FUNdraising Goal

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The purpose of this lesson is to have students set a fund-raising goal and identify private sources of funds for a class service project.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne to Two Forty-Five Minute Class Periods (If the experiential component is included, this lesson may take two-four weeks)

The learner will:

  • determine the amount of money/funds needed by a family in need.
  • select a way to raise funds.
  • identify private sources of funds.
  • Goal Setting (Attachment One)
  • Five Ways to Fundraise - Which Do You Think Is Best? (Attachment Two)
  • Paper
  • Writing utensils

Lewis, Barbara A. The Kid's Guide to Social Action: How to Solve the Social Problems You Choose—and Turn Creative Thinking into Positive Action. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 1991.


  1. Anticipatory Set: Tell students to draw a picture of an item they really want and include the estimated price of this item. Have students list five ways they could earn money to buy this item. Allow students to share some of the items they want and ways to raise money. Relate this to raising funds for a service project. A family in the community really needs some assistance and as a class we need to decide how to raise money to help them.

  2. The goal of our service project is helping a family in the community whose house and possessions have been lost in a fire. Have students either research the needs of the family or generate a list of items the family will need. To generate a list of items, brainstorm items the family will need (Basic Family Needs), as well as wanted items, and estimate a price or value for each item. This will help the class set a fund-raising goal. See Goal Setting (Attachment One).

  3. Once a fund-raising goal is established, the students will select one of five ways to raise the funds. Allow students to work in small groups. Each group will select one way to fund raise and try to persuade the class that it is the best way to raise the funds. See Five Ways to Fundraise - Which Do You Think Is Best? (Attachment Two). After each group has explained why they have chosen a particular way to raise the funds, have the students vote for one of the fund-raising ideas. The fund-raising idea with the most votes will determine the way in which the class raises money.


Teacher observation of students participating in goal setting for fundraising and in small group discussion of choosing a way of fundraising.

Cross Curriculum 

Carrying out the fundraising ideas selected by the class.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
      1. Benchmark E.3 Participate in acts of democratic citizenship in the classroom or school, such as voting, group problem solving, classroom governance or elections.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 04. Raising Private Resources
      1. Benchmark E.4 Set a fund-raising goal and identify sources of private funds.