LOW EFFORT IDEAS
These ideas can be fun and successful and require very little time and energy to organize.
Students pay $1or $2 to get a stamp/sticker which grants them the privilege to wear a hat for the day.
Students collect pennies to donate. Create a competition between the classes and have a prize for the team that collects the most pennies.
Students collect pennies to donate. Create a competition between the classes and have a prize for the team that collects the most pennies. Prize could include: extra recess, pizza party, lunch hour movie & popcorn, free gym time, etc..
Alternatives: Instead of limiting the collection to pennies, have students collect nickles, dimes, and quarters. Each day of the week, students could be encouraged to bring in a different coin and the winners could be announced on the fifth day.
Over lunch hour, have students sell candy-grams for $1 or $2.
Over lunch hour, have students sell candy-grams for $1 or $2. Allow the buyer to write a little message to send along with the candy.
Have students deliver the candy grams to the recipients on a specified day. Candy could include chocolate hearts at Valentine's Day, Candy Canes at Christmas, Chocolate Eggs at Easter, etc...
Pie Throw Raffle
Get staff and administrators to volunteer to have a whip cream pie thrown in their face. Sell 25 cent raffle tickets to students. At a school assembly, draw the winning ticket to see which students get to throw the pies.
At seasonal concerts or sporting events, have a bowl for silver collection.
At sports games or tournaments, set up a canteen and sell snacks to the spectators.
HIGHER EFFORT IDEAS
These fundraisers take a little more effort but can offer great rewards both in spreading the word to a large number of people and having the potential to raise a great deal of money.
Organize a community BBQ one day after school.
Organize a community BBQ one day after school. Invite students, theirs families and members of the community to come to the school for food and entertainment.
Entertainment could include live music, games for children, face painting, etc.. The BBQ could be combined with a community garage sale, a silent auction, a 50/50 draw, etc...
Community Garage Sale
Organize a garage sale at the school. Encourage families to donate unwanted household items to be sold by the school or have families run their own tables and encourage them to donate a percentage of the sales of the cause.
At Halloween, decorate the school gym or a few classrooms in the school and invite families in the community.
At Halloween, decorate the school gym or a few classrooms in the school and invite families in the community to bring their kids out for the entertainment. Consider including games, face painting, etc...
**This has been organized by Westwood Collegiate students for the last three years and has been a great success. The neighbourhood families enjoy the event and students enjoy organizing it. Admission is by donation and often the candy and supplies are donated by local businesses.
Recruit talented students to perform at a coffee house. Sell tickets for family and friends to come for an evening of live music and refreshments. Consider asking a local band to volunteer their time to perform.
Organize a movie night in the school gym. Have admission be by donation with a recommended donation amount.
Organize a movie night in the school gym. Have admission be by donation with a recommended donation amount and sell drinks & snacks.
Encourage families to bring cushions/mats/blankets for a movie showing in the gym.
Consider showing the GO! video - The Building of the St. Laurent Nursery School to have the audience understand what their donation is supporting.
Organize a game of staff versus students and sell tickets to the event. Consider having it after school and inviting parents to come out to watch. If the event is successful, consider having a re-match.