Do your own fundraising

How to create the perfect fundraiser for you, including ideas, tips and resources

Welcome to the start of your fundraising adventure. Whether you’re running, knitting or abseiling, the money you raise will help make our housing system fairer. Thank you and good luck.

How to do your own fundraising

Step 1: choose an idea

Do something you love for Shelter Scotland. Choosing the right idea for you is the place to start. Looking for inspiration? We've got loads of fundraising ideas for you.

Ideas if you like socialising

Are you a real people-person? Love bringing everyone together? Check out the ideas below:

  • Host a quiz

  • Put on a drag show

  • Organise a comedy night

  • Throw your own disco night or festival

  • Host a coffee morning

  • Throw a ceilidh

  • Organise a karaoke night

Our top tips

  • Share your event online and use a platform like Eventbrite to sell tickets

  • Ask mates to help out and sell tickets. They could even work the door on the night

  • To encourage donations, share stories on the night about our work

Ideas if you like being active

Like to stay active? From running to yoga, we have loads of sporty ideas for you:

  • Run 1k every day for a month

  • Do a sponsored cycle

  • Take on an obstacle course like Tough Mudder

  • Organise a 5-a-side football match

  • Do a 24-hour skip

  • Climb a Munro

  • Put on a sports day in your local park

  • Run yoga sessions for your friends or colleagues

Our top tips

  • Get friends to join you on the challenge. They can set up their own fundraising page and add what they raise to your total

  • Spread the word: emails, texts and social media posts are a great way to promote your fundraising

  • Why not connect your Just Giving page with fitness app Strava? Then you can share your runs and encourage donations

  • Set up a playlist on Spotify and ask friends to nominate a song for a donation

Ideas if you love food

Happiest cooking up a storm? Check out these gastronomic fundraising ideas:

  • Bake your favourite things and sell them at a bake sale or local fair

  • Host a themed dinner party

  • Have a barbecue

  • Host a wine and cheese tasting

  • Invite friends over for a pizza night

  • Start a supper club

Our top tips

  • Holding a dinner party or food sale? Ask your guests to donate what they would have spent in a restaurant or café

  • Use your networks: some people might prefer to help cook or bring baked goods to sell, others may prefer to donate

  • Be safe. Research food hygiene and ask people about allergies in advance

  • Make it a competition – ask people to bake the best cake to win

Ideas if you love being creative

You’re a true artiste. Here are some crafty ideas, we can’t wait to see what you make:

  • Run a knitting class

  • Organise a poetry night

  • Make and sell your own jewellery

  • Organise a ‘Sewing Bee’ style competition

  • Put on a music concert

  • Create a home salon for friends

Our top tips

  • Start a knit or craft class in your lunch hour. Ask colleagues to donate to take part

  • Why not host virtual workshops or events on Twitch or Zoom?

  • Make it a regular thing – hold monthly sessions for a donation each time

  • You could organise an auction, raffle or sale for your creations

  • Friend’s birthday soon? Why not make their gift and donate what you save

Ideas if you love being entrepreneurial

Have a mind for making money? We have the perfect fundraising ideas for you:

  • Offer your gardening or DIY services to friends

  • Run a car wash

  • Babysitting

  • Sponsored head shave

  • Allotment sale

  • Organise an auction of promises

Our top tips

  • Advertise locally and spread the word on social media using #FightForHome

  • Go digital. As well as car boot and jumble sales, you could sell on eBay, Etsy, Depop or Facebook Marketplace

  • Say thank you. Add a thank you card to everything you sell with info about Shelter Scotland

  • Join forces with friends and family with other skills to raise even more

Ideas if you love gaming or thinking

Do you like anything that keeps the cogs turning? Take a look at these fun activities:

  • Organise a gaming tournament

  • Host a chess competition

  • Start a book club with some friends

  • Host a quiz night

  • Livestream your gaming competition or other event on Twitch

  • Put on a murder mystery night

Our top tips

  • Planning a gaming tournament? Decide if it’s a marathon or once-a-month thing

  • Use platforms like Facebook, Discord or TikTok for your book club chats

  • Live stream games and get people to donate using Twitch and Just Giving

  • Ask everyone to donate to take part in a board game evening or jigsaw puzzle race

  • Think about what your friends like to do and use that as inspiration

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Step 2: let us know

We’re here to help! Please get in touch to let us know about your fundraising idea. Someone from the community fundraising team will then be in touch to help you smash your fundraising.

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Step 3: get planning

Making a good plan is key to running a successful fundraising event. Here are our top tips.

  • Decide what to do. Think of something you love and make an event of it.

  • Set a date. Make sure your date doesn’t clash with any important occasions.

  • Call on your friends . Don’t try to do everything yourself. Get your friends and family to help you organise and spread the word. Make a list of tasks and decide who’s doing what.

  • Local posters. A few posters on local community boards or in schools make a big difference too. You can find posters on the resources page, or we can post you some.

  • Need a venue? Book well in advance. We can give you a letter you can send to your church, school or pub. Make sure it has access to suit everyone’s needs and a place to make drinks. If it’s a public place, check whether you need a licence.

  • Safety first . Make sure you have a first aid kit. If you’re selling food and drink, check for potential allergens so you can alert people.

  • Etsy and eBay. Selling to fundraise? Selling on eBay or setting up an Etsy shop is fast, easy and effective.

  • Spread the word on social media. Set up a WhatsApp or Facebook group, get on TikTok and don’t forget Instagram. Get people to post updates and photos and remember to tag us.

  • Create a Just Giving page. Write your story and tell people why you think fighting for home is important. Set a target, and don’t be afraid to increase it to get more donations.

Step 4: get the resources you need

We’ve got loads of resources to help you make the most of your event. Browse all fundraising resources.

How to send us your money

JustGiving

Any money collected from JustGiving will come directly to Shelter. Set up your JustGiving page here. You don’t need to do anything else.

Bank transfer

You can make a bank transfer to this account:

Account name: Shelter National Campaign for Homeless People Ltd
Sort code: 30-00-02
Account number: 01167206

Please use ‘CF + <your name or organisation>’ as the reference and email community@shelter.org.uk to let us know you’ve made it.

Cheque

Make cheques out to ‘Shelter’ and send them to:
Community Fundraising Team
Shelter
88 Old Street
London
EC1V 9HU

Please include:

  • any original sponsorship forms you’ve used. This is so we can claim Gift Aid on your donations at no extra cost to your sponsors

  • a note with your name, address and postcode with some details of your event, so we can process your donation properly and send you a BIG thank you.

Where your money goes

By putting on a fundraising event you’re helping defend the right to a safe home and fight the devastating impact the housing emergency has on people and society.

Let us know about your fundraising activity

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