Chronically overworked and under-funded: this is the case for programs in many schools across the country. Fundraisers can be a ton of fun to plan for the right staff member, but time is a valuable resource that not everyone can spare.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite school fundraising ideas, ranging in level of involvement needed from school administrators, for the 2019-2020 school year:
Sure, your school will receive a percentage of the cost of each book sold, but the best part about a yearbook fundraiser is all the ways it will benefit your students. The most obvious benefit for them is the end-product yearbook. The added bonus is by involving students in the creation process, yearbook can provide them the perfect opportunity to develop themselves and their skill sets.
By appointing a staff member as Yearbook Advisor and pulling together a student yearbook committee, you’ll be positioning students to develop soft skills like organization, teamwork, digital literacy, and more, which will aid them throughout their school career and eventually the workforce.
There is no better way to raise funds for your school this year than by equipping students with useful skills and a keepsake of their school year in the process.
Have your cake and eat it too! Bake sales are the classic school fundraiser, and for good reason.
Involving parents creates a sense of community within the school, and store-bought goods can be brought in where a nut-free issue needs to be solved. Those who like a theme can use a common goal or colour scheme to make the event more fun or lend itself to a cause, like we did for our 2019 Pink Shirt Day bullying prevention fundraiser.
It’s likely that few students, parents, or teachers will be able to resist the idea of a mid-day treat, meaning your school bake sale is sure to be a success.
Spring or Sibling Photo Day
Fall photo day is one of the students’ favourite days of the year, and parents love that traditional image of their child at the beginning of a new school year.
Spring photo day allows parents a mid-year snap of their child that can be compared to their fall photo and help fill in the story of school year growth. Sibling photo day, on the other hand, provides parents with a (possibly rare) photo of their children all getting along.
The best part? Spring and sibling photo days can be combined to take place on one day, to disturb the school environment as little as possible.