5 Back-to-School Fundraising Ideas

Yes, the kids are back in school after their long summer off. At the same time, it’s time to start focusing on back to school fundraising to fund their organizations and groups. The challenge is selecting an idea that helps energize kids, rally parents and inspire the business community. If you haven’t yet decided on a fun, unique back to school fundraiser for your school, here are five successful ideas to get you started.

  • Pumpkin sale: With Halloween rapidly approaching, nothing says fall better than pumpkins. Consider ordering pumpkins in bulk online and reselling them to offices and other places to raise money for your child’s school project. With this idea you can make money for your child’s school and they will have fun turning pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. 
  • Pumpkin Carving/ Decorating Contest: Speaking of pumpkins, why not hold a pumpkin carving/decorating contest as the big night approaches. You can raise money by asking participants to pay a nominal fee to compete. You can then choose to give the winner some small prize and bragging rights. Just be sure to heavily supervise the kids as the pumpkins are being carved. 
  • Sport-a-thons: As the new school year begins, so too does school sports and the need for uniforms, equipment, and transportation to special events, and so on. So, why not hold some kind of sport-a-thon be it bowl-a-thon, swim-a-thon, hoop-a-thon, etc. Sports based events are always a good idea because they encourage physical exercise from your children and they are fun for the entire community.
  • Stop the Bugs: One unique idea is to sell bug-repellent that contains no harmful chemicals (to humans). These repellents contain cedar as a natural ingredient and can be found online in other places. Other natural bug repellant that causes no harm to humans and that do not require a license to sell include cinnamon oil, mint, Lemon eucalyptus oil, etc. 
  • Back to School Carnival: If you can really afford to go big why not hold a back-to-school carnival complete with a bouncy house, games, refreshments, etc. To raise money, ask for donations and entrance fee or charge a fee per activity.

Finally, one way to raise money for elementary school fundraisers all year round is by using our discount card fundraising site. Simply connect with local businesses who are interested in supporting your cause. The card serves as a sort of ticket and makes it possible for holders to get discounts on specific goods and services from participating merchants. Nothing could be simpler. You even get to design the cards you will be selling based on that merchant’s products/services.

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