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Christmas Fundraising Ideas

Let this Christmas be the start of life beyond homelessness.

Christmas fundraising has never been easier.

Fundraising for our Christmas appeal is a brilliant way to bring friends, loved ones and people within your community together. Whether you decide to organise a Christmas jumper day in the office or a bake sale in your local community - your fundraising will help people facing homelessness this Christmas. 

We’ve got plenty of Christmas fundraising ideas to get your started with your planning and loads of resources to support you in whatever you do.

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Christmas Fundraising Ideas

Hold a collection

Organise a bucket collection at your local train station, carol concert or a Christmas fayre in your local area and make the most of the inevitable festive cheer.

We have put together a 5 step guide for organising a collection.

Festive bake sale

Hosting a bake sale is a fun and easy Christmas fundraising idea for all ages. Whether you set up a stall at a school event, sell your baked goods to neighbours or organise a bake sale at work, you'll get the chance to engage with your community, raise funds to support people experiencing homelessness and indulge in some tasty treats along the way.

Christmas shopping

Did you know you could raise donations while you tick off your Christmas shopping list? 

Check out the Crisis online shop to get some great gifts. We've got a fantastic selection of Christmas gifts, homeware and pre-loved fashion.  

Do your Christmas shopping with one of Give as you Live's online retail partners and choose Crisis as your charity of choice. Simply download the Give as you Live app or download their browser plug-in to raise donations when you shop. 

Office fundraising 

Christmas fundraising at your office is a great way to get into the festive spirit and bring people together.

Christmas quiz

A Christmas quiz is a fun and inclusive way to get your colleagues together. Get team members to organise different quiz rounds about different topics or personalised to your office, such as guess the baby photo. 


A raffle is a great way to boost your fundraising alongside another event like a quiz or coffee morning. We'd recommend reading this advice on holding a raffle from the Fundraising Regulator.

Christmas jumper day

Ask colleagues to wear a Christmas jumper in return for a donation. You could even organise prizes for the best (or worst!) jumper. 

And our Christmas charity ideas for businesses don't stop there, you could find out how to get your team involved in payroll giving during the festive season or why not have a chat with our Corporate Partnerships team to discover more ways to get involved?

Game and give back

The Christmas holidays are the ideal time to gather your friends together online and set up a live stream for Crisis via Tiltify.

And if a shiny, new games console or that must-have game is top of your Christmas list, a charity gaming marathon is the perfect excuse to try out your new kit.

Find out more about fundraising through gaming

Craft for Crisis

It's time to get crafty! Make decorations for the tree, cards or gifts for your loved ones. Crafting is a great way to get creative, relax and fun for all ages. 

Christmas movie marathon

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? From Love Actually to The Holiday, Die Hard to Home Alone, get the popcorn ready and settle in for a Christmas movie marathon. Ask friends and family to sponsor your efforts and nominate their favourite (or least favourite) Christmas films.

Sponsored Christmas swim

Kick start your Christmas day with an invigorating dip. Join one of our Icebreaker challenge events or do your own challenge wherever you are.

Boxing day run

Lace up your trainers and get out for a boxing day run. Find an organised event near you or try a new route of your own making. The perfect excuse to get out and about if you’ve over-indulged during the festive period.

Post-Christmas bonus Ideas

After Christmas, you can continue to raise vital funds to support our work into 2024.

2024 Resolutions

The new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. Crisis has places in loads of events in 2024. Take a look on Run For Charity to find a race that suits you and grab a place to help end homelessness.

What resolutions are you making? Dry January and Veganuary are great initiatives to try something new and kick off the new year in a healthy way.

Christmas present bring and buy sale

If you got some gifts that aren’t quite right, why not consider selling them and donating a percentage to Crisis? Your unwanted gift could be just what someone else has always wanted!

Start fundraising

This Christmas, thousands of people facing homelessness will need support. 

Crisis works at Christmas and all year round to support people across Britain to rebuild their lives away from homelessness.

However you choose to get involved this festive season, you will be helping Crisis to support of 7,000 people experiencing homelessness this Christmas. 

Tell us about your fundraising

Ready to fundraise? Create your own Christmas fundraising page on JustGiving.

Materials and useful resources

Find logos, posters and resources to download and share on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and JustGiving on our resources page

Fundraising online is an easy way to raise funds and cut out the admin for you. Your friends and family can donate directly to your page, leave a message for you and the funds will be transferred straight to Crisis. 

You can set up a fundraising page on Justgiving or another platform of your choice. 

For support with Justgiving, please visit their help page.

On request, we are happy to send merch, such as t-shirts and running vests, to help you with your fundraising. These items come in sizes S-XXL. Please contact the team on to let us know what you need. 

We also have collection tins and fundraising packs that you can order online. Items are sent by second class post on a weekly basis. 

Please only request what you need, as these items are a cost to the charity. 

We really appreciate every single fundraising effort made to help end homelessness but there are some Do's and Don'ts to be aware of. 

Check out our legal guidance page to ensure that your fundraising is legal and safe for everyone involved.

Crisis' sleepout policy:

We do not encourage using 'sleep-outs' as a way of fundraising. Sleeping on the street is incredibly dangerous and potentially fatal. Research shows rough sleepers are 13 times more likely to be a victim of violence, and bad weather can have a serious effect on health and wellbeing. The average age of death for homeless people is just 47.

In addition Crisis does not feel that it is appropriate for individuals or groups to fundraise or raise awareness by undertaking an activity which mimics the real experiences of people who are homeless. Whilst we appreciate all support, there are many other ways to fundraise to end homelessness. 

Pay in your fundraising

If you've completed your fundraising, you can pay in your donation by clicking the button below. Please let us know how you raised the money so we can thank you properly! 

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