School Fundraising

Fun Run Themes for School Fundraising

A Fun Run is a fabulous choice for school fundraising because competition is out of the race and fun is in! Children, teenagers and adults alike need only join with the intention of having a good time and asking for school donations. Some schools like to introduce a theme for the run to make it even more fun and engaging for students. We’re here to help with these popular Fun Run Themes.

What are the Most Popular Fun Run Themes?

Some schools like to add in a fun run theme to increase excitement and motivation by the event participants. Your fun run can be the highlight of the year for your participants, using one of these great fun run theme ideas. Be sure to remember your audience, as ideas that work for elementary school fundraising differ from those at the high school fundraising level.

Color Runs

Color Run Fundraisers really add the fun to Fun Runs! Coloring the white t-shirts of your runners, walkers and strollers – hey, no rush involved in this 5K race – is an electric Fun Run idea for your school. To make the paint throwing extra safe for kids, having teachers and parents do the dousing would be the best way to go about it. Squirt guns filled with food grade, non-toxic paint may be used in an array of vibrant colors. Designating certain check points along the way for painting will warn the participants that some paint is coming their way.

To build on this theme, your school Fun Run could even evolve around art and encouragement to create. Different fun booths of face painting and finger painting may be included in the after party. An art sale on your crowdfunding website would add a layer of sophistication and create another fundraising opportunity. Bring the art sale to the celebration at the end of the event, or hold one at your school a few weeks before. Get local galleries and artists involved to donate their work and offer workshops associated with your campaign.

Obstacle Course Fun Runs

Including an Obstacle course as part of your Fun Run could really make for an exciting event. The course could include a 5K race / walk-a-thon in addition to hurdling obstacles like walls, teeter-totters, tunnels, balance beams, a cargo climb and a mud pit. Physical education teachers get involved in training kids ahead of the crowdfunding event as a fun way to get fit and prepare for the fundraiser. Separate courses may be designed for elementary and high school or middle school participants to match their fitness level and make for more fun.

Inflatable obstacle courses are another school Fun Run option, especially for the little ones. Adding a ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ station and a slide may serve in meeting the needs of all ages. The climate of your area and the season during which you choose to hold your fundraiser are considerations as well. Obstacle courses held indoors with the inclusion of an indoor track are cool too.

Team-building plays a role especially in an obstacle course Fun Run as team members help each other through the course. Crawling under fences, scaling walls and swinging on monkey bars is made a little easier when team members get some help, encouraging each other to get fit, exercise together and breeze through the course. They’ll have fun creating their own team theme and differentiating themselves with t-shirts – Great ready for Team Wonder Woman, Team Spiderman and more. Read more on organizing an obstacle course fundraiser. 

Costume Fun Runs

Young kids love to play dress up! A fun theme that works well for school crowdfunding is a super hero theme. Kids get to dress up and run in their favorite super hero costumes.  Other schools provide super hero capes to all of the participating students. Parents can also get in the swing and serve healthy foods and beverages in these costumes.

A cave person theme is another fun idea, especially with an obstacle course. Serving turkey legs is popular at such events, given that everyone will be rolling around in the mud and looking like dirt covered cave people.

Chocolate Fun Runs

Kids are motivated by rewards. Having the reward of a chocolate bar at the end of the Fun Run is another highly popular theme. Hot chocolate at a wintertime 5K is enticing to participants, and it still promotes fitness and well being. All ages enjoy chocolate and can understand its place in pleasure. How about featuring a local chocolate company or one that gives to charity with a portion of their sales, or one who promotes environmentalism? Adding an element of the greater good to your school fundraising campaign teaches your children and community members many levels of responsibility.

Holiday Fun Runs

Holiday fundraising events bring communities together to help their local school. A Turkey Trot may become a great holiday tradition for your school. Families and sponsors will get involved in your race on Thanksgiving day or weekend to wear their best costumes and jog, walk or trot to benefit their school children. A Tofurky trot is in the running, too!

One of the largest 5k holiday races is held at Christmastime. Schools coordinating their Fun Run at this time of year may focus on serving their community of nursing homes and homeless shelters, in addition to the fundraising run. Crowdfunding teams start at Thanksgiving by offering service to community organizations in need in volunteering their time and hearts. Holding their run on Christmas Eve while opening their after party to feed their community members in need would be to join in the true spirit of giving. Be sure to talk to parents and PTO members before you choose this type of event theme, to see if they are up for fundraising over the holidays.

Utilize a Fun Run Website

crowdfundingsoftware

DoJiggy’s Fun Run websites make planning and managing your fundraising event a seamless operation. Our software is designed for crowdfunding events in which students and classrooms collect donations for their school or constituents raise money for your nonprofit organization. Our flexible peer-to-peer software is capable of working with flat-rate donations as well as per unit of effort pledges based on the amount of time or laps participants run, walk or ride.

You’ll easily configure your website from our Fun Run template and creatively meet your school’s specific needs. Schools love to track the top fundraisers, classrooms and participation progress right on their website to encourage participation. Your students or participants will learn valuable skills and have fun as they customize personal fundraising pages and watch donations come in.

DoJiggy is the leader in School Fun Runs. We offer a free trial to make certain you’re choosing the best Fun Run software and we don’t take a hefty percentage of the money you raise.

Promote Exercise & Health

Fun Run Ideas
Kids love to run!

Remember this is a fun run and your goal is to have everyone participate, raise money, and have fun. Various ages and fitness levels of school crowdfunding participants may prompt you to create different courses. A 5k run may be appropriate for high school athletes, while elementary kids generally run or walk laps for a certain amount of time (like 20-30 minutes). Even a half-mile stroll leaves no one out of the Fun Run. Still, encouragement to exercise may be a part of your fundraising campaign, with regularly scheduled walks and opportunities for fitness held at your school and throughout the community before the big event.

More Fun Run Resources

Be sure to read more on organizing a Fun Run and school fundraising ideas to get your campaign started. You can join in one of the biggest, healthiest crazes in peer-to-peer fundraising and help your school meet its vital fundraising goals without the need for unhealthy candy or product sales.

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About Maureen Peine

Maureen has been writing and marketing for DoJiggy for over 7 years, and has a strong background in nonprofit fundraising. While with The Nature Conservancy for 7 years prior to DoJiggy, she learned the inner workings of marketing to the State of California within the external affairs department. Her heart is in her writing as she believes in the power of change through nonprofit organizations.
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