School Fundraising Ideas
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School Fundraising Ideas - Making the Best Choice
Schools are supposed to be places you go to for an education. But more and more the financial needs of the school can not be met with the school budget. And, unless the school or parents want to cut programs and extracurricular activities, they need to figure out new revenue sources. Our hope on this page is to help navigate your options. After all, the odds are good that you are not attempting to raise money on a regular basis and might not know the best options available. On this page we have identified different types of school groups and organizations to help you search for school fundraisers by group type and we have also offered around a dozen different products that you might consider.
Easy ways to raise money by group type
Consider looking for the type of school or group you are raising money for below. We've created pages that offer products and suggestions by school or school group to make your search as easy as possible.
Why Use Easy Fundraising Ideas?
We helped more than 10,000 groups last year alone. A large percentage of those groups were school related, which gives us some great insight into what other school groups are doing to raise money.
We use that insight when we create our school pages. For example, if you are a high school group we provide you the most popular fundraisers based on feedback from high schools. You will notice that the products we suggest might be different if you are searching for elementary school. Some days the results might be identical. But each school or school group page we offer delivers the products similar groups have told us they like.
Best times of year to hold a school fundraiser
We are asked what time of year is best to raise money and we have a difficult time answering that question. The problem is that the answer is different for each group and each school.
Lots of schools plan their fundraisers for very early in the school year. Some of the most organized plan their's for mid to late August so they get a jump on other groups raising money. The thought there is that early is better, but that is not always the case. The better argument for early is that you will know how well you've done and whether your financial needs are met.
Lots of other group like to do their fundraisers right before the Christmas season. This is historically one of the best times for school fundraising depending on the products you are selling since people might consider your products to use as gifts.
The fact of the matter, though, is that there are more critical factors that only time that divide the typical school fundraiser from those that are extremely successful
The top products
If you are searching for the top school products we suggest you drill down a little deeper into our site and find the page designed for your specific group type. On those pages we offer a dozen different suggestions that are based on group popularity. We actually share the most popular fundraisers for that season based on real customer feedback.
We believe it's information like that that makes Easy Fundraising Ideas a better choice when it comes to choosing a company to work with.
Paying for your fundraiser
The age old problem with fundraising is that many products need to be purchased before you can start. Groups complain about not having the money to get started. After all, they argue, if we had the money to buy the products we probably wouldn't need to hold a fundraiser.
The good news is that there are lots of school fundraisers that cost nothing to start. These can be located by clicking on our No Upfront Cost Brochure Fundraiser tab.
We also give credit to public schools that submit public school purchase orders. Upon receiving a purchase order we give the public school 30 days to pay for their order.
High School Fundraising Ideas:
Unlike elementary school, high school fundraising is done by smaller more diverse groups. There are so many different ideas but with the assortment of clubs and sports teams there needs to be. Our hope is that you will find the perfect high school fundraiser for your particular group in this section.
We will talk about more specifics below but any discussion about high school fundraisers should begin with the need for diversity. And your group needs to understand that there are more options open to public school groups if the school itself will take responsibility for the payment of any product purchases.
So on this page we offer a great selection of options for schools, clubs, groups, teams and classes including options that cost nothing to start and others than offer profits as high as 90%. So let’s explore high school fundraising ideas together.
Elementary School Fundraising:
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.
Middle School Fundraising Ideas:
Middle school fundraising can be challenging. We want to help so we provide a list of proven fundraising ideas that have worked well for different middle schools throughout the United States.
Click on this section if you are looking for some great Band Fundraisers. We have a large selection of fundraisers that include profits in excess of 90%, others than don’t require any upfront money and still others geared towards smaller groups. You will find the perfect fundraising idea for your band here.
PTA Fundraising Ideas:
It seems like a typical PTA spends more time on fundraising than ever before. But they are critical. A PTA school fund raiser tends to be held on a large, school wide scale and usually is intended to meet the needs of the operating budget. Take a look at the different PTA fundraising suggestions that you might consider for your school. We offer some of the best options above.
PTO Fundraising Ideas:
The difference between a PTO and PTA is that one is independent and one is part of a national association. But the need for PTO fundraisers is just as great. In this section we explore three different PTO fundraising ideas.
Booster Club Fundraising:
Booster club fundraising is slightly different than fundraisers held directly by a public school. This section will review our best booster fund raiser options along with some key information about boosterclub fundraisers in general. We include ideas for any sized booster fund raising group.
Money Makers for Catholic Schools:
Catholic School Fundraising does not have to differ much from any other school fundraising idea. This section will detail all of the top fundraising choices including many that do not cost anything to get started and others that offer 90% profit and more.
Whether you have a large class or a small class we have great Class fundraisers for your group. Many do not require any upfront money. Others offer profits as high as 90%. Still others have very low minimum order requirements.
College fundraising is a little different than any other type of school fundraising. We understand that. That’s why in this section you will find the easiest fundraisers for college students. Most of these fundraisers offer extremely high profits and can be sold any where in the United States.
This section of our website deals with daycare fundraising. Daycares are one of the most diverse fundraising segments. Some of the smaller groups might need a daycare fundraiser for 5 or less people. You will find a daycare fund raising idea for any sized day care here.
Like other school clubs DECA Fundraising has become more and more common. So how do you find the best fundraising ideas for DECA? Click into this section and we will walk you through our top suggestions. You will find fundraisers good for any sized group. Some have extremely high profits and others cost nothing to try.
Drama Club Fundraising:
No sense getting over dramatic about Drama Club Fundraising. Simply browse through this section and we will help you choose the best Drama Club fundraising ideas available. It doesn’t matter how much you need to raise or how many people will be involved. We can help.
This is the section you will want to browse if you are looking for FBLA fundraising ideas. We offer a great selection of fundraisers including some that cost absolutely nothing to try. You’ll find some offering profits of 90% or more. There is something for everyone.
We’ve got some of the best fraternity fundraising ideas available. We understand that college students need different fundraisers than younger students. In this section you will find some high profit fundraisers that can be used anywhere in the country.
We have created this section to highlight some of the top homeschool fundraising ideas. Homeschoolers have specific needs when it comes to fundraising and we believe we have identified some great ideas here to help you raise the money you need.
In this section we list out some of the best JROTC fundraising ideas. These ideas range from big to small and include some fundraisers that do not require any upfront money to get started to others offering 90% profit and more.
This section highlights some of the best performing kindergarten fundraising ideas available. There are a great selection of products to choose from. There are many that cost nothing to try and others that offer extremely high profits.
This is our section of library fundraising ideas. You will find our top suggestions and ideas in this section. Included on this page are library fundraising ideas that offer extremely high profits and others that cost nothing to start.
Preschool Fundraising Ideas:
Preschool fundraising is important for lots of reasons. Of course preschools want to meet their fundraising goals. But it is also when students are introduced to fundraising. In this section you will find a list of great preschool fundraising ideas.
Private School Fundraising Ideas:
In this section we offer our suggestions for the best private school fundraising ideas. There is a wide selection of programs to choose from and they all work especially well for private schools needing to raise money.
Are you needing to raise money for a prom? This section will detail our stop suggestions for Prom Fundraising Ideas. You will find prom fundraisers good for individuals and you will find others that work well as schoolwide fundraisers.
This is our section for Reunion Fundraising ideas. We offer fundraisers where you can sell products anywhere in the country. We offer high profit fundraisers. We offer no upfront cost fundraisers.
School Spirit Fundraising:
In this section we review different school spirit fundraising ideas. Many of the ideas in this section can be personalized for your school at no extra charge. The are fundraising ideas offering more than 90% profit and others that cost nothing to get started.
Senior Class Fundraising:
In this section we highlight fundraisers that are terrific senior class fundraising ideas. There are options that offer high profits and other that require no upfront money. There are fundraisers for smaller classes and others for large senior classes.
In this section we will explore the best way to hold a fraternity fund raiser and include some specific sorority fundraising ideas. Since most of these types of fundraisers are held by smaller groups our list of suggestions is geared toward fundraisers that even an individual can participate in.
School Spirit Fundraiser:
Spirit fundraisers can be held by many groups within a school. Interestingly they come in many different shapes and sizes. In this section we explore some of the different school spirit fundraiser ideas along with some information on how to make the most of your spirit fundraiser.
Spanish Club Fundraising:
Spanish clubs are a lot like other school clubs. They need more money than is available. That’s why we offer this spanish club fundraising section. Now you can go to one page and review lots of great spanish club fundraising ideas.
Student Alumni Fundraising:
In this section we highlight fundraisers that will work well for Alumni associations. Our student alumni fundraising ideas take into consideration the fact that the alumni may be spread out throughout the country and need programs that can be used anywhere.
Student Council Fundraising:
In this section we identify different student council fundraising ideas for you to consider. For the most part these are high profit fundraisers that can raise a lot of money for highly motivated student council members.
People to People Fundraising:
In this section you will find our top suggestions for People to People fundraising campaigns. These are predominantly fundraising ideas that work well for individuals and small groups and many offer extremely high profits too.
If you are planning on holding a University fundraiser you want to sell a product that university students will purchase. We have lots of great university fundraising ideas you can choose from. There is something for any sized group and for raising virtually any amount of money in this section.
In this section you will find ideas specifically chosen to work well for yearbook fundraising. Because schools raise money for yearbooks in different ways we have included a diverse list of options so that we can meet your needs no matter how much you need to raise.
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