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Teaching service through fundraising

Fun fundraisers, small and large
A major component of K-Kids clubs is fundraising. When members fundraise to sustain future service projects, they feel more invested in those projects and in the club altogether. If you’re looking for new ideas for how to raise money, we’ve got you covered.

       1. The spelling bee. Decide the age group of the participants. 
           Promote the event around school and in the community. 
           Encourage interested participants to form teams and pay to 
           compete. Require teams to name their group and give 
           incentives to come to the competition in costume. Charge a 
           small fee at the door for spectators to root for their favorite 

       2. The cook-off. Decide how food will be served (on plates or 
           in smaller containers like cups). Invite parents and other 
           adult supporters to sign up to cook a dish from various 
           regions of the world. Promote the international food tasting 
           event around school and in the community. Charge a fee at 
           the door for tasters to enter and allow attendees to cast their 
           votes with their wallets. Check out these iconic dishes from 
           around the world for inspiration.

       3. The consignment sale. Ask everyone in your school and/or 
           members of the community to donate gently used or new 
           items. Promote popular or valuable donated items as the 
           event gets closer. Give those who donated items an incentive 
           to shop at the sale and bring their friends by giving them a 
           small discount. Charge a small fee for all shoppers to enter. 
           Consider asking local businesses to provide additional 
           coupons to every person who makes a purchase.

       4. The penny war. Each team decorates a container to collect 
           coins. Use two-liter soda bottles or five-gallon water jugs so 
           you can see what you’re earning. Print the name of the class 
           or grade and teacher on the container. Students bring pennies 
           to school and donate to their team’s container. They receive 
           one point for each penny placed in the container. Students 
           can sabotage the progress of the other teams by placing silver 
           coins (nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars) in their containers. 
           Each silver coin subtracts points from that container. A nickel 
           subtracts five points; a dime subtracts 10 points, and so on. 
           Check out this penny war toolkit for more info.

       5. The dance-a-thon. Determine where the event will be held. 
           Raise funds through pledges (for every hour danced), direct 
           donations to the event, or by charging each dancer a set 
           amount to enter. Ask local businesses to donate prizes to be 
           given away throughout the dance. Prizes can be awarded for 
           best costume, most money pledged, or at random. If the event 
           lasts several hours, make sure there is plenty of water available 
           and take advantage of the opportunity to sell food and drinks. 
           Consider periodic breaks to keep dancers happy and use down 
           time share your fundraiser in conjunction with the #KKidsGive
           contest. Need more info to get you started? Check out this
           to-do list.

Want more ideas? Download the fundraising ideas book for SLPs to share with your club. If your fundraisers are successful, share your results! Contact Kelly Wallace for a chance to be featured internationally. Be sure to include details of the experience, photos of it in action and personal quotes from members.
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