There are many ways teens can fundraise, be it for school or a club. Don’t believe the hype about teenagers being “lazy” — if teens want something badly enough, they will find a way to make it happen. So, inspire them with some of these great fundraising ideas.
Contact owners of gas stations or empty parking lots near busy roadways near your school or club. Maybe even make it a weekend car wash and use the school parking lot. Convince the owners that it is for a great cause, and one will surely donate his or her space to you for a period of time to fundraise.
There are a few supplies that will have to be purchased for your charity car wash. These costs should be taken out of the proceeds, unless someone is willing to donate the money for them. You will need:
- Access to lots of water, preferable running, like a hose
- Soap (be careful you don’t get a powerful soap that could hurt the car’s finish)
- Sponges, clothes, and maybe brushes to clean the wheels
Have the teens make up some big colorful signs advertising the car wash, and clearly mark the price on the sign. As folks drive past they do a quick calculation in their mind whether or not the price is worth it. Keep the price reasonable — the same as most car washes in the area — and drivers will come in.
It is debatable whether or not cheering at cars and making lots of noise works or not, it does scare some drivers off who don’t like a lot of commotion.
Similar to the car wash, with a charity bake sale you are going to sell a product instead of a service.
If any of your friends or club members are good at baking, or if any parents are willing to contribute, have them whip up some goodies. Popular baked goods that sell well are pies, cakes, cupcakes and cookies. You can price baked goods a little higher than usual, as most people have a sweet tooth, and expect to pay a little higher for these items.
Charity Yard Work
In the fall, teens can canvas the neighborhood looking for leafs to rake, and in the winter you can shovel snow. Keep the price reasonable; for example, $10 per driveway, or $20 dollars per yard. Be extra nice and bag up the leaves and put them at the curb; the homeowner will surely appreciate it.
Remember, keep the boys and girls motivated and show them that their hard work is truly paying off. Folks will donate if they see that the kids are working hard for what they want and have motivation to do a great job.