School is out, pools are open, and grills are fired up. Whether you want to make the most of the warm weather or you’re just looking for a way to keep the kids busy, make this summer count by raising money to fund research that helps kids with cancer. Here are eight ideas to get you started.
1. Sports challenge: Take advantage of the summer weather and organize an outdoor tournament with a suggested donation for entering. Soccer, football and golf are our sun-filled favorites!
Looking for a pre-organized way to get active and fundraise for childhood cancer research? St. Baldrick’s is teaming up with Tough Mudder to give free registration to a limited number of fundraisers. Learn more >
2. Car wash: Whether in your driveway, at a local car dealership, or in front of your school, a car wash is an easy way to bring your community together for a good cause. Plus, who could say no to a car wash when it’s funding childhood cancer research? Get supplies donated and ask for a minimum donation with each wash.
3. Pool Party: Plan a fun poolside fundraiser for your guests and collect a suggested donation for entry. Hold a high-dive contest and ask a local Honored Kid to be the judge for the best dive.
4. Summer Field Day: Host a classic field day both adults and kids will love. Include a three-legged race, water balloon toss, corn hole competition and tug-of-war. Waive the entry fee for a donation to support kids with cancer and everyone will be a winner!
5. Game Night: Host a trivia tournament, or good ol’ fashioned game night fundraiser with your Scrabble boards, poker chips, or chess sets. Ask players for a minimum donation to partake in the fun!
6. Odd jobs: From mowing lawns to planting flowers, offer your time and services in exchange for a donation to St. Baldrick’s. Ask them to refer you to their friends, family and neighbors. The more jobs you get, the more money raised for lifesaving research!
7. BBQ potluck: Host a competition to benefit your taste buds and your fundraising goal. Ask local BBQ aficionados to put their skills to the test and make a difference for kids with cancer. Sell tickets for attendees to sample their BBQ and choose their favorite dish.
8. Summer-themed bar crawl: Get several local pubs or breweries involved and ask your friends and neighbors to donate an “entry fee” to join the crawl. Perhaps the bartenders can come up with drink specials or extra special concoctions (who says green beer is just for St. Patty’s!).
You don’t have to be a lifeguard to save kids’ lives. This summer, start a fundraiser for childhood cancer research.
Get more fundraiser ideas on the St. Baldrick’s blog:
- A ‘Bald’ Mitzvah to Remember
- Chase’s Dad Pounds the Pavement for a Cure
- Totally Tubular: Retro Prom Raises Funds for Childhood Cancer Research
- My Cousin Has Cancer, But She Will Not Fight Alone