Fundraising ideas for your workplace

Looking for ways to raise vital funds with your colleagues? Check out our ideas for fundraising at work

There are lots of ways you can fundraise at work. How about a team distance challenge or a bake sale? You could even try sweepstakes or dress down days.

Take a look at our favourite fundraising ideas and find one that works for you. There are lots of great ones to choose from.

30 Day Star Jump Challenge

It’s simple. All you need to do is complete 100 star jumps every day for 30 days.

Woman is in her living room. She is wearing shorts and a tank top doing star jumps


Marathons aren’t just for running. Try an overnight dance-a-thon, a week long reading challenge or a lunch time knitting competition. Set yourself the challenge and ask everyone to sponsor you for doing what you do best.

Go the distance

A little friendly competition never hurt anyone.

Pick a distance, put everyone into teams and see who can collectively complete the distance the fastest. You can even pick how you’re going to complete it (running, rowing, cycling etc). It’s a great one for team building.

Three people on cycling. Person in the middle is wearing an Action for Children cycling t-shirt

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Star in Every Colleague

Invite your colleagues to show off their best talents – whether it’s singing, dancing or playing an instrument. Everyone pays to enter and is in with a chance of winning a grand prize.

Who’s going to get the golden buzzer?


A sweepstake is a quick and easy way to get the whole office involved in raising funds for Action for Children. The competition choice is up to you. Wimbledon or the World Cup? If you’re not a sporty office – try Eurovision.

Everyone pays to enter. Donate half of the money and the winner receives the other half.

The Great Office Bake Off

Mixing bowls at the ready. Put everyone’s kitchen skills to the test and ask colleagues to bring their signature bake up to the judging table. Donate to enter or ask everyone to pay for a slice.

Who’s going to win Star Baker of the office? No soggy bottoms please!

First group staff members stand next to their baking competion entries

It’s Sports Day!

Who’s going to reach the finish line first in a sack, show off their three-legged skills or win the egg and spoon race?

Pay to enter – it’s a win-win deal. You’ll be supporting vulnerable children and young people and being active can help your own mental health.

Let’s get active

Why not take turns to lead an exercise session on your lunchbreak and donate to take part. A yoga class? A run around the city? A boot camp in the lobby? Getting active is the perfect way to raise funds for Action for Children and encourage team spirit amongst colleagues.

Office Olympics

Now, we’re not expecting anyone to take on the almighty high jump, don’t worry. But who can throw the tea bag into the mug? How about a game of bin basketball or a desk chair race?

Ready, Set, Go and donate.

Four young adult staff racing around the office in chairs

Knockout darts

One hundred and eighty! Each player throws three darts per turn, trying to outscore the player who threw before them. If a player fails to outscore the player who threw before them three times, they’re eliminated from the game of knockout darts.

Brie-liant cheese tasting

From fromage to fauxmage, let’s taste them all! Ask everyone to bring a different cheese to work and hold your very own cheese tasting event. Everyone who attends enjoys an afternoon of cheese and donates to support vulnerable children and young people. What could be better?

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Dress down days

A super simple way for everyone to get involved – ask everyone to dress down for the day and wear whatever they like to work.

Or flip it on its head, pick a theme and dress up instead.

Giggling squid staff dressed up as squid outsie restaurant front

Staff at our corporate partner Giggling Squid chose a very fitting theme for their dress down day.

Grub social club

Lunchtime is the perfect chance to bring your team together and fundraise.

Why not throw a lunchtime dinner party and ask everyone to donate for their lunch? And if too many cooks aren’t going to spoil the broth, you could ask everyone to bring in their favourite dish to share.

“Putting” off work

Show off your best golfing skills on the office putting green. Design your own mini-golf course around the office and take it turns to see who can win the 7-hole tournament.

Donate to enter, but watch out – each one is harder than the last. Who can get a hole in one?

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Face your fears

Got any adrenalin junkies and thrill seekers among you? Why not do something crazy in support of Action for Children?

Whether it’s a skydive, a bungee jump or an abseil off a cliff, it’s the perfect way to show your support.

2 young men at Tough Mudder in Action for Childdren t-shirts, pose in front of a large sign that says 'finsihed'

Office TED talks

Take to the stage and deliver your very own TED Talk on a specialist topic of your choice. Ask attendees to donate.

What’s your marathon?

We know the London Marathon isn’t for everyone, so now’s the chance to take on your marathon-esque challenge.

Climb Snowdon. Jump out of a plane. Or attend one of our own brilliant events, and if it is for you, run the famous Marathon. Take a look at our events page to find an event near you.

Let’s get quizzical!

If lockdown taught us one thing, it’s how to hold a quiz online. Get yourself into teams and take part in the quiz of all quizzes in support of Action for Children.



For all you keen golfers out there, put yourselves into a team and arrange a golf day event at your local golf course. The winners get a prize and everyone donates to attend.

Birthday/Wedding fundraiser

Whether it’s your birthday or your special wedding day, you could ask colleagues to donate to Action for Children instead of buying you gifts. It’s super simple, just set up a JustGiving page and you’re ready to get started.

Skill Swap

Do you have a special skill you’d like to share with a colleague? You could teach them to sew, speak a language or cook a delicious meal. Swap your skills and support Action for Children with a donation.

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