Fundraising in Schools: Where to Begin

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Whether you realize it yet or not, fundraising in schools is not really all that difficult. Communities enjoy helping out schools and anything having to do with educating children, and if you take into account the energy and joy the children bring into it themselves, obviously fundraising in schools have a huge potential for success. The most difficult issue you will face as an organizer is finding the right fundraiser that will fit well within the context of your group. There is such a wide array of fundraisers out there, so how do you choose among so many attractive options for fundraising in schools?

Fundraising in schools may have its own built-in momentum mechanism (the kids themselves), but of course, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to do any work as an organizer. You still need to make the choices about which fundraising activity you will embark on, and get it all put together in an intelligent way. The first thing to consider is the size of your group, and what (if any) investment the school is prepared to make in advance of the fundraising. Pizza cards, for instance, work really well for fundraising in schools, and the profits can soar as high as 90%, but in order for a direct sale fundraiser like this to have maximum impact, the school would need to be able to commit to a minimum order of 1,000 cards upfront. Still, it’s a small price to pay when you consider that almost all the money you get back from the cards will be profit, so that may be a good option for fundraising in schools if you are looking for a direct sale fundraiser.

Look through our options for direct sale fundraisers and pre-sale fundraisers, just to get some ideas of what your options are for fundraising in schools. If you’re still not sure where to start, contact your fundraising consultant, who will be there for you with advice and pointers on how to get the fundraising ball rolling.

This is the perfect holiday season fundraiser. Our Home for the Holidays Candles makes the perfect gift. There’s no upfront cost so anyone can start this fundraiser. We provide everything you need to get started and there’s no obligation or cost.

What You Should Know

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

Each candle sells for only $10 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
Snackin' in the USA

Choose from 20 mouth-watering treats all made from premium quality nuts and candies. The Snackin’ in the USA program costs absolutely nothing to get started. Simply let us know how many participants you have and we’ll send 1 order-taker for each of them, at no charge.

What You Should Know

Snackin in the USA snack fundraising is different than some other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas give you a 50% profit on each and every snack you sell. The only additional charge you might incur would be a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 snacks.

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
Yummy Lix Lollipops Image

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.

What You Should Know

Yummy Licks 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%
Dinner and Movie Card

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.

What You Should Know

You pay only $4 per card and sell them for $10 so you make 60% profit or $6 profit for each card you sell. There is a 75 card minimum. Shipping is FREE.

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Profit %
75 min $4.00 60%
Restaurant Fundraiser Cards

You sell $50 Restaurant.com Gift Cards good at more than 18,000 restaurants nationally for only $20 each. You make 50% profit. The minimum order is only 10 fundraising cards. This is a great fundraiser for any sized group anywhere in the USA.

What You Should Know

Our Restaurant Cards were designed to offer high profits to any sized group. That’s why we offer a 50% profit on every card you sell. It’s as simple as that.

Profit and Cost

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

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

$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

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

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

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

Hello Teresa, I just wanted to follow up with you and say how easy and efficient this fundraiser was. We definitely will be using this in the future and would like to use you as our point of contact especially as our organization grows. Thank you for everything especially in this difficult time, with the Covid -19 and you never missed a beat. Stay safe, Roni

Author: Carolina Crusaders

Flower Bulb Fundraising

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

Author: Troop 6619 BSA

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

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

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

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

$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

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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

Author: Ashleigh Berggren

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