School Fundraising Ideas
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We know that raising funds can be fun but hard work and that your PTA’s do an amazing job. There are loads of school fundraising ideas out there, so we thought it might be useful to list a few of them here, with links to sites that can help.
You can use these fundraising ideas to engage with and energise your school community so that they can help you really make a difference to the facilities and experiences that you can offer to your pupils.
Silent Auction - www.jumblebee.co.uk
Set up a silent auction, ticket shop, pop up shop or an online marketplace
World Book Day - www.worldbookday.com
Get your pupils to dress as their favourite character from a book
You can raise money for good causes while shopping online, without spending a single extra penny.
'Amazon Affiliates’- www.affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk
Amazon Associates provide a share of all sales generated from links to its website. It allows schools to generate revenue each time a purchase is made with an affiliate link. For every purchase made through these links, your school could earn up to 10% in advertising fees from Amazon’s affiliate program.
School lottery - www.yourschoollottery.co.uk
It may be hard to imagine but one in four schools now have their own lottery and these are popular and an effective way of fundraising. They also sound like a nightmare to run but they don’t have to be. Supporters can join for as little as £1 per week and it doesn’t cost the school anything.
Franchise your school - www.initiatives-fundraising.co.uk
Tea towels, mugs, bags, cards, aprons, bags for life, bears, calendars, school labels – the lot. Personalisation is key because it fuels ownership. Children draw an image of themselves and these are grouped as a class and a school onto a product. ‘Self-portrait’ fundraising is always popular because it feeds into keep sake culture of sentimentality and children love seeing their artwork on merchandise.
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Get your pupils to take part in an arty competition based on a fun theme
Get the sponges out and let the pupils wash parents cars – for a fee of course! Jokes – Ask each pupil to bring in their favourite joke and a £1 or £2 donation and hold a class or school assembly dedicated to joke telling.
Organise an evening for parents to compete in teams and charge an entrance fee. You could also provide food etc to make more of an event of it.
Christmas Shopping Evening
Do you have a creative bunch of parents or children? See if any would like to set up a stall selling their items at a Christmas shopping evening and collect either entry or stall fees.
The classic after school fundraising idea. Maybe make it into a competition in the style of a bakeoff!
Christmas Tree Sale
Source cost price Christmas trees and sell them to parents in the lead up to Christmas
Easter Egg Hunt
Chocolate, small children, hidden around the school, small fee, simple!
Do you have a running track marked out or a sports field? Set up a fun run and encourage pupils and parents to run a specific distance or number of laps. Could be a sponsored event or charge an entrance fee.
Walk to School Breakfast
Get the children to walk to school rather than be driven. Offer pastries and juice for a small fee.
Leave the uniform at home and dress in something else. Maybe each class could dress in the colours of specific flags.
Got a school choir or vocal parents? Download some carol singing sheets and off you go.
Let the pupils dress in fancy dress based on a theme or just their imagination. Suggest a voluntary contribution. Sponsored walk, run, sing, dance, skip One of the classics!
Why not run your own talent contest encouraging everyone to have a go at something, think Britain’s Got Talent.
Write some clues and hide a prize, simple!
Got other great school fundraising ideas? Let us know at email@example.com
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Shoe drive fundraisers are school fundraisers that make the most money, as schools and education groups have learned. Shoes become the currency, and there are many shoes in school communities to collect. In other words, this is an easy fundraiser.
- 1) #1 Seller For High Schools – Gourmet Cookie Dough Fundraiser. ...
- 2) Easy Scratch Card Fundraiser. ...
- 3) Nuts & Snacks Fundraiser. ...
- 4) T-shirt fundraiser. ...
- 5) Custom Face Masks – A Perfect High School Fundraiser During COVID-19.
- Create something. ...
- Sell coupon books. ...
- Crowdfunding. ...
- Host a fundraising event. ...
- Hold a discussion. ...
- Research and contact major donors. ...
- Host a virtual fundraising event. ...
- Hold a neighbourhood clean.
- Donation Jars. In the age of cryptocurrency and digital wallets, we often forget about cash as a quick donation option. ...
- Community Yard Sale. ...
- 50/50 Raffle. ...
- Bake Sale. ...
- Concession Stand. ...
- Car Wash. ...
- Team Trivia Night. ...
- Sports Tournament.
There are many ways to raise money at a school fair! A few options are running stalls with games to play or things to buy, collecting donations, charging for entry or even an ice cream van! For more ideas, check out our 25 fundraising ideas for kids.
In simplest terms, a tricky tray is where participants buy tickets and place them in containers next to the items they want to win. Once everyone has had an opportunity to put tickets in containers, the drawing and calling for prizes begins. A designated person announces the serial number on the ticket drawn.
- Set a goal that makes sense: Set ONE goal and focus on that goal only. ...
- Choose the right type of event: ...
- Secure corporate sponsors: ...
- Design a dynamic experience for your supporters: ...
- Promote the heck out of your event: ...
- Assess your results and cultivate your relationships:
Spaghetti or meat loaf, soup and salad come to mind. Spaghetti can also serve as a stand alone fundraiser, with your special sauce, salad and garlic bread. To be really successful, your dinner should offer something a bit unique (or considered difficult, time consuming, messy, or requiring special knowledge to make).
- Create a donation page.
- Offer the text-giving option.
- Send out fundraising letters.
- Launch a crowdfunding campaign.
- Host a fundraising event.
- Try peer-to-peer fundraising.
- Enable recurring donations.
- Ask for sponsorships.
- Define your goal. Start by determining how much money you need to raise. ...
- Choose an online fundraising platform. ...
- Tell your story honestly. ...
- Share your fundraiser with your friends and family. ...
- Show appreciation towards your donors.
So, what is a penny social? A penny social is a fundraising event that combines elements of raffles and silent auctions. Guests buy special tickets that they use to bid on items and prizes. Each ticket equals one bid. A winning ticket is drawn at random, and the guest who placed that ticket wins the item.
- 1 Select themes for your baskets. Select themes for your baskets. ...
- 2 Determine the number. Determine the number of baskets you need. ...
- 3 Gather basket items. Gather basket items. ...
- 4 Organize a work party. ...
- 5 Write a full list. ...
- 6 Sell tickets. ...
- 7 Provide a place. ...
- 8 Draw the raffle winners.
How to make gift baskets to WOW everyone on your list! - YouTube
How long should your fundraising event be? For many schools and groups, we recommend planning a short-term fundraiser that runs for 2-3 weeks. Research shows that traditional product and online fundraisers typically see a greater amount of activity over a shorter period of time (Cause Vox).
During a shoe drive fundraiser, you ask your community to collect gently worn, used and new shoes and sneakers of all styles and sizes. When Funds2Orgs receives and processes the shoes collected from your shoe drive fundraiser, you will receive a check!
Giving a Sense of Civic Responsibility. Fundraising creates the awareness in children that they are part of a larger community. They find out that this puts a certain responsibility on their shoulders and gives them a sense of empowerment to positively impact that community.
Typically, fundraising consultants charge a commission for services based on a percentage of the total amount of money raised, and the commission rate will range from 10 percent on amounts in excess of $100,000 to percentages as high as 50 percent for amounts under $1,000.
Profit margin: 70% to 90%
Scratch cards are known to be the most profitable fundraiser on the market. Some companies offer margins as high as 97%. The simple reason why they're so profitable is because there isn't any product for your supporters.
- Donorbox. Donorbox is a powerful all-in-one fundraising platform with a quick setup process and plenty of easy-to-use features. ...
- GoFundMe. GoFundMe is a well-known online fundraising platform. ...
- OneCause. ...
- Handbid. ...
- Bonfire. ...
- Fundly. ...
- Soapbox Engage. ...
So, what percentage does GoFundMe take for transaction fees? A transaction fee of 2.9% +$0.30 is automatically deducted from each donation, so you never have to worry about paying a bill. Learn more about GoFundMe's fees on our pricing page here.
Saturday is the most popular day and night of the week to hold fundraising events.
While it can depend on the organization, most fundraisers earn a salary. You are often a full-time employee whose job duties revolve around planning and promoting charity events or contacting potential donors. However, freelance fundraisers, also known as fundraising consultants, usually do not receive a set salary.
Monetary fundraising goals are easier to define and should be rooted in specifics like these four sample fundraising goals and objectives: Raise $10,000. Gain 400 new donors. Raise 20 percent more in total donations compared to last year.
The conclusion from the survey is that “it takes one full-time staff person to raise $500,000, with additional staff needed for $1M and incrementally thereafter”. In other words, for every $500,000 of revenue, you'll need 1 staff member.
|Fundraising Activity/Method||Average Cost to Raise One Dollar|
|Direct Mail Renewal||$0.20 per dollar raised|
|Planned Giving||$0.25 per dollar raised|
- Step 1: Set Your Goals.
- Step 2: Choose a Type of Fundraiser.
- Step 3: Create a Plan.
- Step 4: Choose a Platform.
- Step 5: Create Your Promotional Materials.
- Step 6: Promote Your Fundraiser.
- Step 7: Don't Forget Your New Donors.
- Step 8: Evaluate Your Success.
|Platform||Subscription Fee||Processor Fee|
|Givebutter||$0||2.9% + $.30 per gift|
|GoFundMe||$0||2.9% + $.30 per gift|
|Kickstarter||$0||3% + $.20 per gift|
|Indiegogo||$0||3% + $.30 per gift|
- Google AdWords.
- Other Online Resources (social media, organization website)
- Email Marketing.
- Media Partners (media sponsorships, press coverage)
- Press Releases.
- Local Events, Clubs and Word-of-Mouth.
Fundly – Best GoFundMe Alternative for Mobile-First Fundraising. Givebutter – Best GoFundMe Alternative for Donor Management. Bonfire – Best GoFundMe Alternative for T-Shirt Fundraising. Snowball – Best GoFundMe Alternative for Auctions and Events.
What's your name? The name you enter will be displayed publicly on the fundraiser page. If you don't want to use your full name, whether for safety or personal reasons, you can enter your chosen name here. Be sure to enter your legal name when it comes time to set up transfers.
Generally, contributions made to “crowdfunding” campaigns (such as GoFundMe) are considered to be personal gifts, and as such, are not taxed as income to the recipient. The IRS does not consider fundraising proceeds a taxable source of income.