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How Kids Can Help: Fundraising Ideas

How to Get Involved

It’s simple! Below are a few of the most popular fundraising ideas from previous years, but feel free to create your own unique fundraiser to benefit Johns Hopkins Children's Center. You can also contact Julie Riddle in the development office at 410-361-6499 to see what resources might be available for the project you select. Download these ideas for easier printing.

Host a Fundraising Event

Hop for Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Hold a hop centered on a theme like the oldies, country music or a luau, for example. Attendees donate to participate. Refreshments and snacks can be sold.

Spirit Day

Students donate a minimum of $1 for the privilege of attending school out of uniform on a particular day. This same idea can apply to other special days like crazy hair day, pajama day, hat day, sunglasses day, crazy outfit day, and so on. 


Using canisters, vote via coins for teachers to receive a pie in the face. The top three teachers are chosen. This idea can also be used for having teachers kiss a frog, hold a snake, and so on.

Show Your Love

For every $.50 donation, present a chocolate kiss and a paper heart. All the hearts are displayed in a common space at the school. This idea can be used with different candy and other shaped pieces of paper that would then be displayed.

Linking Up

Paper links can be sold for a set price, then assembled into a chain and displayed. A twist to this idea is to create a tessellation using two different colored triangles.

Talent Show

A talent show is a great way for students and teachers to share their talents with an audience. Donations can be collected from attendees and additional funds could be raised by selling refreshments. An additional way to raise funds for the Talent Show would be to vote a few weeks before the event for specific teachers to display their talents. This can be accomplished by using a canister for each teacher that would like to participate and the students, staff and faculty can vote with their spare change. The top three teachers that have the most funds are the ones to perform.

A “thon” Type Event for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Decide what type of “thon” event you would like to hold to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Popular types of “thon” events include math, reading, spelling and running. The idea is to obtain donations from your family and friends for each time a unit of measure is accomplished during a specific time period. For example: 

  • Math: $.50 per problem solved correctly
  • Reading: $1.00 per book read
  • Spelling: $.50 per word spelled correctly

A letter from the principal explaining the "thon" event accompanies the student home. At the same time, distribute pledge forms and encourage students to begin immediately to collect their pledges from friends, relatives and neighbors. Students submit their completed packet for correction and then the students take the verification to their sponsors and collect the agreed amount for each problem solved correctly. A sample of a sponsor sheet and letter can be obtained from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center development office by calling 410-361-6499.

Fundraise Online

Fundraise online as a part of the Kids Helping Hopkins program by creating your own personal fundraising page and start fundraising for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center today.

Join a Committee

If you’d like to join one of our committees to increase your involvement in the Kids Helping Hopkins program, please read our Organizational Overview to see how you might be a fit. Please email us with any questions you might have! 

Make a Donation

Checks should be made out to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and mailed to:

Kids Helping Hopkins
Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Office of Development
750 E. Pratt Street, Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD 21202


Donations of toys and art supplies for Johns Hopkins Children's Center patients are always welcome, but please first contact our Department of Child Life. Child life specialists know what our patients would enjoy, as well what they may have in the hospital. With child life’s approval, you may send (new) toys and (new) collections of supplies to:

Department of Child Life 
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center 
Room 7217
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 

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