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Event Ideas for Kids

Young people may find it very rewarding to help children who are less fortunate. By planning and staging a fundraiser, they can raise money for their monthly child sponsorship contributions, general donations and/or special projects. In the process, they may learn about culture and geography, economics, and teamwork. Following are ideas of fundraisers that can be both fun and successful.


TIP: Try to find individuals or companies to pay for or donate supplies or services and you will be able to help even more children!


Bake Sale

Sell donated cookies, cakes, etc. at a special event, or coffee, juice, donuts and/or bagels at a school meeting or following a church service.

Book Sale

Ask individuals, book stores and libraries to donate new or gently used books that you can sell.

Car Wash/Dog Wash

Charge a fee or request a donation.


Do chores, such as mowing a lawn, shoveling snow, or walking a dog, with the fees collected going to Friends of the Orphans.

Clicks for Kids

Ask your family members to donate 10 cents each time they visit Facebook, use Twitter or Instagram, or download a song. Collect the money for a month and give to Friends of the Orphans.

Cookbook Sale

Collect favorite family recipes to produce and sell a cookbook.

Craft Sale

Make/decorate gifts, cards, holiday wreaths, etc. to sell.

Garage/Yard Sale

Do one on your own, or organize a multiple family sale.

Honor Gifts

Ask for monetary donations to Friends of the Orphans instead of birthday, graduation or other special event gifts for yourself.

Movie Night

Show a popular movie and charge admission. Also sell donated popcorn and other snacks.

Multicultural Fair

Organize an event with games, refreshments and booths/tables with information about the countries where NPH homes are located. Charge admission, and sell food and tickets for games.

Music Recital

Charge admission and/or use a jar or bowl for donations.

Pancake Breakfast

Sell tickets in advance. Utilize volunteers for set-up, cooking and cleaning. A soup-and-sandwich lunch is another idea.

Pencil Sale

Obtain and sell pencils to fellow students. We can recommend vendors to purchase pencils printed with our name or Web site.

Pesos for Pequeños

Collect donations in cans or boxes decorated with photos and facts. Ask local businesses to let you put the containers out in their establishments.

Potluck Lunch or Dinner

Charge admission and sell tickets in advance. Assign groups to be responsible for food, decorations and information appropriate to a country where an NPH home is located.

Recreational/Sports Events

Ideas include bowling, basketball and volleyball tournaments, walkathons, bike races and dance marathons. Collect pledges and/or entry fees.


Collect aluminum cans, newspaper and other materials to sell to a recycling center.


Participants skip lunch and have juice and a small snack instead. Most people in Latin America and the Caribbean do not eat three times a day, and skipping one meal can help us to understand what it feels like to be hungry. Money saved on the skipped meal is given to Friends of the Orphans and helps provide the children of NPH with three daily meals!

Uniform-Free Day

Discuss this idea with the school principal. Charge $1 or more per student.

Wii ______ Tournament

Organize a tournament for the game of your choice, such as tennis, and collect an entry fee.

These are just some of the possibilities to raise funds for NPH USA. You are welcome to think of your own!

Related Information:
Host an Event
Top 5 Event Ideas
Fundraisers Guide (PDF)