Helping Out Students with PTO Fundraising

PTO groups are supportive of students on so many levels. Most students don’t even realize the impact that the PTO has on their everyday school experience. Schools are doing their best to support the students in everything they do, but expenses can get out of hand quickly, and budgets are not what they used to be. This is where PTO fundraising comes in – it helps to bridge the gap between what the school can provide out of budget and the sorts of funds that are actually needed for the student body.

When you start to organize PTO fundraising, obviously you’ll be looking for the best possible PTO fundraiser. But with all the PTO fundraising ideas out there, how do you know where to start? Begin by comparing the size of your fundraising team to the size of your financial goals, and work from there. Some PTO fundraising is specific to certain types of goals, but many PTO fundraising activities can work well for any size of the group. Things like certain brochure fundraisers may only suit larger groups with higher selling power, but check our PTO fundraising pages to familiarize yourself with the minimum requirements and shipping charges for specific fundraising ideas.

Smaller groups will be concerned with profit levels, of course, and direct sale PTO fundraising activities like fundraising scratch cards can be a lifesaver. Direct sale PTO fundraising products are easy to purchase and distribute, and of course, after your initial investment, all the money you receive from your PTO fundraising goes directly to the school. The best part of something like scratch cards is that they have some of the highest profit margins of any PTO fundraising activity – up to 90% if you can commit to a minimum order upfront. With direct sale PTO fundraising, everything is kept simple.

Heart Lollipops Show Profit

Heart Lollipops

Of course, Heart shaped lollipops virtually sell themselves leading up to Valentine’s Day. But they sell well any time of the year. There’s a 1 case minimum, shipping is free and you will make 50% profit on each fundraising lollipop sold. Each case comes with 640 heart lollipops.

What You Should Know

Heart Lollipops are the same as all of our other lollipop fundraisers. You will make the same profit no matter how many cases of lollipops you purchase or sell. You sell the lollipops for twice what you pay for them. In other words, you will double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. That’s the same as a 50% profit. 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%
$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
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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Profit %
25 min $5.00 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)
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Dance scratch card

Children get started in dance and gymnastic programs at younger ages than ever before. The fundraising scratch cards are a great gymnastics fundraising idea and perfect for dance groups too. Scratch card fundraisers work well for individuals as well as for larger groups.

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
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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%
Original One Dollar Chocolate Candy Bar Fundraiser

The Original One Dollar Bars comes in two different variety packs. These are our best selling candy bar fundraisers. They offer the largest one dollar fundraising candy bar that is manufactured in a peanut-free facility.

What You Should Know

Candy fundraising profits are determined based on the number of cases of candy that you sell. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost per case. Below you can take a look at profit charts for each of the two available variety packs:

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
49 or more 60% $96.00
25 -49 55% $108.00
10 – 24 50% $120.00
1 – 9 45% $132.00
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