Fundraising Ideas

Without people like you, we wouldn’t be able to make a positive impact on Ireland’s hungry and homeless. There’s a million and one ways that you can fundraise for Merchants Quay, check out some of the tips below.

Create Your Own Event

Some great ideas we’ve had over the years include organising a coffee morning. There’s nothing like getting everyone together over a nice cuppa and some cake!

Cycling is another great idea, you’ve probably seen a few people doing static cycling in your local supermarket. If you’re a leisure cyclist who likes a challenge you can organise your own fundraising cycle for MQI, people often raise money for MQI by taking part in the Great Dublin Bike Ride,  Ring of Kerry or even the Tour De Connemara.

You can also create your own Event Page to fundraise on JustGiving, which is an online fundraising platform often used by those taking part in events such as marathons. If you are on Facebook, you can set up a fundraiser to mark a specific event, the most popular of these is a Birthday Fundraiser where you can ask your friends to donate to MQI as a meaningful gift. Both JustGiving and Facebook are a safe and easy way to fundraise and the funds will transfer to us automatically.

You can email your ideas to our fundraising team at communityfundraising@mqi.ie or have a look through our Fundraising Pack 2019 which contains lots more fundraising tips that may spark your imagination.

Make your page with JustGiving

Be Creative

Have a look at our A – Z list of fundraising ideas to get you started. If these ideas aren’t for you, you can always come up with your own unique event to fundraise for MQI.

Expert TalkHopscotchKite FlyingRestaurant Benefit
Fashion ShowHug-a-thonKnitSlam Poetry Night
Bake SaleFilm ScreeningHalloween PartyLectureTreasure Hunt
Fancy DressIndoor GamesLotteryTrivial Pursuit
Cabaret NightFun RunJames Bond EventPotuck DinnerUsed Book Sale
Casual Office DayGames NightJumble SalePicnicVariety Show
Car Wash
Golf ClassicJunk CollectionQuiz NightUkulele Sing-Along
Clothes Swap
Guess The AmountJigsaw ChallengeRafflesYoga-Thon
DinnerGigKaroke EveningRace NightZoo Trail
Egg & Spoon RaceHead ShavingKeep-fit-a-thonRelay RaceZodiac Readings


MQI Event Fundraising Merchandise
For MQI branded merchandise please contact our fundraising team.

Some useful tips for organising your own event:

  1. Get a group of friends who can operate as the ‘organising committee’
  2. Decide what you want your event to be
  3. Set a budget and goals
  4. Contact our fundraising team at communityfundraising@mqi.ie for some useful tips on making your event a great success, and of course to obtain all the necessary forms to make it official
  5. Develop a plan of action
  6. Think about what might go wrong and have plans to combat these
  7. Make sure your event is detailed as it can be! i.e do you need volunteers, are you going to sell tickets?
  8. After your event is over, make sure to plan out how you are going to look after the money you raised. And always, always, always, make sure to thank everyone that helped you out. A phone call or a nice message is always a good touch.


Have fun and thank you for supporting the work of MQI!

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