Use these strategies to plan your fundraisers:

  • Get to know your community/target audience and focus on topics that are interesting to them.
  • Publicize your fundraiser everywhere.
  • Be enthusiastic — it’s infectious!
  • Keep fundraising throughout the year.

Sample fundraising ideas

College recipes from your family and friends and create a CHOP Buddy Walk® cookbook as a year-round fundraiser. The books can be produced for $2-3 and can be sold for $8-10 each.

Car Wash
Get your team together for a local car wash. Need a place to have it? Ask your local gas station or convenience store if you can use their parking lot!

Restaurants to the Rescue
Ask a local restaurant or café if they could hold a “CHOP Buddy Walk® Night” in which a portion of the proceeds for the day benefits the CHOP Buddy Walk®.

Dog Walkers
Have your team members walk their neighbors’ dogs for a donation. Many pet owners would appreciate the opportunity to have someone else take their dog for a long walk.

Poker Nights
Invite 10 people over for a round of charity poker. Send invitations explaining the CHOP Buddy Walk® and ask everyone to bring $25-40 in “mad money.” If you can recruit the rest of your team to help you, try this on a larger scale and hold it in your church basement or local school. Be sure to provide refreshments.

Candy Bar Sales
Purchase candy from places like Sam’s Club or BJ’s or get it donated and sell it.

Craft Fairs
Set up a craft table at a local festival.

Envelopes at Restaurant Tables
Generate donations by placing a CHOP Buddy Walk® brochure with an envelope at every table stating “Please Support our Buddy Walk® Team and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.” Ask the wait staff to check envelopes after each seating.

Game Nights
Get your team together once a month for game night. A different team member can host each time, and everyone can bring a food dish. Everyone pays $5 to play, with all the money going to your team.

Yard Sale
Hold a yard sale in your community. Your team’s junk could be someone else’s treasure! Think about inviting other teams to participate — the bigger the better!

Sports Event Party
Organize a sporting event party and ask everyone for a donation when they arrive. You can also do this for the basketball playoffs, Final Four, Super Bowl, Indy 500, Kentucky Derby, Masters final round, etc. This is an especially good idea for any team member with a big-screen TV.

Potluck Party
Have each team member invite at least 10 couples, including family, friends and neighbors, to a potluck dinner. Have team members provide dishes for the event, and ask each couple for a $20 donation.