School Fundraiser Article Round-Up

Today we’ve posted the third article in our mini-series on school fundraisers.

School fundraising has long been popular, but for many, it has become increasingly necessary. In more and more locations, school fundraisers provide key elements of education not covered by the regular school budget, and/or extras that are either considered indispensable or highly desirable.

For schools that were previously well-funded and are new to this type of fundraising, this mini-series may give you ideas for ways to get started. For schools that have long been practiced in raising money, we hope to provide you with some fresh ideas.

The first article, Why Have School Fundraisers?” discusses the reasons why schools may choose to have fundraisers. Fundraisers can be undertaken to support special activities (a trip), an underfunded program, or an “extra” expense, such as uniforms. They may be undertaken by the PTA, a school booster association, or students.

The second article, Choosing a School Fundraiser,” introduces approaches and criteria that can be useful in deciding the type of fundraiser that best suits the purposes you have in mind.

Our new article, “Types of School Fundraisers” provides a number of suggestions for school fundraising options, including one-time or intermittent fundraisers (such as Car Washes) and long-term, ongoing fundraisers, some of which, like running a school store, can be integrated with learning opportunities. In running a school store, for example, students can learn about decision making, marketing, pricing, sales, and customer service.

If nothing here grabs your attention, and you want something really fresh, you could go for a Harry Potter themed fundraiser and try hosting a Muggle Quidditch match to raise money, as the students of Transylvania University in Kentucky just did as a fundraiser for the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. If you need more pointers about Quidditch in order to do the thing properly, check out the International Quidditch Association website, where you can download the rules used at the college level (and adapt them if necessary for your school).