School Fundraising Ideas & Resources
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Many teachers, school administrators, and parent groups 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 and meet your fundraising goals. Whether you are raising funds for a new computer lab or library, or enhancing student programs, we can help with creative school fundraising ideas for your school or educational organization.
Fundraising is an educational opportunity. With every school fundraising campaign, you are teaching your children about community service and being a part of something larger than themselves. Students learn skills such as public speaking, leadership, and time management. Using technology such as our crowdfunding software will get your students to customize their personal fundraising pages. They are not only helping to raise much-needed funds but learning that helping out can be fun and rewarding.
Whether you are a PTA parent, Development office staff, or art teacher, these free resources will help support your school fundraising campaigns. Our school fundraising resources were developed from hands-on experience helping hundreds of schools across the US and Canada raise money online. If your school is looking for fundraising solutions that work, check out our fundraising software platform. We’re here to help YOU succeed.
Top School Fundraising Ideas
The type of fundraising event your school chooses to run will be a big factor in your overall success. You need something that your community can get excited about and creative school fundraising ideas are often needed to set your school or school group apart from the crowd. Here are the best, most popular school fundraisers that clients run on our platform:
School Fun Runs & Walks: This fundraiser is very popular and successful for many schools. Walk-a-thons 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. Adding a Fun Run theme to the event makes it more fun.
Color Run Fundraisers: Color Runs also work well for kids and make great elementary school fundraisers. Just be sure to use non-toxic color power which is not hard to find or make. When used as a school fundraiser, it’s also a great idea to add an obstacle course and after-party.
School Serve-a-thons: 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.
School Auction Fundraisers: 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)
Reading Fundraisers: Reading challenges encourage students to raise money by reading. Students and classrooms get personal fundraising pages and compete for the most pages read and funds raised. Now that’s a nice mission-based fundraising strategy that any school or library can get behind.
Sales Contests: Product sales are a great way to get students involved in raising funds for your school by selling candy, branded school merchandise, magazines, holiday items, and gift or discount cards. Sales contests can be run online with our Simple Stores to keep things organized and donations secure. Create pages for students or classrooms and compete for top fundraising honors and awards.
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Selecting the Right School Fundraiser
Different school fundraisers require different fundraising budgets, resources, volunteers, and time commitments. The following considerations should help you decide on the right school fundraising campaign and help you create a successful fundraising plan.
- 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.
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