I am looking for ideas for fundraisers for my sons' school. We have done the traditional catalogs of "junk" and did OK, but everyone is tired of buying stuff. What does your child's school do? I am looking for creative ideas that will bring in a decent chunk of money, we are raising money for new playground equipment. I would like this post to be about ideas, not a debate about fundraising. Thanks for the help and ideas!
Our school does a dine out night once a month. Call around and see what restaurants will do it, they'll give a portion of their night's proceeds to the school. It's cool bc the kids get a chance to see eachother out of school. And while we're there, the parent group does raffles to raise even more money.
I've never seen a debate on fundraising, but what ever. *shrugs*
We sell bulbs www.dutchbulbs.com in both the fall and spring. We also have a monthly pretzel sale from the Philly Pretzel Factory and make 75% profit. We take preorders from the students 3 mornings during the month and then deliver the hot pretzels to their classrooms on a Friday afternoon. For Valentine's Day, we got a local chocolatier to donate chocolate hearts to us and we are selling Candy Grams for $1, obviousy this is pure profit.
I agree with the grant writing suggestion. I'm not sure if you have begun to price out playground equipment or not, but it is typically $30,000+. Our district was supposed to put in a new playground along with a building remodel last summer. Due to the economy it was put on hold indefinately. Our PTA looked into redoing the playground and decided against it since it would most likely take us 20-25 years to raise that kind of money.
Another suggestion would be to write letters to local businesses asking them for a donation. If you are raising the money through an actual PTA, the donation would be tax deductable since PTA is a non-profit charity and registered as such with the IRS.