Children need to be nurtured at every step of life in order to prepare them for the future. Unfortunately, many children experience struggles on a daily basis, from having to undergo medical treatments for illnesses to being homeless, abused or hungry. Luckily there are a multitude of children’s charities that are meeting the needs of children close to home as well as across the globe.
We have compiled an overview of how to donate to children in need, with some tips on how to utilize crowdfunding to get involved and to give back to a deserving children’s cause. In light of Children’s Cancer Awareness Month in September, now is a great time to lend a helping hand.
Raising Awareness and Money Through Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding changed the game of fundraising by making donating as easy as a click of a button and by bringing willing donors and worthy causes together. There are a multitude of charities for children that address different needs, so you can pick a charity that resonates with your own beliefs. And with parents’ permission and help, children can get in the spirit of giving with a campaign to raise funds for a children’s charity of their choice.
- According to Cure Search, each day 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
- More than 500,000 children die every year as a result of poor sanitation and unsafe water, as reported by WaterAid
- The National Center on Family Homelessness found that there are more than 1.6 million homeless children in America.
Spotlight: Three Great Children’s Causes to Support Via Crowdfunding
Alexandra Scott was diagnosed with a type of children’s cancer called neuroblastoma before her first birthday. Her parents saw their child’s determination and with high hopes, Alex beat the odds by learning to walk, something her doctor was unsure would ever happen. At the age of four Alex made the decision to give back to the doctors that had helped her so much by hosting a lemonade stand. Alex’s lemonade stand went viral, touching the hearts of many across the world. Before passing away in 2004 Alex had raised more $1 million for cancer research with the help of others. Today Alex’s legacy continues in her foundation with the mission to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer causes.
Established in 1946 after World War II, UNICEF had the mission to ensure that children refugees would be provided health care, food and clothing. The mission continues to this day, especially now given the current crisis in Syria. According to UNICEF, there are 7.5 million children in need of aid as a result of the crisis in Syria. Since the conflict began, UNICEF has been working to provide children with vital resources like clean water, protection, education, shelter and immunizations. The reoccurring violence in Syria is forcing children to lose their communities, but UNICEF is fighting back with humanitarian support for those children on the run.
Several media outlets recently profiled Bryan Ware and his nonprofit, which recycles unwanted crayons into new crayons that are then given to children in hospitals for free. Stories showed up in news sites like The Huffington Post to applaud Ware and his cause, The Crayon Initiative. Ware found a way to keep waxy crayons out of landfills by repurposing and recirculating them, all while promoting creativity and imagination in children in need of some fun. You and your child can both get involved with this cause by setting up a fundraiser campaign to raise money or even by collecting old crayons from local restaurants.
Inventive Event Ideas to Augment Your Online Campaign
- Fundraisers like a food or book drive can begin with a lunch kick-off event. Not only will this event spread awareness about your ongoing fundraiser, it will also bring in big donations for the fund itself. Cook something that you can make in bulk but is still tasty, such as spaghetti, or grill up something on the barbecue, such as hotdogs and hamburgers, and charge for a plate of food. The event can be held at a local park. Bring games for the kids, such as an egg toss or a sack race. This is a great way for your children to have fun while learning about giving back.
- Super Hero For a Day
Looking to get your children more involved in nonprofit work? An easy way to mix your child’s love for superheroes with a lesson in compassion is to organize a fundraising event fit for a superhero. The event can include games like a treasure hunt to find the villain, a costume contest, a superhero relay and a piñata smash. First, you will need to secure a venue such as a park or auditorium. Next, create some buzz around your event through social media and word of mouth. Charge admission for entry via your online fundraising campaign and at the door at an increased cost. You can also sell snacks and refreshments at the event to boost your donation pool.
- Hit The Pavement
If you are interested in testing your endurance, enter a half-marathon or a full marathon as a way to raise money for the children’s cause of choice. You can get your kids involved if they are up to a challenge by running as a family. By securing a number of pledges from sponsors such as your friends and neighbors, you can bring in a substantial amount of money to ultimately donate to a deserving cause. You can facilitate donations from your sponsors through your online campaign and don’t forget to ask community members to come out and show their support at the race too.
Two Great Children’s Causes on YouCaring
- Meals for a Stable Future
Dedicated to providing daily meals for children in Uganda, this campaign is fighting for the children in the community who often drop out of school at an early age to start working in order to earn money. With the belief that no child should be deprived of education, this cause is raising money to provide children with daily meals so that they can attend school and pave their way to a stable future.
A Colombian band has decided to give back to children in need through their music. The band, Tu Rockcito, aims to give children an opportunity to participate in artistic and cultural activities. For them, nutrition is about providing a positive emotional experience as well resources like food. The group travels to needy areas of the country to perform to orphans and kids for free. They hope to not only lift these kid’s spirits but to also teach them about their surroundings. Last year, they visited and performed for over 30,000 kids in Bogata, and this year, they strive to bring joy to even more children.
Launch a Campaign for Children in Need
Feeling creative and inspired to donate to children in need? Organize your own online fundraiser today in tandem with unique fundraiser ideas to show your compassion for kids needed a helping hand. For more inspiration, check out eight other great children’s charities to donate to here, and find more fundraising ideas!
Take the initiative and start your fundraiser today!