Examples of Fundraising Activities

(Argentina – 2010)

These examples were developed by Del Corazon and the Wheelchair Foundation as options to choose from. Each school should review the list and decide which options work best for their environment. Additional fundraising ideas can be obtained from www.fundraising-ideas.org/DIY or similar websites. It often helps to get support from the community by having publicity in local papers. If you need help with a contact at a local paper or have suggestions for future enhancements to this list please contact jpariso@wheelchairfoundation.org

  • Using School Bus Banks and Collection Canisters collect money daily or on “Wheelchair Wednesdays”
    • Encourage students to do extra chores at home. Some additional ideas are:
      • Lemonade or hot chocolate stands, babysitting, projects for neighbors, etc.
      • What extra chores would it take to donate the jar of coins that many parents have?
    • Have competitions between schools, classrooms, grades, clubs, etc.
    • Set goals to raise enough for XX wheelchairs
      • Set up a Bulletin Board or ‘Thermometer’ to track progress and keep students informed
  • Use the “Flyer for Parents/Community” to communicate how to donate by check or online.
    • Many families have someone in their family who uses a wheelchair and want to make a tax deductible contribution.
  • Write persuasive letters to parents, friends, relatives and the community
    • Deliver the letters to local businesses from a wheelchair during Wheelchair Awareness Week
  •  Ask local business owners and parents to place a collection canister at their business
  •  Ask local service clubs (e. g. Rotary) and/or local business owners to provide Matching Funds
  •  Arrange a “Wheel-A-Thon” and have students obtain sponsors that pay per lap
    • Other “Thons” could be Bowl, Dance, Jog, Walk, etc.
      • Ramps designed for wheelchair users are available at Danville and Dublin Bowl
  •  The Guidelines suggest many uses for the wheelchairs during Wheelchair Awareness Week.
    • Charge a fee to participate in these activities and collect donations from the audience
  •  For the High Schools, designate one of the major sporting events as a wheelchair fundraiser
    • Arrange a Wheelchair Basketball game with the BORP team
    • Set up a Wheelchair Donation table and collect donations at other sporting events
  •  Have a family/student Movie Night during Ability Awareness Month
    • See website for a list of 25 movies (PG and PG-13) that feature characters with a disability
  • Middle and High Schools have a “From the Heart” dance
    • Wheelchairs can be arranged for the evening even if it is not your week to have the wheelchairs
  • Using the wheelchairs, collect donations at a local grocery store or Starbucks on the weekend of Wheelchair Awareness Week
    • Set up a table and make signs, banners and use photos, etc.
    • The Wheelchair Foundation can provide supplies such as brochures and pins
  • Raise money by serving others
    • Ask local service clubs (e. g. Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, etc.) or local businesses to sponsor students for each hour they spend doing community service such as cleaning up a park, hiking trail or roadway, or volunteering at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, etc.
  •  During the weekend that you have the wheelchairs have a “Wheelchair Car Wash”
    • “Wheelchairs washed for free – Cars cost $XX”
  •  Select a day that students, teachers and staff can wear their craziest hat to school.
    • Each person pays a fee and gets their hand stamped so that the teachers know they have paid.
    • Winners are selected according to originality, creativity and the hat that was most favored by students and teachers.
  •  Have a penny war between classes where pennies have a positive value and all other coins and bills have a negative value.
  •  Have a bake sale or recipe sale that includes some typical cuisine from Latin America