Back to school is one of the best times of the entire year to have a fundraiser. Parents are ready to spend, so why not make their spending work for your cause? There are a few ways that you can maximize your back to school fundraising dollars:
Host a used book sale:
Hosting a used book sale is a fantastic way to raise money during the back to school season. Have a donation box available at your school, and schedule your fundraiser for the second week of the school year. Most of the time, families will go through items they already have right before school, and have a good idea of books they don’t need. You’ll want to publicize in advance though, so that you’re supporters know they should hold off on buying new books.
Create a FlipGive campaign page:
Creating a FlipGive campaign page is one of the easiest ways to raise money during the back to school season. Families need so many things at the start of the school year. Books, backpacks, new clothes, sports equipment, binders, the list goes on. When you create a FlipGive fundraising page, and add your committee, team, or fundraising group, you earn cash back on anything you buy through the platform. This includes eGift cards for restaurants, which can be really handy when things get hectic and parents don’t have a lot of time. If you’re creating a FlipGive campaign page, you can add retailers that work for your back to school fundraiser to your team shopping list. Your team shopping list is a place where your favourite retailers show up, and makes it easier for your team or committee members to shop through your page.
In addition, you can now use the FlipGive app to shop online wherever you are, whenever you want.
Host a sports equipment swap:
Hosting a sports equipment swap is a great fundraising idea for the start of the school year. There are lots of ways you can run this kind of fundraising event, but the most important thing is to make sure that your items are organized, and that you have volunteers that are keeping your items in their proper place. Organize items for a sports equipment swap fundraiser by size and sport, and make sure that your supporters are clear on how your fundraiser works. This is a great way to raise money, especially because parents are already shopping for school sports.
Start a volunteer tutoring program:
This is a great back to school fundraising endeavour, and it can run the entire year. It takes a bit more planning and organization, but it’s a great way to involve students at your school. Have volunteers who can commit once or twice a week, with proceeds from the tutoring sessions going toward your cause!
Sport-a-thons fundraisers are a fun and great way to kickstart the year by bringing the community together and encourage students and team players to get out of the house, exercise and engage with each other for an entire day. Jog-a-thon fundraisers are one of the most popular options as they are fun and easy to organize, but you can think outside of the box and give it your own spin. Great ideas include a bowl-a-thon, walk-a-thon, dance-a-thon, swim-a-thon, pitch-a-thon and score-a-thon amongst others. Reach out to local businesses to sponsor the event to make it more successful and don't forget to have a thon of fun!
Back to school is an amazing time to host fundraisers, so make sure that you appeal to the pain points of your community or team members, and provide them with savings on things they need for the school year.
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