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Fundraising Tips

As a runner or walker, you have a chance to make a real difference for kids by raising money to help kids in our community grow up stronger. Specifically, funds raised through the Race for Every Child will help improve care, expand access, and find cures for childhood diseases.

Because your registration fee simply covers the costs of managing the event, we ask every participant to raise at least $250 in addition to their registration fee. Every dollar raised above the registration fee will directly benefit children in need of medical care.

We’re here to help you raise money, even if you’ve never done it before. Sometimes all it takes is asking your friends and family members, and we have online tools and resources to make that easy. See our fundraising incentives.

Have questions or need help? Email the race team at or call 301-565-8571.

Fundraising Tools

For all Participants:

Email/Letter Templates:

Promotional Resources


For Team Captains:

Other Ideas:

  • Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program
  • Ask your employer if they will form a company team. All company teams have the option of hosting an internal kickoff, run by a race staff member. Our internal kickoffs include a presentation to educate your staff about Children's National and the race, and includes a registration day at your company with giveaways
  • Instead of asking for traditional birthday, housewarming, or celebration gifts, ask your friends and family to make a donation to your team.

  • Ask local businesses to set up a collection jar at their cash register. Create a fun donation jar with a team picture and share your story. Post flyers on bulletin boards at local restuarants, other businesses, and community centers.
  • Hold a benefit night at a local restaurant. Many restaurants already have programs to help nonprofits fundraise, and many will give you a percentage of sales for a designated day.
  • Host a pre-event fundraiser with your team members - like a garage sale, car wash, bake sale, house party, spaghetti dinner, ice cream social, golf outing, or pancake breakfast.
  • Consider a back to school bash, such as a BBQ fundraiser to celebrate the end of summer or the beginning of the school year.


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