Elementary School fundraising idea

Elementary School Fundraiser Ideas

Silent auctions, carnivals, and bake sales are great ways to raise funds for your school's Parent Teacher Organization, but require a lot of volunteers and planning.  I am not saying these are not great fundraisers, obviously there are plenty of people who enjoy buying those butter braids, pizza, wrapping paper and more!

What I am saying is that they require a lot of resources, planning, organization and communication.  If you want to try something different, I would highly suggest trying a fun run, pledge drive, or classroom competition.  

Fun Run

I'm not talking about a 5K or some other community run/walk event.  What I am talking about is a simple indoor event in your schools gymnasium during the school day.  Kids enter the gym for an allotted amount of time, for example 20 minutes, and make laps around the gym.  Make it a fun experience with a theme, for example a glow in the dark event.  Encourage kids to raise money by having a simple prize structure. 

10 Things I learned from hosting my son's elementary school Glow Run

  1. All kids of any ability could participate
  2. All kids of any economic status could participate
  3. How much fun kids have running around a gym when it is decked out with glow in the dark items
  4. How easy it was for teachers and the administration to accommodate this fundraiser.
  5. The support from community members to just give instead of buying items
  6. How few volunteers are needed to organize a successful pledge drive/donation drive
  7. How willing businesses in the community are to give and support an event like this.
  8. How rewarding handing out prizes to every child in the school is
  9. How a fundraiser became the event kids talked about for years after
  10. The amount of opportunities we were able to provide for all students from the large amount of money raised from a simple fundraiser.

I planned an entirely new to our school event in less than 2 months and worried that we would not raise as much from this event as we did from a Saturday night "carnival" with a silent auction.  To my surprise, we raised more money in the first two days of going live with our pledge drive online then we did from our traditional fundraiser.

If you are anything like me, I searched online for a way to put this glow in the dark fun run together.  It took me hours of research and planning, but I have put all of that research and planning in simple to follow downloadable PDFs.  

Donation Drives Made Easy

Donation Drive Checklist

Example Sponsor Request Letter

Example Committee Responsibilities

Example Prize List and Sheet


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