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Kids for Wish Kids® Fundraising Ideas

Local children do it all — organize, raise funds and manage their program with support from parent or teacher advisers. This hands-on experience allows them to see first-hand how they can impact another kid’s life by helping grant his or her wish.

Please notify Make-A-Wish® Central New York about your efforts. We have significant experience at fundraising and will be happy to assist.


Participants get sponsors and individuals to pledge for every mile they ride. The route should be planned for approximately 15 miles. Make sure all participants wear helmets, and that first aid is available on site. You may want to have participants sign a waiver. A variation is having several groups riding on different routes. The second group starts once the first group arrives. The chain of routes can cover part of a city, counties, from store to store, etc.


Car Wash

A few buckets, sponges, some mild dish detergent, soft towels, water and lots of elbow grease are all it takes to turn a few spare hours in to extra cash. Prices can range from $2-$5. Three volunteers per car is the rule of thumb. Best locations are gas stations and shopping mall parking lots.

car wash

Announce a dress-down day

This idea works well both in the office environment and at schools: You can have your co-workers donate $5 or more to dress down or ask your teachers for donations of $1 or more.

You can also make it a weekly or monthly event to keep your efforts going throughout the year.

Dress-down Day


Challenge your schoolmates to collect aluminum cans, new toys or spare change to donate to the Foundation. Up the stakes by pitting grades and homerooms against one another to win a trophy or a pizza party, or compete against a rival school for ultimate bragging rights.

bottle collection

Have a “penny war”

Arrange for a contest between grades or homerooms to collect the most amount of pennies. Silver coins and dollar bills can be put in the opposing team's containers to count against the pennies. Have prizes such as a “pig-out party” with “p” foods — pizza, popcorn, pretzels, potato chips, etc. You may want to find a bank that is willing to count the pennies.



Bake sales, book sales, rummage sales and Valentine’s Day flower sales are all simple ways to raise money while involving many people. But why stop there? Some schools have had success selling things like the right to break the dress code for a day, or raffle tickets to throw a pie at the school principal. Sales can also supplement other fundraisers, like when you sell concessions at a dance or sports tournament.

book sale


There’s no limit to the type of “a-thon” fundraisers sponsors can organize. Walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, bowl-a-thons, swim-a-thons, skate-a-thons (ice or roller skating), see-saw or swing-a-thons, read-a-thons, rock-a-thons (rocking continuously in rocking chairs). The only limit is one’s imagination and ingenuity.


Sell candy-grams

For 50 cents, kids write messages to friends and teachers that are delivered during the day. Each message is accompanied by a piece of candy. Candy-grams work especially well around a holiday.


Hold student/teacher games

Organize basketball, softball, volleyball or flag football games between students and teachers. Charge admission to the games and sell refreshments. You can also hold a raffle during the games.

Student Teacher games

Coordinate a “Superstars for Wishes” event

A committee of students cuts out stars made of construction paper. Students purchase the stars and write their wishes on them. Then hang the stars in a popular area of the school, such as a hallway or cafeteria.


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Dyana Smolen
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5005 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY  13057

Phone : (315) 475-9474
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Make-A-Wish® Central New York
5005 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 475-9474
Toll Free (800) 846-9474