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Fundraising Ideas

A place to find and discuss fundraising ideas for PTAs and other parent groups. This is not a group to advertise businesses or service.

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Comment by Michael Pate on July 26, 2010 at 6:18pm
This is the coolest thing I think Ive ever seen, If you are familiar with Groupon or Living Social then check out They offer a daily deal just like them and give back 10% of the profits to the school of your choice.
Comment by Karen Bantuveris on April 26, 2010 at 8:33pm
Our school added SOCIALS to the annual silent Auction and it was so successful, we've done away with almost all the other silent auction items. Socials are parties that build community all year round. A group of families host a themed party, and guests pay a fixed fee for each spot. It's a wonderful way for new families to meet people and get involved...while raising $$.

Socials can be almost anything - an adult-only Mad Men-themed cocktail party, a kids-only Chocolate Fantasy Party, a family Kite Day and Picnic, or a 'Bowling with the Teachers' party. Here's a link to our blog article with more party themes and background about Socials:

Try adding one or two for your upcoming Auction - guaranteed to be a hit - and your school community will be hooked!
Comment by Paul Barthle on April 9, 2010 at 9:16pm
Has anyone ever combined a fundraising drive with the OLPC/ XO laptop organization started by Nicholas Negroponte? They are involved in schools in Haiti now and I think that encouraging our students to raise money for others and themselves at the same time would be especially helpful. Perhaps they could even share e-mails to stay in contact with recipients.
Comment by Theresa Mayfield on March 19, 2010 at 11:47am
Hello! I am a mom and also the PTA President for our school, which is for students ages 5 to 21 with multiple disabilities. We have approx 90 students total. We are collecting the box tops to raise funds to help pay for the complete renovation of our Life Skills Area at school. This is where our students learn every day life skills like laundry, food prep and cooking, hygiene, cleaning, etc.

If your school doesn't collect Box Tops already, we would be soooooo very appreciative of your support. We also collect Campbells Labels, My Coke Rewards, Best Choice UPC labels, and Tyson A+ labels programs.

Again, we really need and would be very grateful for your support - esp with the Box Tops, Tysons, and Best Choice programs - these provide cash for the labels so we can use that money directly for our students. If this is something you would be interested in, please send me a message or email at Mega thanks!
Comment by Mike Kiser on March 12, 2010 at 9:37am
If anyone is looking for a neat way to run an online fundraiser, allows you to set up a fundraising page, collect donations online, sell cookies and flowers just like fundraising kits, and share it with friends in your network. At the end of the fundraiser, CauseShare sends you one check with all of the funds raised. Check it out:
Comment by Howard Gottlieb on March 11, 2010 at 3:34pm
If you are looking for new School Fundraising Ideas I strongly recommend you get in touch with Easy Fundraising Ideas. They have a very wide assortment of fundraisers that have been used successfully throughout the United States.
Comment by Whitney Meagher on January 14, 2010 at 8:40am
Webinar: Raising Money While Promoting Health in Schools
Wednesday, January 20th, 12 pm EST
This webinar will help you, as parents and caring adults, influence efforts to conduct health-promoting and profitable fundraisers in your children's schools. Explore guiding principles and alternatives to traditional candy and baked goods fundraisers. Hear from others, including PTA leaders, who have stories to share or come ready to share an example of your success. Ask questions and gain ideas and resources for taking the next step in your school community. School staff and other interested parties are welcome to attend. (Co-sponsored by National PTA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.)

To participate, register online:
Comment by PTA Administrator on January 5, 2010 at 9:21am
Here's some inspiration: The Alma Schrader Elementary School PTA in Cape Girardeau, Mo., raised $10,000 for much-needed supplies for the school. The PTA held a number of events but also got the support of local businesses. Read more online.
Comment by Thereasa Shue on December 29, 2009 at 3:56pm
My school just participated in a fundraising project which helped our students learn to read through a unique program that one of our teachers found and encouraged us to look into. The DVD taught reading skills through African Dance. Our young students loved the DVD, it was very affordable and effective and our school was able to make a large profit. It was nice to be able to help our schools funding while improving our literacy skills. The company was and we just emailed them.
Comment by Jordan Gottlieb on December 4, 2009 at 8:37am
This board looks like a great resource for PTA's looking for new fundraising ideas. I'm really glad I found it and will definitely be sharing it with the other PTA members.

I saw Jane's comment below about doing earth friendly fundraisers and wanted to share that we have been doing them at our son's school for the past couple of seasons. This past spring we did this flower bulb fundraiser and it went great. We also did a Smencils fundraiser with the same company this fall and it went really well also.

Has anyone else done earth friendly fundraising? What has been your experience?

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