School Fundraising Ideas - Learn How to Raise Money

As budgets get tighter and tighter, school fundraising is often a necessity. More and more, schools rely on fundraising for the "extras" including extracurricular activities. Students may have to "pay to play" on a sports team. Schools may not be able to keep after school programs unless additional funding is raised. Following are fundraising ideas for you and your school.

Car washes are great in warm weather. You can host the wash at the school or at a more central location in your community. A car wash is most successful if it is at a place where people already congregate. Ask your local grocer for the use of a portion of their parking lot. Often, they will donate use of their water for your fundraiser.

Food is always a great school fundraising idea. A common school fundraiser is selling candy. Candy can be sold several times throughout the school year. Sell it around holidays such as Christmas and Easter, times when people generally buy candy. They will buy from you instead to support a school. Parents of students can organize a community bake sale with proceeds donated to the school. Parents can also sell baked goods at PTA meetings as an ongoing fundraiser.

Just about any type of school activity has potential to be a fundraiser. The science department can host a science project competition. The school can then host a student science exhibit. All admission fees are designated for the fundraiser. The music department can sponsor a student concert. And the drama department can present a student play.

For a larger fundraiser consider a community-wide "Trash to Treasure" sale. This type of sale can be organized in two ways. For the first, ask community members to donate used clothes, books, and all other items. Then organize a larger sale to be held in the school's gymnasium or community center. The other way, community members hold their own garage sales and donate a portion of their proceeds to the school. Both ways creates community involvement and support.

School fundraising helps support programs and activities. All students can participate. Communities love to support school fundraising activities. All you have to do is select the fundraiser, organize it, and announce it.

Is it time for school fundraisers again? Don't worry, Red Hot Fundraisers can help you come up with great ideas for school fundraising projects.