Fundraising Ideas for students by students

The best part of do-it-yourself fundraising is that you choose want you want to do to support families. Create a fundraiser with your community of friends, schoolmates and neighbors around your favorite spin class, hike or other fitness activity. It’s good for you and great for moms and babies. Think about what types of events are successful at your school and if there are opportunities to get other businesses or students involved. Below you’ll find some idea starters created by students. Be sure to share your ideas and events with us by tagging @Marchofdimes on your preferred social media.

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Idea starters

  • Bowling for Babies – Encourage friends and family to register teams to participate in a fun night out bowling! Work with local businesses to get an alley donated and charge an entry fee for teams to participate!
  • Have a mini Super Bowl®. Organize a massive game of tag, ultimate Frisbee® or a “quidditch” match at a local park. Recruit players and raise money by selling food and admission tickets.
  • Pie in the face - Invite everyone’s favorite teachers/professors and/or student leaders to volunteer to be pied in the face for a good cause. Set up collection jars for each volunteer and ask everyone to donate to one (or all) of the jars. Encourage participants to ask for donations. The person who raises the most will be pied in the face in front of the entire school!
  • Go Project Runway® - Organize a fashion show that features clothing from local stores. It’s a great way for stores to showcase their clothes. Prom and formal wear are naturals. Hold your event in a central location and use the admission fee to raise money for March of Dimes.
  • Trick or Treat - Get your classmates to ask for donations instead of candy to fight for the health of all moms and babies.
  • Rock out in Purple – Host your own Purple Dance! Go formal, with gowns and ties, or go casual, asking everyone to dress in purple from head to toe. Check with local businesses to have food and entertainment donated. Charge an entry fee and donate proceeds to putting an end to prematurity.
  • Bake Sale - an oldie but a goodie. Get your classmates together and bake some delicious treats. Ask for donations in exchange for a bag of treats to help raise money for March of Dimes.
  • Change War – collect change for a day, one week, two weeks or longer. This is an easy fundraiser that both beginner fundraisers and seasoned veterans can accomplish with relatively little effort. Use a jar or a baby bottle that you already have and us it to collect change. This is a great one for classrooms!
  • Mile of Dimes – To set up your Mile of Dimes, measure out 5,280 feet of ribbon, which is equal to one mile. Be creative by placing your ribbon in a unique shape like the March of Dimes logo or a spiral. Have donors place dimes side by side on the ribbon until it is completely filled. Once you’ve done that—congratulations! You’ve just raised more than $9,000 to support our lifesaving work to build a brighter future for us all.
  • Purses for Preemies – collect all the purses not being used anymore and host a yard sale for purses where the funds collected are donated to March of Dimes.
  • Blue jeans for babies/dances – host a dance at your school or via social media live and encourage your friends to join and make a $5 donation for participating.
  • Purple power hour – host a table at your school during lunch or another high traffic time to share more about how they can get involved with your fundraiser. You could add in a fundraising challenge to kick off your fundraising.

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