Getting students to participate in fundraising for their school has a number of advantages aside from the financial: students who invest effort into helping their school are also invested in their school. It helps to build school pride and school spirit, and students who participate in successful fundraising projects also learn confidence.
But there are also financial benefits. Parents are more likely to contribute to the efforts their children are making, and so are their friends and relatives. There is something appealing about young people making an effort for their schools that can stir even strangers into contributing.
Student Fundraising Companies
There are many ways in which students can raise funds: sales of items from cookies to calendars, from T-shirts to tickets, from Christmas cards to candy bars are all popular fund raising products.
There are many companies that specialize in providing such products to organizations for fundraising purposes. Check several out thoroughly before choosing one; look into each company’s reputation and into the policies of the companies, as well as what percentage of the profit your school will keep.
Getting Started with Student Fundraising
There are also many creative ways for students to raise money for their school without the need of outside companies. Here are a number of them:
- Read-a-thon – Students can find sponsors who will make donations for each book the child finishes reading. This has the advantage of not only raising money for the school, but also encourages reading and helps the child’s education.
- Talent Show – Give students a chance to show off their talents while raising money.
- Concert or Play – A school with a drama department or a music department could put on a play or a concert in order to raise funds.
- Pet Show – Charge proud pet owners entry fees to show off their pets in various categories such as cutest cat, most darling dog, most unusual pet, most talented pet, pet/owner lookalike, and so forth.
- Baby-sitting Night – Charge parents $5 per child and open up the school gymnasium, having fun activities planned for younger children under the supervision of adults and older students.
- Bake Sale – An old-fashioned bake sale is usually a sure-fire winner, especially if held in conjunction with other family activities.
- Service Auction – People can bid on students to perform simple services, such as lawn care, window cleaning, or car washing.
- Renaissance Faire – Encourage students to show off their historical knowledge by putting on a small Renaissance Faire at the school. Different grades can handle various attractions and booths. Help with putting one on can usually be found in local chapters of historical re-enactment groups, such as the Society for Creative Anachronism, a non-profit educational group, which has chapters throughout the world.
- Recycling Drive – Collecting recyclables and turning them in for cash can not only raise funds for the school, but can encourage environmental awareness as well.