Let’s be honest, summer break seems to pass quicker and quicker every year, doesn’t it? Graduation is just around the corner, but people are already asking, “How can I raise money for my school?”
Spend your next few months thinking about your upcoming back-to-school fundraiser, and you could see more success than you’ve ever seen before.
Back-to-School Fundraiser Ideas
These unique fundraising ideas will excite parents, students, and donors alike!
1. Sell T-Shirts
T-shirts are a fun and easy idea for a back-to-school fundraising campaign.
See if you can get a talented student to come up with a stylish or artistic image for your shirts and you’ll sell even more. Not only will the shirt itself show off the importance of your cause, but your donors will have a shirt they’ll be excited to wear!
2. Bake Sale
Kids, parents, teachers…everyone loves a bake sale!
Check with your local health code first to determine how the goodies should be prepared, packaged, and served. If home-baked goods won’t work, see if you can get a local bakery or grocery store to donate items ready for sale.
3. Recycling Fundraiser
Want to promote recycling and other green initiatives at your school? Here’s another idea for you.
Funds2Orgs helps raise funds for your organization by paying you for gently used shoes. Planet Green Recycle does the same for old electronics.
This is an easy back-to-school fundraiser idea, and it doesn’t cost your donors a thing.
You’ve probably filled one out at the grocery store. Now, use that idea to benefit your school.
Contact a local retail store and see if they would be willing to sell paper plaques for $1 or $5. Or, simply ask parents for donations and display the plaques all over school.
This is an exciting way to have visual proof of all the money you’re raising!
Running 26.2 miles is a lot of ask of your students and parents. And paying to exercise isn’t an incentive for many people (that’s why your local gym is empty after January every year).
Instead, find something people want to do! Dance, sing karaoke, walk or play with a rescue pup, make the world’s largest meatball sandwich…you get the idea.
Of course, if your school is big on fitness, a traditional marathon (or 5k) will work just as well.
Read-a-thons are one of the best elementary school fundraising ideas you can do, because they not only raise money for your school, they also promote literacy in your classrooms.
Each student asks family members to pledge a certain amount for every book, chapter, or minute of reading they complete. As students hit their goals, so do you!
7. Adult Prom
Who says an elementary school fundraiser can’t be fancy? Open up the auditorium and invite the parents in for a fun kid-free evening. (Perhaps some teachers would be willing to act as babysitters for the night?)
Parents will be lining up to buy tickets!
8. Casino Night
Casino night fundraisers are a fun, legal way to have a blast at your next back-to-school fundraiser.
A casino party rental company will provide everything from gaming tables and dealers to props and entertainment. Plus, you’ll have complimentary party consultants to help you plan the ultimate fundraiser!
Looking for an awesome incentive to increase your total goals? Aces Wild will even offer a voucher for a 3-day, 2-night Vegas trip as the ultimate prize!
9. Silent Auction
Silent auctions work great as an add-on or as a great back-to-school fundraiser on their own.
Contact local businesses for merchandise and/or gift certificate donations. It’s also fun to have the students make books, crafts, or artwork to feature in the show. It’ll be fun to see if Grandma beats Mom for the winning bid!
10. Build Your Own!
Can’t decide? You can create a custom back-to-school fundraiser with any (or all) of these ideas!
At Aces Wild, our expert entertainment consultants know exactly what to do, how to plan, and who to call to throw an amazing and unique fundraiser that parents and school officials alike will love.
And if you have an idea of your own, we can help with that, too.
Unique School Fundraisers That Work
Planning a successful back-to-school fundraiser should be about more than meeting goals. It’s also vital to create a community atmosphere that makes parents, students, and donors feel like they’re contributing toward an unbeatable cause.
And what cause could be better than investing in schools?
At Aces Wild, we love to help people give back! Host a casino night fundraiser and you’ll see levels of engagement you never thought possible. Contact us today to see how our event consultants can plan the perfect back-to-school fundraiser.