We love helping parents with their school fundraisers. PTA fundraising is so critical to so many schools. These economic times force parents to raise money for more and more extras so PTA fundraisers need to produce. We help thousands of groups raise the money they need and want to help you with your PTA fundraiser too.
Below we review what we believe are this year’s top PTA fundraising ideas. Further down the page, you can read tips and suggestions on how to maximize the results of your next fundraiser.
Our $10 cookie dough fundraiser is one of our best selling fundraising products. Everyone loves freshly baked cookies! This is our most popular cookie dough fundraising program because of the retail selling price. We offer 6 of the most popular cookie dough flavors in 2 pound tubs. You will sell each cookie dough tub for only $10 each. We offer low minimums and shipping is free. Best of all there is no cost to get started.
What You Should Know
There is no money needed upfront for this cookie dough fundraiser. We provide free brochures, order forms and cash collection envelops. You pay us after you sell your $10 tubs of Frozen Fundraising Cookie Dough when you place your order. The money you’ve collected can 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. Once the cost is covered, the rest is your profit to keep!
You might consider selling coffee and tea to raise money. Coffee has been very successful for many types of groups. Your group would sell 10 oz bags of freshly ground coffee for $10 each. There are seven great flavors along with a gift coffee tin. Coffee sales work best in the fall and winter.
What You Should Know
Tea and Coffee fundraisers are very similar to candle fundraisers. You will make a specific profit percentage on every item you sell. For tea and coffee fundraisers you make 40% profit on every item or $4 each.
If you sell less than 150 bags, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more bags of coffee or tea will qualify you for free shipping.
An Earth candle fundraiser is a great way to raise money and be kind to our planet. Your group will offer a terrific selection of candles in the most popular scents. There is upfront cost and you make 50% profit on every Earth candle you sell. You can even qualify for free shipping. We provide free brochures for each member of your group and all the materials you need to have a successful Earth candle fundraiser.
What You Should Know
Candle fundraising is different than other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas gives you 50% profit on each and every candle you sell. The only additional charge you may incur is a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 candles.
We know you and your customers will be thrilled with our Gourmet 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.
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:
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:
We’d like to introduce the newest addition to our candle fundraisers. Magic Melts are highly scented wickless wax bars that you melt in candle warmers. They revolutionized the wickless candle industry and made scented wax bars as popular as candles themselves. Now you can capitalize on that popularity.
What You Should Know
Magic Melt wickless candle fundraising is different than other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas gives you 50% profit on each and every scented wax bar you sell. The only additional charge you may incur is a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 Magic Melts.
If you are relatively new to fundraising, at least in a managing role, then you’ve very likely been asking yourself, “how do I get started on my school fundraiser?” What may have seemed like an easy task at first is actually a bit tricky during the organizational stages, and it’s important that you get the Read More »
If you have been a member of the PTA for longer than five minutes, you already know one of the biggest challenges that today’s schools face: budgeting. School funding is so pathetically low that most things the school needs will require additional resources. Many PTA groups have responded to this by organizing a school PTA Read More »
Kids like to get involved in sports, which is fantastic. The more they can get out and active, the better, and sports teach them important things like teamwork and the value of friendly competition. But sports can be expensive to get involved with, and the better the kids get at what they do, invariably the Read More »
Whether you are supporting a school sports team, arts-related club, or any other kind of extracurricular group, at some point it is likely you will be asked to organize a school fundraiser. Fundraisers are a fact of life for most clubs and groups these days, and with the costs of operating going up and funding Read More »
School fundraising does not have to be hard. There are several simple fundraisers that a school group can do – both large and small groups that will benefit your budget. Here are some suggestions I thought might be helpful. Chances are, if you are doing school fundraising, then you are working with a group of Read More »
We had never heard of that option but a group recently told us about their experience doing just that. One of the student’s mothers worked for an importer. She was the one that presented the idea to the school as a PTO fundraiser. She told the board that she could get them wholesale prices on Read More »
Candy bar sales for school fundraising, no cost upfront, is the most beneficial way for schools to fundraise successfully because there is no risk of lost profits because of products that go unsold. Unfortunately, not many groups can purchase candy without paying in advance. In fact, many candy bar distributors offer this as part of Read More »
The best school fundraisers not only give schools, parents, teachers, and students the funds needed for equipment, books, playgrounds, and events, but they bring together a community in the spirit of fun and sharing. In fact, the best school fundraisers can be used at any time of year and can even be matched with government Read More »
There is one thing that is universal for all teams and clubs around the world: they always need something else. Maybe a professional baseball team needs a new pitcher, maybe a choir group needs new dresses, or maybe a peewee football team needs new pads. Whatever it is, teams always need something. That is why Read More »
If your school is a little tight on its budget this year and can’t afford things like new books for the school library, or new desks for the classrooms, or equipment for the school gymnasium, you may decide to hold school spirit fundraisers to bring everyone at your school together in the name of a Read More »
Have you ever attended a PTA convention and either worked a booth or walked past booths in the exhibit hall?
You can learn a lot about PTA fundraisers by doing that.
The first thing you find is that PTA board members hold two distinctly different positions on their PTA fundraiser of choice.
When asked they will often times defend their choice and tell you how well it does for them. On the other hand, they will tell you how much they dislike fundraising in general.
So we’d like to share 3 things to consider before starting your next PTA fundraiser.
Consideration #1: Be Honest About Your Current Fundraising Results
We have attended quite a few conventions and have talked to thousands of PTA members. Frankly I can count on one hand the number of people that absolutely loved the fundraiser they were doing and felt they were raising as much money as possible with the current program.
For those select few we congratulate them and tell them they would be the envy of everyone else in the exhibit hall. Because just about everyone else through the course of a short discussion admit they could do better.
So good PTA fundraising starts with an honest evaluation of how you’ve done in the past along with a good plan for future fundraising.
The plan should touch on the following points at a minimum:
1. How much do you really need to raise.
2. During your last fundraiser did you struggle to get enough volunteers?
3. Have your results over the past few years been declining or increasing?
4. What are you raising money for? Is it something your students and their parents would feel compelled to rally around?
Consideration #2: Comparing Your Options
When was the last time you compared 3 or 4 fundraising ideas to see whether their was in fact a better fit for your school?
Here’s some data you might want to use to compare those ideas:
1. What is your profit percentage?
2. If you are selling a product what is the retail price? Is the retail price reasonable or is it a price and product people would roll their eyes at and feel they are dramatically overpaying for?
3. How many volunteer hours does each option require? Do you historically find that you have a hard time getting enough volunteers?
4. How difficult will the delivery be at the end of the program? Are you equipped to handle the delivery?
5. Are you using a fundraising company to help you? If you are comparing different companies also compare their service levels.
After comparing this data you might find that your original choice was still the best. But you might find easier ways to raise the money. You will never know if you simply do the same thing over and over again.
Consideration #3: Take a Look at What’s Working for Other Schools
When you take the time to look at what others are doing you might find some interesting stuff.
We did just that at the last couple of PTA conventions and here are 3 different things we were told:
1. Cookie Dough Fundraisers: It seems like lots of PTA continue to depend on cookie dough for their main fundraiser. The ones that do well can do very well. I fact we were told by some schools that they were raising more than $20,000 with the cookie dough sales. But honestly that was the exception not the rule. Most did agree that cookie dough was easy to sell. But lots of people complained that sales had grown tired.
2. Read-a-thons: More and more schools it seems have started to add event fundraisers like Read-a-thons, Walk-a-thons or Fun Runs to their fundraising mix. We heard lots of positives about these programs.
3. School Discount Cards: Lots of schools continue to produce an annual discount card. The cards offer ongoing discounts at anywhere from 8 to 16 merchants. The PTA sells the cards for around $10 and can make up to $9 per card depending on how many cards they purchase. The customer gets a good deal if the PTA can get good merchants to offer reasonable coupons.
Why Use Easy Fundraising Ideas for Your Next PTA Fundraiser?
It seems like a typical PTA spends more time on fundraising than ever before. But they are critical. A PTA school fund raiser tends to be held on a large, school wide scale and usually is intended to meet the needs of the operating budget. Take a look at the different PTA fundraising suggestions that you might consider for your school. We offer some of the best options above.
More and more schools have come to depend on PTA fundraising ideas to fund programs and purchase items not covered by the school budget. Elementary school PTA fundraisers are more common than gym class these days.
Schools try all sorts of ideas. Some groups have tried Elementary School PTA Bingo Night Fundraisers. But we have more basic PTA fundraising ideas for you to choose from.
We want to make sure your PTA school fund raiser is successful and easy to manage. That is why we offer tried, proven and profitable PTA fundraising suggestions.