My son is vice president of his junior class. They are always looking for new ideas for fund raisers. They have done the car washes and sold food at sports events. Does anyone have any unique ideas of things to sell or anything else a little more refreshing?
Karen from Port Clinton, OH
I was student body president for 2 years in high school and one thing we did that was popular and a decent money maker was to have dress up days! We had a somewhat strict dress code and any break from that was great for the students. The most sucessful was Hat Day .. we weren't allowed to wear hats inside the building, unless you paid a dollar in your first class of the day .. then you could wear a hat all day! We used the honor system and it was a smaller school but you could use hand stamps or ribbons or something to denote the people who paid and were allowed to wear a hat! Teachers would get in to the act too, it was a fun, easy way to make extra cash that didn't distract too much.
Before this our big money maker had always been the soda machines .. since we were also trying to phase the "junk" machines out of the school we needed something new! We took the idea from sports teams who would wear jerseys on game days. We'd usually make $175 to $200 each day (HS population was around 250 kids) and have one of these days each month .. each was cleared through the principal of course. Other than the hat day, we did Pajama Day, Crazy Shirt Day (no logo shirts was part of our dress code), Opposite Day .. anything else you can think of! I think you have to be aware of your school to make sure it would work for you. We were a small, relativly close knit school which made it easier.
This was a great idea for our school .. there was no cost involved, other than our time, so the money we made was pure profit. It was popular with the students to the point where we were doing it one a month due to demand. We were able to give alot back to the school as well .. we had a big Field Day the last friday afternoon before final exams where we hired a band and took the afternoon off for a big barbeque on the football field. Plus extra dances, guest speakers, gifts to the school ect.
Good luck with whatever ideas you choose! I loved being part of my school's government .. it has served me well as an adult as well.
One easy and fun way to raise money for a school organization is to sell carnations for Valentine's day, or Hallograms for Halloween, or GradGrams around graduation, etc. The students sell these things for small amount of money and the other students get to send anyone they want a note. Everyone enjoys receiving them. They can write a note to the person or just sign it under a poem that is provided. Then the organizatin that sold the items gets together and hands them out to each homeroom. The most fun is the carnations at Valentine's Day.
My children also sold donuts to be delivered to the person's door on a given Saturday. This is more expensive now, however, due to the cost of gas.
Also, depending on the main theme of the school organization interested in making money, they can offer clinics for younger children on certain Saturdays. These are popular here, the dance team gives a clinic to learn a dance to a certain song, the cheerleaders teach a cheer, the football players have a punt, pass and kick competition in which they help younger kids learn some pointers, etc. The kids usually pay a $10 fee. You could have them on the same Saturday and all work together. Just use your imagination as to what could be offered. The elementary school kids and the Junior High kids enjoy these things and the moms like the half day off that it affords them (usually this is held from 8-12). Free refreshments are served, usually cookies and punch. As long as the high schoolers remember that they are role models to the younger kids this is a fun thing that can be used over and over again, as kids love this if it is a positive experience for them.
I'm the president of a club at my school and we sold pizza after school every Friday. We made major profit.
As the one responsible for coming up with new and exciting (?) ideas for our Little League organization, I got totally burned and burned out by selling perishable items like frozen pizzas, cookie dough, etc. I am always on the lookout for fundraisers that don't require a pick up after the goods are delivered. We are currently working on a comedy show/dance to be held next month. Each family that participates in softball or baseball at our organization is responsible for buying or selling 2 tickets, at a total cost of $40. With about 200 families, that brings in $8000.00 right from the get go. We pay for the hall for the night, the comedians, the beer, soda and food, and the rest is ours to keep - which will translate to about $6000.00 just on ticket sales. Our DJ is a baseball parent and is donating his time. On top of this, we sell 50/50 tickets and raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses, which can bring in some serious cash. Our dance is for over 21's. I know your son is in high school, so I don't know if he looking to get support from fellow students or could plan a something like this for over 21's, but our comedians are booked through an agency that sends 3 comedians to perform for about an hour and a half, at a cost of about $750.00. I'm sure if you looked into it and wanted to have students attend, you could request comedians for that age group. And if you could hold it at school, it probably wouldn't cost anything for the facility. Anyway, that's our current fundraiser. In the past we have sold raffle tickets for Longaberger Baskets - $2.00 ea or 3 for $5.00. We purchased about ten baskets in graduated sizes, filled the top 3 with suitable items, and made several thousand dollars on those. A local business donated the printing costs for the tickets, and other parents donated filler items - our only expense was the cost of the baskets. We had a consultant who would work with us to get the best deal - hostess dollars, free baskets, she donated one, and then wrote off her commission. These are really easy to sell if you live in area where they are popular. sorry this was so long - if you have questions, feel free to drop me a line.
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Thanks for the input. I don't know that a class fundraiser could afford such a thing but you gave me an idea. My son works at 2 very good restaurants in town. I am an assistant manager at one. Maybe they could do a phone fundraiser. Call on a certain night or come in and mention the class and they could donate a percentage of those orders. A little free advertsing could make it work. Thank you for getting my mind going.
Our local grocery and gas station has a rewards program and we direct the proceeds to the schools
(Krogers and Thorntons and Meijers)
Does Starbucks do anything along that line? Maybe sell your group GC at a discount that they can sell to friends who probably patronize the place anyway. Krispy Kreme has a very good fundraiser program.
If a parent of a student at the school owns a restaurant, perhaps they will allow you to hold a fundraising pancake breakfast on a Saturday morning? Sell tickets in advance, especially to those who want to donate, but might not show up.
I always thought a good one would be to sell the windshield sunscreens, the cardboard folding kind, with the school logo or mascot printed on it.
Hi Karen, What about escrip? I know there are restrictions on how the money is used, but you can sell all kinds of gift certificates. Our church sells scrip and I give it as gifts quite often.
In our school, which is one of many John Glenn High Schools across America, we have a contest called "Mr. Glenn." It's a sort of mock 'beauty' contest, but for guys. It's played for fun and brings in a good crowd every year.
How about a penny sale, Have the students go out to businesses in the area and see if they can get them to donate gift cards or certificates, then sell say 10 tickets for a dollar or 35 for 3 dollars, advertise your penny sale, on bullitans in them stores and the paper, everyone buys tickets then puts them in the cans they want to try and win, at the end of 5-6 hours you start drawing tickets, some places also add a 50/50 raffle to gain some more these go over big near the holidays.
My local community theater group has been very successful with a fundraising "coupon" program offered by a couple of local restaurants. The organization is given "tickets" to distribute to the community, and then on a certain day (or even during certain hours), on ALL sales at that restaurant for which a ticket is turned in, a percentage (usually 10-15%) goes to the nonprofit. The tickets contain the specifics, and the tickets MUST be turned in when the people pay. Locally, the participants have all been fast food places, and the tickets can be used on dine-in or carryout. The advantage for the restaurant is that it boosts their business on a particular day or evening, and they can plan ahead to have additional staff on duty. They also get free advertising as the organization distributes the ticket and promotes the fundraiser.
Go to the local police and fire station as well as single parents in the school (male and female) and have a auction for "dates for charity"
You could try a dinner such as Valentines dinner or something of the kind and have the junior class be the waiters and waitresses. Also most DQs may have certain days where they will donate a certain amount of each blizzard they sell to your school, all you have to do is promote it.
When I was in school, we always held a hoagy sale. I'm not sure what the cost was, but we took our orders for hoagies and then on a certain Saturday we would all form an assembly line and spend about four hours making them. It was a great day and we always made lots of money. Good luck Cindi
What about a dog wash? People can bring dogs to school, and make sure to get a phone number, for pick up, or an emergency, or just schedule a set time. practice to see how long it takes you to wash and dry your dog, or neighbors dog. You could sell pre-sale tickets for 1/3 off of regular price. Make sure you advertise at your local pennysaver in the announcement sections where you can post for free, online and/or in print. On the bottom make sure to write "sorry friendly dogs only" hold it in the student gym where shower areas are plentful, easy to clean up, and make sure to include a section where the dogs can be played with until they are dry. Some dogs may get frightened by hair dryers. Be sure to include the cost of your tear free soap, ribbon for a bow tie for males and hair bow for females, the cost to clean and acquire your towels, always accepting donations or discounts from local fabric stores on discolored material, or shopping at local thrift stores, and you don't always have to use towels, flannel or thick cotton sheets, or old bath robes can be cut into a varity of sizes. As far as the clean up, perhaps you can bag towels add proper amount of powder soap, and tie off. So, the laundry can be easy and ready to go. Ask students and/or teachers who are not able to attend but want to help to volunteer to take one home to wash. Or students in detention can have a free pass when one is taken home and returned. Have Fun, and remember... Smell good, feel good
Hi, I help a local church with fundraising and here is one I know they can get lots of money from. Recycle empty printer cartridges, here is just one link for there is so many places. http://www.empties4cash.com/MainFrame.html
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Considering the age of the kids, they could hold a babysitting night. Either at the high school or at your church maybe. Have parents sign up in advance so that they will know how many kids and what ages to expect. They can do crafts with them and show a movie. Easter is approaching. You could advertise it as a great opportunity for parents to shop for Easter. The other idea my sons' school did with the Juniors was they had a labor auction. However many kids want to volunteer to be auctioned to help with yardwork, painting, etc. Or this year they just did an across the board hourly rate for anyone who wanted to hire them. Hope these ideas help!
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You can have each teacher have a jar. By the end of the month, whichever teacher has the most money in the jar (provided by students) has to wear a freaky or embarrassing costume chosen by the students. It's a great fundraiser!
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