Fundraising: Beyond Chocolate...Fun Fundraising Ideas from NY Farms!
Sports Tournaments and Competitions: Charge a registration entry fee and an admission rate for spectators. Events to consider might include a golf tournament, 3 on 3 Basketball, badminton, horseshoes, croquet, chess/checkers.
Pledges: Students ask sponsors to make a pledge per lap completed, book read, (etc.). Popular "thons" include:
walk-a-thon, read-a-thon, jump-rope-a-thon, dance-a-thon.
Sales: Consider selling items that benefit buyers and sellers in the local community. See what local farmers will provide you a discount to allow you to sell their product at retail price. Shy away from sales of candy bars and junk food. Consider instead: plant sales, seed packets, flowers, Christmas trees, wreaths, crafts, candles, pet treats, books, cookbooks, calendars, note cards, photographs, t-shirts or items with your logo.
Fairs: You can sell "space" at your facility (generally 10'x10') and bring in vendors for a craft fair, art show, or rummage sale. You may wish to preview items or vendors to ensure a level of quality. You'll want to make sure vendors provide a certificate of insurance. The publicity and advertising to attract buyers will be your responsibility.
Raffles: You can get donated or purchase items to be raffled off. A bicycle, outdoor furniture, grill or other item that has wide appeal and a high value is a great choice. Ticket prices can vary from $1 to $100 depending upon the item. There is usually a specified number of tickets sold with higher priced raffle tickets.
Gift Baskets: If you have small scale food processors in your area, try to work with them. You can create an "all food basket" or a themed basket which might include non-food items such as pot-holders, wooden spoons, placemats, or candles.
Community Split: You will need to work in cooperation with a local retailer. In this case, a percent of the proceeds generated during specific hours at a particular retailer is given to the school. It is your responsibility to get as many people into that retail establishment or restaurant during the scheduled time.
School Events: These are events that may be held at the school and admission charged. Events might include: spelling bee, science fair, talent show, art show, plays, karaoke night, dinners, barbeques, dances, magic show, or an activity focused youth-fair.
Willing Workers: Why not put the kids to work? The following activities can be a pay-for-service provided by older students. These activities include: a Car Wash, Gift Wrapping, Rent-A-Worker, Singing telegrams, and Waitressing. You'll need to make sure activities are age appropriate and are supervised.
Other Ideas to Consider: Host a conference or teach a workshop. Invite a local photographer in to take portraits. Hold a recycling drive. Silent or live auctions can be held as a stand alone event, or in conjunction with other activities. A coin drive could include a "Penny Pitch" or a "Fill the Jar". Book signings, with the author donating a percentage of on-site sales is an option. Community field trips to out of town destinations are popular and lucrative.