Fund Raising Ideas
Thank you for your support in helping to bring an end to the 20 year war in Uganda.
There are several ways you can help make a difference in the lives of the children and families of northern Uganda.
- Contact your local and State representatives
- Spread the word about the war on children
- Start a petition with several of your friends
- purchases a "Children Aid-Uganda" wristband or dog tag key chains.
- Make a donation.
These ideas can be used at school, with your youth group, your
family and friends, a team or organization. You can get any and everyone involved - all you need is some energy and coordination!
on taking action:
- ADVERTIZE! Encourage, provoke, and inspire – get the word out!
- Make sure you get the media involved! Send press releases to your school, local newspaper,
and television stations.
- Get all of the necessary permission and permits.
1. Film Screening: Ask one of your favorite instructors if he/she would be willing to show Invisible Children in class.
Especially target those who teach World Studies, Social Justice, etc – but don't limit yourself - talk to anyone who
you think would be interested! Writing a short proposal is a very professional touch – describe the severity of the
conflict and relate it and call for justice to your current coursework. If the instructor feels that this will complement
the class well, you have a better chance of it getting shown! Include a copy of the video and offer to follow-up the screening
with a discussion session or presentation. *This is a great idea for youth groups, student organizations, and anything else
you're involved in*
2. School-wide film screening: Write a detailed proposal and schedule a meeting with your school
administration about a school-wide showing of a Uganda-related documentary. Accompany this event with a fundraiser, speaker,
or school-wide action plan. [Let teachers know about the screening so if they are interested in leading discussion groups
in their classes they can get information from you or from www.supportchildrenaid.org] 3. Group Projects: Student governments, sports teams, drama organizations, National Honor Societies, and dance teams do
service projects in the community. Many times you may end up scrambling to find an organization to support. Talk to your advisor
(early!) about dedicating your project to aiding the peace process in northern Uganda.
4. Wear those ribbons! Start
a ribbon campaign for awareness in northern Uganda! This is a great way to raise awareness! Get a group of friends together
to make a bunch of ORANGE ribbons with safety pins (one of the colors of Uganda's national flag). Attach them to a short blurb
about the conflict – including some startling facts – and a reference to www.supportchildrenaid.org. Wear yours everyday and bring a stash to hand out to friends and those who are interested in wearing them.
your mind: Write an editorial to your school newspaper about the conflict in northern Uganda and make a call for action –
from your fellow students, from your community, and from the U.S. government and international community. Or, if you or a
friend is on the newspaper staff, write a feature story. There's a lot of information to make this a really interesting piece!
Child abductions campaign: Work with a member of the administration to lead a school-wide awareness campaign about the horrific
and extensive child abductions in northern Uganda. Symbolizing the close to 50,000 children abducted to be child soldiers,
throughout the day (every hour, passing period, etc.) announce over the intercom that students have been abducted (include
a story with each!). Have the "abducted" students dress in costume, and they are unable to speak the rest of the day.
Don't let it be "The Forgotten War": Meet a group of friends at school early to COVER the school in Uganda awareness - don't
let it go unseen! (Make sure you receive all of the proper permission from your school's administration)
a. Write chalk
messages on the sidewalks
b. Hang signs in the stairwells and hallways. Make the signs interesting, personal, and
attention-getting. Refer to www.suppportchildrenaid.org, a ribbon campaign, or a Uganda-related event.
c. Stick small footprints throughout a common area and in the hallways,
leading to an information table with information about Uganda-CAN campaigns, a sign-up sheet for those interested in working
on Uganda-related projects, a petition for peace, and announcements about upcoming events, like a film screening or speaker.
d. Tie big orange ribbons around doorhandles, trees, and lockers
7. Organize a Prayer Vigil: Organize a service
to pray for the end of the unnecessary suffering of the civilians in northern Uganda. Advertise the vigil, and host it in
a public location so that others may join in.
8. Host a House Party: A very fun way to raise awareness about northern
Uganda – while socializing! Have people over and show Invisible Children. To follow-up, you can discuss ideas about
how you would like to get involved. Be creative!
9. Host A Speaker: Invite a speaker - this could complement a film
screening really well. There are many inspiring people who would be able to speak – local Ugandans, activists, and political
figures. Investigate your community for Ugandan organizations, or universities for professors in African Studies departments.
Wherever you host it (school, community center, etc.), advertise well, book a facility with enough seating, and charge admission/suggest
10. Instant Messenger Campaign: Send a brief message describing the conflict in northern Uganda (and some
shocking facts) and a www.supportchildrenaid.org link to all of your buddies. Ask them to pass it on to their buddies and to post it in their profile and/or away message.
This really works, and is a great advertising tool if you are going to have an event!
11. Website, My Space: Do you
have a webpage or My Space online journal? Make a post about the conflict in northern Uganda, Invisible Children, and some
fun ideas about taking action and fundraising. You can reference www.ugandacan.org and make sure to publicize any upcoming
events in your school, etc.
12. Local Editorial: Write a letter to the editor in your local newspaper. Newspapers receive
a number of such letters everyday, so some tips to get yours published:
a. Make it short and concise – present
solid facts and make your request/recommendation known early. Stick to one topic.
b. Connect with the newspaper and
your community. People will take interest in a concerned and passionate young adult.
c. Advertise local efforts –
action and fundraising – that those who are interested can get involved in. If you wish, refer readers to the Uganda-CAN
d. Make sure to include your full contact information. If the newspaper cannot contact you to verify,
your piece won't get printed. If you live in a larger city, target the "Teen" section of your paper – often a weekly
segment. Even better, contact the editors of the Teen section, encouraging them to do a feature on the conflict and the potential
for young people to get involved – share your efforts as an example. These papers are always looking for fresh Teen
concerns to report on, so this is a great thing to check into!
13. Talk it UP! Simple as that – tell everyone
who will listen about the conflict and peace process of northern Uganda. Talk about it with your parents or guardians and
the dinner table. Call and email friends and family members to tell them about Uganda, what you're doing, and encourage them
to get involved. Refer everyone to www.supportchildrenaid.org for the latest news, legislative updates, and national campaigns.
14. Gulu Walk: Organize an event to simulate the
harrowing journey of the nearly 40,000 young night commuters that travel into Gulu each night. Work with the administration
to host an overnight walk on your school's track! For 12 or 24 hours, have students come out and walk the 6-10 mile distance
that many of these children do every night. Register teams of friends and collect registration fees and pledges for fundraising.
This is an incredibly powerful event – have fun with it!
15. March on Washington: Host a virtual March on Washington,
where you have a designated group of people call your state senator to demand their support for peaceful action in northern
16. Yard campaign: Ask your favorite neighbors to post a sign in their yard about the conflict in northern
Uganda. You might consider getting a few of these printed up so that they look more appealing – with a fact or two,
call to action, and reference to www.supportchildrenaid.org. Of course, put one in your own yard!
17. Speaking engagements: Contact your church, other local high schools, youth
groups, book clubs, and adult organizations (like the Knights of Columbus or Veterans Club) and ask if you may have a few
moments to speak to their group. Create a short presentation – use some media – about the conflict in northern
Uganda, the push for peace, and call for action. Make sure to publicize action events in the area, and refer them to Supportchildrenaid
18. Express Yourself: Are you a slam poet, dancer, actor, singer, writer, musician, or rapper? Create a piece
expressing an aspect of the conflict that you find interesting – maybe the night commuters, child abductions, politics,
or the peace process. Write, choreograph, and perform your awareness campaign! Take part in studio shows, school talent performances,
19. Letter Writing Campaign: Organize a letter-writing campaign to your state senator, asking for their
commitment to a peace process in northern Uganda. At school, have a table set up where students can read and sign pre-typed
letters before/after school and during lunch. Make sure to let people know about this effortless, but extremely effective,
20. Locker Signs: With a cool design and strong message, keep a sign about northern Uganda (conflict, child
abductions, etc.) on the outside of your locker. People will stop and read it while in the hallway. Put posters up on the
lockers of all your interested friends also!
21. Strength in numbers: Participate in Uganda-related events in your
school and community! Assist on a planning committee, talk it up, and attend!
22. Share your ideas: Share your ideas,
what worked, what didn't, and tips with high schoolers across the nation! Email Uganda-CAN's high school outreach coordinator
at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can post your information on the high school website.
23. Uganda-CAN Events: Participate
in Uganda-CAN coordinated campaigns! Sign up on our mailing list and regularly check in for the latest at www.ugandacan.org.
The $1 campaign: Complemented by a push for awareness (any of the suggestions in this list - the documentary showing, speaker,
or poster campaign, etc.) run a "Your $1 Towards Peace in Uganda." There is great publicity potential in this campaign –
a couple of suggestions.
i. "What is $1 to You?" 1/5 a Starbucks drink, 1/8 a movie ticket, 1/40 a new pair of jeans,
1/2 a Coke…but a great deal more to the peace process in Uganda.
ii. Make this a strong community effort! Get
your student body to be psyched about ALL contributing. Each student's $1 may feel like nothing, but times the 1,000 (or however
many) students in your high school – it goes a LONG way! "Your $1. Times 1,000. A single contribution means Central
High School is pulling strong for peace in Uganda"
Have teachers collect all of the $1 contributions in first period
(maybe over two days, in case people forget). Lots of reminders – posters, African music playing in the mornings, etc.
will help a lot!
25. Jeans day! If your school has a uniform/dress code work with your administrators on hosting a
"Jeans Day." On an assigned day, students can pay $1 each to wear jeans and an orange shirt (we say orange here because of
the Ugandan flag – or make it yellow or brown!). This is a surprisingly easy and successful way to fundraise! If your
school doesn't have a restricted dress code, be creative…
26. It's Delicious: How about a good old-fashioned
bake sale? Have a group of friends and interested students bring a bunch of treats and snacks to sell during lunch. Distribute
information about the conflict in northern Uganda and the push for peace to advertise the great cause!
27. Sell Clothes:
Cut down your closet – sell the items you don't wear very often and contribute that money towards the peace process
in Uganda. Here's some tips about selling clothes in your area: http://www.ehow.com/how_17969_sell-clothes-consignment.html
Ebay Business: Do you have some odd trinkets that might catch a few bucks? Are you an artist or jewelry designer? Put some
items up for sale online – and describe where your proceeds are going! Tell your family, friends, and classmates about
your awesome entrepreneurship self and ask for their support.
29. "Cash" in that allowance: Contribute 10% of your
allowance or earnings to the peace process and humanitarian efforts in Uganda, and encourage your friends to do the same.
A few bucks go a long way!
30. Host a CRAZY fun benefit: Does your Student Government, youth group, or sports team
host an annual event like a dance, MORP, or dinner? Talk to the group's advisor (early!) about making the event a benefit
– and that a certain percentage of the earnings will go towards a Ugandan-related effort.
31. Penny Wars: This
is a really fun and successful fundraising competition! Organize your group into teams (for instance, in school, by class).
Your team wants to raise as much money in pennies as it can (pennies help), but donate a lot of silver and bills to the other
teams (everything else hurts). In the end, each team's silver/bill total is subtracted from its total penny count. It is helpful
to get a lot of people on this project – for instance, the student government, which can rally each class. A closing
pep rally/assembly to "present" each group's money is a really fun way to celebrate your efforts.
32. Working at the
Car Wash: Schedule a carwash spot (in advance!) by calling the manager of a local fast food restaurant or shop – and
make sure it's at a busy, noticeable spot! Get a crew, supplies, and LOTS of big signs together – advertise the great
cause. Usually asking for donations is the way to go – if you get a lot of attention, these can be really successful!
Play some music and have fun!
33. Tournaments: Add some fun (and fundraising) to a weekend! Put together a tournament
and charge registration fees for each team. With some planning and lots of energy, these come off to be really fun events
that everyone can be a part of!
iii. Talk to your local golf course about hosting a benefit golf tournament and advertise
to course members, friends, family, your church, etc.
iv. Host an evening poker tournament – or "Casino Night."
v. Organize a basketball/ultimate Frisbee/soccer tournament at your school – include parent, or "Mom" and "Pop,"
teams for added entertainment! Push for everyone to get a group of friends together for a team – no matter how good!
Encourage crazy team themes and costumes. Just adds to the fun!
34. Potluck party: Why don't you and some friends
host a fun potluck lunch at school? Cook African, other international, or any delicious food and ADVERTISE! Charge per plate
– this is a nice alternative to the same old cafeteria! Play fun music, and you're bound to get a great crowd! You could
also host this as an evening dinner.
35. Back to the Scout days: Remember selling chocolates, trash bags, and sweets
door-to-door? Well, it worked then, try it now!
36. Block Party: With your parent/guardian's help, organize a fun neighborhood
cookout. After eating and socializing, show your guests Invisible Children, explain your efforts in the campaign for peace,
and ask for their support. Explain exactly how fundraising works – where their donation would be going, and what it
would do. You'd be surprised how generous people can be!
37. Dance: Is your school in need of a funky, fun dance in
the middle of the winter – which can also serve as a great benefit event? Make it a class event – a Sophomore
"Famous Couples" dance, a Freshman spring MORP, or a Senior 80's dance. Work with school administrations an interested group
(Student government, NHS, sports team, club, etc.) to create a fun theme, ADVERTISE, add some fun perks, get a DJ, decorate,
and sell tickets! With a fun group to work with – this is a surprisingly easy event to pull off, especially if people
get excited about it!
38. Art Show and Auctions: Talk to art students at your school, a local college, or nearby gallery
and have them donate pieces for a gallery and auction. Better yet, see if you can get artists to do work depicting international
issues, cultures, or travel. Get local African artists involved! Set up a cool and funky exhibit at your school, nearby gallery,
or community center. Advertise and host a fun showing and auction of the pieces! Get the artists involved, and this could
be a really awesome event.
39. Benefit Concert/Battle of the Bands: Rock out on a Friday night. Get local bands, especially
ones with a reputation that would draw a crowd, to put on a benefit concert or Battle of the Bands. Charge admission, and
have concessions for another easy fundraiser. This is a really fun event to put together!
40. Performance: Put together
a funky performance – Variety Show with a twist. An international theme (this could be REALLY fun!) with some local
African or other artists to perform. Maybe the Senior Class would want to put on a final talent show. Or get a local improv
or comedy group to perform. Talk this up, get some great performers (they're out there!) and charge admission. Concession
adds some easy funds.
41. Party/pool party/bonfire: A very fun way to raise some funds! Host a house party, pool party
at a local neighborhood, or bonfire on a slow weekend. Make invitations open, have some fun music and snacks, and get people
excited! Ask for a $5 donation at the door (or charge).
42. Tailgate: Host a tailgate before a big game (maybe your
parents/guardians and their friends would want to be involved too)! Once you know how many people will be attending, get your
food (you can budget to keep costs low), and charge per plate. Party for peace in the parking lot!
43. Sports Game:
Have people over to watch a big game – making clear it will be a benefit event! Ask for donations at the door. Some
food, energy, and the game will get them there.
44. High School Admission: Working early with your administration,
investigate the possibility of donating a percentage of admissions costs for a theatre performance or big Friday night game
to Uganda-related efforts. Local media would be likely to cover this support, and your school would be able to announce to
its crowd/audience that the evening's fees are benefiting an extremely important international effort!
45. Give it
Up for Peace: Do you always have to have that morning Starbucks, midday Coke, or afterschool candy bar? How about giving your
crutch up for a month, and instead donate that money towards Uganda-related efforts. Giving up a little luxury goes a long
46. Start your own ICAN (International Conflict Action Network): Is your school lacking an active, internationally-minded
student organization? Start your own! Find an interested faculty advisor, get administrative approval, and start planning
events for awareness, fundraising, and action! Great advertising – or showing Invisible Children – will get kids
interested and ready to join. Having an ICAN would allow you to focus on any conflicts that may be of interest to those involved
– northern Uganda, Darfur, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, etc.