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Fundraising Ideas

AHC patients and families come in all ages and sizes, but almost all of them want to help to find a cure. Many of these activities offer plenty of opportunities for your child and families to help make a difference.

At-Home Fundraising
Friends and Family Letter or Email: This is the single most effective fundraising piece and one of the simplest. AHCF can help you prepare an appropriate letter for your friends and family, explaining AHC and the need for research. These campaigns can be done at any time of year but are especially useful during the holidays and for birthdays to request a donation in honor of a child battling AHC.

Click here to download a sample letter in Word format.

Online Fundraising Page: Have fun while raising money with CrowdRise.com. How does it work? Click here and in just a couple minutes you will have your own AHCF fundraising page. Then send an email and let people know that you are raising money for AHCF and sit back and watch the donations come in – you will be able to instantly see each donation made. It is that easy! Other families are having fun raising money in honor of birthdays, weddings, a new diagnosis, endurance event, anniversary of diagnosis, or anything at all. Visit www.crowdrise.com/ or email info@ahckids.org to get started today!

Coin Collection Jar: Leave a jar by the door to drop spare change into. You’ll be surprised how fast this change adds up to a big donation to AHCF!

Give-it-Up: Everyone in the family gives up something such as coffee, candy, ice cream, etc. The money they would have spent on these items goes into the Give-it-Up jar.

Stay-in-Night: Instead of going out to dinner and a movie, stay home and donate the money you would’ve spent to AHCF.

Birthday Wishes for a Cure: Request donations to the AHCFoundation in lieu of birthday gifts. This works for holiday gifts and wedding gifts as well.

On-Line Fundraising

Family Websites: Add a link to the AHCF donation page from your family website.

Shop Online to Benefit AHCF: Do all of your shopping at major retailers through Goodshop or Amazon Smile.

I Search: Search the Web with http://isearch.igive.com/toolbar.cfm. After you sign up, one cent is donated to AHCF for each search. If every AHC family searched the Web just 10 times a day through this tool, AHCF could receive $22,000 in a year!

E-Bay: Sell unwanted items on E-Bay and donate the proceeds.

School fundraising
Read-a-thon: It is as easy as gathering pledges for each minute (or each book) a child reads.

Jog-a-thon: This is ideal for schools that wish to raise money for AHCF. Students collect pledges from friends and family based on how many laps they might run…or flat donations can be collected prior to the race.

Change A Life Campaign: Ask your family, friends and your child’s school to collect their spare change for one week in honor of your child, to benefit AHC Foundation and AHC research. How much can your school collect?!

Restaurant Nights: Many restaurants will donate a percentage of sales to AHCF on a predetermined date. Create a flyer and distribute to your fellow students and enjoy a fun evening that benefits AHCF.

Special Dress Days: Choose from Crazy Dress Day, Backwards Dress Day, Wacky Hat Day, etc. Students donate from $1.00-$5.00 to dress the part.

Special Snack Days: Sell a special snack to kids at recess and donate the proceeds to AHCF. Some snack ideas include popcorn, bread sticks, hot chocolate, ice cream…

Paper Airplane Contest: Students donate $1.00-$5.00 for a chance to create and throw a paper airplane into a basket or goal. Ask local vendors to donate prizes for the winners.

School dance or dance-a-thon: Students purchase tickets to attend dance party…proceeds go to AHCF. Alternatively, you could hold a dance-a-thon where students ask their friends and family to donate based on how many dances, or how many minutes they can dance.

Jar Wars: Each classroom at school competes to collect change.  It is a very easy, competitive and fun fundraiser!  Click here for a zip file with everything you need to get started today!

Jump rope-a-thon: This is good for the younger kids. The students ask friends and family for donations based on how many minutes they can jump-rope. Hula hoops are another possibility.

Art Sale: Have the students make their own artwork and “sell” it to the parents or grandparents.

Concession Stands: Hold these at school events to benefit AHCF.

Rock/Paper/Scissors Contest: Charge entry fee and use brackets like in basketball.

Office fundraising

Casual for a Cure: Employees pay $5.00-$10.00 to dress in casual clothes.

Dinner parties: Hold a company party on-site or at someone’s home. Ask for a $25 donation to attend.

Cocktails for a Cure: Hold a cocktail party at a restaurant or home and either require a flat donation or a donation per drink.

Community fundraising

Walk-a-thon or Bike-a-thon: Ask your friends to participate in one of these events, and collect donations beforehand from friends and family. Donations can be flat or based on length of time, miles covered, etc.

Bowl-a-thon: Find a local bowling alley to sponsor the event; and invite friends and family to bowl in exchange for a donation to AHCF.

Metal recycling: Line up all your family, co-workers, schools and organizations. Have them save the soft drink can tabs or even better, the whole can! Save them up and then turn them in for valuable research dollars. Many metals can be cleaned out of barns or lots for cash! Have the reclamation center make the check out to Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation (AHCF) and send it to us with a note that it is from your recycling efforts.

Car Wash: Get your friends together and wash cars in exchange for donations to END AHC.

Just for Fun Team Games: Get your friends and neighborhood involved in various team games, such as baseball, kickball or volleyball. Participants make a donation to AHCF to play.

Golf Fore a Cure: Hold a golf tournament to benefit AHCF. Three AHCF families hold these on an annual basis and have raised a significant amount of money!

Kicks for a Cure: Hold a Field Goal contest or a Karate Kick Contest: Ask for donations to enter the contest. Winner receives prizes donated from local vendors.

Homerun Derby: Hold a homerun contest or even a Free Throw contest.

Neighborhood Yard Sale: Ask your neighbors to join in for a neighborhood yard sale and donate all of the proceeds to AHCF. Get a realtor involved to sponsor the event, run an ad in the paper and create maps/flyers.

Poker Party: Invite your friends over for a fun night of poker in exchange for a donation to END AHC.

Dog Wash: This is a great one for kids. Offer to wash the dogs in your neighborhood for a $5.00-$10.00 donation.

Lemon-aid Stand or Sno-Cone Stand: Set these up with a few friends on a warm summer day.

Bake Sale: Ask friends and family to bake some of their favorite goodies and sell them at a sporting event or in front of a store (get store permission first!)

Bakeless Sale: Here’s a 21st Century take on an old classic. Friends, relatives and co-workers, are invited to NOT spend hours baking a cake, pie or cookies and to NOT stand in the sun all day trying to sell those baked goods. Instead, ask that they take the money they would have spent baking or buying those treats and donate it directly to AHC Foundation.

Creations for a Cure: Have kids make bracelets, necklaces, etc. and ask for donations for their masterpieces.

Theatre Benefits: Ask a local theatre to hold a benefit performance for AHCF.

Concert for a Cure: Find a band who will hold a benefit concert for AHCF.

Picture a Cure: Find a professional photographer who will donate his/her time to take holiday pictures for families and donate the proceeds to AHCF.

Product Promotions: Find friends who hold in-home sales parties for companies such as Mary Kay Cosmetics, Origami Owl, and Tupperware; and ask them to sponsor a sales night to benefit AHCF.

Cuts for a Cure: Ask a local hair salon to give a portion of their proceeds to AHCF for a predetermined date. Bring in a well-known hair stylist if possible.

Carnival for a Cure: Hold a carnival with jump tents, food and games. Find local vendors to sell food items and donate prizes.