Elementary School Fundraising Ideas that Work

When you’re searching for elementary school fundraising ideas, consider the following:

The ideas that work are ones that are thought out. You can?t just decide to do a fundraiser on a whim; especially with you are working with students. Find a fundraiser that fits your students or the school as a whole. Consider the age of the children who will be selling, try to find something they would be interested in buying (you know if they had money)! Cookie dough is always a hit with children. Another great elementary school fundraising idea is flower bulbs. Both in spring and fall, the flower bulb fundraiser is simple and very popular. Cookies and flower bulbs are also a great fundraiser for low-income elementary students.

You will also want to review the fundraising requirements when looking for a great elementary school fundraiser. Once you know an estimate of how many children will be participating in the fundraiser, you can determine if the requirements are reasonable. If there is a minimum order required – like the cookie dough program figure out how many items each child would need to sell in order to reach your goal. If the minimum is too high, find a program that is lower like the Home Delivery Cookie Dough program, which requires no minimums.

Also, consider getting the parents involved. The fundraiser should still be the responsibility of the children, but the parents need to be well informed. Send notes home, write emails, and pass out flyers,  whatever it takes to make sure that the parents know about important dates and goals. Because the children are so young, the success of your fundraiser will be in large part due to the effort put in by the parents and guardians. Consider something that is easy to deliver, as that task too, will likely be pushed upon the adults. Magazine subscription vouchers are very easy to pass out and can fit in a purse or bag.

Bag Garden Fundraiser

Our NEW Bag Garden Fundraiser is a terrific way to raise money AND do it in the most earth-friendly fashion possible. It’s a great selection of herbs, vegetables, and flowers to attract pollinating insects.  Available year-round we offer high-profit potential, free brochures, and order forms, and you can qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

Our Bag Garden Fundraisers 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 bag gardens as larger groups. If you sell less than 150 bag garden items, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more bag garden 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
Pizza Card Fundraiser Image

Pizza fundraiser cards are our most popular fundraiser. You sell the Pizza Fundraising Cards for $10. The card entitles the holder to a free medium one-topping pizza when they purchase a large one topping. The cards are good at thousands of locations including specific participating Papa Johns, Pizza Huts and more.

What You Should Know

Pizza Cards Fundraising is one of the most profitable fundraising programs we offer. Your profit, though, is determined based on the number of cards you sell. Take a look at the profit chart below to calculate your profit:

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
# 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
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%
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. And now we’ve added Brownies, Pretzels, and Cinnamon Rolls as well.

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
$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%
Basketball scratch card

Before deciding on your next basketball fundraiser,  consider fundraising scratch off cards with basketball graphics.  Supporters will know they are supporting a basketball organization when they see the ball sliding through the net on the card front. This is a great basketball tournament fundraiser.

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

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
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%
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What Our Customers Say:

Coffee and Tea

The sale went over with a bang and people are asking for more. Thank you, Evelyn Mealy

Author: Port Allegany Music Boosters

$10 Frozen Cookie Dough Tub Fundraiser

There were different fundraisers but the Cookie Dough Fundraiser looked really easy! It’s $10 for a tub. It’s been really nice that it’s easy for the kids to sell and make. We’re doing this again!

Author: Kelly Sipes

$10 Frozen Cookie Dough Tub Fundraiser

I just wanted to report that the cookie dough fundraiser has been a HUGE success! Everything was perfect and I am so pleased! Your company has impressed me. We may want to do this again late fall. People are already talking about “next time.” 😊 Thank you very much! Kelly Sipes Class of 2020 Hickman, KY

Author: Class of 2020

Journey of Faith Candle Fundraiser

I wanted to thank you for all your help with the fundraiser. I was very pleased with this fundraiser from start to finish. We paid on Thursday and the candles were here on Friday. Talk about prompt delivery... we will definitely be using your company again. Once again thank you for everything. Jerriann Wortham

Author: Overflow Student Ministry

Flower Bulb Fundraising

I look forward to doing this fundraiser again next year. It was a big hit and you have been so great to work with, I won't even be looking for anything different. Ashley

Author: SFHS Girls Soccer Team

Magic Melts Wickless Candle Fundraiser

everything arrived a-ok...many thanks for another great fundraiser....we will do this again in the Spring.... Angela

Author: Dora High School

Yummy Licks Round Lollipops

Just wanted to say thank you again for going above and beyond to make sure I had my order in time. (I received it this am) I really appreciate it and I look forward to doing business with you again next year.

Author: Montrose Little League

Magic Melts Wickless Candle Fundraiser

I loved this fundraiser. It was easy and convenient. They gave me no problems when I needed to change the end date of my fundraiser. The melts smell great. They send you order forms and money collect envelopes. I placed the order on Tuesday and received it on a Friday. I highly recommend this company

Author: SHOC Club

Heritage Fundraising Candles

I would like to thank you for answering all my questions. We love the candles, and I will be doing more fundraising through this company in the Spring. Thank you again, Mrs. Joan Stanolis

Author: Jones NHS

Flower Bulb Fundraising

We received everything as promised! Thank you so much for your excellent customer service!

Author: Troop 6619 BSA

Earth Candle Fundraiser

We LOVE the candles!! And I think last year they were here like 2 days after we submitted the order. Crazy fast!

Author: Meadowview Elementary

Earth Candle Fundraiser

You guys must be naturally kind. I enjoyed working with you and look forward to many other fundraisers with your organization. Frigga M. Simmons Director of Development

Author: Bermuda Institute

Earth Candle Fundraiser

I appreciate all of your assistance, as this was my first fundraiser I was in charge of, you really helped make the experience smooth and I look forward to continuing business with you all! Thanks, Cheniqua Glass

Author: Brooke Bailey Dance Academy

Earth Candle Fundraiser

Good Gosh!!! This was the easiest fundraiser EVER!!! Thank you so much! Saved to Serve, Amy

Author: Cornerstone Baptist Church

Snackin’ in the USA

I just wanted to say thanks for getting the items shipped out so quickly. The kids enjoyed this fundraiser. Everything was easy and I especially liked how quick you were to respond when there was a question. I look forward to booking another fundraiser with you next year! Thanks again, Ashleigh Berggren Special Education Teacher

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$10 Frozen Cookie Dough Tub Fundraiser

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