Creative Fundraising Ideas and Tips
for Local Middle Schools
Spring is usually a good time to get a head start on school
fundraising for next year. While there are many traditional ways to fundraise,
there are plenty of creative fundraisers to make it more enjoyable for
everyone. If you are looking for unique fundraising ideas and tips on raising
money for local middle schools, here are some suggestions and tips to get you
- Car wash.
Car wash fundraisers are a great way to provide a useful service and raise
cash. With very little setup and low overhead, you could raise a lot of
money while having the opportunity to get outside. Try to find a central
location, preferably where there’s a facility that will allow you to use
the water for free.
- Healthy fundraisers.
Instead of bake sales and candy sales, choose fun runs, walkathons, and
health food sales. Fruit, granola bars, nuts, and even flowers can raise
as much money as candy and sugary baked goods.
- Gardening fundraiser.
Spring is an excellent time for a gardening fundraiser, plus, you have lots
of options. You can stick to selling seeds, gardening supplies and tools,
or you can focus on plants and flowers. Depending on your budget, the best
approach is to offer as many options as you can. Just make sure that you
optimize the products you choose to sell. Gardening events are a great
place to set up a sales tent.
General Fundraising Tips
- Offer an alternative product for
sales fundraisers. Always offer an alternative to
sales–based fundraisers. If your customer doesn’t want your initial
product, be sure that you have a sales pitch prepared for an additional
- Use sales incentives.
Offering prizes for top sellers is one way to ensure that you help
motivate your fundraiser participants. Even if the supplier provides prize
packages, you can always add to that with an extra prize. Gift cards and
discount cards are always appreciated.
- Expand your audience.
Be sure to pitch your sales to as many people as possible. While
neighbors, friends, and family members are typically a sure sale, you can
limit your potential by sticking with one audience. Try setting up sales
tables at in shopping malls or other places that receive high pedestrian
traffic. Special local events and Farmer’s Markets are also excellent
places to set up shop. Make sure you use signs that are large enough to
read, and be concise while including important information, such as your
cause and how much you need to raise.
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