1. Get Inspired. Whatever it is— a local child battling cancer, someone in your family, or just the simple fact that you want to make a difference—keep that as the driving focus as you plan your event. If you do know one or more children battling cancer in your community, consider spotlighting them at your event. You can always find inspiration through the touching stories of the kids who inspire us too!
2. Do what you know; do what you love. Are you a runner? Ask people to support you when you run your next race. Do you work in an office? Host a bake sale in the break room. Are you a teacher? Inspire your students to host an event. Raise funds for pediatric cancer doing something that you know and love – keep it simple.
3. Location, Location, Location. Choosing the right venue you for your event is key. Don’t make the people come to you— go where the people are! Look for a well-advertised happening in your community with high foot-traffic and great visibility. Of course, many supporters have had great success with private or in-office events. We’ve guided supporters through thousands of events, so if you’re unsure about location or would like some insight, just ask!
4. Recruit help! Ask friends, neighbors, family…People power goes a long way! If you’re hosting a bake sale, ask each of them to help by baking 4-6 dozen cookies each. No matter what kind of event, there’s plenty of work to go around – from collecting donations to making signs!
5. Spread the word. Create a Facebook group, a twitter handle, send emails and make lots of phone calls leading up to your event. Consider asking local newspapers, radio shows, and news stations to run a story on your event or add you to their community calendars. Also create a Giving Page so you can collect donations in advance, as well as give those unable to attend your event an opportunity to contribute!
6. Try to have everything donated! In addition to recruiting personal contacts to help, ask local bakeries, restaurants, and grocery stores to donate items you need. Grocery stores will often donate gift cards for you to use when purchasing supplies. Also consider asking a local craft store to donate packaging supplies and decorations, or a local printing company to print signage for you.
7. Stock up on supplies. The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Gift Shop has everything you need to brand your event — a bake sale kit, t-shirts, aprons, and more! It’s a one-stop shop.
8. Make it your own! No matter what the event, if put your heart into it, it’s going to be great! For a bake sale, bake your favorite goodies. Are you crafty? Sell some of your items at the event! Have event t-shirts made & take orders. The opportunities are endless!
9. Take advantage of our resources. The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer team is here to provide any support you need, and to guide through each step of the process. We have templates for signage and letters, and even tools you can add to your blog or website for branding. We can even help you spread the word about your event through our social media networks. Have a question? Just ask!
10. BE A GOOD COOKIE. At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, it is not just about hosting events or buying cookies. It’s about BEING A GOOD COOKIE – finding your own special ways to get involved & raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Every single act of kindness matters and every single dollar raised counts. See all the ways to Be a Good Cookie.