School Fundraising Ideas

Helping you raise money to support your teachers and kids

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If you are looking for school fundraising ideas that are creative and easy, consider the ideas and tips I found in the article below. Raising thousands of dollars to support your teachers and students may only require the use of a digital SLR camera and a couple of volunteers.

Tips For Easy Fundraisers

(NAPSI)-Picture this: Raising funds can be easier than you imagine if you follow a few tips. Here’s some new school fundraising ideas and creative tips that are sugar-free and don’t require door-to-door sales.

1. Turn existing purchases into a fundraiser

Picateers is a company that turns school Picture Day into a fundraiser. Parents spend $2 billion on school pictures every year-and virtually none of that money goes to the schools. Picateers is changing that. Picateers gives 50 percent of every dollar spent on portraits back to schools. Picateers is able to give cash back because they train a volunteer mom to take the pictures. She snaps the pictures with her digital SLR camera and Picateers does the rest. It’s minimal effort-an elementary school can raise thousands with only two volunteers for a day. Parents love it because they can help their school by simply purchasing their child’s pictures.

2. Get healthy with a Walk-a-thon

With a Walk-a-thon, children have a blast walking to raise money for their school. It’s easy to set up. Children bring home sponsor sheets for parents and family members to pledge either a fixed donation or one that depends on the distance the child walks. Children feel a sense of accomplishment in completing the Walk-a-thon to help their school.

3. Try a fundraiser that delivers all year

eScrip is a company that works with retailers like clothing, electronics and grocery stores to give a percentage of parents’ purchases back to schools. This fundraiser requires minimal effort. A coordinator at a school sends home a sheet for parents to complete, registering their credit and debit cards. Then, when parents shop at participating merchants or buy products on the eScrip Web site using their registered cards, their school earns money throughout the year.

4. Focus on learning

A great fundraiser that supports learning is a Read-a-thon. Typically, parents and family members pledge either a fixed donation or a flexible donation depending on the number of minutes the students read during a two-week period.

Children bring home pledge sheets and start reading. A way to make it even more fun is to ask local merchants to donate prizes for the students who read the most or have a special prize for the entire class that reads the most.

These easy school fundraising ideas mean no more staying up late to bake for bake sales or bothering your neighbors for donations. They can put the “fun” back into fundraising and provide a great return for your school.

Fundraising can be a snap if parent volunteers use digital cameras to capture images for school picture day.

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  1. BethP Said,

    Great info, tips and tricks! Consider also taking your fundraising campaigns online to reach more people. See our mini-series of tips for PTA fundraising at the Online Fundraising Blog:

  2. Debi Said,

    Have you thought about Avon? We have several fundraising ideals. This time of year the Company offers a Bear for $ 20.00 and you get anywhere from 20 to 40% profits. The rep does the ordering and bags the items for you. Collecting the money before or after is up to your org.. There are other ways also to raise money fast ( within 2 to 3 weeks) it up to you. also rep.s will also give you 10% of any orders placed with them ( the 1st) from the result of the fundraiser. Fundraising with Avon can be easy and fast it up to the org.

  3. Teri Said,

    Have you thought about candles? Our fundraiser candle program offers no upfront cost and we provide everything you need including scent samples for all the participants. 98% of all US homes have at least 1 candle in them.

  4. Rachel Said,

    Personalized labels make for a great and unique school fundraiser!

    You will be supplied with all of the materials – all you need to do is simply distribute the packages. All orders are processed within 14 business days of the end of your fundraiser and are delivered right to your doorstep professionally packaged. The best part is, your organization or school will receive 20% of all sales! Online fundraisers are also possible.

    Check out for more information.

  5. J. Goldstene Said,

    Check out for some great “green” fundraising ideas. Forty percent of the proceeds goes right back to the school.

  6. Laurel Said,

    Picateers sounds like a pretty cool program. It’s nice that half of the money made from parents buying pictures is going back to the schools. I also like the idea of getting healthy with Walk-A-Thons. A lot of kids need more exercise than they get, so having students come out and raise money while exercising is also great. Another idea that I had was to do an Online Raffle. Since most schools have 4 quarters per school year, why not have a raffle per semester? Parents, students, and anyone in the community can visit the website and buy as many tickets as they choose. The raffle tickets can be on sale for the whole semester or just for a few weeks. The winner will be chosen and receive the prize and all the money raised will go to the school.

  7. Kim R. Said,

    Change has arrived in fundraising. I came across a website (RWYS) the other day when looking into Green fundraising oppurtunities, as I am fed up with my kids going door 2 door and selling cookie dough and magazines. I looked into this new fundraising program which is helping parents Save Money while raising money.they are also helping great causes which don’t have any budget to run a fundraiser, as they do all the work for you, by building you a webpage attached to thier website. Their products are these really snazzy energy saving product kits, which can save parent $100’s of dollars on those bills we all hate to open. I thought I would share this information as we could all do with a little extra cash during this economy Im sure. My friend who is a PTA mom is always complaining about the difficulty of getting new ideas, and the lack of interest they have in the same old boring fundraising oppurtunities. I think this is very clever, as the schools and community fundraisers, don’t purchase anything, the kids don’t need to do anything, the kits save money and help raise money, and apparently they even send the kits out to the parents home, so PTA moms like my friend no longer need to chase moms around the playground to tell them thier products are in the sports hall for collection. we’ve all been there. 🙂

  8. Andy Stockglausner Said,

    GREAT blog! This is great information! I have a great fundraiser idea that my photography company offers. I do a family photo raffle that I have had organizations raise over $10,000 with. Also, a kids art fundraiser that we do. More info can be found at; or

  9. BelieveJay Said,

    Hi everyone! Remember that fundraising is a balancing act. The suggestions are great above and may I just add that product fundraisers are as important than ever. In order for a successful fundraising campaign over time, it is very important to switch it up. The most successful groups host a high-profit catalog fundraiser then throw an event such as an auction or holiday carnival and put some effort into it. It’s o.k. to do a few ongoing fundraisers like box tops etc. – but don’t overdo it. In the spring perhaps host a frozen food fundraiser. This type of variation seems to really work because it avoids fundraising fatigue while concentrating on the most profitable fundraisers. Best of luck to you all and remember to shake it up and stand out but concentrate on the fundraisers that will make money so you can reduce the overall number of fundraisers you host. Thanks!

  10. Church Fund Raising Revival Said,

    Well this was really a stimulating blog.
    Seeing both young and adult individuals raising funds for their schools are quite inspiring. As we have known for a fact, studying really requires you to spend money, for some they spend large amount-those who can afford, but as with those who cant, it would be a great help for them to raise fund, in which this gives inspiration to those who really want to study and determined enough to work hard just to pursue their study.

  11. Ohio Outdoor Movie Screen Rentals Said,

    Ever thought about having a Outdoor Movie event? Charge admission and sell a ton of Movie refreshments! I wrote a quick article about this subject: or you can visit http://www.BuckeyeOutdoorCinema for additional Outdoor Movie Screen Fundraiser ideas.

    You can raise some serious funds all while the entire family can attend! Might want to look into it!

    Best Regards,

    Buckeye Outdoor Cinema

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