At Challenge Day, our goal is to bring possibility and connection to schools. Our hope is by bringing an attitude of ease and abundance; fundraising will become a positive part of your community's Challenge Day experience. Because much of our success in schools is due to the participation and leadership of committed teenagers and adults in the community, fundraising gives you and your school the opportunity to reach out and involve others in our life-changing programs. Here are a few simple fundraising ideas to support a Challenge Day at your school:
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Make a list of people that have a passion for bringing love and acceptance to schools and could make a contribution to your Challenge Day program. Have teens or adults share why they need a Challenge Day (bullying, teasing, academic pressure, etc.) with these prospective donors and personally ask them for a contribution to your program (face-to-face). You may also consider sending a packet to them before your visit that includes information from the website and the Bully Solution/Teen Files DVD.
Host a small gathering at home for people passionate about supporting youth. Invite teens or adults to give a presentation about Challenge Day, and show the 15-minute Challenge Day DVD, available for a small donation. Provide guests with simple refreshments, and share with them the goal you wish to see at your school: love, support, and connection.
Many community groups support the activities of youth in their communities. Have teens and adults present the Challenge Day program to these various groups and focus on how the program will help all of you build a loving and supportive community. You could also invite these members to participate in the Challenge Days as adult participants. This is a great way to raise funds and introduce Challenge Day to your community.
Many local business men and women care very deeply about young people and their communities. You could ask them to get involved by funding a Challenge Day and provide them with a picture of the class they have adopted as well as an invitation to participate in the day-long program as an adult participant. Many schools also hang banners in front of their school to recognize the business or corporation that support the Challenge Days (businesses appreciate the advertising).
Check out the Foundation Center website for information on foundations and corporations that support youth in your area. Many organizations have set aside funds specifically to help promote violence-free and substance-free schools and communities. Contact these organizations and develop a partnership between your school and the community to support the Challenge Day programs.
If your school is applying for a grant from another organization or foundation, here is a template with helpful information about Challenge Day that you can use in your grant proposal.