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fundraisers-ideas, not a debate

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I am looking for ideas for fundraisers for my sons' school. We have done the traditional catalogs of "junk" and did OK, but everyone is tired of buying stuff. What does your child's school do? I am looking for creative ideas that will bring in a decent chunk of money, we are raising money for new playground equipment. I would like this post to be about ideas, not a debate about fundraising. Thanks for the help and ideas!
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM
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by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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My husband once thought of advertising to clean up properties and haul off old broken down cars, etc for scrap metal. A car might fetch several hundred dollars in scrap.
This would, of course, require enough adults with proper equipment, but kids could help with trash pickup and other beautification of property.
Another idea is recycling. Some schools collect old newspapers and aluminum cans and such. This can be done in conjunction with sales.
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by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM
put on a play with the students. also you could sell stuff during the play like popcorn. drinks. whole fruit. ...

carwash in the spring.

maybe a talent show with the students and sell tickets for it and sign up fees.

Do a art and craft sale that the kids make like a art show.

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by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM

My kids school did a fundraiser at the beginning of the school year called WRITE A CHECK. Yep, that's what it was...pretty self explanatory. Can't really get many people on board with that one. Yeah can you just give me money for my kids school. No you don't get anything in return except the pure JOY of helping my kids school out.

by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Penny fundraiser.  Send home a small ziplock baggie and ask the kids to gather up all the pennies or loose change they can collect in a week.  It doesn't sound like much, but DH and I would each dump our change in the baggie at the end of our day and probably got about $5 or $6 from us in one week.  If you call it a penny fundraiser, it doesn't sound as bad to some parents who can't afford a lot!

Thrift sale or garage sale.  Everybody can get rid of the extra "junk" they have at home but they don't have to go through the mess of having a garage sale themselves.

Bake sales are always fun if you can get lots of people to contribute baked goods.


by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:46 PM
My friend makes and sells her candles, and does fundraisers too. If you'd like her info, just let me know.
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by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM

My Girl Scout troop just held an ice skating day for two hours.  Last year the group that ran it made $70 but we made $1000.  We included a patch in the entry fee, offered face painting, advertised it in surrounding towns and accepted payment by credit card in advance which I think made a big difference.  People could pay in advance using splitzee.  People never have cash so this made it easy for them to pay for their kids online, in advance.

by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Quoting mom2jessnky:

what is a penny war?
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by on Apr. 11, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Things that have been fairly good: Barnes and Nobles Book Fair, Bags for Sale, Plants for Sale, Scavenger Hut Map Sale, Dance Party, PJ day (with kids paying $1 for privilege), Kids Night Out (parents get babysitting for prime time on Friday night between  6 and 9pm) Good luck! Fundraising is tough.

by on Apr. 12, 2013 at 7:53 AM
Our school made tons of $$ with mixed bags fundraiser. We offered the 3x a year and each time we did well.

Charleston Wraps was also great fundraiser and the show for top winners were great too!

Safeway or similar store gives $$ for education twice a year. You just collect receipts and enter the code and bam you have $9000. It is a great free fundraiser.

I like the brick idea but I would do a tile fundraiser instead where each family pays for a tile and then paints them with their childs handprint. We put these on a wall beside playground. It was so neat b/c kids would check to see if their hand grew or just measured hands with other tiles. The tile idea is cheaper plus it adds tons of color! No engraving fees!

Hope this helps!

Quoting Ultra_:We also wanted to mix things up. We did Mixed Bags and that went wonderfully! It's still buying, but it was unique and everyone has tons of candy and candles stocked up. People didn't have these yet, so they bought tons., the best restaurant in town has fundraising. Maybe one of your local places does too. I think though, your school could have them as a fundraiser too. Even though you might be across the country.  You'd have to first contact them first for all the details. I'd try calling. Their info is on the site. It's called Joe's BBQ. They don't have an official prize system, but they said they'd gladly chip in some prizes. The owner is a GREAT guy who loves kids. He's very generous to the community. Contact info here:
can do it in Feb and push the Easter Holiday as a reason to order some
good BBQ or do it in early May and push Memorial Day as a reason, also
graduation parties and prom parties.Also, some places in your town may hold school nights. Where on a certain night, 10 or 15% of everyone's bill will go to your school. Then you send out flyers to everyone in school and let them know. If you want prize programs, make a great contact with a pizza place and they may give you a BIG discount to buy all the pizzas for a school wide pizza party. Or just a pizza party for top sellers or the top selling class in each grade. Also, moonwalk places can give you big discounts. Community contacts are VITAL. I use out CiCi's for church and school! He is GREAT and loves the kids. He gives out free kid's buffet cards and gives us the pizzas $3 cheaper when I order for events like this.
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