The summer holidays are almost here, and many parents and caregivers are looking for ways to keep their resident little people occupied over the coming weeks. Have you considered raising money for charity? We've compiled our top fundraising ideas for kids to help you get started!
Why Raise Money for Charity?
"Children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." - St. Whitney, Patron Saint of Songs to Sing in the Car.
It's cheesy, but it's true. That's kind of the deal with parenting; between homework and school trips and just-try-one-bite-of-broccoli, you've also got to raise empathetic, well-adjusted humans who grow up to make the world a better place. No pressure.
That's why we're so passionate about sharing our love of charity fundraising with families. Getting kids involved with raising money for charity helps them see the world through a socially conscious lens, encourages empathy, community spirit and over all it just helps them to grow into the kind of people the world needs more of.
And that's pretty cool.
What are the Best Charities to Donate to?
Before you can start fundraising with kids, you need to choose a charity! We recommend selecting a cause that your child is interested in to help keep them motivated. Perhaps a hospice that has helped a family member, or a cause that is relevant to your child's interests. For animal lovers, The Blue Cross and Whale and Dolphin Conservation are brilliant choices. If your child or someone they know is Awesomely Autistic, you could raise money for a charity that supports people with Autism. If you're a socially conscious household, Shelter are leading the fight against homelessness and raising money for them is a great way to tackle those difficult conversations in a positive way. Overall, the best charities to donate to are the causes that resonate with you and your family.
1. Fundraising Ideas for Toddlers: Little Legs Make Many Steps
If you're looking for fundraising ideas for toddlers, our advice is to keep it simple. Bambino attention spans are short... and so are their legs! A step-counter challenge is the perfect solution. Have you ever been for a day out with your tot, say at a theme park, and noticed how many steps they take for every big step of yours?
We loved the Toddler Fitbit Experiment from Margaret Westhoff, in which her Toddler Tornado racked up 15,631 steps in just one average day at home! 😱 This is a great challenge to involve grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends; guess how many steps the little whirlwind stomps out in a day... and donate a few quid to Dad's Fundraising page per every 1,000 steps!
2. Creative Fundraising Ideas for Kids
If you've got a creative kidlet, let them do what they do best and make something! Grab the paints and make an old-fashioned lemonade stand, do a bake sale at the end of the driveway, or why not get really creative and let them design a t-shirt? There are plenty of online sites that will print t-shirts you design yourself. If you've got a Mini Monet in your house, encourage them to draw their best design - either using a tablet with an art app, or with good old crayons then take a picture. Sell the t-shirts to family and friends for a few pounds above the printing cost, and donate the profits to your chosen charity. Simple!
3. Fundraising Ideas for Tweens: Gaming for Charity
It's no secret that here at GivePenny, we're HUGE proponents of charity gaming. Streaming your gaming efforts is totally the Fundraising method of the future. And as parents, sitting down and playing some computer games together is a great way to spend quality time with your children- especially as they get older. Why not try introducing them to a game you loved playing yourself growing up? (Crash Bandicoot and Mariokart earned us GivePenny parents serious cool points with our own kiddywinks.) Or step out of your comfort zone, and let your tween teach you how to play Fortnite - it's all for a good cause, after all!
4. Quirky Fundraising Ideas For Kids: Talent Shows
Fundraising with kids should be Fun with a capital F! Fun-raising we call it. If your kids are glued to Britain's Got Talent or love lip-synching apps, why not make it into a proper party? Invite your friends and family over for a Fundraising Talent Show! It works like traditional busking; everyone must take it in turns to show off their talents, and the audience tip the performers they enjoy. Singing? Magic tricks? Bring out your best dad jokes? The act that earns the most tips wins! Donate all the proceeds to your favourite charity, and have a right laugh doing it!
5. Fundraising Ideas for Teenagers: Get Miles Ahead
When it comes to fundraising ideas for teens and young adults, it's all about challenging themselves and celebrating their achievements. Walk, run, cycle, scoot, skateboard... whatever they're passionate about, they can turn the stuff they do for fun into Fundraising achievements. Why not let them earn a couple of quid for every mile they cycle? Or encourage your teens to really stretch themselves by pledging a larger amount for achieving big Milestone goals, like skateboarding 20 miles around your hometown?
Not to brag or anything, but our Milestone goals donation functionality is just one of the cool Fundraising features we're really proud to have as part of our GivePenny charity sponsorship platform. There's loads more ways you can connect and enjoy fundraising too.
There's an altruistic streak a mile wide running through Generation Z, we just need to empower them to unlock its potential. Happy Fundraising, folks