Fundraising - ways to raise money for SOS

By fundraising for SOS you are not only helping our projects, but also spreading awareness about the threats to the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan.

Download our Schools Fundraising Guide for lots of ideas and tips!

Let us know if you are planning to have a fundraiser at your school or after school club. There's a lot of work to be done to save orangutans but with your help we can do it!

If you ask for help from your parents, your teachers and your friends, your event will be even more successful.

There are loads of ways you can help to raise money for SOS - here are just few suggestions.

These activities can be done with your after school club, class or your entire school:

  1. Have an Orange Day for orangutans: everyone pays a small donation to wear something orange for the day.

  2.  Organise a talent show with students from your school and charge admission for parents and students to attend.

  3.  Have a sponsored walk, run, silence (teachers love this), dance, bike ride or swim.

  4. Get sponsored to give up something you love for a week! How about giving up computer games, sweets or TV?

  5. Organise an Orangu-tango dance event and sell tickets.

  6.  Hold a bring and buy sale at guides/brownies/scouts/youth clubs or school

  7. Organise a car wash or dog wash

  8. Bake cakes and biscuits and sell them at school

  9. Organise a lecture - ask someone from a conservation group or the local zoo to come and talk about conservation, the rainforest or orangutans.

  10. Organise a movie at the library or at your school - choose ‘Losing Tomorrow', available on our website, or another conservation film. Set up information about the Sumatran Orangutan Society and charge a fee to attend.

  11.   Ask if you can put a collecting box in your school

We hope that some of these ideas will start you on your way to fundraising for the Sumatran Orangutan Society to help us protect orangutans and their rainforest!

Look out on the SOS Kids pages for more ideas from other people raising money for SOS. If you do any fundraising watch this space for your name - the list gets updated regularly!

Going green - stuff to do at home!

  1. Ask your parents to buy food that only contains palm oil that is grown in a sustainable way. In other words, grown in a way that is safe for the environment, for wildlife, and for people.
  2. Tell your friends and family about orangutans and how important it is to help protect them, or ask your teacher to tell you more about orangutans in class.Our free SOS Schools Pack has lots of ideas.
  3. Write an email or letter to the company that makes your favourite chocolate bar to ask them to use only sustainable palm oil.
  4. Use recycled writing paper and toilet paper, and don't waste paper - it comes from trees!
  5. Ask your school to buy environmentally friendly paper
  6. Borrow books from the library instead of buying them, or make sure your books use paper made from sustainable sources. Many books are printed on paper that may come from trees cut down illegally in tropical rainforests.
  7. Ask your family not to buy things made of wood that comes from the rainforests where orangutans live such as mahogany, teak, rosewood and zebrawood.
  8.  Write emails to your favourite authors to ask them to print their books on recycled paper.
  9.  Send e-cards instead of paper cards to help save paper.
  10.  Ask your parents to use rechargeable batteries, and to recycle them when they stop working, to keep harmful metals from entering the environment.
  11.  Ask your school to start a walking bus.
  12.  Don't waste electricity - turn off electrical items such as the TV and computer when you are not using them. Don't leave your TV on stand-by as this still uses half the amount of energy as when it's switched on. 
  13. Ask your parents to use energy efficient light bulbs. 
  14. Don't forget to unplug your phone charger when it has finished charging.
  15. Have a shower instead of a bath to save energy and water.
  16. Save water - turn off the tap while you brush your teeth! If you have an old fashioned toilet - put a brick or a filled plastic bottle of water in the cistern to save water when it flushes.
  17. Ask your parents to use reusable bags when they go to the supermarket - plastic bags are not biodegradable, and are made from petroleum, which contributes to climate change.
  18. Reduce reuse and recycle waste!
  • Reduce - Try to buy or ask your parents or carers to buy products with less packaging.
  • Reuse  - Don't just throw things away! Can someone else use your unwanted stuff?
  • Recycle - Try to recycle, or ask your parents to recycle waste from your house. Paper, card, plastic, glass and cans are just some of the things that can be recycled in the UK.