Interested in raising money for your high school or school group? Need some new ideas for high school fundraising? We're here to help!
High school fundraising initiatives tend to be very successful and here's why. When it comes to high school fundraising, students have a new awakening. Elementary school kids can be introduced to fundraising ideas and they embrace it with their energy and eagerness to try anything new, but it is their parents' enthusiasm to get involved that really makes fundraising happen. Not so with high school fundraising. When students reach high school, fundraising is a whole new game. Students have passions for sports or arts programs they are involved in, they join clubs with people sharing common interests, and they also begin to develop a strong belief system. They are eager to make a difference, support a cause, and therefore are more likely to embrace a fundraising initiative that supports their passions and beliefs. High school students also find benefit in the organizational and social skills they learn through fundraising efforts. Young adults no longer need their parents to actively help with the fundraiser, although parental encouragement is certainly important to keep them positive and working hard to accomplish their goals.
There are endless fundraising options for high school students and groups. Be creative and remember to ask students for their input and ideas when planning a high school fundraiser. They may provide some out-of-the-box, creative thinking, and possibly suggest fundraisers more relevant for the target audience. Besides, they like it when you ask for their input. Here are 25 great High School Fundraising Ideas to get you started.
Our Top 25 High School Fundraising Ideas
You've decided to host a walkathon or peer-to-peer fundraising event to create awareness and raise fundraising dollars for your charitable cause. To offset the costs that are required to produce your event and boost your fundraising dollars, you may be considering how to get sponsors to support a walkathon. Corporate or community sponsors fulfill a critical role in any successful walkathon or special event fundraiser. These corporations and local businesses help increase awareness for an event by promoting it to their employees and customers via social media, which is helpful when it is time to attract the attention of local media and recruit walkers and volunteers. But, most importantly, sponsors create a financial backbone by helping to offset event costs.
Below are some useful guidelines on how to get sponsors to support a walkathon.
A great way to build your sponsorship list is to consider who you know. Who on your leadership team is connected to a small business owner? Who in your team of volunteers or friends works for a larger company or corporation that may designate funds for local community projects? Can they help connect you to the person who deals with corporate sponsorships?
The most important thing to remember about networks is that they are constantly growing and changing. Most organizations do a great job of assessing their networks when first constructing recruitment and prospecting plans. However, as your registration grows, and you recruit volunteers and participants, your network will also be growing. Schedule a second and third assessment of your network, and actively seek out connections that will aid the success of your event.
Understanding and articulating the ways in which prospective sponsors benefit from working with your organization is very important. This becomes the foundation for selling sponsorship opportunities. Everyone likes to help out a great cause; however, companies are looking for a win-win relationship when investing in your walkathon. Be sure to explain exactly how sponsoring your walkathon will provide value to the local businesses you are prospecting.
Some common benefits that walkathon sponsors receive include the following:
In addition to pairing the mission of your potential sponsors and the activity or mission of your event, remember that other general benefits exist for lending sponsorship. These benefits may include:
There are several steps to a successful sponsorship program, which should be managed by members of your walkathon planning committee. Follow these guidelines to determine and reach fudnraising goals.
When considering how to get sponsors to support a walkathon, think outside the box and find compelling tie-ins for local businesses. For example, insurance companies may be able to create special slogans pertaining to health and safety. Or invite a local furniture store to set up a "rest stop" for your walkers where they can feature some of their best-selling lounge chairs.
The possibilities are endless. Don't be afraid to think outside the box.
For step-by-step guidelines to help you create and sell sponsorship packages, watch our free webinar: "How to Get Sponsors to Support Your Fundraiser".
Visit our Walk-a-thon Resources for additional information and download our free guide: "How to Organize a Walkathon Guide - Your complete guide to hosting a walkathon" There are also a number of guidelines and templates to assist you in your walkathon planning efforts including walk-a-thon flyers, pledge forms and tips to help you create a sample press release for a walkathon.
If you belong to a PTA or PTO (parent teacher association/organization) and are in charge of finding PTA fundraising ideas to help your school raise money to support school programs, this is a great place to start! We have compiled the ideas below, along with the numerous school fundraising resources we've created to help school administrators and parents organize a successful PTA fundraiser. Since schools are already a local hub for students, parents and members of the community to gather (i.e. sporting events, talent shows, parent/teacher conferences), hosting a community event at your school is an excellent PTA fundraising idea. We've outlined three common PTA fundraisers below.
An excellent PTA fundraising idea is a school walk-a-thon. There are many benefits of a walk-a-thon such as:
Make your walk-a-thon event a greater success by adding incentives. Offer prizes to top-performers and classrooms. One school encouraged students to raise more by promoting a teacher tricycle race if certain financial goals were met. Another idea would be to host a fundraising raffle as part of the event. Obtain donations from local businesses and sell raffle tickets to walkers and spectators. At the end of the walkathon or Fun Run, recognize fundraising top-performers and announce the raffle winners.
Create a twist to your walk-a-thon event. How about a "serve-a-thon" where parents and students work together to serve their community? Instead of walking for a cause, students donate their time raking the lawn for an elderly neighbor, or cleaning up trash at a local park, or tutoring a younger student... this is a great way to earn money while helping those in need.
A walk-a-thon, Fun Run or other "a-thon" themed fundraiser can be easily managed with DoJiggy Pledge peer-to-peer fundraising software. Students create personal fundraising pages where they upload photos and videos and explain their mission. Then students and parents ask relatives, friends, and neighbors to make a donation to help a certain cause (i.e. computers for the school library, or new gym facilities). Fundraiser administrators can easily manage event details and registrations, track donations and participant performance, and run numerous reports.
At least once a year, people clean out closets, basements and garages to discover things that are accumulating dust. A community garage sale is a great way for people to get rid of these items while donating to your school. An event like this also brings parents, teachers, students and members of the local community together in a social environment.
Here are a few tips to help you organize a successful community garage sale:
Some schools achieve great success hosting a fun, interactive event for the local community. Not only can these fundraising events bring in a great deal of money, but they also provide an excellent opportunity for families to socialize. Charge a small admission fee for attendees. There's a ton of great entertainment resources available to you through parents and students! Have the school band and dance team perform at the carnival. Recruit local yoga teachers to host kids yoga classes. Provide games and contests. You may want to consider bringing in a vendor with inflatable rentals or a climbing wall. They will typically come for free if they can keep the profit from ticket sales. Rent a large outdoor screen and showcase a movie on the football field after it turns dark. Ask local restaurants to sell food and drink on-site (and take a percentage of profits for your cause).
Add a silent auction as part of your school carnival. While some family members are engaged in the numerous games and contests, others can browse the silent auction display. Silent auctions are relatively easy to organize. Event organizers secure donations from businesses such as professional sporting event tickets, gift certificates for local restaurants and hotels, and possibly even autographed merchandise by local celebrities. Items are displayed on banquet tables with detailed information about the item and a silent auction bid sheet. Event attendees place bids during the event and auction winners are announced at the close of the event.
See this article for factors to consider and more information on PTA Fundraising (or PTO Fundraising).
If none of these fundraisers tickle your fancy, we have plenty more school fundraising ideas to consider. Don't forget to browse through our school fundraising resources, where we offer ideas, fundraising tips, "how-to" guidelines, and various fundraising templates and forms you can use at your event.
Marching bands, the color guard, choirs and other music groups are often in need of financial support to sustain musical programs, fund competitions and concerts, cover travel costs for band camp and trips, and pay for instruments, uniforms and training tools. Are your band fundraisers exciting and successful each year? Are you interested in fresh, new suggestions for successful high school band fundraising?
Establishing and maintaining successful band fundraising efforts relies on several factors. This article is intended to help your marching band plan successful band fundraisers by providing planning tips and creative fundraising ideas for high school and other marching bands.
The success of your band fundraisers lies first and foremost with the type of fundraising campaign you choose to hold. It's always helpful and inspiring to try to tie your marching band fundraisers into what band members are so passionate about: Music.
Create a variation of a walk-a-thon event by hosting a March-a-thon fundraiser for your band. A march-a-thon is conducted on a specific course (which could be the school track or right through your downtown's Main Street) for a specified period of time. The march-a-thon is almost exactly like a walk-a-thon from a fundraising perspective and instead of just walking, band members are marching and playing songs. Members from the community can participate in the event and march alongside band members as they play popular tunes and raise money for a great cause. Reach out to the cheerleading or dance team to see if they are interested in participating with your band, and make the march-a-thon a parade!
Band members raise funds by asking relatives, friends, and neighbors to make a donation to help a certain, specific cause (i.e. raising money for new band uniforms or to cover fees for an upcoming competition). Pledge amounts can be calculated per mile marched or contributors can also choose to donate a fixed amount, like $25. A great way to obtain a lot of donations easily is through DoJiggy's Pledge peer-to-peer software. Band members create personal fundraising pages where they upload photos and videos, explain their mission and ask people to make secure online donations. Fundraising pages include donor comments, a fundraising thermometer and links to Social Media sites. Participants can send out an email donation request letter that includes a link to the online donation page. It's easy!
Community fundraising events are a great option for bands. Not only are they great for team-building as they require cooperation and encourage involvement from students, families, band boosters (supporters) and community members, but they also provide an opportunity to practice in front of an audience. This is one great advantage that bands and choirs have over other groups when planning a fundraising event; the built-in entertainment. Whatever the event may be - a community picnic, concert, yard sale, or even car wash - band members can take turns playing tunes to entertain guests during the event. Don't forget to consider adding a fundraising raffle as part of your event to raise even more. Local businesses are often happy to donate in-kind contributions (such as gift certificates to their store) for you to raffle off to event attendees, which can be another great source of revenue.
Some ideas for your band community fundraising events include:
Another good option for marching band fundraisers is implementing a sales drive. Many groups achieve success with fundraising discount cards and scratch card fundraising. These options work well because they are not specific to one item, and therefore appeal to a broader audience. In addition, both of these options provide value to those who purchase the card. The discount card is sold for a set fee (i.e. $10) and provides numerous savings from local businesses. It's an easy sell as purchasers are likely to save much more than the $10 they spent on the card. Scratch cards also provide savings for donors as they receive a coupon-sheet for participating, yet they also add in an element of fun & excitement. Participants ask potential donors to scratch off a dot on their scratch card, which determines the amount they will donate. Often contributors will scratch off multiple dots.
Another idea for fundraising sales are selling seasonal items that are in high-demand during certain times of the year. For example selling wreaths, poinsettias, holiday wrapping paper, cookie dough and candles during Christmas can be a very successful band fundraiser. These items typically have a 40% profit margin, which can make for quite a lucrative fundraiser. Holiday fundraisers work best if conducted late-fall, which could be an opportune time for high school bands and marching bands since it's shortly after their season starts. Band members are excited for the new season, and are often preparing for Holiday concerts and performances. What better way to ramp up ticket sales and support for the upcoming performance than with a fundraiser? You can promote the upcoming event and ask for donations all at once. Remember that seasonal sales typically require delivery, so start your sales early, and allow for two weeks of delivery.
Your band members can sell and track fundraising product sales via our crowdfunding software. If your band is considering a sales fundraiser, be sure to offer incentives for top performers to help motivate band members to sell more, and add in a fun element of healthy competition.
Band fundraising campaigns help fund music and band programs in high schools, middle schools, universities and social organizations. If you're reading this page, you know this already as you are a supporter of your marching band. But you may need to convey the importance of your marching band program and your band fundraisers to the school at large and community. Why?
Marching bands and color guards are very important for schools. They are the epicenter of school spirit and make many school times and moments unforgettable. The marching band performs during football games (of course!), high school bands get students excited at pep rallies and homecoming celebrations, and there are plenty of band concerts that entertain students, parents and faculty. A love of music and musical skills are instilled in students through band practice. Many students who don't normally excel can do so, via their marching band. These talents are just as important to the development of students as are academic skills, and they need to be supported and nurtured. Schools that cannot support a marching band are seriously lacking in providing opportunity to students, and your school may need to work hard at your fundraising efforts to be sure that you provide these opportunities for your students.
As well, your students can learn valuable leadership and financial skills by taking charge to raise money for their high school band program.
Whatever fundraising strategy you decide on for your marching band fundraiser, be sure to promote it heavily throughout your school and the local community.Your advertising and promotion of the fundraising event or campaign will also be a primary factor in the success of the initiative. Be sure to allow your group plenty of time and promote the event in the following ways:
Remember that hosting any fundraising event requires the assistance of motivated volunteers. Various details to manage include event set-up, organizing collection of donated goods, promoting the event, and managing your donations. DoJiggy offers affordable event management software to help you safely collect donations, and manage the details of your fundraising event.
Still looking? See our 40 best fundraiers for schools and high school fundraising ideas. For more information about hosting a peer-to-peer fundraising event (such as a March-a-thon), including sample donation forms, a fundraising event budget, forms and "how-to" planning guidelines, visit our walk-a-thon resource center.