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Kids for Wish Kids®

Kids like YOU can help local wish kids!

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A Kids-Helping-Kids Philanthropy Program 

Kids For Wish Kids® is a Make-A-Wish® program that enables students to discover philanthropy by designing their own fundraising project and managing it from start to finish. Students develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, and learn about teamwork while directly impacting the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. 

Program Objectives

  • Increase awareness among children and teenagers about the mission of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic
  • Encourage young people to become actively involved in fulfilling wishes for local kids
  • Foster the values of community service, volunteerism, teamwork, leadership skills, and school spirit in a hands-on learning experience


How to Start a Fundraiser

Step 1 – Brainstorm your ideal fundraiser. We have lots of ideas you can choose from below or you can create your own. 

Step 2 – Recruit your teachers, parents, sports teams, clubs, friends and your community can all help to make a fundraiser successful! 

Step 3 – Plan. Pick a day, or a whole week, to hold your fundraiser. Choose a location and confirm everything with your adult advisors. Contact the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic office at, we’re here to help!

Step 4 – Promote. Design and create posters and flyers to share at school and in your community. The Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic office can help! The more people you get involved, the more fun and successful your event will be! 

Step 5 – Celebrate! At the end of your fundraiser, a Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic representative can come and speak with you and your classmates about your impact! Then, share your experience, tally your totals, and make your impact known! 

Program Ideas:
Try one of these events, pair multiple together to create a Wish Week at your school, brainstorm your own ideas, or contact the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic office for more information and ideas! Contact:


Charge admission, include door prizes or a silent auction and incorporate a bake sale
  • Students vs. Teacher Events – Challenge your teachers at a sport or pie-in the face challenge
  • Fun Runs – Involve your whole community and encourage competition!
  • Talent Shows – Display your talents for a cause 
  • School Dances – Theme around a Wish Type! “I wish to go”, “I wish to be”, etc. 
  • Rival School Sports Tournaments – Engage in some friendly competition!
  • Spaghetti Dinner or Pancake Breakfast – Have your team or club host a fun themed event

We know tons of FUNdraising games, here are a few: 
  • Penny Wars! – Compete against each other to collect the most money. Pennies count as positive points. All other money (nickels, dimes, quarters, bills) count as negative points equal to the cent value.
  • How Many in a Jar? – Load up a jar full of goodies and ask students to guess how many is in the jar. Ask for a donation to guess, and give the winner a prize. 
  • Jail & Bail – Play this school-wide game for a week! For a donation, students and teachers can be “arrested”, bailed out or set free. 

Sell during sports games, lunches or other school events. Recruit parents too!
  • Make-A-Wish Wall – Sell special Make-A-Wish paper stars that can be provided to you, each donor can write their name on a star to be displayed.
  • Sell T-Shirts – Develop a cool design, include your school’s logo or your club’s colors! 
  • Sell Make-A-Wish Bracelets – Sell special Make-A-Wish bracelets that can be ordered through the Make-A-Wish office.
  • Candy Grams / Holiday Sales – Pick a holiday and dedicate all sales as donations! (Pumpkins, Candy Canes, American Flags, etc.) 

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions. 

Stay in Touch

 Questions about planning a fundraiser?

Contact us!

Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, Inc.
5272 River Road
Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 962-9474
After Hours Nightline (301) 962-9474
Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, Inc., Baltimore Field Office
9475 Deereco Road
Deer Park Center, Suite 306
Timonium, MD 21093
(410) 453-9430
(410) 453-9430