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Emergency fundraising ideas

When an emergency hits we have to react fast. Oxfam swiftly delivers aid, support and protection - made possible only by your donations and fundraising. Here are a few ideas for you to start raising money for an emergency straight away. See what emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to.

Fundraising for the Ebola crisis in West Africa

Millions are at risk. Help Stop the Spread.

In West Africa, the Ebola virus is devastating communities. The number of Ebola cases, and suspected Ebola cases, is now over 14,400, and over 5,100 have died. Oxfam is working in six districts in Sierra Leone, and six urban areas in Liberia and we are also launching prevention programs in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. To ramp up our response to meet the escalating crisis, we need your help. Our focus is to prevent the spread of the disease.

Our Emergency Fundraising Coordinators across the UK are now fundraising to help the worsening Ebola crisis for Syrian refugees.

Together we can Stop the Spread.


Varney Jonson grieves as an Ebola burial team takes away the body of his wife Nama Fambule in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images.

Top ideas for emergency fundraising

Collection point

Organise a local collection where there are a lot of generous people. It's simple, but effective. Aaron Crown raised £646 by organising regular collections at a local theatre. His fundraising was boosted by the events organiser announcing his collection before the interval. So make sure you announce that you are fundraising for Oxfam. You can download everything you need to set up an eye-catching donation point.

Host a quiz

The easiest and most effective way is to contact a locally run pub quiz and ask them to donate the money raised at one week's quiz to your emergency fundraising. Combine this event with a raffle and raise an extra £100. You could get in touch with local shops and businesses for free raffle prizes. Alternatively you could organise your own quiz.

Bake sale

Everyone loves cake and raising money from a bake sale is quick and simple. You don't need to make lots of plans in advance - just get your friends and family involved with the baking. Or you could ask a local business to help you out by donating some delicious cakes. Your local regional fundraiser can provide colourful Oxfam balloons, stickers and posters for a cake stall no one will miss. Set it up someplace busy where people have their money at hand.

Think outside the box

Fundraisers in the past have organised 'Yoga for Ebola', got sponsored to climb the height of Everest on the stairs at their workplace to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake, along with open mic nights, lemonade stands and kayak rallies

Oxfam Inspires

Download Oxfam Inspires (PDF) - packed with ideas to raise vital funds for Oxfam.

Inspire people with what their donation could do

Help and support

Order or download an emergency fundraising toolkit full of ideas and resources.

If you're planning an event in your community and want extra support and advice, please contact your local fundraising manager.

Are you an Emergency Fundraising Coordinator? Make sure you pay in any funds raised through your Regional Fundraising Manager.

Interested in joining our emergency fundraising team? Find out more here.

Questions? Get in touch on 0300 200 1300 or email