We know the school PTA has a tough job! From safe, modern play and sports equipment, to the latest techniques for engaging lessons, the money you raise through fundraising activities is essential to a great learning environment. We’re here to help you every step of the way, with ideas, top tips, and activities that are fantastic fun, and reinforce on-going support between teachers, parents and students.
Follow these simple steps to make sure your activity goes down a storm:
Step 1 – Plan: Think about who you’ll invite, and how you’ll tell them what you’re doing. Does the school have a Facebook page to share the details, or will you use newsletters and traditional fliers? How will you make money on your activity? Will you ask for donations on the day, or use an online payment mechanism. Make sure you’re organised and the funds will mount up quicker.
Step 2 – Use what you already have: Chances are your school is already running lots of great activities that the kids and parents love. Turn athletics club into a pre-register adrenaline start for parents, or hold a sponsored exercise-a-thon!
Step 3 – Match your activity to a target: It always helps to have a focus. If you need £100 to plant seeds for a herb garden, run a small activity, like an after-school lolly sale; if you need £5000 for new laptops, hold a bigger event – something families don’t normally get to do, so you’re guaranteed their attention.
Read on for 41 great fundraising activities guaranteed to take your school to the next level.
A really simple and cost-effective strategy is to turn your existing activities into fundraisers. Ask organisers of after-school clubs and evening classes if they will donate their time, and charge participants to bring a friend. Or organise sponsorship for challenges like an all night yogathon. Just £2.50 per person donation adds up to £75 if a whole class of 30 brings a friend. Run 10 of these a year and you’ve already raised £750, for no extra effort! Try these ideas:
These take a bit more effort, but the rewards are often bigger, both in money raised, and in building a community around the school:
Don’t miss a trick! Make sure you cover all these angles on your fundraising activity, to maximise your donations:
Advertising: Make sure people know what you’re doing. There’s no such thing as talking too much about your fundraising event, so don’t be afraid to ask for money. Remember, your school is a worthy cause, and the kids deserve the best. If it’s going to improve the learning environment for their kids, most parents won’t mind. Plus parents are busy people and will probably appreciate the reminder! Sign up as a cause to easyfundraising for downloadable advertising templates.
Get free donations on shopping: Don’t forget to sign up as an individual too, so you can collect free donations on any supplies you buy through easyfundraising. Whether you need chess sets, sports equipment, or party decorations you’ll find them all via our retailers. Be sure to share the link with parents too – every time they shop online they could be raising free donations for their school.
Have fun with your next fundraising activity! Let us know how it went, or tell us about activities your school runs in the comments.
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