Bingo- Players pay for the cards. You may ask the community to donate items for prizes.
Bake Sale- Ask parents to send baked goods for students to sell at lunch, after school or during community events.
Raffle- Request donated items from the community and raffle them off. This will involve some creative thinking to get people excited about the raffle.
Spirit Chain- Students create a paper chain in school colors with links sold for $1 each. It can be used to decorate hallways of the gymnasium.
Complete a paper chain war- Each grade level competes to make the longest chain. Each grade makes a different color chain. Links can be sold for $1 each.
Candy Bar Sale- Students can sell candy bars for $1.
Coordinate a Wish Upon a Star event- A committee of students cuts out stars made of construction paper. Students purchase the stars and write their wishes on them. Hang the stars in the hallway of your school.
Sell Pizzas, doughnuts, or fruit- Sometimes a local restaurant will provide items and split the proceeds.
Host a spelling bee- Each student is charged a small fee to participate. The best seller wins a small prize.
Compete in a penny war- Each grade level competes against the others to collect the most pennies. Students are encouraged to put nickels, dimes and quarters in other grades’ containers in order to get the corresponding amount of pennies subtracted from the other grades’ amounts.
Hold a band or choral concert- You can plan a holiday or spring concert with your school’s band and/or chorus. Charge a small admission fee or pass around a collection can to obtain donations.
Coordinate a teacher baby picture contest- Teachers can bring in one of their baby pictures. Pictures are displayed and students try to guess who’s who. The student naming the most teachers wins a prize.
Have a dance marathon- You will need to reserve your school’s gymnasium and ask a local dj to donate his or her services. If you would like to try a dance marathon, have students pair up and obtain pledges from relatives and friends. Determine a time frame for the marathon.
Decorate a tree- A school group can sell ornaments or ribbons to decorate a tree. You may want to ask local businesses to purchase ornaments too.
Plan a car wash- A school group can work with a local service station to plan a ‘Wash for Wishes’ car wash. Spring is the best time of the year for this.
Go Holiday Caroling- Gather a group to sing holiday songs to neighborhoods. By establishing what you’re singing for, you can ask for donations on behalf of the wish.
Have a Bowl-A-Thon- Students ask friends and relatives to sponsor them for a small amount per pin. If the student scores 100, they can collect a donation per sponsor. The student who raises the most money wins a prize. Ask you local bowling alley to donate a few lanes for the event.
Coordinate a scavenger hunt-
A committee works to come up with clues. Students are charged a small fee to participate. The first team to solve the final clue wins a prize.
Hold a guessing game- Students pay to guess the number of items in a jar (i.e. candy or pennies). The student closest to the number wins the jar.
Recycle cans- Set up designated locations for aluminum can collection. Donate all the proceeds to wish kids.
Hold a ‘Dress Down Day’- Students with dress codes in their schools can contribute a small fee to wear casual clothes to school for the day.
Host a holiday party- Students love parties! You can plan a Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day party. Charge students a small admission fee.
Coordinate a fashion show- Students can model the latest fashions. Ask local businesses to sponsor the event or donate items to be raffled during the event. Develop a program booklet to advertise the sponsors.
Bucket Raffle- A committee of volunteers seeks donations of goods from local businesses. Next, sell tickets to students with each of the items as prizes. Participants can put one ticket into each box to have a chance of winning each of the items, or they can put all of their tickets into one box for a better chance at winning a particular item.
Sell ‘Candy Grams’- for 50 cents, kids write messages to friends and teachers to be delivered during the day. Each message has a piece of candy attached. They work especially well around the holidays.
Jog around your school- Students get pledges from friends and relatives. Mark a one-mile course for the fun. The top two runners and top fund-raiser win a prize.
Create an art gallery- Students draw or paint artwork. Parents are welcome to purchase the art during an open house or at an Evening of Art event.
Develop your own activities calendar- Each homeroom devises a game of skill or an activity-hitting a gold ball into a cup, face painting, etc. Students are charged to participate in each event.
Coordinate a student/teacher sporting event- Students and teachers compete in a sporting event (i.e. basketball, softball or volleyball). Funds are raised through an admission fee and sale of refreshments. A 50/50 raffle could also be used during the game.
Have a jump rope marathon- Students get pledges from friends and relatives, then jump rope for as long as they can. The student who lasts the longest wins a prize.
Have a Make-A-Wish® Money Week- On Monday, students donate their pennies; on Tuesday, they donate nickels; on Wednesday, they donate dimes; on Thursday they donate quarters; and on Friday, they donate one-dollar bills. You may want to locate a bank that is willing to count your change
Host a spaghetti dinner or pancake breakfast- You can work with a local restaurant or ask a group of parents to help with the cooking. Invite students and residents of the community. Have a small fee to get in.
Plan a holiday show- You can invite the community to a talent show at your school. Students perform the acts- singing, acting, dancing, magic tricks, etc.
Sell cutouts- Order Make-A-Wish® cutouts through our chapter. Cutouts can be sold to students for $1.00 each. Students then write their names on them, and the cutouts should then be displayed on a wall in your school to show your support of Make-A-Wish®.
Have a Hat Day- Students give a $1.00 donation to wear a hat all day at school. You may even want to give a prize to the student wearing the funniest hat.
Have a Teacher Talent Show- One high school held a talent show with performances by many teachers at their school. They charged $5 admission fee to students, which was donated to Make-A-Wish®.
Fill the Boot- One local elementary school recently borrowed some firemen’s boots from their local fire department and raised $2,200 by having a competition among grade levels to fill the boots with change. The winning grade received a pizza party courtesy of their PTA.
Have a Read-A-Thon- Call Make-A-Wish® for their Kids For Wish Kids® pledge form or develop a simple pledge form of your own. Next, send a letter home with students asking friends and relatives for pledges based on the number of books their child will read in one month. At the end of the month, students collect the pledges and turn in their donation in to their teachers.