If you’re a teacher or student at a high school and you’ve got to raise funds for a special project, a field trip or some equipment, you’ve already got a couple of good starting points. You can probably use school premises; you can probably recruit volunteers among students; and you’ve probably got an interested audience, too!
If there’s a specific group that will benefit from your fundraiser, like the football team or the drama club, there’s your pool of volunteers. But even if you’re fundraising for a more general purpose, you probably won’t be on your own.
Here are some ideas that will work for most high schools.
School Band in Concert
There’s probably at least one student band at your school. More likely, there’s a regular Battle of the Bands to determine the best or most popular band among them. Why not organize a concert with the winners?
Apart from taking a reasonable entrance fee, you could even produce and sell CDs and posters. Help young talents feel like proper pop stars – and create some fundraising revenue too!
High School’s Got Talent
If you don’t want to help just one small group into the limelight, how about an open talent show where every student who wants to can present her or his special skill? From dancing to kung fu, from reciting poetry to yodeling, there are many hidden talents just waiting to be discovered.
Organize prizes for the winner and at least two runners-up. Maybe you can get a local store or restaurant to donate vouchers? You will also need a couple of jury members, unless you want to determine the winners by popular vote.
A variant of this is a high school fashion show. Either get a fashion store to support you, or let your models bring their own outfits (this works best if they normally wear uniforms at your school).
Sell tickets for the big show – and expect to be surprised!
Pimp My Lunch Break
Cafeteria food tends to have a lousy reputation. If your school, too, suffers from less-than-stellar cafeteria meals, make everyone happy by putting up a food stall in the hall. Sell home-made muffins, salad or sandwiches.
Remember to get permission first – and don’t do this for more than a week. However unimpressive the food, you don’t want to put your cafeteria crew out of business!
School Car Wash
Students, teachers and parents alike may be happy to get their cars cleaned for a good cause. So let’s have a car wash on the high school parking lot in the summertime! With a couple of volunteers, a bucket of water and a sponge, you can turn dirty cars clean – and an empty cash box into a full one.
Find out how much a car wash usually costs in your area so customers won’t be deterred by your price, and make sure your volunteers know what they’re doing.
All in all, a high school is a great place for fundraising. You rarely get so many people eager for excitement in one place, so get permission and get going!