The purpose of a school’s student council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, one of the most important roles of student councils is to raise funds to support the activities of the student body. Finding the best student council fundraising ideas that will get students excited to take part is key to the success of these fundraising events.
Here we share the best, proven ideas for elementary, middle, and high school councils.
Elementary School Student Council Fundraising Ideas
Elementary students are all about having fun! There are plenty of fundraising ideas for elementary student councils that are fun and welcoming for the young student body. Here are our top student council fundraising ideas for elementary schools.
All School Fun Runs
School fun runs are a fantastic way to get young students excited about being active. These elementary school fundraisers are also a great way to utilize peer to peer fundraising. With these initiatives, students register to participate, then they raise funds from neighbors, friends, and family to achieve their goal of finishing the run. Here are some fun run concepts:
- Color Runs: Color run fundraisers are fun for everyone involved. The kids wear white t-shirts to start. There are checkpoints throughout the course where parents and volunteers throw colored powder to make for a cheerful and exciting run with a lot of surprises along the way.
- Themed Runs: Adding a theme to your fun run adds to the fun and excitement, especially for young kids. Some fun run themes to consider are Disney themes, superhero themes, and historical figure-themed runs. The students that participate dress up in their favorite attire that represents the theme and walk or run a certain number of laps.
- Pajama Runs: While athletic wear is ideal, the next best thing to such comfortable workout attire is pajamas. Students will have a reason for the well-deserved rest and relaxation that comes after the fundraising effort doing the run.
- Physical Challenges & Obstacles: If you want to consider another dimension to give more excitement to the run, add physical challenges like an obstacle course. These can also help boost donations for the student council fundraising effort.
Reading Fundraisers and Challenges
Want to take the fundraising off the field and into the classroom? One student council fundraising idea for elementary schools takes the challenge to the books instead with a reading fundraiser. Have each student pledge to read a certain amount of books or a certain period of time. Just as with active peer to peer and school crowdfunding campaigns, students then ask friends and family to donate towards their reading goals.
Student Council Fundraising Ideas for Middle Schools and High Schools
Active peer to peer events are still a great idea for middle and high school students. As students get older, the challenges can have an added level of difficulty.
- Light and Neon Fun Runs: Middle and high school students of all ages will enjoy these concept runs. Add fun elements to the race and after-party, such as a DJ and dancing. Light and neon runs are often hosted in the dark and use laser lights, strobe lights, or glow sticks.
- Holiday Runs: If you want to time the school fundraiser with a holiday, there are ample themes that can work with your run. For example, it can be Santa-themed, Cupid/Valentine’s Day themed, St. Patrick’s Day themed, or Easter Bunny-themed. You get the idea – virtually any holiday fundraising theme will get students excited.
- Zombie Lurches: This run can either simply be zombie-themed or be considered a zombie chase, where the concept is similar to tag and there are two sides: zombies and humans (that are yet to be zombies).
- Obstacle Courses Races: The challenge elevates when students are older, especially with growing popularity in obstacle course races, such as Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Warrior Dash. Have one right in the school’s backyard with obstacles that really push the students to the next level.
- Dog Walks: Bring the pups along for this one! Have students participate with their families in a dog walk for a furry fundraiser with all the community dogs.
- Bike-a-thons: Does the school have an avid cycling group? Have the whole school join in on a fun fundraising affair with a bike-a-thon on local bike trails.
- Spin-a-thons: Same as a bike-a-thon, but with stationary bikes. The nice thing about hosting a spin-a-thon fundraiser is that your participants stay in one place.
More Active Sports Challenges
- Basketball Tournaments: Allow students and teachers to form teams to challenge each other until the last team is left standing.
- Flag Football Fundraisers: To make room for as many people to participate, host multiple games throughout the day.
- Hit-a-thon Challenges: If batting cages can’t be set up on-premise, research a local batting cage that can host this baseball fundraising event as a school fundraiser.
Performance-Based Events & Challenges
- Dance-a-Thon: With all of the latest trending dances that are out, from flossing to the Milly rock, why not do it all for a good cause? Host a dance-a-thon and see how long students last doing their best moves.
- Karaoke Contest: Welcome students, teachers, and parents to bring their vocal talents with a karaoke contest. Participants can pay for one or a certain amount of songs to sing. Create an opportunity to raise more funds during the performances by selling food and refreshments.
- Talent Show: The talent show is a classic student council activity. A talent show can be competition-style or showcase-style. For a competition, the audience pays an extra $1 – $5 to vote for the winners.
- Spelling Bees: Test your students’ spelling acumen with a spelling bee, but with an added flair. Make it an open-invitation event and sell tickets to parents with opportunities to purchase an extra chance to get back into the competition if a student misspells a word.
Sales of Goods and Services
Product sales are always a popular school fundraiser, especially when adding in a sales contest with prizes for top fundraisers. Offer a great online shopping experience with our Simple Stores.
Features of our Simple Stores include:
- Individuals and teams can sell for your student group, by enabling peer to peer functionality for your store
- Free pricing model, pay only a percentage of sales
- Sales tax can be added to items
- Administer promo codes for discounted sales
- Fundraising thermometer tracks sales progress
- Promote your fundraising sales via our free Text to Give feature
- Secure payment processing by Stripe
Here are some sales related ideas:
- Car Wash or Dog Wash: Car washes are another classic student council fundraiser. Why not add in dogs on the sidelines?
- Online Auctions: This can be a standalone event or an addition to other events. If there are sponsors supporting the student council, high-value items can be auctioned off, such as theme park tickets or an all-inclusive dinner at a local restaurant. Another spin on a school auction is to allow students to have fun with their favorite teachers and staff. Auction off an opportunity to pie the principal or dunk tank their favorite teacher.
- Community Yard Sale: This fundraiser allows students and staff to do some spring cleaning and donate their home goods and clothes towards the fundraising goal.
These events bring the school community together to enjoy themselves while raising money. Be sure to add refreshments and raffle ticket sales to boost revenues.
- Local Business Night: Support a local business and host a certain night out at the establishment in exchange for donating a certain amount of the proceeds to the middle school or high school student council fundraiser.
- Trivia Night or Bingo Night: Playing trivia and bingo never get old. The trivia topics can be trending subjects, such as “Do You Know Your Memes?” and “Top Radio Hits”. Bingo can be played along the themes of “Know Your Teachers” or “Know Your Classmates,” with such topics as “Has a Dog” or “Drives a Motorcycle.”
With all of these enjoyable fundraising ideas that will generate lots of excitement and participation from the student body, the calendar for your elementary, middle, or high school student council fundraising will easily fill up.
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- Ability to incorporate peer to peer fundraising with personal and team fundraising pages into more campaign types, such as online sales campaigns and raffles
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