Campaigning on the issues which keep people poor is vitally important, but so too is raising money without which many charities and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working in the world's poorest countries couldn't operate.

Fundraising is about ideas…’s some you can have for free:

  • Cocktail night – Have your friends over and make people’s favourites for a fiver. Add 1920’s fancy dress and charge people who don’t come dressed up.
  • Sell food at work - Choose something seasonal like ice cream or hot chocolate, or universal favourites, cakes, biscuits etc. and there will be plenty of takers.
  • Games night - Have a marathon board games session and get sponsored for every hour you complete. Or have a computer games knockout tournament, charge people to enter and have a prize for the winner.
  • Sell some of your old stuff - Car boot, garage, or jumble sale. You are bound to have things lurking in the wardrobe, attic, or shed that other people would pay good money for.
  • Swear box - If you're surrounded by veritable Gordon Ramseys, this could be a good way to raise a substantial sum!

There are as many ways to fundraise as there are words in the dictionary! For a few more ideas check out the following websites:


You might also want to read Christian Aid's guide on how to hold a fundraising event (pdf file).

Who to fundraise for

By far the most effective and easiest way to ensure that your fundraising money goes to the people who need it most is to donate to a charity or NGO based in the UK. Large institutions like Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children etc. have long standing relationships with overseas partner organisations who are based in the developing world. They have reputations for openess and transparency as well as the proper procedures already in place to distribute financial support to those who need it most.

What your money could buy

Note that these are just examples. The great thing about giving to a large charity like Christian Aid is that they’ll ensure that the money is spent where it’s most needed, so you don’t have to worry about the mechanics, and can get on with raising the dosh.

classoom desk and chairThis is everything a class full of eager rural Bangladeshi students, who want to get the best from their education, need. Your money will provide desks, benches and a teacher's chair to help a class full of children concentrate better on their lessons. And with an education, these young people will have the skills required to find work and ultimately support themselves and their families.

£176.00 = Doctor's monthly salary

Doctors uniformAn emergency medical team led by doctors help vulnerable families cope with the aftermath of environmental disaster. After Hurricane Noel swept through the Dominican Republic, there was a grave danger of sickness in many communities. With homes destroyed and water sources contaminated natural disasters often claim many more lives after the immediate danger has passed. A doctor in the community can mean the difference between life and death. Paying the salary and expenses of a doctor for a month can make a real difference when disaster strikes.

A village well in AfricaDigging and constructing a 100ft well will make a huge difference to an entire village in rural Kenya. With no clean water nearby, it falls to the women and girls to walk miles to the nearest river - often repeating the journey several times a day. But with a well in the village, the supply of clean fresh water close by means that women can work and contribute to their family's income.
It also means that girls can go to school regularly and receive a good education that will help them get a job in the future.
"But I want to send money to Mr/Mrs X who I met in Ghana/India/Peru!"
This is an understandable feeling that a lot of Platform2 returnees have. Of course you formed strong bonds with the people you met over there and it's completely natural to feel like you want to help them directly, but we would encourage you to think twice before doing so. There are a number of factors to consider such as:

  •  Could your donation disrupt or unbalance the community status quo? Will other community members become jealous if they see people receiving money from overseas?
  • Are there any unintended consequences that might occur?
  • How can you ensure the money is received properly?
  • How can you be sure that the money will be spent on the things you intended?
  • Finally, what expectations will you be generating in the community about future volunteers? Might some people have interacted with you differently if they had seen you as a potential source of income?
Some Platform2 volunteers have wanted to start their own charities. Again this is a great attitude but will often not be the best use of the money raised, and the administrative costs and effort required – as well as legal ramifications – are considerable. As a result we would really encourage you to consider fundraising for for an established, reputable charity or NGO to make sure that any money you raise is used in the most effective way possible.

Fundraising for Christian Aid

There are many opportunities to fundraise for Christian Aid. Of course you can organise your own event independently but you can also get involved with a number of Christian Aid backed events if you prefer. For more details check out the Fundraising section of the Christian Aid website:

  • - see what your donations could mean to a poor community

If you have any queries about fundraising for Christian Aid or taking part in the events, please e-mail and your local Platform2 VDO.

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