Fundraise for Candlelighters

Whether you are an individual, a business or group of coworkers, a service organization, a student, or a family—there are so many ways you can fundraise for Candlelighters! Read below for some fun fundraising ideas, or come up with your own ways to give.

Questions for our team about fundraising?  Contact Camille, our Director of Development.


Individual & Team Fundraising

DIY fundraising is a wonderful and rewarding way to honor your friend, family member, or coworker who has a child battling pediatric cancer.

We have some fun, ready-to-go fundraisers to choose from. Start sharing support in minutes!

T-Shirts & Hoodies
Wear your support! Purchase Candlelighters’ own #IgniteHopeTogether t-shirt, hoodie, or baseball cap to show your support and start a conversation. All net profits go to Candlelighters. Visit to shop!

You can also share our t-shirt fundraiser page on social media to grow the reach of this fundraiser.

Wish Lists
Easily donate food for our snack pantry at Doernbecher Hospital, a Bedside Buddy for a newly admitted child, or a movie for families who have to spend a lot of time in the hospital—all through our AmazonSmile Charity Lists.

If you would like to organize a drive for Bedside Buddies outside of our AmazonSmile list, please refer to our donation guidelines for more information.

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
With just a few clicks, you can create a personal fundraising page to share via email or social media with friends, family, and community members for donations. This is the most powerful way to fundraise.

Why? Because our network hears straight from you about why you’re a passionate supporter of Candlelighters, and in turn, they can do the same. We’ve set it up so that it’s easy to do within a few minutes. Visit the Ignite Hope fundraising page and click on the button that says “Join the Campaign.” It’s simple to activate your own personal fundraising page and start making an impact for local families facing childhood cancer!

Hosting a party? Make it a fundraiser!
By adding a Text-to-Give code to a party invitation, you can simultaneously invite your guests to support us. Guests can simply text “Candlelighters” to 801801 on their smartphone.

Get creative!
Show your support by hosting a garage sale, house party, bake sale, car wash, or lemonade stand to benefit Candlelighters. Contact Angela for marketing tools like our logo, flyers, or poster ideas.

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Corporate Partner Fundraising

No matter what kind of business you are, there’s a way for your team to fundraise for Candlelighters. Read below for ideas, or come up with your own way to partner with us.

Questions about sponsorship or corporate partner opportunities? Please reach out to Camille.

Donations & Sponsorships
Make a secure online donation as a corporate gift, or sponsor a Candlelighters program that offers tangible benefits to families facing childhood cancer.

Point of Sale Fundraisers
Host a night or even a month of giving with a point of sale fundraiser or a sales kickback donation. We love working with local restaurants and breweries! Contact Camille to get started.

T-Shirts & Hoodies
Wear your support! Candlelighters’ #IgniteHopeTogether t-shirts, hoodies, and baseball caps show your support, and all net proceeds go to Candlelighters. Snap a group pic and tag us on Instagram or Facebook.

Employee Giving
Start an employee giving campaign for Candlelighters. For campaign ideas, you can get in touch with Camille. For marketing tools, contact Angela.

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Advocacy & Awareness Tools

Sharing your personal connection to childhood cancer is a powerful way to raise awareness and support for Candlelighters. Read below for ideas, or be creative with your own ideas!

Like or follow Candlelighters on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on our work and read inspiring, real-life stories from our families.

Share our website on your social media pages so that your friends and followers can learn more about Candlelighters’ mission and connect with us, too.

Tell us your stories about your own experience with childhood cancer. We’ll only share it on social media if you want us to.

And be sure to share others’ stories from our Facebook and Instagram feeds. We love talking about our wonderful, courageous families on social media!

Show your support! With our #IgniteHopeTogether hoodies and t-shirts, you can literally wear your support for Candlelighters on your sleeve and help start a conversation.

Post a selfie with a message about Candlelighters, and tag us on Facebook or Instagram.

Use our hashtag #IgniteHopeTogether when you tag us on Facebook or Instagram. Bonus points if you’re wearing your #IgniteHopeTogether tee or hoodie!

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The Santillan Family

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Give back to Candlelighters—while tackling your to-do lists—with AmazonSmile and AmazonSmile Charity Lists. Or donate a gift card for stocking refrigerated meals for families at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital!

Join AmazonSmile and make Candlelighters For Children With Cancer your nonprofit of choice. AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Candlelighters every time you shop, at no cost to you!

AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser, and can also be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Candlelighters!

AmazonSmile Charity Lists
Your AmazonSmile Charity List purchases tangibly help kids and their families who are going through treatment in the hospital.

A Bedside Buddy welcomes a newly admitted child, items for our snack pantry at Doernbecher are much appreciated for meals and snacks at all hours, and kid-approved movies offer entertainment during long hospital stays.

Simply view the wish list, add items to your cart, and check out. It’s that easy! Wish list items are automatically shipped directly to Candlelighters.

If you would like to organize a drive for Bedside Buddies outside of our AmazonSmile list, please refer to our donation guidelines for more information.

Gift Cards
In addition to the snack pantry at Doernbecher, we also stock the refrigerator with salads, sandwiches, and other fresh meals for families at the hospital. If you’d like to support these efforts, we gladly accept gift card donations for Costco, Safeway, and Fred Meyer.

You can mail gift cards to our office:

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer
6600 SW 92nd Avenue, Suite 160
Portland, OR 97223

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