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Back-to-school fundraisers

Aug 04, 2016
Many schools are back in session soon. Don’t let the summertime blues sink in just yet. Help the community kick off the school year with an exciting fundraiser for the Kiwanis Children’s Fund or The Eliminate Project. Get your entire club, local schools and community involved with these A+ fundraising ideas.

Show what you know. Host a quiz night or trivia contest. Charge an entry fee and award a prize to the top team. Raise awareness by adding questions about your club, the Kiwanis Children’s Fund and The Eliminate Project.

Battle of the bikers. Set up a relay style bicycle race at a nearby school’s outdoor track or parking lot. Charge each team a participation fee, sell concessions and award the winning cyclists a prize. Print posters to educate attendees on your cause. Or organize a kid-friendly day of field events, such as relay races, tug-of-war and an obstacle course.

Schoolhouse Rock. Turn your auditorium into a concert hall. Reach out to a local band to see if it would be interested in donating time and music for a good cause. Can’t find a local band? Invite your school’s band to perform or turn the night into a karaoke party. Ask for a small entry fee and sell snacks and beverages before the show. Intermission is a great time for a brief presentation.

Spelling bee. Similar to your traditional school spelling bee, but this one has a Kiwanis spin. Select spelling words related to the campaign or Kiwanis Children’s Fund to educate participants and the audience. Designate an emcee to read facts about the cause, using the contestant’s spelling word in the sentence. Charge per contestant and/or per spelling word. Here are few examples:
  • Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one community and one child at a time. Spell “global.”
  • Maternal and neonatal tetanus kills one baby every 11 minutes. Spell “maternal.”
  • Gifts to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund help reach children through grants, scholarships and other programs. Spell “scholarship.”
Join the Pokémon Go craze. Students and adults alike are playing, so why not take advantage? Locate nearby Pokéstops and Gyms and set up a snack stand. Sell drinks, chips and sweets to keep the hungry players going. Make sure to get permission first. Rules and regulations will vary depending on the location.