Ideas for Free School Fundraisers

If your school group doesn’t really have enough funds on hand to pay upfront for a school fundraiser, then obviously you’ll be wanting to look at some free school fundraisers. The way these fundraisers work is that we send out product brochures to you free of charge, along with all the order forms you’ll need to get started. Then you just have your sales team (the kids and their helpers) go around and collect orders from your supporters, and the money comes directly from those orders instead of you. There are many of these types of free school fundraisers to choose from, and we’re sure you’ll find one that’s right for you.

Candles can make a fantastic free school fundraiser, as pretty much everyone loves a scented candle. We have several candle-based free school fundraisers, and with up to 50% profit for your group, you can imagine that these are very popular fundraisers, both with the fundraising groups, and their customers.

Food-based fundraisers are some of the best free fundraisers out there. You may have already heard of such favorites as cookie dough, popcorn, tea, and coffee, or pretzels. These are all things that do spectacularly well as free school fundraisers, so check out our brochure fundraiser pages to find out which free school fundraisers have the minimums and shipping arrangements that suit you best.

There is really no end to the kinds of free school fundraisers out there. Calendars, flower bulbs, and even our earth-friendly green fundraisers are all popular choices that require no monetary investment on your part. All you need to bring to the game are your motivation and your time. With free school fundraisers, you can relax a little, and know that no matter what, you will not be paying out of pocket in order to make some money for your school group. That little bit of reassurance can be just the boost you need to get excited about your school fundraising effort.

Soccer Scratch Card Fundraiser

Soccer is one of the most popular participant sports in the country.  Players, teams, and leagues needing to raise a lot of money turn to fundraising scratch cards. Each card raises $100. Your team or league name is imprinted free of charge on each card. It’s a great soccer fundraiser idea.

What You Should Know

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:

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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%
Welch’s Fruit Snacks

People struggle when choosing a product for a youth fundraiser because of childhood obesity. If you are looking for a healthier alternative to chocolate bars or lollipops, consider selling our Welch’s Fruit Snacks Variety Pack. The snacks are 100% Vitamin C, an excellent source of Vitamins A and E, FAT-FREE, Made with real fruit and have no preservatives.

What You Should Know

You sell each bag of fruit snacks for $1 each. Profits from selling Welchs Fruit Snacks are determined based on the number of cases that you purchase. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost per case. Below you can take a look at the profit chart:

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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
60+ 40% $65.00
40 – 59 37% $68.00
20 – 39 35% $70.00
1 – 19 33% $72.00
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

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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%
Papa Johns Fundraising Pizza Discount Cards

How many people do you know that clip Papa Johns pizza coupons? Consider selling Papa Johns fundraiser cards then. The cards are custom designed for your group. Contact your local Papa Johns and negotiate a Buy One Get One Free pizza offer. The cards are easy to sell and offer great value.

What You Should Know

Our Papa John’s Coupons Fundraising Cards offer some of the highest profits for groups of all sizes. Even if you purchase the 75 card minimum you will make 70% profit or $7.00 on each card sold. Take a look at the profit chart below to see exactly how much money you can make:

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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
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:

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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

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.

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $300.00 40%
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