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Fundraising and Grant Writing

Kids Run the Nation programs are administered and funded in a variety of ways. Consider the following ideas, taking into account funding needs, fundraising goals, timeframe, location, manpower, proposed use of funds, and corporate or nonprofit status.


Friends, family, and community members pledge donations for each lap run

Run Across America

Friends, family, and community members pledge donations for cumulative miles “run across America” by program participants

Field Day

Invite friends, family, and community members to participate in field day activities for a donation

Merchandise Sales

Design and sell apparel, bake and sell sweet, or sell other goods with proceeds benefiting your program

Car Wash

Program members wash cars for donations

Running Clothes Day at School or the Office

Allow students or employees to attend school or work in running clothes for a donation

Donations Boxes at Local Businesses

Ask businesses to display donation collection boxes near cash registers and reception areas

Tabling at Local Events

Offer program information and collect donations at community events

Restaurant Nights

Coordinate an evening where a portion of a restaurant’s sales benefit your program

Corporate / Community Group Event

Invite local businesses, schools, and community groups to participate in a team 5k or other event for a donation


Ask community members and businesses for donated goods and services to include in a silent or live auction, with proceeds benefiting your program

School / Community Social Event

Hold a community dance, concert, film screening, or other social event for a donation

Yard sale

Hold a community yard sale, offering table space to community members for a donation

If you choose to utilize the RunSignUp platform for your program, consider including a donation page to raise funds from participants, their families and friends, local residents, business owners, and community leaders.

We would love to hear about innovative fundraising ideas that have been successful for your youth running program. Email today!

Grant Writing

Local, state, and national government agencies and foundations of all sizes grant funds, services, and materials to qualified nonprofit organizations, schools, and other groups. Explore the following online resources for lists of grant opportunities and grant writing tips.

  • provides a wealth of information on identifying grant opportunities and submitting quality grant proposals. The subscription-based Foundation Directory Online helps you determine the best funding sources from their database of more than 140,000 grantmakers.
  • is a membership-based service that helps organizations identify potential funding sources, including access to their searchable grantmaker database.

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