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Kids for Wish Kids®

Kids like YOU can help local wish kids!

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 critical illnesses. 

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 – Contact us. We're here to help your fundraiser come to life! Send an email to, and we can you to plan your event.

Step 2 – Brainstorm your ideal fundraiser and recruit some friends!

Step 3 – Plan. Choose an adult adviser, pick a date for your event and create a schedule for your efforts leading up to the fundraiser.

Step 4 – Promote. Get creative about ways to get your school involved and share the fundraiser!

Step 5 – Celebrate! Tally your totals, share your experience and send your check into the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic office. Know that you you've had an impact on the lives of local wish kids!

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
Host a Fun Run!
  • Wish Week  Host a spirit week at your school dedicated to giving back! See more about how to set up a Wish Week at your school here!
  • Students vs. Teacher Events – Have a pie-in-the-face fundraiser, challenge your teachers to play a sports game or even duct tape them to the wall by selling tape strips for $1 a piece! 
  • School Dances – Donate a portion of ticket sales to support local wish kids.
  • Movie Night – Show a movie in the auditorium or on the football field for a suggested donation of $5.00 per attendee. Take it to the next level by selling candy and popcorn.
  • Sports Tournaments – Get competitive! Hold a sports tournament that can be grade vs. grade, teachers vs. teachers or teachers vs. students!
  • Fun Runs – Involve your whole community and encourage friendly competition.
  • Talent Show/Coffeehouse – Display your talents for a cause!
  • Spaghetti Dinner or Pancake Breakfast – Gather everyone around for a meal and charge $5.00 admission.
  • Penny Wars – Each grade level competes against each other to collect the most pennies. Students are encouraged to put nickels, dimes and quarters in another class's container to subtract the corresponding dollar amount from that class's total! The winning grade level gets a prize.
  • Pizza Sales – See if your school will allow you to sell pizza at lunch, or even muffins or bagels before schoo. Use your endoresement letter to gather donations from local stores and restaurants.
  • Host a Raffle – What can you give away that wouldn't cost anything but that students would love? Free prom tickets, yearbooks or season tickest to sports games!

Sell during sports games, lunches or other school events. Recruit parents too!
  • Make-A-Wish Wall – Sell Make-A-Wish stars for $1.00 each. Hang the stars around your school to create a wonderful visual of support!
  • 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.) 
  • Create an Online Fundraising Page – Contact to set up your own online fundraising page - it's fundraising made easy!

Stay in Touch

 Questions about planning a fundraiser?

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Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, Inc.
6555 Rock Spring Drive
Suite 280
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 962-9474
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