You can help us to make research happen. There are lots of ways you can raise money for us, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. We have a few ideas but we welcome your own! Whatever your interest there will be a fundraising idea for you.

Whatever you do, we'd love to hear from you.

How could I fundraise?

Ask for donations on your Birthday

Many people set up Facebook fundraisers and for donations for their birthdays. You can easily set up a birthday fundraiser on Facebook and share your story with friends and family. Maybe fundraise instead of presents, to make lasting change for all autistic people.

Create a fundraiser on Facebook

Autistica Create

We know that art, crafts, writing and music are all great ways to relax, connect with others and explore our emotions. Autistica Create is all about sharing your creativity with others and raising funds for autism research. However you or your family like to create, there is a way to turn it into a fun fundraising opportunity! Create unique pieces of art for family and friends, make your own scented candles and sell them or host a virtual Pictionary night, all are simple and fun but can all easily be turned into a fundraiser.

Find out more and start getting creative

Host an online quiz

It’s time to focus and put your brain to the test! Put together your set of quiz questions and call your friends via video call to host your very own pub quiz! Set a time, get your snacks together, and take on the role of quizmaster. We’ve got a ready-made quiz to test your friends and family and see who is the general knowledge master! All participants need is a pen and paper … and their thinking caps. Read the question, give players a few seconds to answer and then ask them to hold their answer up to the screen. Charge an entry fee (suggested fee of £5) which can be made online via our website www.autistica.org.uk/donate and prizes are of your own choice. Let the fun begin!

​Create your own fundraiser

Nearly anything can be turned into a fundraiser so whatever your talent or interest you'll be sure to have fun while raising money for autism research. Get in touch to let us know your ideas so we can support you throughout your fundraising.

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Donate your travel or morning coffee

The chances are that at the moment you’re working from home or furloughed and not spending money on travel so why not donate your commute? Whether you give one day’s travel or a whole month, even £2 can make a difference to us. Alternatively with cafes and coffee shops shut many of us are no longer getting our morning coffee so you could donate what you would have spent on a coffee each day instead.

Donate your commute here

eBay your clutter away

What better time than to have a good sort out of your unwanted items. You can easily sell them on eBay and donate a percentage of the profits straight to Autistica.

Hold a virtual party for Autistica

Do you have a celebration coming up? Birthdays, anniversaries and graduations all make a great excuse to celebrate so why not hold a virtual party for Autistica. Ask people to join you on video call and ask them to donate what they would have spent on travel, drinks or a new outfit at a physical party. Even if you don’t have a celebration coming up you can turn anything into a fundraiser so why not get everyone together for a virtual music evening, online book club or games night?

Host a workshop to share skills and talents with friends and family

Do you have a dish that always wows every time you cook for people? Perhaps you’ve mastered another language or have always been a Maths whizz. Maybe you’ve discovered a new hobby during lockdown such as making scented candles. Whatever your skill, why not hold a virtual workshop to share and show friends, family or colleagues these skills and methods so they can join in and recreate too. Let everyone know the event you’re planning, what they need to bring, and how to join the video call and ask them to make a donation to Autistica (we suggest £5) in lieu of paying for a class.

Organise a tea party or BBQ

This one can be done either online, in your garden or at the local park while ensuring you maintain social distancing rules. Get together some friends and family and invite them to a coffee morning or BBQ of your choice. Ask everyone to bring their own drinks and food to the event and donate make a small donation to Autistica. What better way to come together than over a cup of tea?

Support Autistica while you shop online

With changes to retail happening every day more people are shopping online to get their essentials. You can support Autistica in so many ways simply by shopping or browsing online at no extra cost to you.

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Tell us your idea

Whether you've got everything in place, or if you're only just starting to put ideas together, get in touch so we can support you every step of the way.

emma.reeves@autistica.org.uk | 0203 857 4340

What your fundraising means

Every donation big or small counts. Your fundraising is helping us to give every autistic person the chance of a long, happy, healthy life.

£20 can fund an hour of lab research

£150 can pay for a day of consultation with an autistic person on a project

£500 can pay for a vital brain scan at a crucial stage of research