Organizing a Child-Led Fundraiser

posted by Talk About Giving blog team

September 12, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

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Yesterday, September 11, 2011, marked a milestone of recovery and remembrance. And through the tragedy we experienced that day, it’s also become a National Day of Service as we honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and pay tribute to those who rose in service in response to that tragic day.

Through service, we can help our children make sense of crisis and tragedy. Whether it’s a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or loss due to illness, children often want to help and will be empowered by their ability to make a difference.

There are many ways to serve, but yesterday (and many other days like here, here, here and here) we loved hearing the stories about young people that organized their own fundraisers to help others that were suffering.

Regardless of the scope of the benefit, whether it’s an afternoon project or a full-scale event, kids will likely need some help and guidance in pulling together a successful fundraiser. Here are some tips in assisting them:

  1. Get started. Once you determine the beneficiary, brainstorm ideas of what kind of fundraising event you want to have. Then, determine when, where and what supplies you’re going to need to make it happen.
  2. Get organized. Set the date, find a location, determine what supplies you’re going to need and rally your volunteers that are going to help make it all come together and happen.
  3. Get the word out. Make signs and flyers. Send emails inviting friends to participate. Depending on the size/timeframe/scope, consider sending letters, inviting local celebrities and contacting your local media.
  4. Ask for a match. Do you have neighbors, friends or family members that would like to not only support a good cause, but support your children’s efforts? Ask them to match a percentage of the funds raised.
  5. Complete the give. When the fundraiser is over, help your children physically deliver the donation.

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