3 High School Fundraising Ideas to Involve Students and Keep Within Budget
Fun giveaways like eco-friendly pens or pencils are a great way to remind others that an event is coming up.
High school can be an exciting time, full of new experiences and lifelong friendships. For many schools, fundraising is a necessary tool to meet budget requirements for their various sports teams and extracurricular events. School fundraising ideas are widely available and as unique as each individual in the student body, and with a bit of creative thinking and organization, your efforts to raise funds can turn into a great success.
Out with the Ordinary
Almost everyone has had an experience with a student knocking at the door and offering candy bars, wrapping paper, or small gifts for sale. Although these may provide students with a sense of ownership in the fundraising process, it lacks variety, and many times a portion of the money raised goes right back to the company which provided the items for sale.
Rather than trying several fundraisers a year, why not just plan two larger events and focus on the details of something more extraordinary? This doesn’t mean there can’t be a bake sale thrown in here and there, only that focusing energy on larger efforts may result in greater gains.
Community-wide spring sale
There are many ideas for Mason jar gifts, including chili and soup, dessert mixes, and snacks. If you have the time and effort to host a fundraiser like this, students would take orders for the jars, then assemble and deliver them to customers. Ideas for the mixes can be found on a variety of social media sites and DIY blogs.
Combine a meal or cookout with an auction of sorts where students are bid on, and then used to complete tasks like yard work and simple chores. Make sure bidders are prepared with a writing utensil they’re free to take when the event has ended. Consider imprinted plastic pens with the name of your cause written on it to remind bidders the real reason they’re participating. You can also have students sell coupons for their services, and then follow through with chores like cleaning, tidying up an unorganized closet, or baby-sitting for an evening.
Past efforts within your high school may also point to resources which can be utilized for the current season. Speak with staff members and administrators to see what has been done in the past and how it was received by the community.
Steps to a Successful Fundraiser
High school fundraising ideas are plentiful, but they are more successful if there is a detailed plan. This way, everyone knows what’s expected next and can take ownership for his or her part. This includes creating a budget, offering incentives, and encouraging involvement from other adults.
Implementing Your Creative Ideas
There are so many ideas, it may be difficult to narrow it down to just a few per year. But focusing on 2 or 3 really effective methods, rather than several less effective ones, allows organizers to save their energy for the most important tasks. This is where a committed team can serve as a helpful resource; when several people work together, they each contribute their gifts and energy in more equal amounts.
Throughout the fundraising process, the obvious focus should be on the students. Are they involved and excited, or is it only the adults who seem to care? Have the students been given ownership during the process? If they feel like they have a role to play, they will be more willing to participate and contribute ideas. Outlining a budget and coming up with innovative ideas are all part of the process. Just like in the classroom, students can benefit from caring adults who trust them to do a job well done.