The Master List of Peer to Peer Fundraising Ideas

1. Celebrations

How It Works:

Anytime someone visits your website and has a birthday, wedding, bar mitzvah, or baby shower coming up, they can create a fundraising page and raise money for your organization instead of getting presents! It’s so simple and requires very little effort from your organization to set up. The great thing is you can keep the campaign running on your website all the time.


* charity: water’s Donate Your Birthday

* UNICEF’s World Baby Shower

2. Walk / Run

How It Works:

If you hold an annual walk or run, ask participants and teams to create a fundraising page before the event. They can share the page with friends and family to support them in their efforts and raise money for the cause! If you can add an unique element to your run or walk like turning participants into zombies, or making them wear their underwear or a funny hat, like you’ll see in some of the examples below, it helps get people excited about participating and fundraising. It’s all about being creative!


* The Salvation Army’s The Most Amazing Race

* Little Sister’s of the Poor’s Nun Run

* Kariega Game Reserve’s Rhino Run

* The Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle

* America Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb

* The YMCA’s Turkey Trot

* Cupid’s Charity Undie Run

* Community Lodging’s Rock & Stroll Run/Walk

* Blue Sea Foundation’s Coldest Night of the Year

* Kettering and Northampton General Hospital’s Crazy Hats Walk

* American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

* Doctors Without Boarders’ Walk Without Boarders Challenge

* The Brain Foundation’s Zombie Walk

3. Challenges

How It Works

From climbing a mountain to growing a moustache to living under $2 a day, peer to peer challenges can be a lot of fun and definitely attract a lot of attention! I think we all remember the Ice Bucket Challenge! And it’s pretty easy to do. All you have to do is set the challenge and put it out there to your supporters. They can accept the challenge and create a fundraising page to get support for their efforts from friends and family and raise money for the cause.


* Dry July Foundation’s Dry July challenges people to go booze-free in July to raise money for people affected by cancer.

* Movember Foundation’s Movember challenges participants to grow a moustache in the month of November to arise money and awareness about men’s health.

* Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon challenges participants to and teams to see, hear, and identify as many bird species as possible in a 24-hour period to raise money for Mass Audubon sanctuaries and programs in honor of their participation.

* Youth Haven’s Face Your Fears Campaign challenges participants to face their fear (whatever that fear might be) to raise money for homeless youth.

* World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine challenges participants to not eat for 30 hours to raise money and awarness about hunger.

* Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS)’s FebFast challenges participants to hit pause on sugar, alcohol or something else for February to raise funds for Australia’s disadvantaged.

* St. Baldrick Foundation’s Head Shaving Event challenges participants to shave their head to raise money for children with cancer.

* Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Line challenges participants to live on less than $2 per day to raise money to end poverty.

* Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day challenges participants to pick an activity and do it all day to raise money for those affected by Alzheimers.

* Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Climb to Fight Cancer challenges participants to ascend some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled cancer.

* WWF’s Tiger Challenge challenges participants to try to be faster than an Amur tiger to raise money for wildlife.

* Cancer Research Uk’s #nomakeupselfie challenge challenges participants to take a picture of themselves without make-up on, post it on social media, and encourage others to do the same to raise money for cancer.

4. Memorial Campaigns

How It Works

All you have to do is invite your website visitors to choose a loved one or animal to honour and start a fundraising page to raise awareness and funds for your cause.


* The Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s Blue Star Tribute campaign asks participants to honor or remember a loved one impacted by colorectal cancer and create a fundraising page to raise awareness and funds fort eh cause.

* Panda Nation’s Favourite Animal campaign asks participants to choose their favourite animal and start a fundrasiign page to rasie money for the organization.


Create a FREE Peer to Peer Fundraising campaign today!