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Easy Fundraising Ideas That Work

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 1 3

With busy families and many parents holding jobs outside the home, your children's school and your religious organizations need easy fundraising ideas that work. Golf outings, fashion shows and Bingo nights do raise a lot of money, but they also need a devoted crew of volunteers. The pool of people able and willing to help seems to get smaller each year.

Here are a few easy fundraising ideas that work, even for the busiest communities.

The "No Bake" Bake Sale

This easy fundraising idea is one that works for many families. Instead of asking the same group of moms to bake over and over throughout the year, how about sending home a flyer (or go green and save money like my children's school and send announcements via email) and ask for a monetary donation instead? The parents who typically bake can just send in what they would have spent on ingredients, and those who typically buy the baked goods can send in money for this very easy fundraising idea.

Box Tops for Education

This fundraiser is an easy one that takes the most minimal effort. Schools collect Box Tops for Education, which are found on hundreds of products that you find in the supermarket. Simply clip the box tops, place them in a bag, and send them to school. The committee will count and send them in and the school will receive ten cents for each one.

Be sure to tell grandparents and other extended family about this easy fundraiser and get them to start saving their Box Tops for Education!

Campbell's Labels for Education

Campbell's Labels for Education is a fundraiser that does not give money to a school, but merchandise for athletics, the arts, and Academics. Families clip and save the UPC symbols from participating Campbell's products. Send a bag of labels to school and the coordinator will count them and "buy" what the school needs with the points collected on the labels.

This fundraiser works and is easy because many families already buy the participating products. Even a parent who works outside the home can help count points and order merchandise in front of the television.

Capri Sun Recycled Drink Pouches

Have your school's PTA join the brigade and collect empty Capri Sun and other brand drink pouches for this easy fundraiser. Sign up at terracycle.net and have proof of your 501(c)3 status. Create a common collection area in the school cafeteria and make sure the juice pouches are picked up frequently. School earn about two cents per five hundred pouches. Depending on the size of your school, students could be throwing away over hundred dollars into the trash each month! Not only will your school earn money, you will be saving the earth by recycling Capri sun and other juice pouches.

Scrip Fundraising

One of the most popular gifts to give to people who seem to have everything is a gift card. This incredibly easy fundraiser is called Scrip. Here's an example. Let's say you want to purchase a gift card to Starbucks. Your school will make 7% from the purchase price of the gift card amount. A ten dollar gift card will earn your school seventy cents. While seventy cents may not seem like a lot of money, if you need ten gifts for Christmas or Chanukah, when you buy ten cards the school earns seven dollars. If you walk into Starbucks to buy the same cards, your school earns nothing.

Although scrip is sold year round, schools can earn a lot of quick and easy money by selling for the December holidays, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation and end-of-year teacher gifts.

Because they require minimal monetary output and extra time, these easy fundraising ideas that work are perfect for school and youth organizations.




Oct 8, 2010 11:57pm
These ideas really work! My grandchildren's school raises money with the Campbell soup labels. And our daughter's school did the no-bake sale. Great fund raising idea.
Oct 16, 2010 2:13pm
I help do fundraising for a local charity. These are excellent ideas. I especially like, "The “No Bake” Bake Sale." Great job; thank you for sharing this article.
Apr 12, 2011 5:01pm
Amazing Infobarrel! I definitely learned a lot from reading through it, and I really appreciate the new info.
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