Q: Are you stuck for ideas on how to raise money for Islamic Relief projects?
Q: Do you want to organise a collection or need information on how to organise
a successful event?
A: If so this section should give you plenty of ideas and helpful advice. An
event may be of any size. A small event has the advantage of being easy to organise
with an immediate fundraising return. It might be a house dinner party or a £1
sale in one of the Islamic Relief shops, or something more creative. The only limit
is your imagination!
Organise an afternoon tea party at your house. Ask your neighbours to bring cakes,
biscuits and drinks, and charge people £1 entrance This type of event will
be successful if it is tailored to local tastes.
Collecting money in the street is a good way of raising funds for Islamic Relief
Every year we raise money through street collections, and we're always looking
for volunteers to help. Whatever type of collection you are planning we'll provide
the materials you need, from collecting tins to sashes, to help you make it as successful
Possible venues could be at service stations, train stations, super markets, at
Some of these ideas will need local authority permission.
A bazaar/fair/exhibition/car boot sale
is a collection of several small fundraising activities in the same location.
Money is made by playing games and selling food and handmade or bargain goods.
Mosques and schools have favoured this type of event for years. Bazaars are
often combined with jumble sales.
E.g. A 24-hour fast is another strategy which may work particularly well if battling
hunger is an issue that is being promoted. Groups utilising this strategy
set a specific date for the fast well in advance, publicise it, and ask targeted
sectors of the public to go without food on that day and donate to Islamic Relief
the money they would have spent on food. The fasting event not only raises funds,
but also helps to create empathy by giving the more fortunate an opportunity to
experience what it feels like to be hungry. This experience often translates into
Sponsored events are another time-tested source of local funds. Almost anything
can be sponsored.
> Parachute Jumps
> 5k, 10k, half-marathon or marathons
> Mountain climbs
> Charity cycle
> Sponsored silence
> Sponsored fast
The idea is to enlist volunteers to engage in an activity (fasting, walking, running,
etc.) and to ask their friends, family and workmates to "sponsor" them.
It may be necessary to obtain the permission of police (or other local authority)
for walks or runs.
Family fun day
Local authorities should also be consulted regarding insurance regulations, where
Competitive sports tournaments are another entertaining way to raise local funds
through pledges. Volunteers offer to compete at Football, Cricket, basketball, handball,
volleyball, squash, tennis or any other competitive sport. The players then ask
friends to sponsor them per point or per game. Local businesses might donate T-shirts
for the players and prizes for the winners. A small admission fee can be charged
for the viewing public.
In many towns and cities, people will pay to hear an interesting speaker or series
of speakers. Some groups rent a hall, or have one loaned, and solicit compelling
speakers on subjects of interest. You would then charge admission and possibly have
some stalls there.
Ask well-known musicians/comedians to do a benefit concert, and then sell tickets
to friends, family and the public-at-large. Advertising the concert as widely as
possible will ensure sale of the greatest number of tickets.
Annual award or charity dinners
Islamic Relief Charity dinners have been very successful in a number of places.
Some of these have been initiated by us and others have been led by volunteer networks.
Ask your teacher if your class can have a charity non-uniform day and ask everyone
to pay £1 to wear their own clothes.
Ask your teacher if you could hold a bring-and-buy sale for your class, or even
the whole school! Bring in your old toys and books to sell, and donate the profits
to Islamic Relief.