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Choosing a fundraiser for your school is challenging. A short google search will turn up a plethora of fundraising ideas for schools. How do you decide which is best for your school? You have to consider the time needed, resources required and how to get people involved! Here are 5 creative ideas to get you started.
1. Host a Talent Show
This is a great way to get kids and families involved. Invite kids, teachers and even parents to show off their talents. Spread the word and sell tickets to raise money. In addition to selling the tickets, you can raise money with bake sales and refreshment stands. Most importantly, you’ll need to advertise to the community to get everyone involved! This option requires a lot of planning and setup but can raise around $1,000 if done well!
2. Duct Tape the Principal to the Wall
The kids REALLY love this one! It only requires some duct tape (a lot of duct tape) and the time to do it! Students will buy pieces of duct tape at $1 a piece. One at a time, each child will place a piece of tape on the principal until they are stuck. When there is enough duct tape the stool is moved. The kids will love seeing their principal just hanging out! Check out this step-by-step video for pulling off a duct-taping event at your school. This is a quick and relatively easy way to make a few hundred dollars.
3. Pajama Day
This is another great fundraising idea for your school with little planning involved. The school chooses a day for kids to wear pajamas all day. Kids pay $1 – $2 for the chance to roll straight out of bed and come to school in PJs! Another fun twist is to serve breakfast for lunch in the cafeteria. The school can raise a couple hundred dollars with this as well.
4. Plan a Kids/Parents Night Out
If there’s one thing parents love and need it’s dependable and affordable childcare on a Friday or Saturday night. Organize a night when parents can drop their kids off at school and have a movie or game night with their school mates. You’ll need to make sure you have enough adults to supervise and provide food and entertainment for the kids. Parents pay $20- $30 PER child depending on the activity and meals. Do this once a month and each event will bring in around $500, depending on turnout!
5. Art Based Fundraiser
An art-based fundraiser, from companies like SilverGraphics Art Fundraising, is a great way to offer a meaningful product to parents and raise a good chunk of change! Students create art on paper up to 12″ x 17″ and send it to SilverGraphics for scanning. Schools receive order forms personalized for each student. Parents get to choose from over 50 products to order from with easy online ordering. With prices ranging between $5-$40, there’s something for everyone. A huge benefit is that schools can choose what prices to charge for their fundraising products, which means they control profit margins. Depending on participation, profits range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. It’s a great way to raise money for art supplies, equipment, and bigger purchases like a new playground.
We hope you found these fundraising ideas for schools helpful!