Top 10 High School Fundraisers
The good news is that high school students are much better at fundraising than middle school students. By this age students are typically only involved with clubs, teams or organizations that they have a passion for. And passion goes a long way when it comes to raising money. The fact of the matter is that people who directly benefit from fundraising profits will generate higher sales and raise more money than average.
To help we have created a top 10 list for high school fundraising that includes lots of options for smaller groups like DECA, FBLA and other clubs. There are some ideas that work well for booster clubs and sports teams. We even included a few that you might consider for a campus wide campaign. The suggestions are in no specific order:
1. Sell Some Candy
One of the easiest ways to raise money is to sell candy. Sports teams and booster clubs can offer candy bars or lollipops at games either in concession stands or by setting up tables where fans can make purchases. Clubs can send cases home with members to sell around their neighborhoods or get parents to sell at their workplaces. It's an affordable item. We suggest you try one of the peanut free candy bars. Learn more...
2. Car Washes
Car washes are not as easy as you'd think but they can raise a lot of money. They just take a little hard work. So we've included it as a great option for high schoolers. The key is finding a great location on a busy street that has a water hose connection in a visible place. You can either charge a fee or ask for donations and advertise a free wash. The key to raising a lot of money is to do a good job washing. The better job you do the more money people will donate. Be sure to advertise both the day of the wash and well in advance where practical.
3. Spirit Wear
Whether they'll admit it or not most students are proud of the high school they attend. Most will wear tee shirts or sweat shirts with the school name and logo tastefully done. Your market should not be limited only to current students. Many alumni with fond memories of the school are potentially great customers. There are lots of companies they design spirit wear. One we've used before is Prep Sportswear. Check them out.
4. Cookie Dough Fundraisers
One of the best fundraisers for any grade level is a cookie dough sale. They work especially well for motivated high schoolers because you're offering a product just about everyone should be willing to buy. This fundraiser costs nothing to start but the more you sell the more money per tub you'll make. So before starting get your members together and develop a target customer list and make sure you include everyone you know with kids. Let supporters know what you're raising money for and you should have no problem selling tons of dough. Learn more...
5. Create a Cookbook
Lots of schools have created cook books and made tons of money with them. The trick is to get as many recipes as possible and make sure some are unique to your part of the country. Gather the recipes. Organize them categorically in an index. There are companies who will do everything other than write the recipes for you as an option or you can contact a local printer and get bids for printing. You can charge as much as $20 per book depending on the size and quality of your cookbook. You can modestly update the book every couple of years to keep the content fresh and sales strong.
6. Green Fundraisers
If you're looking for some highly profitable products to sell but you really don't want to sell food or desserts than consider selling some earth friendly stuff. It's hip to be green and earth friendly. And there's little we can suggest that's greener than selling flowers and flower bulbs. You get brochures for everyone in your group and they take orders from everyone they can think of. Sell people on the environmental nature of the product to build your sales pitch. There's no cost to start and it's one of those fundraisers where you can make half of your sales as profits. Learn more...
7. Sell to the Starbuck's Crowd
Most American adults drink coffee. If you're going to sell a product it might as well be something darn near everyone is a potential customer for. So consider holding a coffee fundraiser. The key to selling coffee is to start mid fall or any time throughout the winter. It doesn't matter whether you're part of a small club or planning a large scale fundraiser for prom with a coffee sale because it doesn't cost anything to start. You don't buy coffee until your sale is done and then you get your coffee from the roaster to distribute to your customers. Check it out...
8. Schoolwide Rummage Sale
The one thing all high schools have in common is that lots of people know where they are. Imagine how much money can be made if you get all the students to donate new or gently used household items and clothing and hold a rummage sale? The potential is huge since all of the items you are selling are donated you really have no cost basis. Get lots of volunteers and price all the items as inexpensively as possible. Of course advertise and promote your sale for weeks before your sale.
9. Discounts to Restaurants
There is a company called restaurant.com that has worked out deals with more than 18,000 different restaurants around the country. Depending on where your school is located there could be dozens or more participating restaurants. You can purchase gift cards to this website at deep discounts and re sell them for high profits. So many families eat outside of their homes one or more times every week and those people are the perfect customers for these gift cards. Learn more...
10. Sports Marathons
Although this idea works best for sports teams it has been used by clubs as well. In fact there are lots of high schools that raise money for the entire campus holding a sport marathon. Here's how they work: Plan your marathon for late in the school year when the weather is warmer. Then hold a non stop game over a 24 to 36 hour stretch of time. Get both students and faculty to participate in the game. Have people with donation buckets passing through the audience all throughout the marathon asking for donations. The key to success is to promote your event so everyone in your town knows about it. You just might find its the perfect annual fundraiser for your school.