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My Child Wants to Raise Money for Charity: How to Help Them!

Check out these fun fundraising ideas for kids.


Did you know that 29% of kids express interest in charitable giving? If your child is one of them, you’re in the right place. We’re going to show you how to support your little philanthropist.

You’ll learn how to encourage their generous spirit and explore fun, kid-led fundraising ideas. Let’s help your child make a difference in the world!

How to Encourage Your Kids Who Are Eager To Give To Charity

You’re probably wondering how you can best support your child’s desire to give back to the community. Here’s some advice that might help.

First and foremost, showing enthusiasm for their charitable inclinations is essential. When your child sees your excitement, it validates their feelings and encourages them to continue.

Next, you can assist them in understanding the purpose of charity. Explain why it’s necessary and how it benefits society. You may even share stories of people helped by charitable efforts. This will help your child feel a deeper connection to the cause they’re supporting.

It’s also important to help your child choose a charity that aligns with their interests. If they love animals, suggest an animal shelter. If they’re into reading, perhaps a literacy program. This will make their giving more meaningful and enjoyable.

Don’t forget to guide them in setting realistic fundraising goals. It’s great that they want to help, but they also need to understand their limits. Teaching them to set achievable goals will prevent them from feeling overwhelmed and discouraged.

Finally, involve them in the donation process. Let them hand over the check or click the ‘donate’ button online. It’s a simple act, but it reinforces their sense of responsibility and accomplishment.

Supporting your child’s desire to give back isn’t just about raising funds for charity. It’s about teaching them compassion, empathy, and the value of helping others. So, cheer them on, guide them patiently, and watch them grow into caring individuals.

Fundraising Ideas That Kids Can Lead

Let’s explore some fundraising ideas that kids can lead on their own. You’ll be surprised at how capable your little ones can be when given the right tools and guidance.

First off, a bake sale is a classic choice that’s not only fun but also teaches your child about money management. You can help them bake cookies, cupcakes, or any of their favorite treats. They’ll learn how to price items, handle money, and interact with customers.

A car wash is another great idea. It’s more suitable for older kids who won’t mind getting a little wet and dirty. Make sure they’re prepared with all the necessary supplies and a sign to attract customers. You might be surprised at how quickly people are willing to support a good cause and get a clean car in the process!

If your child loves crafts, consider a handmade craft sale. They can make bracelets, painted rocks, or drawings. This allows them to showcase their creativity and helps them understand their work’s value.

A yard sale is another option. Your child can gather items they no longer need and sell them. It’s a double win – they’ll be decluttering and raising money for a good cause.

Lastly, if your child is tech-savvy, they could even run an online fundraiser. They can share their cause on social media, and you can help them set up a fundraising page.

Start Giving!

Helping your child raise money for charity is a rewarding journey that teaches generosity, compassion, and responsibility. It’s not just about raising funds; it’s about raising a future philanthropist.

So, inspire them, guide them, and watch them grow into caring individuals.

Remember, it’s in giving that we receive, and it’s in teaching our kids to give that we create a better world.

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About the Author

David McCurrach

David McCurrach is the founder of Kids' Money. Following a career working in finance for several banks and credit unions, David started Kids' Money in 1995 and has since published three books on kids' financial literacy and allowance programs.

Last updated on: August 23, 2023