Use these tips to help you reach — and surpass — your fundraising goal!
100% of every dollar raised goes directly to pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Share this fact with potential donors!
Make it Personal
Why do you walk? Share why participating in Kids Walk is important to you. Write something meaningful and update your Fundraising Page. Include a photo of yourself, your team, or that special person!
It’s not always easy to ask people for money and might feel awkward at first, but think of it this way — you’re giving them a chance to make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer. You can use email, phone, text, or social media to reach out to family classmates, and friends for donations!
The Best Gift
Donate your birthday, graduation, or other special occasion to Kids Walk by asking family and friends to support your walk instead of giving you gifts. Update your Fundraising Page to mention that you’d like donors to help you celebrate.
Be a Team Cheerleader
Rally your team to add new members — the bigger your team, the more money you can raise for pediatric cancer research! You can also get teammates excited to help you plan and participate in a team fundraising activity together.
Save Your Money
Consider giving up a regular activity for a month (your morning coffee, allowance, or lunch money), and donate the money you save to Kids Walk.
Chores for Donations
Brainstorm how to raise money during a typical day. Ask your parents if you could do more chores around the house. Help cook dinner, walk the dog, take out the trash, or make your own school lunch.
Host a School Fundraising Activity
With your school’s permission, host a bake sale and ask your team members to provide the baked goods! Organize a uniform dress-down day by asking students to pay a small fee to not wear their uniform. Then, put all proceeds toward your fundraising goal.
Throw a Competitive Event
Have a Wii, Xbox, Bocce, or board game challenge for prizes, and charge each entrant a participation fee. This fee will count as a donation. Think up a fun and creative prize for the winners!
Host a Get-Together
Invite friends, family, or your classmates over for game night. You can provide the refreshments, activities, and fun. Charge an entry fee, and let your guests know that all of the money will go directly to your Fundraising Page.
Make a Video
Ask a friend to record a short video of you (about 30 seconds). Explain why you’re raising money for Kids Walk and why it’s meaningful to you. Then, share your video through email and post it on Facebook or upload it to your Instagram stories — don't forget to include a link to your Fundraising Page!
Reach a big audience in one post by sharing your Fundraising Page link on social media, and explaining why you’ve joined Kids Walk.
Post a Story on Snapchat & Instagram
Make a sign and post to your story with this message: "I’m raising money for pediatric cancer research with Kids Walk to help kids with cancer. To donate, go to kidswalkmsk.org and search for my name. Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you!"
Create an Instagram Story Poll
Remind people to donate through this interactive poll feature by taking a photo, and then pulling the bottom screen up and clicking “poll.” You can post the question “Have you donated to me?” And post the answers “Of course” and “Not yet…” When you try it, don’t forget to include your Fundraising Page link in your Instagram bio!
Double Your Donations
Many companies have matching gifts programs to encourage employees to make a difference. Ask your parents, aunts, uncles, and donors if they work at one to find out if their gifts can be doubled. Questions? Our Matching Gifts Guide has the answers!
Be Sure to Follow Up
Don’t feel like you’re bothering someone by asking them to donate if they haven’t gotten the chance to yet. People are busy and will appreciate the reminder! Try a different approach — if you’ve already tried emailing them, experiment with a Facebook message next time.
Thank your donors for supporting you and Kids Walk by shouting them out on Facebook. Your post may inspire other friends to donate, too!
If someone gives you a gift, thank them as soon as you can! Consider sending a handwritten note through snail mail, or send them a heartfelt text with emoji smiley faces.