11 ways to make money as a kid for any age

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Middle school fundraising isn’t something we’ve done a lot here at nhatroso.com.

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It’s been a long time since any of us were in middle school! We usually talk about how we can help nonprofits raise money, not how we raise money ourselves. 

But many of us are now parents. Middle school fundraising is a thing we have to think about sometimes. Middle school fundraising is a thing we have to DO sometimes. So, we looked at what some of our clients are doing, what some of our local schools are doing, & what our own kids are doing. 

And we came up with 10 ideas for awesome middle-school fundraising activities! 

Middle-School Fundraising Idea #1: Super nhân vật Day

Invite kids to lớn make a small donation in exchange for dressing up as their favorite superhero for a day. Be sure to explain how they have become superheroes to the recipients of your charity by donating to lớn the cause you are raising money for. This can become a fun annual event for children look forward to!  

How to bởi vì it digitally

Let’s be serious. Middle school students aren’t super organized or responsible. Instead of asking for cash donations (and risking it being lost), invite parents to donate online or at school. They can donate in advance, which gives them time to lớn come up with a costume. You could also use a giving ứng dụng in your school’s office so parents can make donations in person. 

You could also go old school và ask parents to lớn pin money to the kids’ clothes or something. We won’t judge. 

Middle-School Fundraising Idea #2: Cookie Dough Fundraising

This is a very popular fundraising sự kiện to get kids directly involved in asking their friends và family khổng lồ help raise dough (sorry, not sorry) for a good cause. Who doesn’t love baking cookies (…or eating cookie dough right out of the tub)? Preorder your sales and include special prizes for classes who sell the most cookie dough. Have a big party, including baking samples of these cookies, on cookie dough distribution day! 

How to vì chưng it digitally 

Offer a way to place orders online! It’s so much easier than filling out a paper order form. When the timeframe to order ends, run a report and place people’s orders all at once. When your dough is delivered, use the same report khổng lồ sort the orders. You can then batch-email your supporters khổng lồ let them know how to lớn collect their cookie dough. 

Middle-School Fundraising Idea #3: School Carnival

Setting up không tính tiền admission & having the carnival take place at the school ensures a great turnout. Favorite teachers can be invited to lớn participate in fun và creative events including dunking booths, pretend “jail,” and potato sack races. Sell tickets at a main booth to collect the donations and have each sự kiện “charge” tickets. To showroom to your fundraising efforts, don’t forget to add silent auctions and big raffle ticket items that are clearly displayed. 


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Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass hosted a fun peer-to-peer fundraiser called Givers & Gamers that’s perfect for in-person or virtual events.


How to vị it digitally

Want lớn get wild? Consider setting up a peer-to-peer fundraising event and use a đoạn phim game day as an incentive.

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Peer-to-peer fundraisers work best for big campaigns và small, team-centric fundraisers. Give your kids a chance lớn shine & make an impact… and then reward them with an awesome day at school. 

Middle-School Fundraising Idea #6: Overnight Camping Event

If you happen lớn have access to a very organized team to tư vấn your school, you can create an overnight camping sự kiện to raise money for your cause. These types of events are special experiences the kids will remember for years khổng lồ come. Some unique things you can include in night–time events are releasing candlelight lanterns into the sky, campfire sing-a-longs, or a nighttime game of Capture the Flag. They need a little extra planning but are well worth the effort. 

How to do it digitally

If you’re organized enough lớn consider an overnight camping trip with a gaggle of middle school students, you’re organized enough to lớn run a great fundraiser. If you prefer to have students pay for their trip, it’s easy to set up an online donation khung that makes it easy for their parents to vì chưng so. If you want khổng lồ use a camping trip as a peer-to-peer fundraising incentive, help students by choosing a user-friendly fundraising platform. 

Middle-School Fundraising Idea #7: Cookie Decorating Contest

Raise money by selling individual cookies the kids can decorate with imaginative toppings. The more creative & different choices for the toppings, the better. The trick here is to use a paper bowl to keep all the treats on đứng đầu of the cookie. Adding ice cream makes this even more fun! 

How to vị it digitally

Remember the whole kids-losing-money thing? Yeah. Consider offering a way for parents to pay for cookies (or packs of cookies) online before the actual event. Bonus: you’ll know exactly how many cookies you’ll need. 

Middle-School Fundraising Idea #8: Fun Family Walk

Fundraising walks that include the whole family (including strollers) are an excellent use of your fundraising time và effort. Walks bring the community together for a fun & healthy activity. Including a t-shirt to wear with registration gives participants a keepsake for taking part in the event. Plus, they’re a great way to show off your event in the community with a sea of bright t-shirts walking through the neighborhood. Be sure to lớn invite sponsors to lớn provide water, sports beverages, và healthy snacks at the kết thúc of the race and a comfortable place khổng lồ mingle with other families after the walk. 

How to do it digitally

Walk-a-thons are common in nhatroso.com’s hometown; we’re all familiar with the paper sign-up sheets and the frustration that collecting donations can cause. This is the perfect time to lớn use a peer-to-peer fundraising platform! 

Middle-School Fundraising Idea #9: Pajama Day

This is an easy way to get everyone involved; you can include bringing your favorite stuffed animal to địa chỉ cửa hàng to the fun! It’s nice lớn include some special breakfast treats like donuts, fruit, and bagels that parents can donate. Better yet, invite the parents in on the fun by having them cốt truyện breakfast and hot chocolate with their children. Adding a special movie for everyone to lớn watch while they’re all in their pajamas makes this day extra special to lớn look forward to. 

How to vì chưng it digitally

This is another option that’s great for simpler fundraisers (where a student donates in order lớn participate) or as a peer-to-peer fundraising incentive. Either way, setting up a way for students to participate online is way easier than cashing a zillion checks. 

Middle-School Fundraising Idea #10: Engraved Brick Fundraiser

For larger projects including playground improvements, new buildings, or even a new walkway or garden, a great way to lớn collect donations is giving people the opportunity to engrave a brick, which becomes a permanent part of the structure. Children & families alike enjoy seeing their names displayed as a permanent reminder of how they helped build something important for the school that will be enjoyed for many years lớn come. 

How to vày it digitally

Set up an online donation khung pre-set lớn the cost of an engraved brick. Make sure khổng lồ include a field for donors lớn write out what they want their brick khổng lồ say. When the fundraiser is over, run a report, and boom! You’ve got your các mục of engravings. 

More Middle-School Fundraising Tips:

Include some friendly competition to make your middle school fundraising goals easier to reach! Consider including prizes for the đứng top 3 fundraisers at your school, or for the entire class that raised the most money. Having a special pizza tiệc ngọt for the whole class at the over of an event is a great way to celebrate the hard work they did fundraising. 

And don’t forget to thank parents! This can be done in a post to lớn your Facebook group, or a written chú ý the kids take home. Be sure to lớn include details on the total amount raised and how it will be used. All of this will go a long way toward gaining continued support in your ongoing middle school fundraising activities. 

We hope this menu of 10 middle school fundraising ideas inspires you to take on your next rewarding project at your school. Looking for more ways to lớn make an impact with fundraising for education? kiểm tra out the following resources: