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Elementary schools typically raise money school wide unlike other grade levels. But not always. That’s why we offer a great selection of large scale and smaller programs. In this section we will provide suggestions of tried and proven elementary school fundraising ideas that have help schools all over the country raise money.
Elementary School Fundraising is becoming so commonplace you would be hard pressed to find a single elementary school that does not hold a school fundraiser these days.
There are more school wide fundraisers in elementary school than there are at any other grade level. Parents are not yet burned out on fundraising. Their kids are new to school and they are at the peak of their involvement at all things pertaining to school. It is that parent involvement that makes for the most successful elementary school fundraisers.
Parents and Fundraising
The odds are very good that parents will be the primary sales people when it comes to an elementary school fundraiser.
In the old days students would take their candy or their brochures and walk around the neighborhood taking orders. But those days are gone now for the most part. Now is a child does any selling it's limited to the neighbors and usually the parents are standing at the end of the sidewalk watching.
More often most of the sales come from parents either becoming customers or becoming sales people. They take the brochures or candy to work with them. They call aunts and uncles and close friends. Now more than ever you should consider what works well for parents when you choose how to raise money.
We help thousands of groups every year raise millions of dollars and many of those are elementary school fundraising groups. We would love to help you and your school.
On this page you will find suggestions on great elementary school fundraising ideas. We offer different fundraisers that do not require any upfront cost. We offer high profit fundraisers and we offer fundraising ideas with low minimums for groups within elementary schools.
Making Your Elementary School Fundraiser a Success
As a parent you will most likely never be more involved with fundraising then you are when your child is in elementary school. Parent involvement is as high as it's ever going to be. So how do you translate that participation into a successful elementary school fundraiser?
Here are some suggestions:
1. Many elementary schools try to come up with prize programs or other incentives for the top selling students. But more and more it is the parents who do the selling. You might consider creating a second incentive program designed for the parents or you might even consider only incentivising the adult's results since they will be the driving force behind your sales.
2. Make sure to identify a clear purpose for the fundraiser and make sure as many students and families care about what you are raising money for. The fact is families might be more motivated to raise money for new playground equipment then they would be for new office computers.
3. Be sure to communicate regularly with the parents and mix up the ways you accomplish that. Never forget that most parents never see the wadded up papers that come home with students. By all means send home written notices. But considering emails, texts and phone calls if possible and always advertise your fundraiser and its purpose on school bill boards when available.
Different Elementary School Fundraising Ideas
There are lots of different ways for elementary school to raise money. Let's talk about some of them:
1. We believe product fundraising is the easiest way for a school to make money. So on this page you will find some of the best products we think kids will not only enjoy selling but enjoy having. We offer the best candy, cookies and lollipops a kid can dream about. Click here to see all our fundraising products.
2. Lots of schools have had great success with school carnivals. The best carnivals offer food, fun games and ways to win some fun prizes. The downside to carnivals is the number of volunteer hours required to plan and set up every year. But if your school has a strong volunteer base than you might consider a carnival.
3. We have seen more and more schools choose to hold read-a-thons rather than sell a product. Read-a-thon fundraisers are a natural for elementary schools because the students should already be reading. You might as well monetize that effort. Here's a great resource for read-a-thons.
Best Times of Year to Hold Your Fundraiser
Principals and PTA's typically hold two fundraisers a year. One is scheduled for the fall before the Christmas break and the other is usually in the spring after the kids are back. But are there better times to hold a fundraiser?
It is always helpful to do a little market research and check out what other schools in your area are planning. Many schools try to target the holiday shopping season because people are in the spending mood and therefore there may be more potential customers. While that's true to some extent you want to limit your competition as much as possible and try to beat the other schools to the market.
If you considering a cookie dough fundraiser you might want to start right after the school year begins. That way your students are the first ones asking friends and neighbors to buy a product. And the student may not be as bogged down in school events as they will be later in the year.
The opposite is actually true for the spring. Most groups rush out their fundraisers right after the first of the year. If you can hold off and sell in March or April you will not compete with all the groups selling in February that want delivery in March.
Elementary School Fundraising Ideas to consider:
The newest addition to our candle fundraisers. Magic Melts are highly scented wickless wax bars that you melt in candle warmers. There's no cost to start this fundraiser. Make 50% profit. You can even qualify for free shipping.
Color Blasters are a fun candy. These swirl lollipops look like a tie-dyed shirt. All of the different flavors are thrown together and you get a unique mixture of color and flavors. Since no two lollipops are exactly the same you get to offer new fresh products each time someone buys one of your fundraising lollipops. There is only a one case minimum.
Frozen cookie dough is one of the best selling fundraising products. Everyone loves freshly baked cookies. This is our best selling cookie dough program because of the retail selling price. You will sell 2 pounds tubs of dough for only $10 each. Shipping is free unless you are in an extreme remote area. And there's no cost to get started.
You have to try our irresistibly sweet and salty chocolate covered pretzel rods! The Rods are dipped in milk chocolate and then rolled in delicious select toppings including crushed candy coated chocolates, toffee, and rainbow sprinkles. The mixture of salty pretzel, sweet chocolate, and toppings is sure to satisfy all cravings! Fall Promotion: 1 Free Case with every 20 cases!
Jack Links Beef Sticks are a great alternative to candy fundraising. The beef sticks meet or exceed most school nutritional standards. The sticks sell for only $1 or $1.50 each. You can purchase as little as 1 case and shipping is absolutely free
Our newest fundraising discount card - the Dinner and Movie Fundraising Card - offers discounts up to 50% at more than 100,000 different restaurants, theatres and movie rental stores for an entire year. Make 60% profit. Free shipping.
Smencils scented pencils made from recycled newspapers are perfect for schools. Each scented pencil sells for $1 and are shipped in cases containing 10 buckets with 50 Smencils in each. Smencils are available in two varieties. Regular Black Lead as well as assorted fun colors. Best of all shipping is FREE!
Yummy Licks are our #1 lollipop. They come in an assortment of all your favorite flavors. Yummy Licks Round lollipops are packaged in cases of 640 lollipops. Inside the case are 8 packages with each package containing 80 lollipops. You will make 50% profit selling just one case. Shipping is FREE.
You might consider selling coffee and tea to raise money. Coffee has been very successful for many types of groups. Your group would sell 10 oz bags of freshly ground coffee for $10 each. There are seven great flavors along with an old fashion gift coffee tin. Coffee sales work best in the fall and winter.
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