Fundraising Tips for You and Your Team

Thank you for registering for Bowl for Kid’s Sake! Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun way to help children in your community by helping Big Brothers Big Sisters. Rallying your friends, family, and colleagues for donations can be fun and easy—and this guide has the fundraising tips you need to become a successful fundraiser.

  • Start early and personalize your asks.   Utilize your personal, professional and community networks.
  • Involve your kids!  Teach philanthropy early with something as simple as a lemonade stand or a bake sale.
  • Include a fundraiser with a garage sale or other activity you’re involved in.
  • Break it down: ask 10 people for $10.00.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask.  Be clear and concise and ask for a specific dollar amount.
  • It’s true: every dollar helps. Although we encourage you to ask for donations of $50 or $25, no donation is too small. Whether it’s $5, $10, or $100…what’s important is getting people to support Big Brothers Big Sisters!
  • Involve family and friends in your fundraising. Share these tips with them and see if they can ask their own friends and colleagues to support your fundraising effort.


Fundraising ideas

  • Face Mask Fundraiser
    • The Pandemic has shown us that we need to be prepared with a face mask for our daily lives! Either make the face masks or buy in bulk and turn the masks for profit so that your team can reach your goal!
  • Ask your local church to collect donations for BBBS during one service
    • By reaching out to fellow church members who are hoping to make a positive difference in the community, you may be able to reach your fundraising goals quicker than expected!
  • Bake sale
    •  Every company has its premier “bakers!” Ask them to make one of their fantastic treats and host a bake sale one morning.
  • Baby Face
    • Ask employees to bring in a childhood photo. Create a display and charge a fee for people to make a guess. Give winners a donated prize.
  • Amazing Race
    • Organize a scavenger hunt around town and entry fees would go to BBBS
  • Bowl with the CEO
    • Engage your company’s leadership. The top 7 fundraisers get to bowl with the boss at Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Or, maybe start an Executive Challenge? VP vs. VP…or Staff vs. Executive Team… 
  • Penny Wars
    • With local schools and/or businesses have a penny war to collect change, inspire groups to decorate tubs
  • “Change for Change”
    •  Set up coin collection containers to collect loose change. It’s also a great way to educate kids about the power of giving; consider having a Change for Change collection in the classroom.
  • Trivia night
    • Rent out Eagle’s Nest or other restaurants and advertise for a fun night of trivial questions
  • Online classes
    • Talk to your friends and family and see if anyone would host an online class for yoga, cooking, etc and have the profits be donated to your team fundraising page
  • Field Day       
    • Team up with schools for gear and throw a fun day of outdoor games that inspire the community to be active and raise money
  • Car wash
    • Set up car cleaning supplies near BBBS and all proceeds of car wash go to organization
  • Birthday Fundraiser
    • If you’re celebrating a birthday in lockdown, you can ask for donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters and your fundraising page to help your team reach their goals!
  • Day Off
    • How about rewarding the top fundraiser with a day off?
  • Jeans Day
    • Charge $5 for the chance to wear jeans on a designated Friday. For those bargain hunters, maybe $20 buys you 5 weeks!
  • Sports Tournaments
    • Whether you are into basketball, softball, football or prefer pool and poker, set up a fun tournament with the entry fee going to BBBS.
  • Simply Ask!
    • Ask friends and family directly or post a link to your giving page on Facebook! Ask 10 people for $10 and you’ll already be at your individual fundraising goal!