say “don’t wear a murdered animal this winter, cuddle a live furry animal to keep warm instead”, and then write in smaller print a little bit about why it is so cruel to wear fur.

You could use each month to highlight a different animal rights issue.

In a spring month you could use a spring lamb with the message of not eating them, and the same with a Turkey at Christmas.

If you cannot get hold of the particular animal you need for a picture, find a volunteer with Photoshop skills who can help create the picture you want.

Keep the pictures sweet and happy looking, not gruesome or bloody, as people will not want to look at those pictures.

You and others could then sell the calendars to animal rights supporters online, to friends and family, work colleagues, etc.

The local media should also be notified about the calander, as they may be interested in the way you are fundraising for charity, and could create more publicity.

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Run A Tombola

Tombola is often a successful way of fundraising for charity, as it is quite popular with people. You have to be over 16 years old to run a tombola in some areas, but people under sixteen are often still able to help on the stall.

There are a couple of different ways you can organise and run a tombola that I know of.

The first way is this: You can use cloakroom tickets bought from a stationary shop, fold each number up and put them in some kind of container for people to pick them out of. A new/unused prize is normally allocated to every number ending in zero and five. Some tombolas only give prizes for tickets with numbers ending in zero, especially if the prizes are good or ticket prices low. The prizes should have the duplicate tickets stuck on them.

Disadvantages of this method are that there is a lot of work involved in ticketing all the prizes, and sometimes all the big prizes can be won early on, which means you are left with only cheaper prizes.

Advantages of this way are that once you have done all the initial hard work, there is not as much work to do when running the stall.

The second way is this: Rather than using cloakroom tickets for people to pick out of the tombola drum, you can use reusable items. I personally collect plastic bottle tops and write the numbers on them so that they can be handed back and re-used.
A certain number of prizes are initially put out and the rest are held back. The prizes that have been put out are numbered with numbers ending five and zero. The numbers should be easily removable from each prize, as it needs to be put on the prize that replaces it from the held back prizes. The held back prizes must range from the good prizes to the less expensive prizes. All the bottle tops picked out of the tombola drum by customers must be handed back and put back in the drum (or can be dropped in a box and then collected by stall volunteers who put them back in the drum. Any prizes won need to have the number taken off them, as they are immediately replaced with prizes that have been held back which the number has to be put on. Each prize should be replaced with one of rughly the same value, so that you always have at least some more expensive prizes on offer to win.

Disadvantages of this way is that the work you have to do whilst running the stall can be more demanding. You hve to take payment, find prizes people have won, get their numbered bottle tops back off them to put them back in the tombola drum, and get the number off the prize that has been won and put it on a replacement prize.

Advantages are that you always have at least some good prizes on offer to win, as you keep replacing the prizes with the held back prizes of a similar value.

The prizes can range from cheap prizes, such as a pen, to good prizes, such as a bottle of wine. You can try to get prizes donated, since it is in a good cause, or buy bargains.

Tombolas usually charge £1 for between 3 tickets or goes and 5 tickets or goes, and between about 40p and 25p per single ticket or go. If you are at an event where other tombolas are operating, your attempts at fundraising for charity will be most successful if you do not charge more than the other tombola stalls.

There are variations of tombola themed games, which include these:
Instead of folded up tickets or numbered items being in a container like a tombola drum, tickets may be rolled up in straws; You can pick a cup of sand and if it has a numbered bottle top hidden in it when you tip it out, you win the corresponding prize.

Below: A tombola stall fundraising for charity. Image Source

Guess The Name Of The Dog

A “Guess The Name Of The Dog” stall is a way of fundraising for charity that is often popular with children.

For this, you need a large toy dog as the prize, and a form with at least 30 dog names on it. You can often find pristine looking large dog toys in charity shops for a bargain price, or since it is for a good cause, maybe someone would donate one.

People pay 50p or £1 then write their name and phone number in a space next to the name they guess for the dog on the form. There are two ways to choose the winning name:  It can be chosen before hand: All the names are put in a container and one is picked out. If the winning name is decided before hand, back up winning names should also be chosen then, in case the winning name does not get chosen and sold.

Image: A ‘Guess The Name Of The Dog” game, fundraising for charity. Image Source

'Cover The Coin' Game

This is where you have a wide bottomed container, like a plastic sink basin, full of water with a pound coin at the bottom in roughly the centre. You also need a good supply of two pence pieces and a few pound coins.

If people do not have their own two pence pieces, you should have a good supply of them so people can swap their money for them. You also need to charge for people to play. You can charge 50p for five goes, or whatever you think people will be willing to pay.

The aim of the game is to drop the two pence piece in to the water and get it to land completely covering the pound coin. Anyone who succeeds in doing this, wins the pound coin.

You can use alternative coins, such as a two pound coin as the prize and ten pence pieces to play. The rules can also be slightly altered, to give people more of a chance, by making it that if the ten pence piece overlaps the two pound coin at all, it wins.

Image: You will need lots of tuppences to do this fundraising for charity game stall.

Have A Lucky Dip / Bran Tub

Lucky dips are often most popular with children and can be a good way of fundraising for charity where there will be children present at an event.

You can fill a large tub with wood shavings, sand, shredded paper or similar material, and bury new prizes in it. In case the prizes become unburied, you can cover the top of the tub, only leaving a slit or hole large enough for hands and prizes to fit through. Alternatively, you can wrap or bag the prizes so they are covered up.

It is a good idea to have one for girls and one for boys, unless all your prizes are suitable for both genders.

It is usually a pound a go and the person wins a prize every time. When buying the prizes, they obviously have to have cost less than a pound each, otherwise there will be no money made for the charity. Any other costs also need to be taken in to account.

Below: A Lucky Dip / Bran Tub to fund raise for charity.

The 'Guess How Many Sweets In The Jar' Game

You need an impressive looking jar full of sweets that nobody would be able to count just by just looking. People pay usually around £1 for a guess of how many sweets are in the jar, then leave their name and telephone number. The person who guesses nearest to the correct number wins the jar of sweets.

It would be best for animals if the sweets used for this were vegan, as passionate animal lovers can be vegan for the sake of animals, and more money will be made if they are not excluded.

Below: A ‘Guess How Many Sweets Are In The Jar” game, fund raising for charity. Image Source

Do Face Painting For Charity

A good thing to have at a charity fun day where there will be children is a face painting stall. You don’t have to be a pro – I have done facepainting at a charity fundraiser. I can tell you though, if the stall is popular, it is very hard work!

Not being a professional face painter, I found simple face painting designs online that were easy to copy, such as  animals and super heroes, etc. I also found other designs that had elements I liked, so incorporated them into the designs to improve them. I practised them on some volunteers and took photos. I then printed those pictures out and stuck them up on the stall for children to choose from.

I think we charged about £2.50 each, but charge whatever you think appropriate.

Image: Simple face painting designs I found online that were easy to copy and improve, if necessary.

Simple and easy face painting designs

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Have A Charity Car Boot / Bric A Brac Stall

You, or you and your family and friends, could have a clear out and run a stall selling your second hand goods at a local car boot sale. This is a good way of getting rid of clutter from your home and fundraising for charity at the same time. There is usually a small fee for the table, or the space for the table, of around five to ten pounds.

Image: A car boot sale stall / bric-a-brac stall to fundraise for charity. Image Source

Have A Cake / Biscuit / Confectionary Stall

For people who are good at baking, cake, biscuit and confectionary stalls usually go down well at sales, fares or fetes. Baking popular cakes, biscuits and sweets to sell such as Mars Bar cake, Victoria sponge, iced fairy cakes, flapjack, chocolate cake, cookies, fudge, tablet, toffee, etc, and also selling cheap drinks on the stall, can be successful when fundraising for charity.

The kindest thing for animals would be to bake vegan products, so you are not causing cruelty to them as you fund raise.

Throwing in a few sandwiches and other savoury snacks also appeals to people who prefer savoury snacks to sweet.

As long as they can survive through the mail, you can also sell some of these cakes, biscuits & sweets on the web, through online charity auctions and sales. People often buy these as gifts for other people.

Image: Teta Crow raises funds for Compassion In World Farming by selling cakes at her local market. She bakes them ethically by using eggs from ex battery hens she saved from slaughter by adopting, after they spent their life cruelly trapped in a tiny cage. Image Source

Have A Coffee And Cake Morning / Afternoon

People enjoy getting together for a cuppa, a cake and a chat, so organising a coffee morning, with cakes also available to buy, can be an effective way of fundraising for charity.

Maybe including sandwiches and other snacks is also an idea. Making them vegan would mean you would not be causing animal suffering.

Many coffee mornings add extra attractions by having fundraising stalls there for people to browse and buy from, including attractions for children, such as a lucky dip and toys to buy.

Image: A coffee morning to raise funds for Many Tears Animal Rescue. Image Source

Bake Doggy Treats

Another way baking can help you with fundraising for charity, is if you you bake pet treats. You can sell home made baked doggy treats on the web, through online charity auctions and sales, or they could be sold on a stall at fates, fares and sales. They are often bought as gifts for people’s pets.

~ Thanks to Miranda Fernald from Westbrook, ME, US for that suggestion.

Image: Peanut butter home made dog treats. Source


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Sell Crafts You Have Made

If you enjoy crafting items, you can sell them and do some fundraising for charity that way.

You can make jewellery, knitted or sewn items,  ceramic items, greetings cards (even recycling them from greetings cards you have received), and lots more other items in lots of other different ways. Search the internet for ideas of what you could do (there are many), and take a look at our Crafting, Crocheting, Knitting and Sewing For Charity page.

You can sell your crafts on a stall run either by the animal charity or by yourself. Another option is to sell them online. You could offer them to be auctioned on Facebook in aid of animal rescues and charities.

You can find auctions run by different animal rescues in these two Facebook groups:

Animal Rescue Auctions & Other Events

Buy It Now & Auctions In Aid Of Helping Animals

Learn more about how to run an online animal charity fundraising shop or auction on this page.

Image: A necklace and earrings set a crafter has made to sell to raise money for an animal rescue. Source


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Do A Talk / Presentation For Local Community Groups For A Donation

There are local groups in most areas, such as the Womens Institute (The W.I), and another group in my area: the University of the Third Age (U3A). This is a group for over fifties who like to learn new things, mainly through being given talks on a wide variety of subjects.

I gave a 45 minute presentation and talk to U3A about the animal rescue system, and about the local animal rescue I volunteer for.

I explained the history of our local rescue, and their mission/goals. I told some of the stories of the animals: their lives before the rescue and the happy ending they had, and I even brought along two of the rescues dogs that needed homes. I also inluded a lot of general information about animal rescue and the plight of companion animals, using the Pet Abandonment, page, the How Animal Rescue Works page, as well as other animal adoption related pages on this site.

I knew I was going to be given a screen to do a presentation on, so I prepared a powerpoint presentation with pictures and bullet points outlining what I was talking about.

For this, the group made a £50 donation to my local animal rescue. Amounts donated from different groups may vary.

Image: Me doing a fundraising presentation and talk at a local U3A group about animal rescue. You can see the dogs needing homes I brought on the left.


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Have a Charity Sports Game

The picture below shows how animal lover Adam Rickett, well known for playing Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street for a number of years, used his celebrity connections to organise two teams of celebrities to play a charity football match against each other for the PDSA. Not many people have those kind of connections. However, If you are involved with a local sports team, or someone close to you is, and think that team could be persuaded to play in a charity sports game, you could help save animals from cruelty and suffering by raising funds for them that way.

People would pay a fixed donation to be in the team that plays against that local team, and spectators would pay to watch. You could also sell refreshments, and browse this page for other ideas you could incorporate.

It could be a charity football match, rugby match, cricket match, or any other popular sport that is likely to get interest.

Image: Actor and singer Adam Ricket organised a charity football match in Shropshire of two teams of celebrities, with proceeds going to the PDSA. Source

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Prize Bingo

Playing games of prize bingo is a fun way of fundraising for charity. You can play small games within a group of family and friends for prizes, or you can organise a larger event.

If each person pays 50p or a £1 a game, depending on how good the prizes are and how many people they are playing against, then you can raise money this way whilst having a lot of fun. You either need to make a bingo set or buy one.

You can also buy a bingo caller if only a small group of you are playing, so none of you have to be the caller, or use software programs on your computer to do the number calling.

Below: Examples of Bingo prizes.

Play Stand Up Bingo

Stand up bingo is where the player sits down when any number from their bingo board is called out. The last player left standing is the winner.

Each player is given a bingo board and all players start off standing up. no pens are needed, as there is no need for players to mark numbers off on their boards. This meeans the same bingo board can be used for any number of games.

Once the bingo caller calls out any  number on a players board, the player sits down. In the end there will be only one person left standing, who is the winner.

This is different to regular bingo because getting a line or a full house is not the aim.

Image: Stand up bingo is where the player sits down when ANY number from their bingo board is called out. The last player left standing is the winner. Image Source

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Arrange A Craft Fair Or Car Boot Sale

Car boot sales and craft fairs can be held in aid of animal rescues and charities. People are invited to hold a stall to sell their items, and a charge is made for each stall. That money goes to the animal charity or rescue, and each stall holder keeps any profits they make. There is often a small charge made at the door, of about £1 or 50p, taken from people entering the event.

Unless the animal charity you are organising the event in aid of has somewhere you could use for free, there will be a charge for the hire of the venue you use. To make it worth while, you will want to have the maximum number of stalls that will fit in the venue. The charge for each stall will have to be at a level where stall holders feel they will make a good profit over and above that. If you charge too much, you will struggle to get people to want stalls. Charges for stalls are usually between about £5 and £15. Some venues offer the use of their tables for the stalls.

Car boot sales, junk sales, and rummage sales give animal rescue supporters the chance to have a clear out, make some money, and help the animal rescue at the same time. There are many creative people among animal rescue supporters, who may be good at handcrafting items that they may want to sell at a craft fair. They can make money selling their crafts, all while helping the animal rescue.

The animal charity or rescue could have a stall of their own, be it selling things or just offering information about what it does and about its animals. Depending on where the event is held, some of the rescues adoptable animals could be there to meet the public and possibly find a home.

It is vital to publicise the event well, and as widely as possible. Use as many different medias as you can. For advice on publicising, see the “Publicising Your Event” section of this page.

Image: Arrange a car boot sale or craft fair in aid of an animal charity or rescue.

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Hold A Charity Quiz Night

For a quiz night there are normally teams. If it i s a rule that each team must have a certain number of people in it, it may put people off from attending who didn’t have enough people for their team. Therefore, it is good to allow any number of people, from one to, for example, four, in each team.

Sometimes entries into a quiz are charged per team, but if teams are going to have different numbers of people in, charging a lower amount (such as £1) per person may be a better idea.

Your quiz can have a number of categories or rounds, and they can take different forms.

You could have a picture round, where you provide pictures of people in the public eye, or brand logos, or dingbats, etc, and ask for each to be identified.

You could have a sound round, where you could play the beginnings of songs, or the voice of celebrities speaking, or animal noises, etc, and ask for them to be identified.

You could do an idioms round, where you start an idiom and players have to accurately complete it.

You could ask questions in separate categories, such as world records, geography, showbiz, Science, statistics, current affairs, animals, local histoty, criptic questions, etc, and you could also have a general knowledge round, where questions on any subject can be asked.

Try to involve some funny questions, that might get a laugh and inject some fun into the proceedings. You may also want to include questions about the animal charity, or about animal rescue in general. It could be a good opportunity for people to learn more about the plight of animals.

Many “pub quiz” questions and answers can be found in online searches. Just remember to use a charity search engine so that you can help animals when searching! 🙂

It is good to include some questions that a large number of people would know the answer to, so that people do not get disheartened and fed up with not knowing any answers. Other questions should be more difficult, that fewer people would know the answers to. If there is a range of age groups attending, make sure the questions cover subjects for the different age groups to keep all participants interested and engaged.

You will also obviously need to provide quiz teams with paper and pens/pencils.

You may need to use a microphone and amplifier and supply tables and chairs.

It is a good idea to provide refreshments. A suggested minimum would be tea, coffee, juice, and biscuits.

In addition to the quiz, you could have some games of stand up bingo, or prize bingo, a raffle, and other ideas on this page as part of the event.

Image: National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) charity quiz night. Source

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Fundraise For Charity By Holding A Raffle

You can either buy the prizes yourself, or you can try to charm local businesses in to donating prizes, since it is for such a good cause. Obviously, the better the prizes, the more people you will have wanting to buy tickets.

Then all you need is a book of raffle / cloak room tickets which you can purchase from stationary shops.

Below: Raffle ticket image. Image Source

Hold A Treasure Hunt

Fundraising for charity by holding a treasure hunt can be lots of fun for children, and even more fun if dogs are invited too.

There is normally an entrance fee, and the treasure hunt is normally done in teams which can be groups of friends, families, or whatever people want. The teams do not have to contain the same number of people each.

The teams are all given the first clue – a rhyme or riddle about where the second clue is – and set off. Each clue should be numbered and written with permanent pen, preferably on waterproofed material. For example, you could use paper or card that has been protected with sticky-back plastic.

Each clue should be duplicated enough times so that each team has one they can take with them when they find it. Either that, or they should be asked to leave the clue stuck in place and should be given a notebook & pen/pencil to write down the clue.

Each clue the teams find gives them a clue to the next, which they must find all of, in order, until they are lead to the “treasure” at the end.

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Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt can be a fun way to fund raise for an animal charity. It is a game where the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, which the participants need to gather, without purchasing them (that is cheating!).

Participants can work in small teams, or as individuals. The winner is to be the first to complete the list, or to complete the most items on the list.

There are variations of the game: Players take photographs of listed items instead of collecting them. They can alternatively be challenged to complete tasks on a list in the most creative manner.

There are pre-prepared lists of items easily found on the web, such as here.

Image: Scavenger hunts can be fundraisers for animal rescue shelters. Source


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Birthday Party Fundraisers

Birthday parties can help raise funds for animal rescue charities.  For instance, some animal rescues have facilities that can be hired out to hold birthday parties in.

Contact local animal shelters to see if they can accommodate birthday parties. There are a number of party games that can be played at such a party, suggested here.

Image: Parties that lets kids fund raise for animal rescues. Source


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Hold A Beetle Drive

Beetle is a British party game and is sometimes called Cooties or Bugs.

The aim is for the player to roll the correct dice numbers to be able to complete a diagram of a whole Beetle.

The body parts the numbers of the dice traditionally correspond to are shown in the image, below.

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The usual rules are that before the player can draw any other body part, they must roll the number for the body. Once they have the body, the player may attach the head, or legs, but the head must be drawn before the player can draw the antenna and eyes.

The first player to draw all the beetle body parts is the winner.

Beetle Drive

A Beetle Drive is a social occasion, in which many rounds of Beetle are played.

The players sit in tables of four and take turns to throw the die.

The first player to complete their beetle shouts out “Beetle!” which stops play.

Then the winner of each group (the player with the most complete beetle in that group) will move  to the table on their  right (clockwise). The loser (the player on each table with the least complete beetle) will either move to the left (anti-clockwise), or sit still, depending on the rules.

The ultimate winner is usually either the one who has drawn the most complete beetles, or the one who has drawn the most parts in total.

Pack Bags For Charity At A Supermarket

The animal charity needs to approach a local supermarket asking if they can collect money in return for packing peoples’ bags. Supermarkets are used to receiving such requests from charities and usually try to find a suitable date.

In order to optimise the number of donations you receive, the more volunteers there are to pack bags at more tills, the better. A way of identifying who is a volunteer of the charity is also important, such as matching charity T-shirts or animal fancy dress, etc.

It is a good way of raising money because people do not want to appear mean in front right of others and not donate when asked if they wish to have their bags packed by a charity volunteer.

Image: A team of caring, inspiring youngsters raised funds through a bag pack in their local supermarket for the Irish Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA). Source

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Have A Pet Food Collection Bin In Your Shop

If you own a shop, you could have a charity pet food collection bin in it where the food is donated to a local animal rescue charity. If you work in a shop, you could approach the owners / management with the idea.

Most charity pet food bins are situated in shops which sell pet food, so people can buy some food to donate while they are in the shop. Other people bring in food from home. Sometimes people can put in pet toys for the animals and other equipment needed by the animal charity too.

When contacted, many animal rescue charities provide charity pet food collection bins as well as a volunteer to empty the bin when it gets full.

The collection container used is usually a large box, a large bin, or a wheely bin. The latter is easiest for volunteers to take to their car and empty, because it has wheels. They make the job a lot easier – trust me, I’ve done it!

The container should be clearly labelled with large lettering and images, colourful if possible, as this makes it more eye-catching. If possible, it should be placed in a prominent place, usually near the door, so shoppers see it.

Although this is not strictly fundraising for charity, it saves the charity the funds it would otherwise have to spend on food for rescued animals.

If you do not own a shop, you could approach local shops to see if they would have a collection bin to help the animal charity or rescue.

Image: A Large bin is used to collect pet food donated by generous shoppers, in aid of Action Programs For Animals. Source


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Have A Fun Charity Dog Show And Fun Day

This takes a bit of organisation, but this way of fundraising for charity can be loads of fun – especially if the weather is favorable.

Firstly you need to source a location where you can get permission to have your dog show. It is helpful if it is a well known place, so people will find it easy to get to. The cheaper it is, the better – or the best scenario is that it is free. Parking being available at or near the site is also important.

All breeds and cross breeds should be invited to take part in your fun dog show, with no discrimination. You should make sure you include a good number of fun categories for people to enter, such as:

  • Waggiest Tail
  • Most Unusual Cross Breed (usually where you cannot fathom which breeds are in the dog!)
  • Best Dog’s Outfit
  • Saddest Face
  • Best Treat Catcher
  • Best Kisser (dog most enthusiastically licking owners face)

You will need to have a clearly marked table where people can browse the categories and pay to enter the ones they want to. It is usually around £1 to enter each category.

You will also need a judge or two to choose the winners of each category, and an announcer with either a Public Address system, or a loud haler. Something to rope off the show area is also needed. The show area is usually in the centre of the field.

With it being a charity event, the aim is to get hold of all equipment for free, or for the lowest price possible, whether you have to beg for it or borrow it.

To make it a charity dog show AND charity fun day, you could run stalls that will also be fundraising for charity, earning money to help animals in need. A variety of suitable stalls selling things and fundraising games stalls are mentioned on this page, above.

There should also be plenty other attractions that children will enjoy, such as bouncy castles, and if possible, fairground rides.

Be sure to publicise your charity fundraising event well locally with posters in shops, on community notice boards, adverts in local newspapers, and on social media websites.

Image: Dog rescue Waifs & Strays fun dog show and Family Fun Day. Source


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Arrange A Charity Fundraising Night

A charity fundraising night requires a fair amount of organisation, but can be a great success as a way of fundraising for charity.

You will need to book a cheap venue with a bar that is licensed to sell alcohol. It should be large enough to seat the number of people you hope will attend, but not too big that it may feel rather empty. Some places may offer a discount to charities.

Then there is the entertainment to consider. There should be an area in the venue suitable for entertainers to perform.

Since it involves fundraising for charity, many acts will waive their fee and perform for free. There may be local performers that have not had much exposure and may relish the opportunity to showcase their talents. Stage hypnotists and comedians seem to go down well, as do other acts where audience participation is involved. Look for local talent who would be willing to volunteer their services.

If you were lucky enough to be able to get a celebrity to attend and maybe address the crowd, that would be a crowd puller.

Maybe include a “slave auction” where volunteers offer their time and skills as a prize to the highest bidder. Skills such as DIY, gardening, cooking, and others, go down well.

Singers and bands are another option – but not so deafening that people cannot still hold conversations with each other.

A variety of entertainment is the best idea – something for everyone. Having karaoke is also an option, but it is a good idea to arrange for people to set the singing off and fill in any gaps.

Bingo can be used as part of the entertainment, as well as a way of fundraising for charity on the night. See the “Play Prize Bingo” section of this page, above.

You may wish to include a pub quiz too (see “Hold A Quiz Night” section).

Further funds can be raised by having a raffle, tombola and any other stalls or fund raising games there you feel are appropriate.

Selling snacks that are not already sold behind the bar is one idea. A few ideas that may be suitable, and how to go about them, are on this page, above.

You can have a clearly marked table with raffle prizes on and sell raffle tickets from there, but also going round all the tables where people are seated and asking if people want to buy raffle tickets/have bought their raffle tickets yet usually creates further sales.

It is essential to publicise your event well, and it is a good idea to contact people personally to invite them.

Get ideas by looking at other fundraising methods on this page. In addition, take inspiration from other side show stalls and ways of fundraising for charity you see, and see if they are something you could do to raise funds to help save animals in desperate need.

Image: National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) Christmas fundraising evening. Source

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Learn More About Animal Cruelty And The Many Ways You Can Help Stop It

There are many varied ways you can help stop animal cruelty, and there is something that will suit everyone.

If you would like to learn more about why we so urgently need to help stop animal suffering, please have a look at the Types Of Animal Cruelty section of this site. It will allow you to broaden your knowledge of many different types of animal abuse that happens in the world.

Sadly, what you will find is only the tip of the iceberg, but do not worry, because in the Help Stop Animal Cruelty section of this site, you can find a large and varied choice of ways that you can help stop the suffering. Have a look and see what ways would most suit you.

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