There are an endless number of ways high schools can raise funds for their band, glee club or other organizations. High school programs often have limited resources, thus leaving it up to the parents and students to supplement the budget. If you need inspiration for your next fundraiser, we can help!
- EDIBLES and MORE:
In a traditional fundraiser, students sell an assortment of items such as candy bars, pies, cookie dough, and t-shirts. It is important to offer a unique and quality product that people want. Gourmet popcorn is an excellent way to raise funds because so many people love popcorn, and it’s a healthier and heartier snack than candy and cookies. Edible fundraisers are best when the profit made on each item is high. Also, make sure you only pay after the orders are taken, so you don’t incur any risk for your organization.
- PLEDGE EVENT:
Sports teams can rally their supporters and boost team spirit by hosting a pledge event. For example, a basketball team can organize a “Shoot-a-Thon,” and invite friends and family to pledge 50 cents for every successful free-throw a team member makes. Wrestling teams can host a “Lift-a-Thon,” where people pledge a dollar amount for each pound a student can bench-press. It’s a fun way to get fans excited about the upcoming competition(s) and raise money at the same time.
Although it can require a lot of planning and coordinating, an auction can be a fantastic way to raise a significant amount of money. Parents and friends are asked to donate desirable goods and services that can be auctioned off at an event. For an auction to be successful, it’s helpful to find corporate sponsors who can also donate items such as gift certificates, an MP3 player, and artwork. Sponsors can also donate food, drinks or needed items for the auction so upfront costs can be minimized.
- BOOK SALE:
A book sale is another great way to raise funds for high school groups and doesn’t require much up-front cost. Friends, relatives, teachers and fellow students are asked to donate their old books. Its best to have a wide variety of books, and you definitely need excellent marketing so you can use posters, flyers, Craigslist ads and social media. Leftover books can be donated to a library, shelter or school, which means everybody wins!
- SCAVENGER HUNT:
Provide an evening of entertainment and an exciting prize by setting up a scavenger hunt! Plan a route and make a list of interesting or unusual items that participants must find in order to win. Advertise the event and charge a small fee to participate. Be sure to find a company willing to sponsor the price, so all of the money donated can go straight to the organization, and you can include the prize and sponsor on the advertisement. You’ll draw more participants and the sponsor gets an advertising opportunity.
These are five options for successful fundraising for any school group. Be creative, and pick an option that helps your organization and your community. Popcorn Palace is always happy to help high schools reach their fundraising goals! Click here to find out more.