Fundraising ideas for faith groups

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Help make a lasting difference for children

Although Unicef is a non-religious, apolitical organisation, faith-based organisations are important partners in Unicef’s work and fundraising efforts.

Unicef is supported entirely by your donations, and there are lots of ways your faith group can raise money so that together we can help make a lasting difference for children worldwide.


Light up children’s lives this Diwali – please donate to our appeal and together we can be there for every child.

We wish you a happy and illuminating festival! When gathering with family and friends please take a moment to remember the children across the world for who light is shining less brightly, and help us to continue to support them by making a donation to our Diwali appeal or holding a coin collection with your family, friends and congregation and light a candle in their honour.

Wishing you peace, prosperity, happiness and good health at this special time of year.


Zakat and Ramadan

Your Zakat can help Unicef bring hope this Ramadan.

By donating your Zakat to Unicef you are helping to ensure that our workers can continue to reach the most vulnerable children and provide them with the help they need to stay safe from danger.

Donate your Zakat now

Calculating your Zakat:

You can use this calculator to help you determine your Zakat donation to Unicef: Just Giving: How to Calculate Zakat.

A £50 donation could help provide a health check for 20 Syria children

A £150 donation could help provide a ‘school-in-a-box’ to help at least 40 children continue their education in times of emergency and conflict

A £300 donation could help provide a bundle of emergency supplies for Syrian children and their families, including medicines, clean water, clothing, shelters, education supplies and psycho-social support.

Other ways to get involved

Unicef works with many faiths across the world, and our supporters come from a wide range of faiths too. No matter what faith you are, your congregation or faith group can make a valuable contribution to our work:

  • Take part in our Jar of Grace appeal and collect donations from your community to help protect children in danger.
  • Join our Mite Scheme with your faith group and help to raises funds for Oral Rehydration Sachets to keep babies and children around the world healthy and safe.
  • Take a collection of donations for our latest emergency appeal. To order gift aid envelopes for a collection, email
  • Make Unicef one of the charities you support. Email or phone us on 0300 330 5580 to find out more.

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Domiz Refugee Camp, Northern Iraq February 2016. Mohammed (6 years) and Noor (4 years) wrapped in a blanket. Asked if they were given any blankets and clothes during the winter their family said ‘They did give us blankets, but it was not enough. I had to buy more. This is the first year that we got given winter clothes. We are grateful because it really did help.’ Unicef/2016/Schermbrucker

Four-year-old Noor, and her brother Mohammed, 6, fled Syria with their family three years ago, and face another bitter winter in a refugee camp in Iraq. They're keeping cosy with a thermal blanket from Unicef, and your fundraising can help us keep even more children safe and warm this winter.