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Host your own bingo night fundraiser

Raising money for a charity or good cause takes more than just a nice idea and a money box. Your heart might be in the right place, but you might find surprises at every step that you weren’t prepared for, or you might just be overwhelmed trying to choose from the number of options you have.

If done correctly, a fundraiser can not only be really beneficial to the chosen cause, but it can also be a lot of fun for you and your friends, family and local community! We highly recommend getting a group together and trying to raise some money for a deserving cause, but what fundraising event should you run?

Why host a charity bingo night?

Not only is bingo a fun and easy game to follow for people of all ages and abilities, it also doesn’t require you to hire expensive equipment or find a large, pricey space in which to host your event. A bingo night fundraiser is a relatively simple and engaging way to raise money for good causes, but it does still require some planning.

To help you with all the challenges that you might face when organising an event like this, we have created the most complete bingo night resource online, which includes everything you’ll need to organise the perfect bingo night charity event and answer all of your questions along the way.

1. Getting Started

Even LiveAid started with an idea on paper. This first section walks you through the first steps you’ll need to take that will really get the (bingo) ball rolling.

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Why run a bingo night?

Thinking about hosting a fundraiser but don’t know where to start? We think you should host a bingo night. It’s a fun way to raise money!

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Choosing a charity

Hosting a bingo night for a good cause is a great thing to do, but how do you find a charity to support? Read our guide to find out how to choose a charity
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Do you need a gambling licence?

It’s important to know where you stand legally when hosting a bingo night, this handy guide has all you need to know!

Choosing a type of bingo

There’s more than one way to play bingo, but which is the best one for your bingo night fundraiser? We’ve broken it down so you can choose.

The rules of bingo

Need to swot up on the rules before hosting your bingo night fundraiser? Read this guide we’ve put together and by the end, you’ll be a daub hand!

2. Build your bingo night

You’ve got a strong foundation for your fundraiser, it’s time to start planning! This section breaks down how to turn your bingo night from an idea into a real event!

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Bingo equipment you’ll need

Planning a bingo night but don’t know what you need? We’ve got you covered. Read our guide on all the equipment you might need to get daubing.

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How to choose a venue

Need to find somewhere to host your bingo night? There are plenty of venues to choose from. By the end of our guide, you’ll be well placed to start daubing!

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Ways to raise money

You’re all set to go ahead with the event but how do you make money from your bingo night? Read our guide to find out how to raise money with a bingo night!

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How much will your bingo night cost?

Hosting a bingo night is fun but how much will it all cost you? Our guide will break down all the costs involved in hosting a fun bingo night fundraiser!

3. Make it a success

You’ve got all the wheels in motion, your event is nearly ready to go. But how do you make sure people will come, have fun and most importantly, want to donate? This final section can help!

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What prizes should you award?

The best way to attract players to your bingo night is by having a selection of great prizes to be won! But what should you offer?

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Promoting your bingo night

The hardest part of organising any event is making sure people turn up! So, how do you promote your charity bingo night? Read our guide and get promoting!

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Bingo night risk assessment

You want your event to run smoothly so minimise the chances of something going wrong at your fundraiser by carrying out our simple 5 step risk assessment!

Free downloadable resources

To help make your bingo night a massive success, we have produced a series of downloadable bingo tickets, calling cards, posters and social media graphics that are perfect for getting the word out and helping your games run smoothly.

Download our free bingo night resources

Host a virtual bingo game online

With the global pandemic and the current restrictions in the UK about social events, it’s very difficult to organise and host a bingo night in person right now. To solve this, we’ve found a guide to hosting a virtual bingo game online that you can play from the safety of your own home.

Host Christmas Bingo

Christmas Bingo is the perfect way to get together with friends and family to enjoy some festive fun, whilst raising money for great causes. Read our full Christmas Bingo guide here with downloadable resources, to find out how you can make this an extra magical activity.

Additional resources

Just in case our own 12-part guide isn’t enough, we’ve also scoured the internet for other great bingo night resources covering gambling regulation, health and safety and the sale of alcohol.