Fundraising Ideas - “The End of Bullying Begins With Me”
You are asking and PACER is listening! PACER recognizes and values the generosity of people who make a personal and meaningful contribution to the cause. It is in that spirit that we share a few creative fundraising ideas that have come from students, organizations, and schools – along with a few of our own.
Remember, when you hold a fundraiser, be sure to let people know that the proceeds from your activity are being donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
- Orange ribbons — Orange is the color of bullying prevention. We encourage you to wear orange during National Bullying Prevention Month in October and beyond. One easy way to do this is to create orange ribbons. Visit your local fabric store, buy a spool of orange ribbon, and cut it into 18-inch strips, or simply use orange construction paper.
- Oranges — Ask your local grocer to donate (or discount) oranges and offer them to supporters in return for a donation.
- Wristbands — Purchase orange silicon wristbands, customize them with ‘TeensAgainstBullying.org,’ ‘The End of Bullying Begins With Me,’ or ‘I Care About Bullying Prevention.’ Sell them at school events.
- Orange swag — Purchase inexpensive orange items, such as shirts, basketballs, hats, socks or shoelaces. Encourage everyone to purchase, along with extra donation to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
- Temporary Tattoos — Purchase tattoos, that can be adhered (and easily removed), which reflect themes of diversity, acceptance, and kindness.
- School T-shirt — Hold a T-shirt design contest. Ask people to vote for the winning design. Create an order form. Set the price for more than the cost of the shirts. Encourage people to preorder. When there are several orders, get the shirts printed. If there are extra T-shirts, sell them for a profit, and contribute the proceeds.
- Unity Posters — Hold a contest to create UNITY posters. Request a small contribution from each participant and ask local businesses to donate prizes. The poster could include artwork, poetry, writing, or a combination of all three. Have a committee select the top three and award the prizes.
- Unity Banner — Create a huge banner with the word UNITY as the central theme. Ask everyone to make a voluntary contribution to sign the banner, define what unity means to them, or make a suggestion about ways to unite as a school or organization.
- Pajama Day — Sell tickets for the right to wear pajamas to school one day.
- Orange shoe raffle — Ask a local running store to donate a pair of orange athletic shoes. The shoes can be symbolic, representing a $50 or $100 gift certificate, and tickets can be raffled for $1 to $5 using the slogan “Will you take the first step to prevent bullying?”
- Birthday party — It’s your birthday but instead of having guests bring presents, ask them to make a donation to the National Bullying Prevention Center.
- Concert — Hold a concert (vocal or band) and charge admission or ask guests to donate to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
- 3-on-3 basketball tournament — Host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and contribute the proceeds.
- Kick ball tournament — Stage a fun, engaging kick ball tournament and donate the entrance fees.
- Sporting event – Ask your school if you can dedicate a home game to bullying prevention. Sell orange T-shirts to have an “orange out” at the game, and donate the proceeds to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Have fans sign a banner at the game to show their support for bullying prevention. Ask team members to wear orange armbands, socks, or even use an orange ball. Be sure to make an announcement at the game! Here’s a great example.