Fundraising Tips

Use these ideas to help jump-start your fundraising brainstorming. Feel free to modify any of these fun ideas to fit your fundraising style and personality!

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1. Back Yard BBQ

Invite your friends and family over for some backyard food, fun and games. Charge a small fee for a plate and a cup. You can help offset costs by requesting a donation of food from your local grocery store.

2. National Night Out

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 1. Use this opportunity to chat with neighbors about why you’re fundraising to end a cure for childhood cancer. Rent a bouncy house or set up yard games and charge a small donation for entrance!

3. Corporate Matching

Take advantage of corporate matching gifts programs. Many of your donors may work for companies that have a program like this. Their donation could double simply by filling out a form from their human resources department and by following the steps to submit a matching gift.

4. Advertise While You Walk, Run, Raise and Train for Time to Fly

Ask your workplace to sponsor your efforts . In return, give them logo or name representation on a t-shirt you wear to the event. For a larger donation, offer to wear a shirt with their branding on it while training for and at

5. Silent and Live Auctions

Ask local businesses to donate items or gift certificates and hold a silent auction at your fundraising event or work. Gas and car wash certificates, $10-off dry cleaning, movie passes, play tickets, restaurant gift certificates, pet grooming, a week of free coffee are all great ideas. Ask your place of work to agree to set up a silent auction for one item every Friday for a month at work. Your office will have fun bidding on something new each week. Use an energetic friend as a live auctioneer for a large crowd and some big-ticket items: a trip for two, a special bottle of wine or landscape, pool or housecleaning service.

6. Lunch Room Display

With permission from your human resources department, put up a display in the lunch room at work with a sign with your picture and a note about why you are fundraising for childhood cancer research. Be sure to include a jar for donations.

7. Email Signature

Customize your personal email signature with information about your participation in Time to Fly. Don’t forget to include the link to your personal fundraising page. Ask human resources if you can add it to your work email, too! Anyone clicking on the link could lead to an additional participant or even an event sponsor.

8. Movie, TV or Netfix Binge

Host a movie or TV series marathon. Choose a theme and start the popcorn! Ask for a donation at the door and sell snacks and drinks. Enhance the theme with a $1 donation every time a specific word or phrase is spoken.

9. Donate Your Day

In lieu of a gift for your birthday, anniversary, retirement, housewarming party or another gift-centric day, ask your friends and family to make a donation to Time to Fly. Use one of our kids’ stories or your story to emphasize the donation in honor of a child who has been affected by childhood cancer.

10. Pancake Breakfast

Host a pancake breakfast at a school, recreation center or place of worship. Ask for a donation at the door from your guests. Ask a local grocery store to donate the pancake mix and other food items to help cover costs.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding Time to Fly, please feel free to contact us at 952-893-9355 or

If you would like to mail your donation, please print and fill out this form and send with a check to:
Children’s Cancer Research Fund
7301 Ohms Lane, Suite 355
Minneapolis, MN 55439

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