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Fundraising Ideas

We have tried to include as many fundraising ideas as possible below. If you have had
success with any others that we haven't mentioned please let us know by emailing us at

Don't forget to click on the link buttons for additional tips on how to run the different
events or check out our General Guidelines on running fund raising events. Good luck
with your fundraising! Ideas for charity fundraisers can be found here

Sponsored cycleA sponsored school cycle is usually more suited to older secondary school students, i.e. 5th & 6th years. Each cyclist gets sponsorship for their family and friends say how much they will pay per kilometre completed. After the cycle is completed they collect money from their sponsors and pass it on to the school. Find out more
Sponsored swimA sponsored swim is more likely to be undertaken by a swimming club within a school . It usually involves participants receiving sponsorship based on the number of lengths of the pool they swim. If you have previously organised a sponsored swim and would be willing to share your tips with other parents, please email us with your advice.
Sponsored danceA sponsored dance is probably more suited to secondary rather than primary school students. It involves organising a dance, rap or disco where participants are sponsored for every hour they stay on the dance floor. If you have previously organised a sponsored dance and would be willing to share your tips with other parents, please email us with your advice
Sponsored sing-a-thonThis usually involves participants receiving sponsorship based on either the number of songs or length of time they sing. If you have previously organised a sponsored swim and would be willing to share your tips with other parents, please email us with your advice
Sponsored Book BlitzThis sponsored event is more suited to primary school students and is particularly effective if used for raising funds for new books in the school library while at the same time encouraging the children to read for enjoyment. Find out more
Theme Days This is a day where students pay (approx €2 each) to participate in a particular theme day in school. The most common are non- uniforms days or to be allowed wear their uniforms backwards for the day! Other variations include setting a theme for what they should wear instead of their uniforms, e.g. fancy dress, denim or purple day. Another popular alternative is that the teachers have to wear school uniforms for the day! Or better still, no homework day.
Supermarket bag packingThis fundraising activity is more suited to a club or group within the school, usually at least age 11 upwards, who are trying to raise funds for a particular club/group activity or trip e.g. the school choir trying to raise funds to travel abroad for a competition. Find out more
Spelling BeeA Spelling Bee is a competition where contestants are asked to spell words. They provide a great way for students to learn new words and raise money at the same time. Charge students to take part and for people to come and watch.
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Cake SaleSchool cakes sales are usually more for the pleasure of the children than the parents. Parents are asked to make (or buy) cakes and send them in with their children to school on a particular day. The children then buy the cakes and the money raised is given to the school. Find out more
Table QuizThese are usually organized as parent/adult events although it can be done as a family event with families entering as a team. Teams pay an entry fee and prizes are awarded to winning teams. Find out more
Fashion ShowFashion shows can be great fun when organized using parents and/or students as models. Funds are raised through the selling of admission tickets, raffles and possibly through the sale of clothes. Find out more
Jellybean CountA Jellybean count is often part of a wider fundraising event, e.g. school fair. A large jar is filled with Jelly beans or other sweets. Children pay to guess how many sweets are in the jar. At the end of the event the guess closest to the correct amount wins the jar of sweets. Don’t forget to count the sweets as you are filling up the jar!
Sponsored WalkA sponsored walk is a walk by as few or as many people as you like to raise money for the school. Each walker gets sponsorship from their family, friends etc. These sponsors fill out a sponsorship form saying how much they will pay the participant per mile or kilometre he or she completes. After the participant has done the walk, he or she collects in the money from his or her sponsors and the money is passed to the school. Find out more
Sponsored SkipathonThis is a sponsored fund raising event more suited to primary school kids. Find out more
Baked Bean BathFind a willing, or hapless, volunteer(s)r to sit in an old bath outdoors (a child's wading pool is best - it is easily cleaned) full of baked beans (a store may be able to provide damaged cans of these at reduced price) They should be wearing swimming costume/trunks or shorts and t-shirt. Get sponsorship for the number of minutes or hours they stay in it. Alternative icky stuff to baked beans could be cold custard, cold porridge or used dishwashing water with old teabags and vegetable peelings floating in it.
School CalendarThe Parents Association organise the printing and selling of a school calendar. The pictures for each month could be class group pictures, school event pictures or perhaps a series of ‘doodles’ or small drawings provided by each year group .
70’s/80’s/90’s nightA walk down memory lane night for parents. Music from a particular era (DJ or band) along with drinks and food. Funds raised through ticket sales.
School FairAn annual Fair, Fair or Festival is a major fund raising activity for any school. Many months of planning are required to make the event a success. Apart from all the hard work involved in organising a large event, you will have a lot of fun! Find out more
Treasure HuntParticipants are sponsored to find/solve clues and/or objects on a set route. They are charged an entry fee for competing. They may have to solve additional cryptic clues to identify objects along the route (e.g. a weathervane, a commemorative plaque) and write down each solution along the way. Depending on the type of competition, the winner could be the first one to finish or the one who solves most clues. The event can be organised to suit family teams or adults or children only. Requires venue e.g. school field and organisation beforehand.
Race NightAn evening where parents are invited to films showing horse or dog races. Bets are placed on the likely winners of the races. There are various companies who will arrange the Video Tapes of the Races and set up the Tote for your 'punters'. A Raffle on the night can also raise additional funds. See
Sponsored silenceIt can happen anywhere – in the class room, hall or playground. It can last for as little or as long as you like, the children simply get sponsored for every minute they stay silent. Click here to see sample sponsorship cards
Slave AuctionHow about putting yourself up for auction as a slave for a day? You can hold an auction at school where teachers bid for slaves, who will then have to help them with all their chores, like filing and tidying the classroom. Or, you can do it the other way around, with your teachers being slaves and you bidding to be their slave-masters!
Mad hair dayMad hairstyles or shaving hair/beards events. These can be organized as theme days where students pay to be allowed come to school with ‘mad’ hair styles. Alternatively hair/beard shaving can be organised as sponsored events where a few brave adults seek sponsorship to have their hair or beard shaved off.
School IdolSchool idol
Like singing? Then why not hold a karaoke event, Pop Idol style? The teachers can be the judges and the pupils the performers, or vice versa! You can charge friends and family an entry fee to watch the competition