Wouldn’t it be great to raise money for your child’s school while making everyday purchases? Here are a few easy and effective fundraising ideas, plus resources for other fun and simple moneymakers for schools and nonprofits.
Dine out nights:
Raise school funds while eating out with your family. Our elementary school partners with local restaurants for “Dine Out” nights, which occur monthly throughout the school year. It’s a fun way to build school community and make money for your school. Here’s a list of potential restaurants; you can also ask your favorite local restaurant about hosting a fundraiser. On average, 20% of sales on a given day will go to the school.
E-script for groceries:
A percentage of your everyday purchases at grocery stores and drugstores goes back to your school. It’s free to register, and you can earn money for your school when shopping for items that you would normally buy. Learn more here.
School art fundraiser:
Turn children’s artwork into unique handcrafted gifts. You can order stationery, pendants, aprons, and more for holiday, birthday, and special occasion gifts. A portion of the money you may already spend on gifts goes back to your child’s school, and you have a one-of-a-kind gift to give. I’ve been the lucky recipient of a box of notecards with my nephew’s colorful rendition of a sailboat on the card! Here’s one proven school art fundraising organization.
Summer enrichment books:
Raise money while helping students keep skills sharp over the summer months. You may purchase summer activity books anyway, and this fundraiser encourages the entire school to keep skills sharp. (Teachers love it!) For every Daily Summer Activities book sold ($12.99 each), your school earns $4 cash or $8 in Evan-Moor product credit. There’s easy online registration and all materials are provided for you. Learn more here.
Other fundraising ideas:
- Add a fundraising element to your school’s Spirit Day. Chances are that your school will host a Spirit Day, which can be an easy avenue to raise money for a particular school cause. For example,
- Pay for privileges that are out of the ordinary dress code, such as “crazy hat and hair” day.
- Pay for games or challenges, especially ones that involve (willing) teachers or principals, such as a dunk tank or this “duct tape a teacher” event.
- Pinterest board: A variety of school fundraising ideas can be found here.
- Chair-ity auction fundraiser: Look here to find ideas for uniquely decorated furniture.
For fundraising tips and social media strategies, watch this Volunteer Spot webinar: “Boosting Fundraiser Turnout and Profits.”
What fundraisers have been easy and effective at your child’s school? Please share!
Theresa Wooler has more than 10 years’ experience in K–6 classrooms as a parent volunteer, has taught high school English, and is currently involved in education through Evan-Moor’s marketing communications team.