Coming up with a school fundraising idea may seem like a daunting task. After all, you do not want to have yet another bake sale or
another cookie sale. Maybe parents are sick and tired of buying Joe Corby’s pizzas or trying to get their coworkers to purchase whatever trinkets their children are selling.
However, despite the fact that it can be difficult to come up with a school fundraising idea, fundraising for your child’s school may be a necessity. If your child is in private school, the fundraising may help to offset some tuition costs. If your child is in public school, fundraising may help subsidize the minimal funds provided by the state. Whatever the need, coming up with a school fundraising idea does not have to be difficult!
Finding A Unique Fundraising Idea
If you want to be creative or unique, you can find a unique school fundraising idea. You do not need to sell cookies or pizzas or cheap trinkets to raise money for your school. Instead, think outside of the box. Try selling services. Ask parents, relatives, or friends if they have anything that needs to be done around their house or yards.
With a parent chaperone, send groups of two or three students to the people’s houses to do whatever jobs they need done. Charge a fee accordingly. You will not have to deal with massive amounts of paperwork and distributing the ordered objects when you use a service based school fundraising idea. However, with something like this you absolutely have to have an adult or parent chaperone for each and every visit.
Another unique school fundraising idea is an auction. Most businesses or organizations will readily donate products and services to a nonprofit organization for an auction. If you can get many different services and products, you can auction them off to raise money for your school. This may not work well for a private school since parents are already paying for tuition, but this is great for public school sports or clubs. Parents are willing to pay more because they know that the money is going to help their child’s club or sport.
You can do almost anything to raise money for your school. However, there are a few rules you must live by when thinking of school fundraising ideas. First, never make it mandatory for parents to purchase. There are families that simply do not have enough money to buy the products or services that you are selling.
Second, do not expect every student to sell hundreds of dollars worth of products or services. Some parents work in offices and can take fundraisers to work, but other parents do not work in offices and cannot do that. Third, make sure that the product is delivered. If you do not, then your reputation as a school is at stake.
With commitment and dedication on the part of the students and parents, your school fundraising idea should go off without a hitch!