Choosing the Best Fundraiser for School

With the current economic conditions and budgets being in a dismal state, schools are turning more and more to the idea of fundraiser activities to help supplement income. If you are in charge of organizing the fundraiser for the school, you might be feeling overwhelmed if you don’t know what sort of fundraiser for school you should be looking at. Of course, you want to pick the right fundraiser for your group based on their needs and requirements, but with all the fundraisers for school out there, it can be difficult to know which one is the right one.

The good news is, there is no single “right” way to run a fundraiser for the school, and of course, most fundraiser activities can be adapted to work for many kinds of situations. When you look through our fundraiser for school pages, try not to make any hasty decisions, and just explore all the options available to you. It’s okay for you to change your mind a few times or to keep several fundraisers in your head as possibilities – it’s all part of the process of narrowing things down to the best fundraiser for school for your group.

The size of your group can help indicate what sort of fundraiser for school you should be looking at. Those who are concerned about minimum orders and shipping costs would do well to select a fundraiser for the school that has low minimums or guaranteed free shipping. If your group is small and you need a fundraiser for the school that will maximize your profits, something like scratch cards or pizza cards could fit the bill. With cards, you can have profits of up to 90%, and they work really well as a fundraiser for the school.

There are many choices for fundraisers for school, and no strict rules about which ones you have to choose, so have a look through our fundraisers for school pages and get some great ideas that will help you reach your fundraising goals the fastest.

$25 Restaurant Fundraiser Cards

Sell $25 Restaurant.com gift certificates for only $10 and make $4 profit on each sale. The purchaser of these cards gets $25 off at their choice of more than 15,000 participating restaurants nationwide. Your group makes high profits saving your customers a lot of money the next time they dine out.

What You Should Know

There is no cost to start this online Fundraiser. All you need is a website or a blog.

You simply fill out a short form, tell people how much money you want to raise and why you are raising money. That’s all you need to create your online website fundraising widget.

You or your group will make $4 every time someone visits your website or blog and donates $10. In return for their $10 donation, the donor gets a $25 Restaurant.com gift certificate good at any of more than 18,000 restaurants throughout the United States.

Immediately upon receiving a donation, we will send your donor an email that includes their Restaurant.com gift certificate code. All they need to do is click on the link we provide and they will be taken to Restaurant.com where they can choose any of the participating restaurants.

Our online fundraising widget gives you everything you need. Your site visitors can purchase from the widget, check participating restaurants and everything else needed.

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Profit %
25 min $5.00 50%

Smencils Show Profit

Smencil School Fundraisers Image

Smencils scented pencils made from recycled newspapers are perfect for schools. Each scented pencil sells for $1 and is 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!

What You Should Know

Profits on Smencils are extremely easy to calculate since you are buying them by the case. You will make a 40% profit on every sale which means you will make $200 profit for each case you sell. The retail price for Smencils is $1.00 so you make $0.40 profit on every Smencil sold.

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $300.00 40%
Cookie Dough Mix Fundraiser

How many cookie dough fundraisers have no minimums, 50% profit, and are free to start? That’s why our Delisheries Cookie Mix fundraiser is skyrocketing in popularity. You can even qualify for FREE shipping. Now we’ve added Brownies, Pretzels, and Cinnamon Rolls to this delicious mix.

What You Should Know

Delisheries Cookie Mix is the only cookie dough fundraiser that offers a 50% profit no matter how many units you sell. Shipping is FREE on orders of 150 items or more. We charge a fee of $65 for all orders less than 150 items.

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

Coffee and Tea Show Profit

coffee and tea

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 a gift coffee tin. Coffee sales work best in the fall and winter.

What You Should Know

Tea and Coffee fundraisers are very similar to candle fundraisers. You will make a specific profit percentage on every item you sell. For tea and coffee fundraisers you make 40% profit on every item or $4 each.

If you sell less than 150 bags, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more bags of coffee or tea 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 40% YES
1 to 149 40% No
Lips Lollipops Image

Want a new product to increase your lollipop fundraising sales? Consider our Lip Lollipops. They sell well any time of the year but do especially well around Valentine’s Day. There is only a 1 case minimum and you will make 50% profit on every lollipop you sell.

What You Should Know

Yummy Lips Lollipops and all of our lollipop fundraisers offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. In other words, you will double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
Earth candle fundraiser

An Earth candle fundraiser is a great way to raise money and be kind to our planet. Your group will offer a terrific selection of candles in the most popular scents. There is upfront cost and you make 50% profit on every Earth candle you sell. You can even qualify for free shipping. We provide free brochures for each member of your group and all the materials you need to have a successful Earth candle fundraiser.

What You Should Know

Candle fundraising is different than other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas gives you 50% profit on each and every candle you sell. The only additional charge you may incur is a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 candles.

Each candle sells for only $14 to $16 each.

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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