Fundraise for refugees

Rally your friends, family and workmates to raise money for displaced families around the world.

Photo: © UNHCR/Jordan Malonga

Why fundraising for refugees is so important

If you believe that every person fleeing conflict has the right to seek safety and protection, there are many ways you can join us and stand with refugees. Your fundraising will help us build a community of people who are taking action and making a difference. Thanks to incredible supporters like yourself, UNHCR teams can deliver humanitarian relief to families left with no one else to turn to. From rushing lifesaving support to civilians fleeing the frontlines of conflict, to ongoing care, such as education and healthcare, for families whose lives may remain in limbo for years.

How you can help

You can fundraise on your own or as part of a community. The more people you get involved the bigger the impact we can have together.

Who can get involved?

  • Individuals
  • Schools and Colleges
  • University Students (RAG groups for example)
  • Churches and Faith Groups
  • Colleagues
  • Family and Friends
  • Sports teams
  • Community and Hobby Groups

Whichever way you choose to get involved it is important to…

• Be equipped with the facts and figures about UNHCR’s work, so that you can help others understand why giving is so urgently needed.
• Have all the fundraising resources and top tips you need to make your event a success.

So, whether you want to hold a coffee morning, run a marathon, organise a quiz night or share your favourite hobby, we are here to support you.
For more inspiration and tips, just get in touch and we’ll be here alongside you every step of the way. If you’d like to speak to a member of our team, you can do so by using the form below or emailing us at [email protected].

If you’ve already taken action – a heartfelt thank you on behalf of our team and the displaced families that will benefit from your dedication and support.

Challenge events 2024

The Great Bristol Run – 10k

Date: 19th May 2024

The BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride

Date: Sunday 16th June 2024

The Great North Run

Date: Sunday 08th September

If you’ve secured your own place in an event, or you have your own sporting challenge in mind, we’d still love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us at [email protected] or fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

How to send your money in

There are several ways in which you can send your fundraising money in to UK for UNHCR.
If you’re raising money on a platform such as JustGiving then donations will directly come through to UK for UNHCR and you do not need to do anything else.

ONLINE – visit our fundraising donation page at the following address:

VIA BANK TRANSFER – please contact us for details.

POST – send in a cheque or postal order made payable to UK for UNHCR, WeWork, 1 Mark Square, London, EC2A 4EG.

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could help provide a blanket, tarpaulin, solar lamp and hygiene kit to a family who has lost everything.

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could help provide refugees with a family tent, giving them a safe place to shelter.

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could help provide a DAFI scholarship to pay for tuition fees, accommodation, travel, books and living expenses for a year.

Contact Us

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  • Looking to take part in a challenge even or organise your own fundraising event? Please tell us a little bit about your plans and we will be in touch.
  • We would like to stay in touch and share the latest news on refugee issues, inspiring stories, updates on campaigns and how you can support our work.
  • Would you like to hear from us by email?*
  • Would you like to hear from us by phone?*

We promise to always keep your details safe and we’ll never sell or swap your information with any other organisation. For more information on how we keep your personal details, please read our privacy policy. If you’d like to update your contact preferences at any time, please contact our Supporter Care team who are ready to help.

Fundraising FAQs

Can I make a donation for refugees from or in a particular country?

We always ask our supporters to first consider making a general donation to UK for UNHCR as your gift can then go towards funding our vital, lifesaving operations all around the world, and we can direct your donation to the most vulnerable people as new emergencies arise. However, you can make donations to specific UK for UNHCR appeals for certain regions, like our Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine or Yemen appeals. For more information about our different appeals and where UNHCR operates, please visit our ‘Where we help’ webpage at the following address:

How do I fundraise online?

Once you’ve decided on your fundraising activity, the first thing we usually recommend is to set up an online giving page on a platform such as JustGiving to collect all your donations online. UK for UNHCR is registered on JustGiving, so you can set up your page directly by following this link: You will be able to provide details of your fundraising activity, share updates, and create an online page for friends, family and other supporters to donate to.

Can I donate clothes, blankets, toys and other items?

Unfortunately, we are unable to collect such items. UNHCR have their own supplies in various locations which are distributed to refugee camps in a cost-effective and efficient way. However, we very much appreciate the thought, and suggest trying your local charity shops.

How can I volunteer for UK for UNHCR?

We are incredibly grateful for your interest in contributing to our vital work. We do not currently have any volunteering opportunities with our charity, however for more information on how you can volunteer for the UN Refugee Agency, please visit United Nations Volunteers.

Do you have any resources to help with my fundraising?

We are here to support you every step of the way. From sharing advice on how to promote your event and who to involve, to collecting donations from your network and starting your fundraising project. If you would like digital and physical resources, please get in touch with our team using the form below or emailing us at [email protected]

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