Top 15 Ways Schools Should Fundraise

January 21, 2021


We published a version of this blog on how schools should fundraise last year. We thought it would be time to update the list in 2021 since the new fiscal year with new possibilities starts for many schools and churches on July 1st. What if you involved more community members and did some events to fundraise? 

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Small goals help you reach the bigger goal you have in mind. Plus your students can wrap their head arounds a small amount of money rather than this big number we need to achieve. We all work better that way. Below is an updated list of the top 15 things we thought were the most interesting and innovative ways through research to fund raise money for your cause. Being somewhat unique and new seems to bring in the most fundraising these days.

15. Matching Gifts Drive: Many organizations or administrators will match whatever gifts are given through your fundraising campaigns. Take advantage of that and use that high number as a way to encourage others to give. 

14. Used Book Drive: I love books. Old books that people don’t want are even better. I’m sure everyone has used books they’d like to get rid of and you could easily knock off a small goal this way. 

13. Penny Wars: This is a favorite for my company. Each department/site gets a jar. Putting quarters in a site’s jar decreases the points for them, but increases the amount you fundraise. You’d be surprised how many people get into it.  

12. Text-To-Give: You could hold an online auction or an online site to give. Setting up this type of service cuts out the hassle and provides an easy way to have people give. 

11. Handymen Services: Offer to do minor painting, yard work, or apprentice-like work. This could be especially helpful for older adults that know what they’re doing but need someone to get underneath the sink or reach for something a little too high. 

“10. Be Helpful: How many of your neighbors have dogs? Ask them if they would be willing to help your cause in exchange for your walking their dog for two weeks. No dogs? Try offering to water their garden when they go on holiday.

9. Talent Show: Showcase the talent of your students and faculty by hosting a talent show. Encourage individual or team participation, and sell tickets for family and friends to watch.

8. Be Creative: For those talented artists, design a Christmas card or other craft that is easy to make lots of, and sell them to your family and friends.

7. Quiz Night: Divide participants into teams (or ask them to sign up as teams). Prepare a list of questions based on a particular theme and have a volunteer “Quiz master” who can ask the questions. Sell tickets to participate and offer a prize for the winning team.

6. Pancake Breakfast: Sell tickets for a delicious breakfast hosted in the school gym one morning before school starts. Offer food and refreshments for a set price.

5. Fun Run: Organize a Fun Run or Fun Walk that the students can participate in. Encourage them to raise pledges from their families or ask for a specific donation amount (i.e. $1). Make it a fun event with music, snacks, and high energy.

4. Come Dancing: Organize a school dance with a musical theme and charge an entrance fee.

3. Get Cultural: Get together with friends and hold a recital for your family and neighbours. You could sing songs, play an instrument, recite poems or tell jokes. You could also showcase the many delicious foods and unique talents of your students by hosting an event where students are encouraged to share their cultural traditions with one another. Charge an entrance fee. 

2. Teacher Charity Game/Concert: Generate excitement among the students about attending a special sports game that has teams made up of their teachers! Or a charity concert to watch the teachers perform songs. Sell tickets, have a concession stand, invite well-known performers to join them or have community sponsors. 

1. Principal Challenge: See if your principal or a favorite teacher will agree to do something drastic – for example, shave his or her head – if you reach your fundraising goals.”

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