Children love taking part in fundraising activities. They’re often eager to take responsibility! So if you’re working with children and need to raise money, don’t think they’re too young to help. Get them involved and you’ll see them surpass themselves in order to make your fundraiser a success.
Preparing a Fundraiser
Often, children can help while you’re still in the preparation stages of your fundraiser. There are many child-friendly jobs behind the scenes, such as:
- Spreading the word. Telling family and friends, handing out flyers or giving an interview with the local radio station – there are many ways in which children can help to raise awareness of your fundraiser.
- Getting creative. Why not let the children prepare those flyers themselves? If you plan to sell crafts, creating those is also a great job for kids. Decorations, greeting cards or a whole calendar – most children love to get busy with paper, pens and scissors. You can also let them try sewing, pottery or fretwork.
- Cooking something up. With a little help, children can bake cookies or ice cakes just as well as adults do. So if you’re having a bake sale, organize a support crew of parents or teenagers and devote an afternoon or two to baking with the kids! Aside from taking care of all your bakery needs, it will also teach the kids how to handle and prepare food.
- Preparing the venue. Even sweeping a floor can be fun when it’s done for a special cause! Children can also put up decorations, set tables or label things that are for sale.
Fundraising Events For Children
Children are particularly helpful when you’re preparing an event for children – they can set the scene and provide valuable input! Here are some fundraising event ideas for kids:
- Theme party. Themed events tend to be a big hit with children, especially if they come with a chance to dress up. Have a Halloween party, a Robin Hood-themed rally through the woods or a superhero challenge in the gym. Kids can prepare costumes in advance or as part of the event. Sell tickets to cover your costs and create some revenue. You could also offer to take photos of the children in action and sell those to the parents!
- Sports day. With a bit of space at your disposal, you can prepare a sports day with child-friendly activities and competitions. Charge a small fee for participants as well as spectators, and sell snacks and drinks!
Fundraising Events For All Audiences
You don’t have to stop at a young audience: Even when fundraising with kids and for children, you can organise something that addresses everyone. For instance, how about a…
- Play. There’s more than just the Nativity Story – children are enthusiastic actors all year round. So find a suitable play or musical, rehearse, create props and costumes, and perform! Your young actors will love the applause, while your cause benefits from ticket, programme and drink sales.
- Sale. Children can not only prepare the crafts or baked goods, they can also man the stalls and sell their products. They’ll be proud to do an adult job and realise that maths are actually useful!
Children Making a Difference
Afterwards, let the kids know how much money you raised with their help and show them what is going to happen with that money – that way, they’ll feel twice as accomplished and look forward to the next fundraiser!