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Quick Fundraising Ideas for Kids

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 1 1

With public schools facing severe budget cuts and high school mandating that fees be paid for extracurricular activities, the adults in charge need to find quick fundraising ideas for kids. While many fundraisers require several months of planning and organizing, if there is an immediate need for cash, then your school or organization requires quick fundraising ideas to raise the money you need for your kids.

Before you plan any fundraiser for kids, be sure that they are permitted to participate and that you get all of the necessary paperwork signed before any work begins. If you are going to hold something inside the school, be sure to have the principal's approval and that there will be custodial help for clean up.

Bake Sale

Bake sales are a staple of school fundraising. Have the children participate in the baking and wrapping of all baked goods sold. Request permission to sell in front of the school cafeteria during lunch periods so that the children have an additional option to what they brought or plan on buying.

Car Wash

A car wash is another classic quick fundraising idea for kids. Pick a weekend as well as a rain date in case the weather does not agree with your need for a quick fundraiser. Ask for donations of old towels and rags, as well as soap and buckets. Dress in bathing suits, slather on the sunscreen, and prepare for your fundraiser to rake in the cash!

Yard Sale

Here is a quick and easy school fundraiser that requires no extra custodial help, unless you want to hold it indoors. This fundraiser for kids can be done two ways.

First, advertise to the community that you are having a fundraiser. Charge between ten to twenty dollars to set up a space in your school's parking lot. Sellers have to bring their own table. Have volunteers ready to take money and to tape spaces. Each seller gets to keep their own proceeds.

In the meantime, the school will have a beverage and food area to raise quick funds during the yard sale. Ask supermarkets for food and beverage donations. If they cannot donate food, ask if they can donate a gift card so you can purchase food to sell. You will have to decide if the food will be simple, like baked goods, chips and cold drinks, or if someone can bring a grill and cook up hot dogs and hamburgers. Yard sale fanatics get hungry and thirsty!

The other way to do this quick fundraiser is to have the school have a donation area. Volunteers will sort and price, and then hold the yard sale in the parking lot of the school. The school can also sell food to raise additional funds. All proceeds made during the fundraiser will be kept for the kids to use for their activities.

Restaurant and Store Nights

Another quick and easy fundraiser for kids is to sponsor a night at a local restaurant or store. The way this works is that families are given a special voucher to go shopping with. When they check out, the store keeps track of the totals and donates a percentage of the sales to the school. That is a really fast fundraiser, as it is only a few hours long and only requires a few phone calls. Many local businesses like to do this type of fundraiser, especially restaurants. Parents do not have to cook and the school earns money without having to buy more gift wrap or cookie dough.

Guessing Game

This is an easy fundraiser to organize and it is quick to do. Get a large container and fill it with some inexpensive candy. Depending on the time of year, it could be candy corn, jelly beans, chocolate kisses, or candy hearts. For each guess, the person has to pay one dollar. Slips of paper need to be filled out and after a week, the person closet to the correct answer gets the jar of goodies and an additional prize. For additional prizes, you can solicit gift card donations from a local store or restaurant or see if someone in your school or youth group organization can donate a gift card.

Ice Cream Social

The fun family fundraising activity is one that my children's school has done for years. All you need is a great evening and some ice cream! Gather up your volunteers to scoop and put on the toppings (really, do not let the kids do this or you will lose more than they put on!).

If you want more income, add a bake sale and/or raffle baskets or prizes. It is a great way to end the school year! Take it indoors if the weather does not cooperate. We have hula hoop contests and a parent volunteers to be a DJ whether the event is inside or out.

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving is another popular family night at our school. While we do not charge for admittance, you can if you are in need of a quick and easy fundraising idea that will involve the kids. Decide on a price per person or per family and have each person bring in a pumpkin to carve. Again, you can sell raffle tickets for prizes or baked goods if this is to be a fundraiser evening.

Pick a Coin Fundraiser

Here is a way to earn fast cash and raise funds for your school. Provide each class with a jar of the same size and select a coin to fill it with-pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters. Obviously, the larger the coin denomination, the more money you will earn.

Children can ask family to help with this fundraiser. I believe most would be willing to help because there is nothing to buy and everyone has loose change in their homes!

Pajama Day

This quick and easy fundraiser for kids is actually one my children's school does for a selected charity each year. The children have to pay one dollar to come to school in their pajamas and slippers. Event the teachers and the principals dress up all comfy cozy!

With so many opportunities for quick fundraising ideas for kids, your school or organization should be rolling in green in a short time!



Oct 8, 2010 7:17pm
Great ideas for school fundraisers ... and very important in this time of shrinking school budgets!
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