Why We Ride

Team IRON EAGLES is a group of friends and family dedicated to fighting Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We join forces to raise money for the NATIONAL MS SOCIETY to support the great PROGRAMS they have available to help members of the community and to support the exciting RESEARCH being done in the field. We blog about why we ride, our experiences at fundraising events, our fundraisers and training tips. We also have links to information on MS and MS research. JOIN US!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

15 Ways for the Under 15 Crowd to Fundraise

I know sometimes it's hard for our younglings to get out there and raise funds so here are a few ways you can collect some cash for your ride. (Old Folks are welcome to try these techniques too)

1. Wear a tshirt advertizing your goal :-) New for this year: you should have donors sign your shirt when they write the new goal on the back. Jacob said he was going to have next year's donors sign his MS shirt from this year. Cool memories!

2. Collect spare change in a jar. You will be surprised at how fast it adds up!

3. Offer to do odd jobs for your neighbors for donations. Don't specify a price--just ask for a donation. Hopefully they will give more than you would have asked for!

4. Work hard at team fundraisers such as the upcoming car wash.

5. Is there a business that you frequent? Ask the owner if they would be willing to donate something. Money is the easiest but if they are willing to donate product then we can try to sell it.

6. Make something to sell. I have an etsy shop for my handmade items and if we have enough interest I can make a Team Iron Eagles etsy shop. Anything you make would go to your ride (minus etsy fees).

7. Save your babysitting money.

8. Sell Mary Kay for MS via Aunt Shelly.

9. Set aside part of your allowance.

10. Sell a "lucky penny" for $1 (this is Aunt Shelly's idea)

11. Offer to write a haiku for a donation. (5-7-5)

12. Ask your parents what job they would be willing to pay you to do (note: do NOT ask for money for regular chores or for jobs you should do just because you are part of the family and living in the house...paid jobs should be extra hard and done extra well).

13. Sing Danny Boy (or similarly hilarious (to me) song) in the Food Court at the Mall. Get it on video. This is worth $10 to any team member who does it. You can only do it once. You must get permission from a parent. Void where prohibited.

14. [see comments below for whatever great idea you add to the mix]

15. [see comments below for whatever great idea you add to the mix...because "13 ways for the Under 15 Crowd to Fundraise" doesn't sound as cool but I'm a little tapped out....]


  1. *) Harmon's lemonade stand -- we should do this as a team!
    *) Sell things you no longer need via KSL.com
    *) Go door to door in your bike jersey and ask for pocket change
    *) I like the jar with pocket change. Take it with you places. Make it visible. And put the URL to this blog on it. Let people know what this is about.
    *) The Dollar campaign. Ask for $1 donations. See how many you can get. It adds up fast.
    *) Ask your school if you can bring pop (from Costco) and sell it one day. If they can't let you do that then ask people to abstain from pop for one day and give the change they would've used for pop to you (in the really cool change jar you create :-)
    *) Get Costco pop and sell it at the parade on the 24th of July! Sell otter pops too. Put it in a cooler on a wagon and walk around. Wear your bike jersey and have the team flag and some posters visible.
    *) Those of you with traveling instruments can set up on a corner and put a hat out. Get posters or the team flag. Let people know what the money is for. Wear your Bike Jersey (or borrow one).
    *) Ask grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. Ask teachers, businesses you frequent (as noted above), Ask everybody!
    *) Sell bugs (ask Emily Lara and Kathryn how it's done :-)
    *) Wear your bike jersey to school and let teachers, friends etc. know what you are doing. Bring the change jar. Ask the school to set the change jar in the office at the front desk (with the blog URL -- so people can get an idea of what this is all about)

  2. Here's a great link from the NMSS website about fundraising.