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

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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

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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