Somehow (and I’m still not quite sure how it happened), I found myself on the fundraising committee at my son’s school last year and was immediately thrust into the world of finding inventive ways of cajoling money out of frazzled parents. Like most parents I detest boring old raffles and chocolate drives, but here I thought I would share a few of the more interesting initiatives that we ran which were quite profitable. Hopefully they might give you some ideas for your own fundraising committee in-case you managed, like me, to get yourself roped in this year!
- Cookbook: Parents contribute their family’s favourite recipe and include a photo of the finished dish with themselves and their family. The fundraising committee collates all of the recipes and photos into a book, has them printed and bound and sells them with profits going to the school.
- Plates: Simply Google ‘fundraising plate making’ for a great range of suppliers. You will be provided with templates for children to create their masterpieces on which are then printed onto the plates by your chosen supplier and purchased by parents. The school receives a percentage of the profits from each plate sold.
- Garage sale: Parents donate out-grown clothes, toys, household items etc. and hold a garage sale at the school with profits going to the school. You could raise extra dollars by including a bake sale, sausage sizzle, games etc.
- ‘Athon’: Children sign up to participate and get sponsorship from their families and friends based on the number of units they aim to achieve (i.e. how many books read, kilometres walked etc). Popular ‘athons’ include – Read-athon, Spell-athon, Walk-athon
- Trivia night: Put your school hall to good use by running a trivia night. Ensure its success by hiring a bright and bubbly professional MC, or recruit one of your particularly outgoing parents to facilitate the evening (keep in mind if you don’t hire a professional, you’ll need to come up with your own trivia questions). Raise extra dollars on the night by incorporating a silent auction and fun games (gold coin to participate). Consider using a venue where BYO food and drink are allowed (from future experience, this generally guarantees higher attendance).