Host a Fundraiser with tips, reources, and reflections from Big-Hearted Families™

Host a Fundraiser

Inspire others to support a cause you love.

Attract new fans – and some cash — to support your family’s special cause by holding a fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they’ll love to brainstorm themes.

Possible recipients

Those who benefit from your family’s favorite cause.

What you’ll need

  • Enthusiasm for your cause and the energy and time to plan and execute your fundraiser

  • Items as needed, depending on which fundraising idea you choose


Fundraiser ideas to get you started:

  • Lemonade stand - Sell refreshments to benefit kids’ cancer research or another cause. You’ll find helpful information on the Sunkist Take a Stand website.

  • Car wash - Make this classic summer fundraiser even more profitable by buying drinks in bulk to sell to customers.

  • Create a cookbook - Collect favorite family-friendly recipes from friends and neighbors, add drawings and personal comments, then look online for design and binding options. Sell it to family, friends and your social media contacts.

  • Host a BBQ - Invite family, friends and neighbors. Charge a small admission fee or, say, a dollar per hotdog or hamburger. During a lull in the festivities, talk about why your cause matters. Have an empty ice-cream bucket handy for donations.

  • Neighborhood carnival - Offer simple games, prizes and face painting. Fishing for trinkets with clothespins is always a hit. See other ideas at the MD Carnivals website.

  • Yard sale - Have family members gather items they no longer use. Specify in your signage that all proceeds go to charity.

When planning your fundraiser:

  • Brainstorm how you can spread the word. You could drop off flyers, send emails, post signs in neighborhood shops, and/or use social networking sites.

  • Determine how you will tell guests about the nonprofit and its good work – perhaps with brochures or table signs.

  • Announce your charity in big letters on any signage.

  • If possible, go with your child to the organization to deliver the money you’ve raised. See if you can get a tour.

Reflection Questions

  • Why does the organization or cause we’re supporting need funds? (In advance of the fundraiser, find out how the money you raise will be used.)

  • How else can we raise awareness as well as money for this cause?

  • How did it make you feel to tell people about your cause and raise money to help their work?

  • What other types of charities are there and how do they help people, communities or the world?


Take it further

  • In addition to collecting money, you could collect and donate items on your organization’s wish list.
  • See if the organization has volunteer opportunities your family could engage in.
  • Consider adopting your organization for a season or even a whole year. Plan all your volunteer and charitable giving around their cause.

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