Do your own fundraising

We’ve compiled some of our favourite fundraising ideas below and simple steps to get you started, all suitable to do at home during a time of social distancing and perfect to help you stay connected with friends and family! If you’re organising your own challenge then we’d love to hear from you – you can get in touch on events@bigissue.com and we’ll be there to support you all the way. Please remember to follow Covid-19 restrictions.

Whether it’s a bucket collection in a shopping centre, a sponsored head shave at school or a black-tie gala event, your support makes our work possible. Get started today and help fund our life-changing work. Register your event and we will be on hand to support you all the way!


Christmas Fundraising

Spread some festive cheer and raise vital funds for Big Issue vendors with our favourite Christmas fundraising ideas – all suitable for a time of social distancing and guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit! Sign up for your online Christmas pack today for everything you need to make your fundraising a huge success.


Go the extra Mile

Set your distance and duration, lace up your trainers and go the extra mile for Big Issue Vendors. It’s your challenge, your rules.

  1. Set the distance and duration of your challenge. This could be a number that is significant to you, The Big Issue Foundation or a personal goal.
  2. Set up a Just Giving fundraising page as a super easy way to collect your sponsorship. The money you raise comes directly through to the charity so there’s less for you to worry about.
  3. Spread the word – let all your friends, family and colleagues know what an amazing thing you’re doing by sharing your fundraising page on social media and in WhatsApp groups.
  4. Download our handy social media postcards below to share on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.
  5. Have fun!
Jay Flynn's virtual pub quiz made him a Changemaker
Big Virtual Quiz

Encourage a bit of healthy competition between your friends, family and colleagues by hosting your own virtual quiz night!

  1. Set up a Just Giving page as a super easy way to collect your sponsorship. The money you raise comes directly through to the charity so there’s less for you to worry about.
  2. Spread the word – invite you friends, family or colleagues to take part in the quiz.
  3. No cheating! Make sure everyone taking part knows that google is banned for the duration of the quiz.
  4. Ask each team to come up with an inventive team name and award an extra point for the most imaginative.
  5. Add extra rounds if you’re feeling creative. Picture rounds, anagrams and guess the intro to the song are all popular choices.
Lockdown Bingo

Aspiring bingo callers – your time has come! No matter where they might be, grab your friends and play a game of lockdown bingo!

  1. Nominate a Quizmaster who’ll collect £3 per player (or choose your own amount). If you’re not in the same household, this could be collected via bank transfer, PayPal or Monzo.
  2. Download your Bingo sheet here. Tick off the things you say, hear and see whilst we navigate a national lockdown.
  3. The first to tick off a row gets 10% of the Quizmaster’s pot and a full house gets 25%. The rest goes towards changing lives of Big Issue vendors- everyone’s a winner!
Get your knit on

Use this extra time inside to dig out your knitting needles and get crafty for Big Issue vendors.

  1. Get creative – think about what you want to make. Do you want to perfect your technique by repeating the same pattern or experiment with something new? It’s your challenge so make it work for you.
  2. Set up an online fundraising page, such as Just Giving and ask friends and family to make a donation for one of your creations. Are you a pro knitter? Think about personalising your items to make them extra special!
  3. Spread the word – let all your friends, family and colleagues know what an amazing thing you’re doing by sharing your fundraising page on social media and in WhatsApp groups. Download our handy social media postcards below to share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  4. Get creative and have fun!
Gaming for Good

Level up and get your game on. It’s a great excuse for limitless screen time, all while you change lives.

  1. Set your challenge– how long are you going to be gaming for and when?
  2. Set your target– how much do you want to raise? The bigger your challenge, the higher you can set your target. You might want to start lower and increase your target as you go!
  3. Choose your team– you might not be able to meet your friends in person right now, but they can still join your team! If you’ve set a lengthy target, create a tag-team plan so there’s always someone to take over when you need a rest.
  4. Create your fundraising page on JustGiving. If you’re planning to live stream your challenge, you can add a link to this on your fundraising page or if you’re streaming using Twitch or Mixer, you can use Tiltify to combine your fundraising and live stream.
  5. Promoting your challenge – Spread the word across social media with a link to your fundraising page. Internet use has surged since the lockdown in the UK so make the most of this by sharing your challenge!
  6. Prepare for the big day– make sure you have plenty of drinks and food to keep you going, and have a plan of when to take breaks.
  7. Enjoy! You’re doing something you love while raising money to support Big Issue vendors- everyone’s a winner!
Big Night In

Are you a DJ or a musician? Or just miss your Friday nights out? Grab your friends (virtually) and have a big night in!

  1. You can use Facebook to stream your DJ set or gig, totally for free.
  2. Anyone can watch for free and you can help raise money for Big Issue vendors by suggesting to donate a ticket price.
  3. Offer song requests for donations, or
  4. Even asking viewers to donate the cost of a drink.
  5. You can ask our favourite acts to get involved using hastag #BigNightIn on social media.
Covid-19 Restrictions

During these challenging and unpredictable times, please ensure your fundraising activity adheres to COVID-19 restrictions and meets all associated safety guidelines. 

The health and safety of you, the organiser, and the public is a priority. Prior to any fundraising activity The Big Issue Foundation strongly encourages you to:

  • check the most up-to-date local, regional and national government guidelines and restrictions
  • ensure risk assessments are conducted.
  • take every precaution to keep people safe. 

Remind yourself of social distancing and social gatherings guidance for your nation – remember England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may differ from each other. Latest guidance and restrictions can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus including local lockdown information and links to the devolved nations guidelines.


Get inspired

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#ACrisisofConscience – 40 years of Punk Festival by Michelle Cuadra

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