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Great fundraising ideas for kids

Fun charity activities to support good causes

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The clue is in the name: fundraising should be fun. Especially when you’re teaching kids about the value of charity. The more they enjoy the experience, the more likely it is that they develop a lifelong affinity with doing good.

Whether you need group projects for kids or solo charity tasks, here are some simple, cost-effective fundraising ideas to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Great for the whole group

A school play with a twist

In this production, the kids write and direct a play to be acted out by the teachers. Expect plenty of silliness and some mild embarrassment for those up on stage. Naturally it’ll be a sell-out, and you can donate all the proceeds to your favourite cause.

Games day

A day of gaming is an easy one to organise. All you need is a venue and a collection of board games, or video games if you can borrow enough consoles. Charge a small participation fee to generate those donations. You might want to throw in a few prizes to help boost competition.

Planting trees

Ideal for groups with access to school grounds or a community garden. Raise funds by asking people to sponsor a new tree – it’s positive for the environment and a fun day outdoors for the kids to learn some gardening techniques.

Photography contest

Everyone carries a camera in their pocket these days. But how often do we use them to capture our day-to-day lives? Help the kids harness their creative potential with a competition for the most inventive photo. Then, raise cash by offering students and parents the chance to buy prints of the best photos.

Sports day

Tried and trusted for a reason. You can make sports day as big or as small as you need. Combine team sports like football or rounders with one-on-one activities like tennis or running. Or go for the less intense classics like egg and spoon or sack races. A small entry fee can help raise funds.

Great for indviduals

Jumble sale

Encourage your kids to sell some of that old stuff they never look at anymore, and donate the earnings to charity. Not only does this raise funds for a good cause, but it will help kids understand the concept and value of charity.

Seasonal creativity

When it comes to the holidays, everyone loves to receive something unique and homemade. So it’s an ideal time to get the kids involved in crafts, then sell the results for charity – carved pumpkins for Halloween, handmade cards for birthdays, or even a gift-wrapping service for Christmas.


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