Make this Christmas your best ever for fundraising!

With less than three months left, now’s the perfect time to get some Christmas fundraising activities organised to make the most of the festive season.

We’ve put together a few ideas to give you some inspiration to generate extra funds for your charity and spread some Christmas cheer in the process!


  1. The gift of donation

So many people struggle for inspiration at Christmas. You can make it easy for them! Why not care, or £5 for a Christmas dinner.

  1. Give a loved one the best gift this Christmas – the gift of giving…

Give the donor a Christmas card written from you for the recipient detailing what their gift is, together with perhaps a small soft toy to represent the animals you care for (only for larger donations). Advertise this on your social media pages to get your idea noticed – and make sure you include details of your Facebook and Twitter pages in the Christmas card so your gift recipients can really engage with what you do!

  1. Golden crackers

Make up some crackers from ‘DIY’ kits and include a special golden ticket in one. Sell the crackers for £2 each and whoever buys the one with the golden ticket wins a prize – perhaps a small hamper or a donated prize.

  1. Christmas cards and calendars

There’s still plenty of time to make some Christmas cards or calendars to sell to your supporters. All you need are some high-resolution pictures of your animals to add to a calendar or Christmas cards you can sell in packs. There are lots of online companies that make this a very easy process; try or

  1. Mince pies and mulled wine

If you have a central base, why not have a festive event? Make sure you sell tickets for this – perhaps £5 each – in advance so you have an idea of numbers and have the right volunteers there to really engage them with what you do. This is a great way of getting your supporters together and giving them a great insight into your charity.

  1. Have a Christmas dog walk

Get your supporters and their dogs in the festive spirit with a Christmas walk. Find a route, publicise it on social media and ask walkers and any willing dogs to dress up as festively as possible! Charge a small fee to join the walk then you can award prizes for the most Christmassy canine/festive family etc. It’s a great photo opportunity and a lovely social way to get people involved with your charity.