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School Fundraising Ideas

Many teachers and parents are looking for school fundraising ideas - especially with the downturn in the economy and budget crunches. Creative school fundraising ideas are needed to set your school or school group apart from the crowd. Whether you are raising funds for school tuition, a new computer lab, or enhancing student programs with external resources, we have put together a list of creative school fundraising ideas for your school or educational organization.

With every school fundraising campaign, you are teaching your children about community service and being a part of something larger than themselves. In addition, using a service such as DoJiggy Pledge, will get your students on the computer and customizing their own personal fundraising page. They are not only helping to raise much needed funds, but learning that helping out can be fun and rewarding.

Keep in mind that different school fundraisers require different budgets, resources, time commitments, etc. The following considerations should help you decide on the right school fundraising campaign and help you create a successful fundraising plan.

School Fundraising Ideas
  • How much volunteer time will the project take? Do you currently have committed parents or other volunteers to assist in your planning process? How will your school recruit more?
  • How will students be involved? What roles can students play? Will students be required to fundraise online and if so, what tools can you provide to make it easy?
  • What are the upfront costs and how will your organization cover these?
  • How can you raise community awareness of your school or school group while raising funds?
  • What are you teaching your children through your fundraising campaign?
  • What kind of prizes are you offering to the top fundraisers? Anything that makes the event more fun for kids, means that your event will be more successful and raise more money.

School Fundraising Ideas from DoJiggy:

School Walk-a-thon: This fundraiser is very popular and successful for schools. Not only do walk-a-thons work financially, but they also are a great way to bring the community together - encouraging parents, students, faculty and local businesses to participate. A walk-a-thon also offers a "healthy" way to raise money for your school by combining exercise with the cause.

School Serve-a-thon: Another interesting school fundraising idea to consider is to host a student "serve-a-thon". A serve-a-thon not only provides fundraising dollars to contribute to your school's operating budget, but also makes a positive impact on the community as students donate hours to helping the community.

Auction Fundraiser: Charity auctions can be great school fundraisers. Not only do they bring in a lot of dollars for your school but they are also a great community builder by involving people from your school and community in a meaningful way (i.e. those who donate time, talent and items to auction, volunteers, parents, students and school administrators)

Sales Contest: Product sales are a great way to get students involved in raising funds for your school by selling candy, magazines, holiday items, and gift or discount cards. Sales contests don't take as much time to manage as a fundraising event, and have the added incentive of competition and awards for top fundraisers.

School Fundraising Ideas by Age Group:

School Fundraising Ideas

Successful school fundraising ideas may vary from one age group to another. For example, the younger the student is, the more important it is to engage the parent. For older, more tech-savvy students (who spend a lot of time in social media), an online peer-to-peer fundraising campaign may be the perfect fit. Learn more about age-related school fundraising ideas:

Proven Success:

At DoJiggy, we've helped hundreds of schools raise money online. For instance, Friends School in Detroit raised over $68,000 with a student walk-a-thon. (Read their success story here: http://www.dojiggy.com/app/customers/stories/fsd/index.cfm).

The Geneva School hosts an annual school serve-a-thon that not only raises money for the school's tuition assistance program, but also donates 3,500 service hours to nonprofit organizations throughout Central Florida.

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Walk-a-thon Fundraiser

Are you organizing a walk-a-thon fundraiser or any kind of peer-to-peer fundraising event where individuals and teams raise money for your cause? If so, this resource center is the place to start! DoJiggy has created these free crowdfunding resources to help you get started on the road to organizing a successful walk-a-thon fundraiser. Whether this is your first time planning a walk-a-thon or you already have an established peer-to-peer event, DoJiggy can help make your event more successful.

Our goal is that these fundraising resources, used with our crowdfunding software, will save your organization valuable staff and volunteer time, so you can raise more money at your next peer-to-peer fundraising event. And, if you've chosen a different kind of fundraiser, no worries. DoJiggy provides a number of fundraising resources and fundraising software solutions to help you organize any type of fundraising campaign. Big results are entirely possible with careful planning and execution.


DoJiggy Pledge: Peer-to-Peer Software for Walk-a-thons

Our peer-to-peer software is a complete registration and donation management system for walk-a-thons, School Fun Runs, Dog Walks, and events where individual and team participants solicit and track donations and pledges for your organization. Each of your participants manages their personal fundraising page with includes a fundraising thermometer and social media links, and invites friends and family to support your organization through secure, online donations. Administrators configure registration fees, a minimum fundraising goal for participants, the types of donations accepted and much more in our powerful administration console.


Many organizations report raising two to three times more funds by taking their walk-a-thon online with the DoJiggy Pledge platform.


Walk-a-thon Resources

Here you will find a number of great articles, tips and helpful guidelines, along with our crowdfunding software to help you manage all the details for your walk-a-thon fundraiser. Many people find it valuable to download our walk-a-thon guide which walks you through each step of the planning process to help you prepare, manage and execute a successful fundraising event. There are also a number of free fundraising templates you can download and use for your own event including: walk-a-thon pledge forms, participant waivers & instructions, flyer templates, and more.

How to Organize a Walkathon

How to Organize a Walkathon

Here you'll learn when to start your fundraising walk planning, which steps to consider first, how to recruit participants & sponsors, logistical considerations not to be ignored, tips for marketing your walk-a-thon, and much more. Intended to guide the first-time walk-a-thon planner, this guide offers a complete reference to everything practical and necessary when it comes to putting on a successful walk-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, swim-a-thon or similar nonprofit crowdfunding event. If your organization has a walk-a-thon on the horizon or is considering hosting a walk-a-thon, start here.

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Walkathon Guide: Your Complete Guide to Hosting a Walkathon

Walkathon Guide: Your Complete Guide to Hosting a Walkathon

We have created this in-depth walkathon white paper to help you organize a successful walkathon or peer-to-peer fundraising event from start to finish. We hope these guidelines will help your organization carefully prepare, plan, manage & execute your walk or fundraising event; helping you save time and resources, while raising more money for your cause. The walkathon guide is a great resource for organizations of any size.

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Walk-a-thon Timeline & Planner

Walk-a-thon Timeline & Planner

To plan a successful walk-a-thon, your organization will need to plan ahead, engage your community, and be well organized. Successful walk-a-thons are often year round events. This planner doubles as a timeline and project checklist, and begins with tasks for nine months to one year prior to your event. After your walk-a-thon, wrap up and thank yous are always important and our timeline won't let you forget these crucial steps.

How to Organize
a Walk-a-thon: Timeline & Planner
Dog Walk Supplement

Dog Walks

More and more, organizations opt to put a furry spin on their annual walk-a-thon by expanding its participant audience to our favorite four-legged friends. Planning a dog walk-a-thon follows many of the same familiar steps of a regular walk-a-thon. However, specific needs exist for accommodating both your human and canine friends. The following download is designed to serve as an addendum to DoJiggy's How to Run a Successful Walk-A-Thon: A Compete Guide to Managing your Fundraising Walk.

Dog Walk Supplement
Walkathon Pledge Forms

Walkathon Pledge Forms

DoJiggy has created the following walkathon pledge forms to help you get started on your walkathon. Both of the these pledge forms are presented in Word format, so that your organization can easily customize them to your needs. It is generally a good idea to present the pledge forms to your fundraisers in printed or digital, PDF format. Your organization may choose to use one or a combination of these pledge forms for your walkathon. These forms can be customized and used in conjunction with your DoJiggy Pledge system.

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Walkathon Flyer Templates

Walkathon Flyer Templates

Marketing your event is an important process. Good visibility raises participation, and in turn, helps bring more dollars to your cause. To simplify this process, DoJiggy has outlined steps to help you create more effective walkathon flyers, and we've provided two customizable flyer templates. Simply customize the text and insert your own graphics or logo and you are ready to start spreading word about your event.

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Color Run Fundraisers

Color Run Fundraisers

A Color Run is a non-competitive walkathon or Fun Run where participants and observers throw brightly colored paint on the runners. All participants should wear white to start to make the most of the colorful splashes. Color run fundraisers are safe for everyone to participate in when using non-toxic paint. They are a great spin on a classic walkathon and a popular choice for nonprofit and school fundraising events.

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Encouraging Your Peer-to-Peer Participants to Fundraise

Encouraging Your Peer-to-Peer Participants to Fundraise

The power of a walkathon peer-to-peer fundraising campaign lies in your participants’ fundraising abilities. As your participants tap into their social network, new people are introduced to your organization and many of them are likely to become donors, if only for this event. If your organization has decided to host a crowdfunding walkathon, the percentage of your participants that fundraise will likely be a key metric of your success. We often see events where participation rate, as defined by the number of participants that have raised at least one donation for the organization, is less than 20%. Find out how to make your walkathon participation high for a successful fundraising walk.

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Obstacle Course Fundraisers

Obstacle Course Fundraisers

During a walkathon where adults are doing their thing, keeping young children on the walking path may be difficult. Give your kids their own crowdfunding activity. An obstacle course on the side gives them a way to contribute to fundraising. This is also a great addition to a School Fun Run. Easy to create obstacle courses can include old tires, mud pits or crawling obstacles. The course can be broken-up into sections with teams, where young participants can tag or pass a baton to team members to begin the next part of the course, or they can be completed per person in an obstacle course fundraiser.

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Sample Press Release for Walkathons

Sample Press Release for Walkathons

Looking for a sample press release for your walkathon? Press releases are a great way to spread the word about your fundraising walk. The local media is always interested in activities and events happening in the community, especially when there is a positive angle, such as an opportunity for the public to give back. Here is a sample press release as well as a few tips to help you successfully promote your walkathon.

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Walk-a-thon Participant Waiver

Walk-a-thon Participant Waiver

Even with the best of intentions, accidents can and do happen. You can help protect your organization by collecting Waiver and Release of Liability from each of your participants before the event. This sample waiver includes basic language to help inform participants of the risks, while at the same time, reducing liability to your organization. As this is a sample form, you may wish to consult a local attorney for further advice specific to your organization and geographic area.

Walk-a-thon Participant Waiver
Walk-a-thon Participant Instructions

Walk-a-thon Participant Instructions

You are planning a big event, and you want as few opportunities for confusion come the big day. Help prepare your participants with a detailed list of instructions before the walk. Make sure they come with all they need to have a fun and safe experience. This list contains universal instructions, that may be easily replicated and customized to suit your event.

Walk-a-thon Participant Instructions
How to Get Sponsors to Support a Walkathon

How to Get Sponsors to Support a Walkathon

To offset the costs required to produce a walkathon event and boost your fundraising dollars, you may be considering sponsorships. Corporate or community sponsors fulfill a critical role in any successful walkathon or fundraising event through financial contributions and helping to increase awareness for your event. Here are some useful guidelines on how to get sponsors to support a walkathon.

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Five Tips to Help Walkathon Participants Succeed

Five Tips to Help Walkathon Participants Succeed

Never forget that the success of your walk-a-thon fundraiser lies largely in the success of your individual participants’ ability to fundraise. One of your biggest jobs as a walk-a-thon administrator is to support your walkers, making it fun and easy for them to fundraise for your cause. This article describes in detail five steps for doing this successfully: helping your participants prepare for the walk, making fundraising easy and personal for your participants, providing sample forms to participants, and finally motivating your walkers by providing incentives and prizes.

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Fundraising Tools for Walk-a-thon & Pledge Participants

Fundraising Tools for Walk-a-thon & Pledge Participants

Here you'll find helpful fundraising tools, tips and sample templates to help you succeed in your upcoming walk-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, jog-a-thon or other pledge event including: tips for soliciting pledges, sample timeline, sample donation request letters and thank you letters, tips for team captains to recruit team members and more!

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Each participant automatically get their own fundraising page, we can sell items, we can pull reports, everything is there for one low price. we've been using it 2 years now and it just works.
— Jesse G. - Above & Beyond