Planning a School Fundraiser

Hosting a school fundraiser can be daunting work. It requires a lot of organization and time to pull off a truly successful event. Providing everything goes well, though, and you are able to reach your financial target, the payoff will be well worth your efforts.

The first thing to consider about planning a school fundraiser is how much money you have to fund it in the first place. If your budget is only $50, you may not be able to hire a Ferris wheel on the school playing field. However, a simple cookie dough fundraiser would be a great way to earn money on a lower budget. Find out how much your organizers are able to contribute and plan accordingly from that.

The second thing to consider about planning a school fundraiser is the number of your classmates that are able to help out. It goes without saying that the more people you have helping out in your school fundraiser, the more likely it is that you’ll reach that goal. You may even want to recruit the help of teachers or parents for some of the bigger school fundraisers, and they will likely be able to find colleagues or friends that can help contribute to your cause as well.

The third (and most important) thing to consider planning a school fundraiser is the event itself. If you can make your classmates feel like they are enjoying themselves, then it will hardly feel like they are doing “charity work” at all. There is a whole range of ideas from you to choose from, including pizza stalls, bake sales, raffles, sports rallies, to larger events like carnivals. All of these suggestions are fun things that most students would enjoy participating in, so keep them in mind when planning your next school fundraiser.

All Sports Scratch Card

If you want an easy fundraising idea for all sports, scratch card fundraisers are just what you are looking for. If you can not find your specific sport in our collection of scratch off graphics,  All Sports Scratch Cards are your best option. You can make up to 90% profit.

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.

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%
High school scratch card

Once students reach high school, fundraising becomes much more specific and determined. That’s why scratch off cards are perfect high school fundraising tools. The fundraising scratch cards raise a lot of money at a very small cost. The minimum order is only one card. And the cards are custom imprinted with high school group name at no additional charge.

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%
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

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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Hershey $2 Candy Bars

This new $2 Hershey’s Fundraising Candy Variety Pack offers bigger bars, the biggest brands, and the biggest profits. These candy bars are much larger than the $1 candy bars. They are easy to sell and can help you make bigger profits on every sale.

What You Should Know

If you have sold candy in the past and are looking for a new product this might be the perfect fundraising candy for you. It is the only candy fundraiser where profits can reach 50%. We have included a profit chart below. It will help you calculate your profits and costs. Remember all pricing is done by the case. The more cases you purchase the lower the price per case:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
50 or more 50% $120.00
25 – 49 41% $142.00
10 – 24 38% $150.00
1 – 9 30% $168.00

Hot Pops Show Profit

Hot Pops

Made with real chili, Hot Pops Lollipops are an enticing combination of sweet and spicy.  Hot Pops Lollipops come in an array of colors and a variety of flavors including Watermelon, Pineapple, Orange, Lemon, Mango, and Green Apple.

What You Should Know

You will make 50% profit when you sell our gourmet lollipops. That’s the same profit we offer on all of our other lollipop fundraisers no matter how many cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times your cost. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
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Magic Melts Wickless Candle Fundraiser

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

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Flower Bulb Fundraising

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Earth Candle Fundraiser

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Yummy Licks Round Lollipops

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$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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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

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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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

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

Earth Candle Fundraiser

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

Author: Cornerstone Baptist Church

$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

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

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

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

Flower Bulb Fundraising

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

Author: Troop 6619 BSA

$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

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