Best School Fundraisers Offer More Than Profits

The best school fundraisers not only give schools, parents, teachers, and students the funds needed for equipment, books, playgrounds, and events, but they bring together a community in the spirit of fun and sharing. In fact, the best school fundraisers can be used at any time of year and can even be matched with government programs to help increase the profits substantially.

The past trends in regards to the best school fundraisers have been the sales of chocolates and candies. However, with healthier options being preferred by many parents, a shift has taken place to include fruit, fruit snacks, bottled juices and water and low-fat and/or low sugar foods (cookies, yogurts, etc.).

Other additions include walkathons, bikathons, runathons, school carnivals, book fairs, auctions, adult casino nights, public hot dog and hamburger barbecues and community services and merchants’ discount books. In fact, these newer versions of the best school fundraisers are proving to be more profitable and healthier than those of the past. Many vendors and food manufacturers offer a range of coupon books that can be used by schools.

Walkathons, bikathons, and runathons are very popular with most communities because it not only gives kids a healthy challenge but encourages community spirit that quantifies into needed money for schools. However, the best school fundraising ideas out of all of these are by far the book fairs, adult casino nights, services and merchants’ discount books and public hot dog and hamburger barbecues because they appeal to a wider audience.

Book fairs are promoted by most major booksellers. Adult casino nights allow parents, their friends and their adult neighbors, co-workers and family members to enjoy an adult evening where a high percentage of the winnings taken are given back to the schools.

In turn, there are government programs now that will sometimes match the money produced from these casino evenings. The services and merchants’ discount books are fairly inexpensive and include all local community services, amenities and vendors’ specialty coupons that can range from restaurant meals to discounts on car oils. In fact, the discount books are extremely profitable because everyone is looking for a good deal and most importantly a way to get money off in as many areas as possible to save money.

Best of all is the public hot dog and hamburger barbecues which are usually set up outside major supermarkets, allowing schools to sell discounted fast and delicious foods and drinks to tired and hungry shoppers. Usually, most supermarkets will not charge a fee for using their property and only a small portion of the profits go towards equipment, food, drinks, and other necessary items, leaving a large percentage for the schools.

Sub Sandwich Fundraising Cards

Everyone loves to save money. That’s why they search for subway sandwich coupons. These fundraising cards are like getting 20 subway subs coupons. You download the merchant agreement, take it to your local sandwich shop and we will print your fundraising cards with the store name and logo along with your group info.

What You Should Know

Sandwich Shop discount cards are one of our most profitable fundraisers. You will make between 50% and 90% profit on every card. Depending on the number of cards you purchase you will make at least $5 per card and can make up to $9.00 profit on each card sold. Take a look at the profit chart below to calculate your profit:

Profit and Cost

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# of Cards Cost Per Card FREE Cards Profit
75 min $3 0 $525
100 $3 20 $900
200 $3 50 $1,900
300 $3 75 $2,850
400 $3 100 $3,800
1000 $3 300 $10,000
Hockey scratch card

Parents tell us hockey is the most expensive sport for young children to participate in. The equipment costs alone can persuade parents to pursue different options. If you need hockey fundraising ideas or hockey team fundraisers, though, scratch off cards fundraisers are one of the highest, easily managed fundraisers available.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon hand out with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Flower Bulb Fundraising

We have Flower Bulb programs specifically for fall and another for spring so you can hold a flower fundraiser any time of year. Flower fundraisers are practical and ecologically sensitive. We offer a great selection of bulbs, a high-profit potential, free brochures and order forms and the ability to qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

Fundraising Flower Bulbs are like candle fundraisers. Your profit percentage is not affected by the number of orders you take. You get 50% profit or half the selling price for every item you sell. That means smaller groups make the same profits for selling flowers as larger groups.

If you sell less than 150 fundraising flower bulbs, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more flower bulb orders will qualify you for free shipping.

Profit and Cost

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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No

Coffee Backpacks Show Profit

Coffee Backpacks

This is our newest coffee product. Instead of pre selling coffee, you order backpacks filled with 52 $1 packets of assorted flavored coffee. Sellers keep the backpacks as prizes. Each backpack comes with 52 packets of coffee. Each packet makes a full pot of coffee. You can purchase as little as one case of 9 backpacks.

What You Should Know

Coffee fundraising profits are determined based on the number of cases of coffee that you sell. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost per case. Below you can take a look at the profit chart:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
10 or more 48% $245.00
5 – 9 41% $279.00
2 – 4 36% $300.00
1 31% $325.00
Color xploder

Color Xploder is 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.

What You Should Know

You will make 50% profit when you sell our Color Xploder Swirl Lollipops and any of our other lollipop fundraisers no matter how many cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%

Trail Mix Show Profit

Trail Mix Fundraiser

Our Trail mix fundraiser mixes a great variety of healthy products that still fill that craving for something sweet or salty. Choose from the Natural Snacks to Roasted Cashews and Hokey Pokey. Everyone can find a snack they will enjoy munching on. We provide free brochures so this fundraiser is free to start. Guaranteed profit of 50%.

What You Should Know

Trail Mix Fundraisers are like fundraising flower bulbs. Your profit percentage is not affected by the number of orders you take. You get 50% profit or half the selling price for every item you sell. That means smaller groups make the same profits for selling trail mix as larger groups. Each bag of trail mix sells for only $9. If you sell less than 150 bags of trail mix, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more trail mix orders will qualify you for free shipping.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
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