PTO Fundraiser

What makes PTO fundraising ideas different than PTA fundraisers? You need to understand the basic difference between the two types of organizations to understand.

The main differences between a PTA and a PTO are fairly simple. The national PTA is a formal membership organization headquartered in Chicago. Local groups that choose to belong to the PTA must pay dues to the state and national organization and abide by state and national group rules. In return, they get member benefits, and they get a voice in the operations of the larger organization. The national PTA maintains a Washington, DC, lobbying office, and most state PTAs advocate at their respective state capitals, as well. The PTA carefully protects its name, so that – in theory – only dues-paying members of the group can call themselves “PTA.”

For more PTA/PTO Fundraiser Ideas and Articles please see:

  • PTA Fundraising Ideas
  • PTA Fundraisers

PTO, on the other hand, is a more generic term. It generally represents the thousands of parent groups that choose to remain independent. These are most often single-school groups that operate under their own bylaws.

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.

Profit and Cost

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

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
Specialty Popcorn

We know you and your customers will be thrilled with our Specialty Popcorn. You offer bags of eight scrumptious flavors that are all Gluten Free, MSG Free and made with GMO-Free corn. Your group will make a 40% profit and can even qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

There is no money needed upfront for this popcorn fundraiser. We provide free brochures, order forms, and cash collection envelopes. You will pay us after you sell your popcorn when you can use the money you collected to pay for your order.

When you place your order, Easy Fundraising Ideas will calculate the cost of your order based on the profit percentage you earned. You will pay us that amount of money and keep your profit.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 40% YES
1 to 149 40% No
$10 Simple Snacks

Our new Simple Snacks Fundraiser offers 14 of today’s most popular snacks.  An amazing yet simple selection of premium quality snacks including nuts, trail mix, popcorn, gummy bears, and sour gummy worms.  We have combined the most popular and highest selling snack items to create a fundraiser that will help you reach your fundraising goals. Our Simple Snacks fundraiser has no upfront cost.  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

Our Simple Snacks fundraiser offers 50% profit on every item. You sell each snack bag for $10 so that is $5 profit on every item! This is an easy fundraising idea for all types of groups. Whether you have 5 sellers or 500 we have helped thousands of groups meet their fundraising goals.

If you sell less than 150 bags of snacks, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more bags of snacks will qualify you for FREE shipping.

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Free Shipping Profit %
10 plus YES 50%
1 to 9 No 50%
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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

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
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