Support Your Community While Raising Money for Your School!
A unique and meaningful school fundraising idea to consider is a student serve-a-thon. A serve-a-thon is a variation of the walk-a-thon theme that not only provides fundraising dollars for your school, but also makes a positive impact on the community. In a serve-a-thon, students and classrooms raise funds by committing to a service project in the local community.
Serve-a-thons work very similarly to walk-a-thons, in terms of fundraising management. Students raise money by reaching out to family and friends and asking for pledges and donations to help their school. People interested in donating go online to a student’s personalized fundraising page. On this page the student has the ability to upload photos and videos, explain the mission of the fundraiser, and expand on the type of service they will provide once their fundraising goals are met.
Your fundraising website should provide detailed information about where the money raised will go, so donors know exactly what they are contributing to. For example, they should state that the funding will go towards new books, or building new library facilities, or helping to save JV sports teams from being discontinued due to budget cuts.
Typically, the school selects a specific day for the serve-a-thon to take place. This can be a Saturday or during a regular school day – kids enjoy that. On this day, the students volunteer their time serving various organizations in the community. These services can be customized to serve the relevant needs in your area. Common organizations to assist include:
- helping homeless and crisis shelters,
- assisting the elderly,
- caring for less fortunate children,
- participating in environmental clean-up and conservation programs and
- appreciating active duty military.
One of the biggest benefits about a school fundraising program like this is that students learn to become servant leaders while helping their school meet its financial need.
Other Peer-to-Peer or A-thon Resources
Check out our fundraising software to manage your Serve-a-thon, or visit our Walk-a-thon Resource Center for additional information and sample documents for peer-to-peer events including walk-a-thon flyers, walk-a-thon pledge forms, and more.