Fundraising 101


Other Ways to Raise
Here at Give Kids The World Village, we’re partial to ice cream because of the importance our Ice Cream Palace holds for our families—the joy of free ice cream, morning to night, every day of the week. Helping us doesn’t mean your event has to include ice cream. Every year, our supporters hold hundreds of other events of all different types to benefit GKTW Village, and you can too.


Below are a few ideas of non-ice cream events, but feel free to get creative and come up with one of your own.

Special Occasion Donation
In lieu of birthday gifts, wedding gifts, house-warming gifts or retirement gifts ask for monetary donations to Give Kids The World Village instead. Thank your supporters with a handwritten note! To create your special occasion fundraising page, click here.

Bottle Drive
If you are in a state that allows bottle deposits, start a bottle drive. Put flyers around your neighborhood telling people to put their bottles out on a certain day.

Donate Tips
If you are a server or bartender, choose a night where all or a percentage of your tips will be donated to Give Kids The World Village. Make sure to let your customers know your intentions, they may be feeling extra generous!

Corporate Matching
Take advantage of a corporate matching gift program. 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 human resources.

Have a Bake Sale
This tried and true method is a great way to raise funds while allowing your inner baker to shine through! Do you know someone who always brings amazing desserts to parties? See if they will help you make some treats to sell at an event that way your oven won’t be doing all the work. Try selling items for a donation of the person’s choice as opposed to listing prices.

Collect at Lunch
Put up a display in the lunch room at work including a flyer with your picture and a note about what you are doing. Be sure to include a jar for donations and a stack of donation forms. Make sure your employer if it’s ok with them before you do.

Neighborhood Yard Sale
Sometimes the easiest way to fundraise is to use the things you already have, so have a yard sale! This is a great way to clear out some space in your house and raise at the same time. Just make sure you have signs and flyers that let shoppers know their purchases are for a good cause, as well as a donation jar. Invite your family and friends to sell some of their things too. You can even get your whole neighborhood involved!

Design a T-Shirt
Companies like Booster have programs where you can sell t-shirts for a cause. Design the shirt yourself or contact the company about in-house designers. Usually there is a minimum number of shirts that need to be ordered in order to be produced. Set your sale price to determine the donation that will be made to your Scoops of Hope event, and then market your shirt like crazy! The more people who buy your shirt, the more money you raise for children facing life-threatening illnesses.

Host a Walkathon
Walkathons are always a fun and healthy fundraising event. They bring communities together and are an effective way to raise funds and awareness for the chosen cause. In this kind of event, walkers ask their friends and family to sponsor them for a certain amount for each mile walked (i.e. five dollars for every mile). This is also a great healthy initiative for companies to get behind and support their employees.

Rock On!
If you know any local musicians, ask them to perform a benefit concert at a local venue where they like to perform, or even other locations like in your backyard!


Shop/Eat for GKTW Village
Get a local restaurant or boutique to help you arrange a special shopping or dining experience for your friends, family or community, where a portion of the money spent by patrons is donated to your Scoops of Hope event. An event like this not only helps bring attention to the store or restaurant, but also helps spread awareness about Give Kids The World Village.


As always, we are here for you!  Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Scoops of Hope Specialists for help. Call our office at (407) 396-1114 or email us at