If you have a great idea for a fundraiser, try following these simple guidelines to holding a third party fundraiser:
1. Fill out our Third Party Event Form
We suggest that all fundraising events that benefit Cool Kids Campaign fill out our third party event form. This form helps give us some information about the event so that we can best support and assist you in your efforts to raise funds for us. Please complete the form and return it by email, fax or mail.
2. Plan the Event
- Determine goals for the event.
- Figure out a budget for the event.
- Set a date, time, and location.
- Create a sponsorship packet and start gathering donations: Try to reach out to friends, family, and local businesses related to your event rather than large corporations.
- Consider what items will be needed for the event: We suggest trying to get as many items donated (like food, drinks, decorations, etc.) by local businesses as possible.
3. Execute the Event
- Figure out about how many attendees will be participating with the event and gather volunteers if needed.
- Make a schedule for the day of the event.
- Let a Cool Kids staff member know anything you may need help with the day of the event!
4. Follow Up
Thank everyone who was involved in helping make your event happen and anyone who donated.
All proceeds from your event should be sent to:
Cool Kids Campaign
8422 Bellona Lane, Suite 102
Towson, MD 21204
To help you brainstorm some possible third party events, here are a few ideas that we really like:
Flapjack Fundraisers are pancake breakfasts that you can sponsor to raise cash donations, held at an Applebee's location near you! Applebee’s will provide their restaurant, food, and kitchen staff for your event, and even help you print flyers and tickets to sell.
Work with your local gym to allow non-members and members to a take a fitness class (Spin, Zumba, etc.) in exchange for a monetary donation or a gift card of your choice for our care package program.
Invite your friends, family or neighbors to gather for a book exchange. Ask that everyone attending brings their used books to exchange with others at the gathering and the “admission” to the party is bringing a NEW book to donate for our care package program.
Kids Bike Ride
St. Thomas Parish Day School in Owings Mills, MD held their own “Le Tour de Trike.” All of the families were invited to attend and make a monetary donation. Several families gathered on the school lot with their preschoolers and their decorated bikes, trikes and scooters for a friendly race and obstacle course. They set up a "pit stop" as a donation table with photos and information about the Cool Kids Campaign.
Contact us if you have any questions or would like any other information.