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Event Planning Tools & Tips

Hosting a fundraising event is a fun way to get involved, and Cookies for Kids' Cancer makes it easy! Here are a few tips to get you started:

Do what you know. Do what you love. Cookies for Kids' Cancer was founded after a mother held a larger-than-life bake sale, so many supporters choose to raise funds through bake sales. But events of all shapes and sizes are happening all over the country From penny drives to dodge-ball tournaments, the opportunities are limitless!

Register your event! Once you have an idea for a date and type of event, make sure you register. It's OK if you haven't ironed out all the details. By registering, we can begin providing support and guiding you through the steps. We can even help spread the word.

Share the fun! Large or small, at home or at a place of business, get others involved. Recruit your kids, neighbors, classmates or club members. From making signs to collecting donations to spreading the word, there are plenty of tasks to go around, no matter what type of event you choose to hold.

Set a fundraising goal. At Cookies for Kids' Cancer, every dollar counts, and no effort is too small to make a huge difference in the life of a child battling cancer. So set a goal you're comfortable with, but that will also get you motivated and excited.Things to consider when setting a goal:Amount of time until your event, location (public or private), # of volunteers, etc.

Create a personal fundraising page. Setting up a fundraising page on our website is not only a great way to inspire others to give, but will enable you to collect donations from those who can't attend your event. Learn more about our fundraising pages.

Spread the word! No matter what type of event you choose to host, getting the word out is crucial. One great way to generate awareness is by creating a special Facebook page for the event. Post updates, news and promotions OFTEN to keep people interested. Also be sure to add your event to community event calendars, and reach out to local media contacts with details.

Order a copy of All the Good Cookies, the 2nd book by CFKC founder Gretchen Holt-Witt. Filled with 65+ cookie recipes (from gluten-free to treats for Fido!), inspirational stories and TONS of event and fundraising tips, it's a must-have resource! And:ALL author proceeds go to pediatric cancer research!

Involve the community. Reach out to local businesses for both in-kind (products and supplies) and monetary donations. A local business willing to support you efforts could also be a great location for your event. TIP: Local bakeries, grocery stores and other businesses are often willing to support efforts by donating items for your event. Some may provide raffle prizes, some may donate event supplies, and others may sponsor your event.

Collect donations. Let friends, family and co-workers know about your fundraiser, and if they cannot attend the actual event, ask them to make a donation and to help spread the word. Donations can be made online through the Cookies for Kids' Cancer donation page.

Plan the menu. Hosting a bake sale? Get your team together and determine the assortment of goodies, who will bake what, etc. For other events, no matter what, you'll want to make sure guests have refreshments. It can be as simple as coffee, punch and a few snacks for smaller events or a full buffet or sit-down-dinner for larger events.