Ongoing Fundraising Events

Family Walk/5K and Carnival

Our annual fall event has been moved to Superbowl Sunday in recent years to encourage everyone to get some activity before the big game and support a great cause!

The foundation’s goal is to hold this family friendly event each year. We hope it will provide a reunion-like atmosphere for all our past supporters and new supporters alike.

Change for Change

Change for Change is a voluntary fundraising program for The Amanda McPherson Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to do good things in Amanda’s name. The Change for Change fundraising program is designed specifically to give children in the community an opportunity to make a difference. Children create and decorate a Change for Change container to be placed in their home. They can also create containers for other families and friends. Family members place their spare change in this container until the annual collection day – the Annual Family Walk/5K and Carnival currently held on Superbowl Sunday. At this event, families bring their containers to the event and receive a prize no matter how much money they have collected.

The first Change for Change event was held at Wood Ranch Elementary School. Students from Amanda’s school, Brownie Troop, Simi Valley Girls Softball and other organizations gathered in the school auditorium and created their Change for Change containers. After one year, everyone returned for the first Change for Change collection event. At this event, families returned with their containers filled with change. The change was counted by the bank and each family was given an Amanda dollar for every dollar they collected. All the Amanda dollars were dropped in a giant cylinder to show how much money was raised. There were also raffle prizes and chances to re-decorate the family Change for Change container. The first Change for Change collection event raised over $5,000.

Each year families are encouraged at the Family Walk and Carnival to decorate a container, fill it up during the year and return the following year with their Change for Change.

The foundation believes that it is important for the children to learn that they can make a difference with something as simple as spare change. The Change for Change program is one of several fundraising campaigns held by the foundation.