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This book includes 101 easy to implement low and no-cost fundraising promotions. Adding simple promotions to your fundraiser will add excitement and generate additional profits for your school or ...

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    101 Low & No-Cost Promotions for Your Fundraiser 101 Low & No-Cost Promotions for Your Fundraiser Document Transcript

    • Elementary School Fundraising Promotion Ideas 101 PROMOTIONS FOR YOUR FUNDRAISER 101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Jay Moneta Hunter ThomsonThe Takeaway A Free Resource For Schools & GroupsIncluded in this report are 101 ways to increase your schoolfundraising revenue while spending little to no money. This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising
    • PROMOTIONS 101 FOR YOUR FUNDRAISER Thank you for reviewing this book. Here you will find 101 promotions that you can use in any fundraiser to increase excitement surrounding the fundraiser. By increasing excitement, you encourage people to participate, which earns more profit to your school or group. This list has been compiled to assist you in building momentum. This momentum can come from an unlimited number of alternatives and this book certainly does not mention them all. Just about anything you can think of that is fun and safe can work. Please use the ideas in this book but realize that although we make the assertion that every promotion in this book will work, we do not guarantee that they will work for your group. A successful fundraiser relies on a combination of factors all working together. So, if your group relies on a promotion from this book without careful consideration to other factors, the impact could be minimal. In order to take a fundraiser over the top, provide something people want and deliver it with value. Make your fundraiser important, then use a promotion in this book to take it over the top! Here’s to your fundraising success!101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsIncluded in this report are 101 ways to increase your school www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsfundraising revenue while spending little to no money. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising
    • Authors Note:How this book is organized.We believe there is a difference between no cost and low-cost fundraisingpromotions. So much so, that we’ve decided to organize the contents intotwo sections.SECTION 1: NO-COST PROMOTIONSSECTION 2: LOW-COST PROMOTIONSFirst is the no cost fundraisers. If you can successfully use a challenge,contest or promotion without spending anything, you profit more.After all, fundraising is about raising money, not spending it.Secondly, we list the low-cost ideas. As you will notice, many of these ideascan ‘supercharge’ your fundraising. Either by being more impressive or bysaving time.Sometimes, creating excitement costs money but saves time.You decide what’s best for your group but the main thing is to decideto do something!Note: we discuss placing an order, selling an item etc. througoutthe book. Feel free to substitute gets a pledge, earns money oranything else that you see fit. Also, please feel free to replaceany goal, reward or prize level to your liking.
    • No-Cost 1. FREE LUNCH 1 Ask a local restaurant to donate free lunches. Every student that turns in an order or gets an online order gets entered into a drawing. Draw names one at a time until every lunch is gone. 2 PERSONAL ASSISTANT FOR THE DAY Personal assistant for the top-seller. The overall top-seller will get the principal or a teacher for the day to carry their books, hold their lunch trays, etc. 3 FIRST IN LUNCH LINE Every student that sells at least one item 3 days after the kicko gets to go to lunch 5 minutes early or be the rst in line for lunch. 4 EXTRA RECESS Any class that reaches a sales goal (for instance a 30% participation or greater) will get an extra recess period in the next week. st o-Coions N ot Keep It Simple... You can use a wide variety of free promotions Prom to increase excitement. Rewards don’t have to be lavish or complicated!101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsRewards, contests and drawings come in different sizes. www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsSmall rewards can work just as well as complex ones. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 1.
    • No-Cost 2. 5 PRINCIPAL IN PAJAMAS The principal will wear pajamas to school one day when the school meets the fundraising goal. 6 PRINCIPAL HEAD SHAVING The principal will shave his head when the school meets the fundraising goal. A mohawk and colored hair spray can add even more fun! 7 CRAZY WIG The teacher will wear a crazy wig to class when 8 or more students in class sells at least one item. Fun contests work! 8 TEACHERS IN JAIL Teachers from top-selling or lowest-selling class must spend time in jail. Decorate a classroom, closet or hallway like a jail cell. 9 THE SMOOCH Principal or well-liked teacher has to kiss a frog or pig. Although this sounds pretty strange to most city dwellers, it’s actually pretty common in rural areas.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsUse a favorite teacher or staff member. The more likeable www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsthe teacher, the harder students will work to hit the goal. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 2.
    • No-Cost 3. 10 PRINCIPAL IN TREE Principal has to spend a day in a tree. It’s not necessarily an easy one to pull o for a few reasons including but not limited to safety :) Safety Note: Climbing trees is inherently dangerous. Do so at your own risk! 11 DANCE WITH MASCOT Principal and/or other teachers and sta have to dance with the mascot at an assembly or other function. 12 PRINCIPAL IS MASCOT Principal must dress up as the mascot. If the mascot costume is full face, this isn’t fun. Perhaps principal dresses up as the mascot without using the real costume. 13 STUDENT FOR THE DAY A beloved sta member, administrator, principal or teacher becomes student for the day. Imagine the uproar if they get called to the principals o ce! 14 PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY RECOMMENDED! Allow your top-seller to be principal for the day. Do rounds to classrooms, take a phone call, make a recommendation and assist with bus pick-up and drop-o .101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsThe school principal is your greatest asset. Getting a principal www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsinvolved often leads to success! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 3.
    • No-Cost 4. 15 FACULTY TALENT SHOW Hold a faculty talent show when a fundraising goal is reached. Each teacher and faculty member has to perform their talent (or lack thereof ) for the school. 16 PRINCIPAL IS A MIME RECOMMENDED! Principal has to mime for the day. The idea of this is enough to create laughter and excitement. Of course, dressing up as a mime would be icing on the cake. 17 PRINCIPAL ON TRICYCLE Principal has to ride a tricycle all day around school. This will be particularly exiting at student drop-o and pickup! 18 PIE IN THE FACE Allow top-selling students to choose a faculty or sta member that they want to pie in the face at an assembly. Safety Note: use the thin disposable tins and ll with whipped cream only - do not use real pie. 19 COSTUME AT SCHOOL Teachers of classes that meet their fundraising participation goal must wear a costume to school.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsStudents will work hard to earn something if they can imagine www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidshow silly it will be - the funnier a contest the better! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 4.
    • No-Cost 5. 20 LUNCH IN THE CLASSROOM Every student that sells at least 3 items or gets 3 online sales gets to eat lunch in the classroom with the teacher. 21 MOVIE FOR LUNCH The class with the highest participation rate gets to select a movie from the library and watch it during lunch. 22 LUNCH OUTSIDE Classes with 30% or more participation get to eat lunch outside. You can make this even more exciting by serving lunch picnic style. 23 BACKWARDS DAY Hold a backwards day. Encourage everyone to come to school with their clothes on backwards when they hit a fundraising goal. An alternative would be crazy clothes day or clash day. 24 SUPERHERO DAY Hold a superhero day, where students and teachers come to school dressed as their favorite superhero a day when the school meets the fundraising goal.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsLunch is the perfect time to host a contest or reward. The www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsnumber of fun possibilities involving food are limitless! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 5.
    • No-Cost 6. 25 PRINCIPAL READS BOOK The principal reads a book to every class that reaches a certain participation rate. A principal classroom visit always receives a warm welcome! 26 PRINCIPAL ON ROOF Principal must spend an entire day on the roof of the school when the fundraising goal is met. Get a photo for the papers, they’ll want the story :) Safety Note: Climbing on a roof can be dangerous. If you do this, make sure safety is number one. 27 CUSTODIAN FOR THE DAY Top-selling students from each classroom get to assist the custodian for the day. This will probably be more popular with older kids. 28 STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS RECOMMENDED! The top-selling student each day of the fundraiser gets to say the morning announcements over the intercom. 29 STUDENT HELPER The top-selling student in the classroom gets to be a helper in their class or perhaps another teacher’s classroom for the day.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsThese days, odd stuff works such as the custodian for a day www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidscontest above. Strange yet still safe is good. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 6.
    • No-Cost 7. 30 BULLETIN BOARD RECOGNITION The top-seller in the school gets to be recognized on a school bulletin board with a picture, short bio and the title of “Overall Best Seller”. 31 ANNOUNCEMENT STARS RECOMMENDED! Top-sellers for each day get featured in the morning announcements. This is particularly exciting because it occurs daily during the fundraiser! 32 LINE LEADER Top-selling student of the day in each class, gets to be the line leader. Chances are, your school will have a lot of opportunities to pull this one o :) 33 FRONT OFFICE HELPER A top-seller or drawing winner gets to be the front o ce special helper. Open doors, answer phones, direct visitors and meet the UPS man. Kids love it! 34 BOOK CHOOSER The student who has the most sales of the day in his/her classroom gets to choose a book for the teacher to read to the class.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsLiteracy should be encouraged in any way possible. How many www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidschallenges can you think of that involve books and reading? www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 7.
    • No-Cost 8. 35 CLASS JOBS When the fundraiser is over, the top-selling student from the class gets to choose any classroom job to complete for the week. 36 GAME CHOOSER Top-selling student of the day gets to pick the game to play during PE. This type of idea, although small, can be used as a daily incentive. 37 BULLETIN BOARD DESIGNER The student who made the most overall sales during the fundraiser gets to design a school bulletin board or other signage. 38 EXTRA COMPUTER TIME Top-selling student of the day earns extra computer time. Can you think of another way to use school computers as an incentive? 39 STUDENT ILLUSTRATOR Top-selling student of the day gets to illustrate the story that the teacher is reading the class on the chalkboard or smartboard.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsPutting a child in charge of something is a great reward. www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsChildren love to lead others so let them earn the privelidge! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.believejay.blogspot.com www.BelieveKids.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 8.
    • No-Cost 9. 40 EXTRA CREDIT Every student that turns in 5 orders or makes 5 online orders earns extra credit on an assignment. Caution: This type of promotions can be met with resistance by parents/faculty. 41 CALL OR EMAIL PARENTS The overall selling student earns the privilege to call or email the parent during school to tell them about being the top-seller. 42 INVITE TO LUNCH Every student who turns in 3 or more orders or gets 3 or more online orders gets to invite their parents or grandparents to school for lunch. 43 NO HOMEWORK Top-selling students can earn a “no homework” pass. Use responsibly. Caution: This type of promotions can be met with resistance by parents/faculty. 44 FREE TIME Top-sellers of the day get "free choice time" at the end of the day. Sometimes, it’s just about kids making choices that put them in control of something.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsYou can use homework, extra credit etc. but be cautious. www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsA reward should not be getting out of valuable school work. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 9.
    • No-Cost 10. 45 WALKING FIELD TRIP The top-selling class gets to go on a walking eld trip around the school. Can you have an expert in the building / plant life etc. attend? 46 ACTIVITY LEADER The top-selling student(s) in the class gets to lead an activity for the entire class. Kids love to lead activities so consider this one. 47 TEACHER TALENT RECOMMENDED! The teacher of every class that has 30% participation or more must showcase a special skill (singing, drawing, etc) for his/her class. 48 HOME ITEMS Students who get 3 or more orders get to bring in a favorite item from home to keep on their desk all week. 49 THE ADVENTURERS Students who reach a goal go on a group adventure / treasure hunt around school grounds. Make it fun, rewarding and give it a theme and name!101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsSome contests involve co-ordination but can be ultimately www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsrewarding. Consider choosing a more difficult challenge! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com *Logos are property of their respective owners © Believe Kids Fundraising 10.
    • No-Cost 11. 50 SIT NEXT TO TEACHER Top-sellers of the day get to sit next to the teacher during story time and other activities. Can you bring in a comfy chair for them to enjoy? 51 TEACHER FOR THE DAY The overall top-selling student in the class gets to be the teacher for the day. This one may not be easy to pull o but it sure would be fun! UP NEXT: st Co ns w- tio Lo o Prom101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsThe relationship between child and teacher is a special one. www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsYou can build that bond by involving them in your challenge. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 11.
    • Low-Cost 1. FOOD WITH THE PRINCIPAL 1 RECOMMENDED! The class with the highest participation level wins a pizza party or ice cream social with the Principal. This one works wonders! 2 LIMO RIDE TO LUNCH RECOMMENDED! Students that hit a pre-determined sales goal (usually 25-35 items) get to ride in a limo to a local restaurant and then back to school! 3 SCHOOL STORE CERTIFICATE The top-selling student from each class wins a gift certi cate to the school store. Alternatively, spirit gear could be o ered. 4 FAMILY MOVIE TICKETS Local theaters will often provide low or no cost movie tickets. Provide top-selling families free movie tickets or host a daily drawing for tickets! ost w-Ctions Lo o Sometimes low-cost works... Prom There are times where putting money toward a fundraiser promotion can make a huge difference in the outcome of the fundraiser!101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsSometimes paying for a prize means it’s more important. www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsWe all know that people respond to free valuable stuff. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 12.
    • Low-Cost 2. 5 PRINCIPAL CONDIMENTS RECOMMENDED! Each student that sells at least 5 items gets to squirt the principal or other faculty member with ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise during a school assembly. 6 OUT-TO-LUNCH WITH THE PRINCIPAL The 5 top-selling students get to go out to lunch with the principal. Pick a restau- rant that is familiar and loved by the students and they’ll work harder. 7 PRINCIPAL DUNK TANK The principal sits in a dunk tank and every student who sold at least 3 items gets to take a turn throwing the ball to dunk the principal. Combine with condiment promo for extra fun! 8 FAMILY DINNER The student/family that made the most sales during the fundraiser wins a gift certi cate to a local restaurant for the whole family. 9 TEACHER SILLY STRING Every student that sells at least 1 item in the rst 3 days of the fundraiser gets to silly string their teacher one day.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsTop-seller rewards are great but don’t forget to reward the www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsmajority. Sellers with 1-5 items sold should be encouraged too! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com *Logos are property of their respective owners This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 13.
    • Low-Cost 3. 10 HOT SAUCE EATING CONTEST The teachers from every class that had at least 30% participation have a hot sauce eating contest during a school assembly. Maybe best to do at the end of the day :) Safety Note: Do not have children participate in any sort of contest like this. 11 GUITAR HERO BATTLE The teachers from classes with at least a certain participation level have a guitar hero battle during lunch one day. This is no cost if you can borrow the game :) 12 FIELD TRIP RECOMMENDED! The top-selling class or top-selling students get to take a eld trip to a zoo, aquarium or other local attraction. No cost if you can get free admission. 13 WATER BALLOON FIGHT The two top-selling classes get to have a water balloon ght Make sure to go over a lot of ground rules for safety. 14 FREE ITEM Students that sell a pre-determined number of items get one free item from the school store or an item from the fundraiser they are participating in.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsMany of the low-cost student rewards could be no-cost if www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsyou get the supplies needed for free! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.believejay.blogspot.com www.BelieveKids.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 14.
    • Low-Cost 4. 15 KARAOKE PARTY The top-selling class gets to have a karaoke party. Create a mock stage and have costumes, lighting and snacks for full e ect. Young kids may need kids songs. 16 DAILY DRAWINGS RECOMMENDED! Hold a daily drawing , and every time a student sells an item, they get to put their name in the hat. Choose a few winners every day to win things like candybars, pencils, erasers or even bigger prizes like iPods and DVD Players! 17 COOKIE DECORATING PARTY Students or classes that hit certain participation levels are invited to a cookie decorating party - make sure everyone gets to eat one with milk! 18 FREE CANDY BAR When a student sells a certain number of items they receive a candy bar. In areas where snack food is discouraged, make it a vegi plate. Uh, I mean pass on this one. 19 BINGO FUN The 5 top-selling classes get to play bingo with the principal and their teachers and win prizes. This is a good example of a larger promotion.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsDaily drawings are one of the best ways to create excitement www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsbecause it reminds students to participate EVERY DAY! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com *Logos are property of their respective owners © Believe Kids Fundraising 15.
    • Low-Cost 5. 20 PRINCIPAL AND A PET When the school meets the fundraising goal, the principal has to take care of a new school pet. A frog is a good pet don’t ya think? 21 CATERED LUNCH RECOMMENDED! The top-selling class gets to have lunch catered to their classroom and have the principal attend as their special guest. 22 TREASURE BOX Every time students sell an item they win tokens that they can use to “buy” items out of the teacher’s treasure box. The box can be lled with things like stickers, pencils, candy, miniature cars etc. The items can all “cost” di erent amounts. 23 GOLDEN STAR The student in the class with the most sales every day wins a “gold star” they get to wear for the day. If it’s hard to nd a gold star, a sherrif badge may work. 24 DECORATIVE T-SHIRTS The top-selling class gets to have a party where they can make t-shirts that say they are the top-selling class and all wear them to school one day.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsBy now, it’s probably obvious that just about anything you can www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsthink of can be used as a reward! Go ahead... make it safe & fun! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com *Logos are property of their respective owners This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 16.
    • Low-Cost 6. 25 ICE CREAM OLYMPICS The 4 top-selling classes compete in ice cream Olympics. Think up di erent contests involving ice cream and hold it outside! Think ice cream obstacle course, prettiest sundae contest and over-under holding ice cream. 26 SCHOOL CARNIVAL When the school meets the fundraising goal, throw a school carnival. There can be face painting, cotton candy and carnival games! You can be really creative with this one! Some schools only invite students that sell but that’s up to you. 27 FIRE TRUCK TOUR RECOMMENDED! Ask a local re department to drive the re truck to the school and students get to meet the reman and take a tour of the truck. Top-selling students get V.I.P. passes. Many schools have a relationship with local re stations and can get a free visit. 28 BOOK GIFT CERTIFICATE Top-selling students receive gift certi cates to a book store or credit for a compli- mentary book at the school book fair. 29 STICKERPALOOZA Teachers reward a sticker to students everytime they sell an item. Pretty-darn easy and most likely pretty-darn e ective as well. Use a goal chart as well to track sales!101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsJust a phone call or two could provide a very cool event based www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsprize such as that fire truck tour. Will you hit the phones? www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 17.
    • Low-Cost 7. 30 PLANTING PARTY The 3 top-selling classes have a plant growing party. Each student receives a miniature pot and seeds. The class can decorate their pots together, plant their seeds, and place them near a window and watch them grow. 31 ART SET The top-selling student from each class receives an art set. Fill a box with coloring books, markers, crayons, pencils, glitter, paints, etc. Draw the student’s name on the outside of the box. 32 DUCT TAPE PRINCIPAL RECOMMENDED! Students receive a piece of duct tape for every 3 items they sell. At an assembly allow students to try and duct tape the principal to the wall. Safety Note: Make sure to cover the body with cardboard prior to taping to avoid awkward situations. 33 CLASS THEME PARTY Classes that reach a certain participation level get to have a theme party of their choice. This can work for the entire school as well! 34 MOVIE ASSEMBLY Hold an assembly when the fundraising goal is met and show a newer movie. To really take it over the top give out popcorn and drinks.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsSometimes projects make a great reward. Something that www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidshas an educational reward is always a good thing! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 18.
    • Low-Cost 8. 35 PIE EATING CONTEST If every class has 30% participation or hits a nancial goal, hold a sta and faculty pie eating contest. Pie is perfect, colorful and messy, but you can make substitutes. 36 FUN IN THE SUN DAY When the fundraising goal is met, hold a “fun in the sun” day. You can play water games and have eld contests and races. 37 SILLY BANDS They’re all the rage! Giving away the popular fad toy when it’s hot has impact! Giving away a Silly Band for every item students sold may just work for you! 38 SCHOOL EVENT TICKETS Top-selling students earn free tickets to a school event. Are there more popular or expensive tickets you can get ahold of for o campus events, concerts or shows? 39 GET PHYSICAL Students that sell a certain number of items earn a frisbee, hula hoop, ball or other P.E. related item that promotes physical activity. Can you tie it in to another o er?101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsHave a theme, offer an event, chase a fad or get ahold www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsof something in demand. Many approaches work. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com *Logos are property of their respective owners This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 19.
    • Low-Cost 9. 40 WINNING TROPHY The 3 top-selling students win a trophy, plaque, ribbon or certi cate. Perhaps the top-performing teacher could receive a plaque too? 41 LIMO RIDE WITH PRINCIPAL Top-selling students gets to ride in a limo with principal and favorite teacher. An alternative could be o ering a limo to friends and family of top-sellers. 42 BUBBLES DAY Classes with 30% participation or more get to play with bubbles outside. Could a science lesson or giant bubble contest be added to increase the fun? 43 CHEWED GUM SCULPTING CONTEST This one wins the gross contest award! Each student chews a pack of gum and makes their own sculpture. Take a picture instead of sending this one home :) 44 PRINCIPAL ROOF CAMPING When the fundraising goal is met, the principal has to camp out on the roof overnight. You could alternate another location easily on this one. Safety Note: This one involves a roof which can be dangerous. Perhaps a safer location could be chosen?101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsGross can work. If your contest involves slime or some www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsother gross idea, it may just work! www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com *Logos are property of their respective owners This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 20.
    • Low-Cost 10. 45 TIE-DYE PARTY A favorite school activity is making tie-dyes. Can you o er up the opportunity to create student tie-dyes with top-selling students or top-selling classrooms? 46 TEACHER HAIR STYLES RECOMMENDED! Top-selling students get to take turns creating "hair styles" with shaving cream on their favorite teachers and sta members. Bring a camera! 47 TEACHER CAR WASH Students from the class who had the most participation must wash their teachers cars. Sounds fun! 48 TRIP WITH THE PRINCIPAL Top-selling students earn a trip to the aquarium, zoo or other local attraction. Send the principal and faculty if possible! 49 MOVIE “DATE” The overall top-selling student wins a movie pass where they can invite a “date". Winning student can pick a favorite teacher and both families go to the movies.101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsAs long as the goal is simple, the reward can be a bit out there. www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsJust don’t combine confusing goal with confusing contest. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 21.
    • Low-Cost 11. 50 ADOPT AN ANIMAL RECOMMENDED! A local or national zoo very likely has an adopt-an-animal program. O er an adoption to the top-selling classroom as an incentive for a job well done! CAN YOU THINK OF ANY MODIFIED CONTESTS THAT WOULD WORK FOR YOU?101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsUse a favorite teacher or staff member. The more likeable www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsthe teacher, the harder students will work to hit the goal. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 22.
    • PROMOTIONS 101 FOR YOUR FUNDRAISER Final Thoughts By now, one thing should be evident. You can come up with a contest that is right for your school or group. One that adds fun and excitement and even a bit of education. In determining what’s right for your school the most important thing is to consider safety. With so many ideas out there, choosing an incentive, contest or drawing that includes any sort of safety concern, especially when it comes to children, is not worth it. The key elements to a successful contest is to build the reward around something in demand. A popular event, today’s fun toy fad, a popular teacher or principal should all be fair game. Think back to when you were a child. Is there a toy you wanted that you would have done anything to get? The point is, if a large group of children all like the same thing and you can offer that, you get their undivided attention. Then, it’s up to you to make it a big deal. A cool contest, can in fact fail. Picking the right contest around an item in demand is only half the battle. If nobody knows about it, it can’t work. The last element is getting the word out on the contest and making it important. If you and everyone involved makes a big deal out of it from beginning to end, you’ve got a winning combination! If you have questions for the authors of this book call Jay Moneta or Hunter Thomson at 1-877-723-5438 or email You can also take a look at the resources mentioned below for more information on elementary school fundraising101 Low and No-Cost School Fundraising Promotion Ideas Additional Resources:The Takeaway www.twitter.com/believekidsConsider safety, build your contest around items in demand www.facebook.com/believekids www.myspace.com/believekidsand then make it important to everyone involved. www.thefundraisingpln.com www.BelieveKids.com www.believejay.blogspot.com This document produced by Believe Kids Fundraising *Logos are property of their respective owners Nationwide Elementary School Fundraising at www.BelieveKids.com © Believe Kids Fundraising 23.