School fundraisers are a fantastic way to get kids involved in charitable causes. From preschool to college, schools of any size can run successful fundraisers with the help of students, parents and teachers.
School Fundraising – The Basics
The great thing about school fundraisers is that one big expense is already taken care of: the venue. Speak to the principal or school dean to obtain permission to use the school premises, or to use the school grounds for an outdoor event.
Fundraisers can take place during school hours, after school or over the weekend. Check with your school administrator first to make sure your potential date doesn’t conflict with another event already taking place, such as an assembly or after-school sports. You may also need to create a brief outline of your fundraising plan to pitch to the administrator.
School Fundraising Ideas
Once you have permission and a place to fundraise, there are lots of things you can do!
With an entire school at your disposal, you can create a large-scale fundraising event. Recruit a team of volunteers to help you manage logistics; a mix of students, teachers and parents is best. Remember that younger children will need additional guidance, whereas older students may only require a faculty advisor.
Here are some big ideas:
- Sports Competition – Recruit your school’s athletes to take part in a charity game. Sell tickets and refreshments to benefit your charitable cause. You could also have smaller events, such as skills competitions and games for younger kids.
- Charity Dance – Decorate the auditorium or gymnasium for a fundraising dance or social event. Invite everyone from your school, as well as a few special guests from the community. You’ll need to provide food and entertainment, but local businesses may be willing to donate their time and products for a reduced fee.
- Sponsorship or Charity Drive – Get the whole school involved doing something great for charity. Ask all the students to take pledges in exchange for a particular action; for example, you could collect pledges for the number of books everyone reads that semester, or for the number of A grades. This is also an educational motivator, so be sure to mention this benefit when you pitch your idea to the school officials.
You don’t need the entire student body to have a successful fundraiser. With permission, you can fundraise on your own or in small groups. This is ideal for school groups who need to fundraise — such as a band that needs to raise money for transportation to parades — or individual charity causes. Why not try:
- Sponsored Event – Take donations from your fellow students in exchange for doing something cool, weird or wacky. For example, each donation might force you to wear a silly outfit to school for one day, or for not brushing your hair. You’ll be surprised how many donations you get that will allow you to keep going; the sillier, the better!
- Charity Collection – Ask your teachers’ permission to discuss your charitable cause at the beginning of each of your classes. Afterwards, you can pass around a donation bucket or tell everyone how to donate online. It’ll take five minutes of class time but can make a huge difference to your charity.
School Fundraising Companies
There are lots of companies that specifically help schools with their fundraising needs. These companies sell products such as pizza kits, gift wrap, candy and cookie dough, with your fundraising cause takes a share of the profits.
The main benefit of using a fundraising company is that the products are already available; you just have to organize ordering and delivery. Plus, because this is a popular school fundraising method, parents and students are used to buying from these companies. And there’s a reason they’re popular: You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make money this way!