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These easy fundraisers can generate funds in a day or less. Many of them can be implemented with little planning
- Organize a community yard sale in the school parking lot and rent spaces to families and vendors. Sell concessions to boost profits.
- Host a bakeoff bake sale. Charge participants a small fee to enter the contest, give the winners a small prize, then sell the baked goods.
- Hold a board game tournament and charge a small entry fee.
- Sell carnations or candy grams on or near Valentine’s Day (can be customized for many holidays).
- Clean up around your community and have friends and family pledge for each bag you fill with trash.
- Ask parents who are instructors of enrichment classes (like art, cooking, yoga, or dance) to volunteer to teach a class and charge participants a small donation to attend.
- Sponsor a pancake breakfast at a local restaurant that is normally open only for lunch or dinner (like Applebee’s) and charge for tickets.
- Offer a drop-in babysitting night at school. Students (under adult supervision) can entertain the children for a few hours while their parents grab dinner or run errands.
- Work as cashiers or servers at a local restaurant in exchange for some of the night’s proceeds.
- Wrap gifts during the holiday season at a local retail store and collect tips.
- Bag groceries at a local supermarket and collect tips.
- Manage the coat checks for formal events at area hotels and collect tips.
- Clean up your local sports stadium following a game in exchange for a donation towards your trip.
- Work the concession stand at school or local athletic events and collect tips and/or a portion of the proceeds.
- Hold a car wash. Many groups report raising thousands of dollars in a single weekend with this proven fundraiser.
Hold these small fundraisers periodically throughout the school year; small donations add up.
- Sell candy or homemade baked goods during lunch breaks or after school.
- Hold a 50-50 raffle; your group splits raffle proceeds equally with the raffle winner.
- Write letters to local businesses requesting donations.
- Ask local businesses to invite customers to round up their bill to the nearest dollar, with the difference going to your group.
- Sponsor a competitive coin drive at school. Every penny adds points to the jar and silver coins subtract points. Even teams ending up with negative points are sure to have collected a lot of cash!
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Want info on these great ideas, and more? Get information on operating costs, planning time, materials needed, and great tips in our downloadable fundraising guide. It’s 16 pages of time-tested ideas directly from Program Leaders and WorldStrides team members.
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