Fundraising for charity: information for individuals

As an individual, you can make a real difference by raising money for your favourite charities. Every penny counts, so do follow our guidelines to make the most of your fundraising.

Contact the charity

  • Contact your chosen charity to tell them you’ll be raising money for them. They will be able to give advice and tips on fundraising.
  • Ask them for materials like sponsorship forms, leaflets and collection tins.

Make sure you follow fundraising guidelines

Ways of raising money

There are various ways in which you can do this:


  • Look out for sponsored events, such as marathons, fun runs, cycle rides
  • Most charities have an events section on their website
  • Join a Friends group or set one up, helping your chosen charity to raise awareness of the cause in your community
  • Organise your own fundraising event.
  • Think about using online sponsorship pages like JustGiving, which make it easier to raise money – and you don’t have to collect it either.

Extra sources of funds

  • Find out if your work offers matched giving scheme, where they will match the amount you raise. It can make a huge difference to the money you pass on to the charity.
  • Ask people to Gift Aid their donation. Gift Aid increases the value of donations by allowing charities to reclaim tax on the gift. Each donor will need to include their home address and postcode to allow the charity to reclaim the tax. Find out more about Gift Aid.

Fundraise while you’re doing other things

  • If you use eBay to sell things, you can donate some or all of the money to charity. Find out more about eBay for Charity.
  • For online shopping, you may be able to find affiliate links which give a percentage of the amount you spend to charity. These work by linking you into the shopping site via the charity website or another site. You then shop as usual and the charity gets a percentage for referring you. It’s one extra click but a great way to raise funds. See GiveAsYouLive for more information.
  • You can also use search engines that donate money each time you search. Try