Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising Ideas

Our target this year is €400,000, which we can only achieve with your help! We are asking all participants to raise an individual fundraising amount of at least €120 from family, friends and colleagues. Here are some ideas for a successful and fun fundraising campaign!

Feel free to add the Calcutta Run email signature here, linking your own signature to your individual or firm page.


  • Identify a ‘Firm Rep’ to promote the event in your firm. Provide senior level support to the rep.
  • Nominate a ‘Department Ambassador’ (department Head or Partner) to promote the run in their department.
  • Create a committee to organise fundraising ideas.
  • Register a firm team on the Calcutta Run registration page.
  • Set a fundraising target for your firm
  • A total of monies raised by staff through sponsorship, fundraising events, firm donations
  • The Firm either covers the participant’s full sponsorship amount or 50%, requesting that the participant matches the amount.
  • Make a firm donation to Calcutta Run
  • Promote intra-department competition – see who can sign up the most participants.
  • Sponsor branded firm t-shirts for participants.
  • Participate in the ‘Firm Team Challenge’ as a runner or walker.
  • Use the official ‘Calcutta Run Supporter Firm’ footer on the firm’s correspondence and emails and highlight your involvement on your website.
  • Weekly communications – emails, electronic signage and messaging.
  • Ask your clients and suppliers for support.


  • Encourage staff to organise a fundraising event on the Calcutta Run Official Fundraising Day; Thursday 4 May 2023
  • Firm-wide table-quiz in the cafeteria or local pub.
  • Monthly Dress down days (throw €2-4 in to a bucket per floor. Set an all-staff calendar reminder).
  • Organise a Sign-up desk on particular days with a Calcutta Run Supporter Firm pack
  • Arrange a fun office day – bike smoothie makers, fitness corner with a local gym, human fussball.
  • Arrange a department bake-off and secure a jury (bring in a TV chef!). Or simply organise a bake-sale or coffee-morning.
  • Organise a raffle (ask your firm service providers, network and clients for prize donations).
  • 8-week lunch-time training – ask a few runners to rotate taking people out on a 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5k run, building up to 5k over 8 weeks .
  • Enter a team in to the Calcutta Run tag rugby or golf tournament.


  • Arrange internal team challenges/prizes/medals competitions.
  • Incentive to sign up and more importantly, to participate.
  • Top 3 fundraisers receive a day’s annual leave.
  • Participants with best times receive a day’s annual leave.
  • All participants who take part are entered in to a draw to receive a day’s annual leave.
  • Beat the boss (can you beat your department head’s time?) and receive a half-day.


For nationwide events and to include staff who are working virtually and regionally, consider organising one of the following events:

  • Online Pub Quiz –Offer prizes.
  • Virtual Book Club 
  • Webinar or Workshop – Host a webinar to educate and keep a group up to date. Invite friends, clients and suppliers and ask them to donate to your individual or firm page.
  • Online Bingo – organise for family/friends or a fun firm-wide online bingo night!

Funds raised by online fundraising events can be added directly to your individual or firm fundraising page on Simply send the link to all involved!