12 Fantastic Fundraising Ideas for Kids and Families

12 Fundraising Ideas for Kids
Raise money for kids’ medical expenses.
Raise money for youth sports.
Raise money for education expenses.
Raise money with crowdfunding.

12 Fundraising Ideas for Kids

Use The Fundraising Ideas Below to Raise Money For:

Kids’ Medical Expenses


Educational Expenses


Moving Costs


Youth Sports, Clubs, & Organizations


Adoption and Family Needs


Trips and Vacations

T-Shirt Fundraising

The Most Popular Fundraising Idea for Kids and Families


  • What is t-shirt fundraising?

    T-shirt fundraising is a method in which individuals or organizations sell t-shirts to commemorate and fundraise for a worthwhile cause. Complete control over your design and plenty of design room makes t-shirts highly versatile. Whether you’re raising money to cover adoption fees or to fund your child’s participation in a sports team, t-shirts are the perfect fundraiser for any cause.

  • Why is it great?

    T-shirt campaigns give your buyers something tangible in return for their contributions, incentivizing them to contribute. Custom apparel also allows you to simultaneously spread the word about your cause. Each time someone wears your branded t-shirt in public, others will see it, either sparking a conversation or inspiring them to do their own research. In turn, you’ll effortlessly boost sales.

  • How can I begin?

    To get started, sign up with a t-shirt fundraising platform like Bonfire, the industry leader in apparel fundraising. Their free platform gives individuals and nonprofits an easy way to fundraise online with t-shirts. Their quality merchandise comes in a range of sizes, colors, and styles. Simply create your design, launch your campaign, and Bonfire handles everything else. They’ll manage payment processing, order fulfillment, and customer service, so you can focus on marketing and selling t-shirts.

    Best of all, Bonfire doesn’t charge any upfront platform fees, making it entirely risk-free. The only fee Bonfire will ever collect is an 8% fee on additional donations — reduced to 3.5% for verified nonprofits. That means you take home any of the money you earn.

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The Most Cost-Effective Fundraising Idea

Crowdfunding

The Most Cost-Effective Fundraising Idea for Kids and Families


  • What is crowdfunding?

    Crowdfunding is a fundraising method that helps individuals raise money for any cause through an online donation page. It’s great for helping kids fundraise and running fundraisers for child-related causes.

  • Why is it great?

    Crowdfunding is a top fundraising option for kids and families because it is cost-effective and easy to get started. Plus crowdfunding campaigns rely on having strong stories to tell, and fundraisers for kids and families tend to have compelling narratives.

  • How can I begin?

    First, you’ll want to pick a crowdfunding platform. Then, to begin your campaign, you simply set a fundraising goal, create your crowdfunding page, and promote your campaign. It’s that easy.

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Pledge Fundraising

The Most Engaging Fundraising Idea for Kids and Families


  • Why is it great?

    Pledge fundraisers are great because they’re an engaging and personalized way to get involved with a cause. These campaigns use social proof to gather support and increased fundraising revenue.

  • How can I begin?

    First, create your campaign using pledge fundraising software and provide each participant with their own fundraising page. Encourage individual fundraisers to personalize their page and, with parents’ help, begin sharing on social media and collecting pledged donations from loved ones.

    Then, host a child-friendly event such as a fun run, dance-a-thon, or shoot-a-thon. After the event is complete, your organization receives pledged gifts corresponding to the fundraiser’s involvement!

Other Great Fundraising Ideas

Sell Cookie Dough



Selling baked goods is a time-honored tradition of fundraising, especially for little kids, but sometimes a bake sale just won’t cut it! Instead, try a product fundraising campaign where your team sells cookie dough or other fun goodies to your supporters.

Your supporters get to take home their products and decide when and how they want to eat them, and your fundraising cause benefits!

If cookies aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There’s a whole world of things that you can sell to fundraise, including chocolate bars, popcorn, lollipops, and fruit snacks. Choose your favorite treat and get selling!


50/50 Raffle



50/50 raffles are simple and extremely low cost. To prepare, all you’ll need to buy is a roll of raffle tickets. If your kids’ school or club has a parents’ evening, that’s the perfect time for the raffle.

To organize the raffle, ask event attendees to buy the tickets, and then after the drawing, the winner takes home half of the proceeds and the organizer (that’s you!) takes home the other half. 

As a giving incentive, make sure to display how much money is in the growing pot! Just remember that like other raffles, 50/50s are best used to supplement fundraising events. And the more people who participate, the bigger the pot!


Trivia Night



Test your supporters’ wits with a trivia night. Partner with a local restaurant, bar, or coffee shop to have some fun and raise some funds. The location should be determined by cost and if kids are attending.

You can collect donations throughout the night, and depending on where you host, the restaurant might be willing to split the night’s proceeds with you.

Make sure your questions are catered to the expected skill level of your crowd (kids, young professionals, etc.), and pick an emcee who will keep the night light and fun.


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Cook-Off Fundraiser



Are you a talent in the kitchen? Do you have a lot of friends and supporters who love to cook? A cook-off fundraiser might just be your ticket to success. You can even host it at your kids’ school.

Have participants enter their culinary creations into a contest, judged by event attendees. To vote, ask attendees to deposit a donation in their favorite food’s donation box.

At the end of the competition, tally everyone’s donation collections and the chef with the most money wins. To maximize participation, be sure to promote, promote, promote! Depending on their age, the kids can be the chefs or tasters or both!


Recipe Book Sales



Selling recipe books is a great fundraising idea because it’s affordable to set up and allows you to ask for donations in exchange for a provided product.

Put together a cook book with the best recipes that you and your supporters have. Then, sell the book within your community. Your kids can get involved as sales people for the books!

Depending on your budget, you can either have the book professionally bound and delivered or you can do a digital version of the book for free on the computer that’s emailed out. Its appearance is less important than the quality of the recipes, so curate only the best!


Karaoke Night Fundraiser



Partner with a local bar (no kids) or restaurant (kids attending) to host a karaoke night to raise funds for your cause. Get the equipment donated and be sure to promote the evening in advance. Put up signs in your kids’ school and tell all other parents.

To fundraise, charge a cover for the night and encourage attendees to vote for their favorite “acts” with their dollars. 

You can also make arrangements with the restaurant that’s hosting to split proceeds and/or set up food and drink specials. If the bar/restaurant plan doesn’t work out, you can always host at a community center.


Teachers in Jail



“Teachers in Jail” is a great fundraising idea for kids and schools. It’s a free fundraiser that centers around competition between classrooms. It’s a big hit with kids of all ages!

During the fundraiser, students in each class raise money. If the collective total of a class reaches a certain threshold, the teacher then gets put in “jail.”

“Jail” simply means students get a free period and a break from class. What kid would pass up that chance for a free period? Prior to the fundraiser, be sure to recruit a team of teachers and students to work to throw each teacher in “jail.”


Shoe Drive Fundraiser



To hold a shoe drive, your organization can have your community donate their gently used (or even new) shoes to an organization like Funds2Orgs. We all know your children’s growing feet mean you’re constantly buying new shoes for them!

Funds2Orgs will actually come and pick up the shoes, weigh the shoes, and pay your organization based on a price per pound. 

Once Funds2Orgs has collected your shoes, they then sell the shoes to small business owners in countries such as Honduras and Togo with the goal of encouraging local economic growth. Plus your kids’ outgrown shoes don’t go to waste!


Car Wash



If its spring, summer, or even early fall and you’re looking to host a classic fundraiser, a car wash might be just what you need. If your kids are young, you’ll want more parent involvement, but high schoolers should be able to run a car wash with minimal supervision.

As most people know, to host a car wash you’ll gather the supplies, set up shop in a high-traffic parking lot, and offer car washes to passersby.

To fundraise, you can either ask for donations for your handy-work or you can charge a small fee per wash. Either way, make sure you’re early to set up and put promotional flyers around the community, like your kids’ schools.


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