Top Five Fundraising Ideas
There are many types of fundraising ideas your school can examine. Here are top five fundraising ideas:
1. Hold a Raffle
Raffle – Holding a raffle drawing for a big prize is a sure way to get people interested, but it often depends on what you’re raffling off. If you can get a community member to donate a big-ticket item, such as a car or motorcycle, the only cost to the school is obtaining the raffle tickets (you can probably make and print your own from a word processing program).
Keep in mind the laws vary from state to state regarding big-ticket raffle items. You can find out your state’s raffle laws here.
You can also raffle off many items on one raffle ticket. Ask student's parents who own stores, hotels, appliance, or hardware stores to donate items such as gift certificates, vacations, televisions, and even tools.
The biggest rule of thumb to follow when holding a raffle is not to buy raffle items and pay for the prizes with raffle proceeds. Make every attempt to have items donated. The donor can always use the donation as a tax deduction.
2. Dance the Night Away
Every city or town has a local celebrity band, so ask them to donate an evening of dance. Then find a hall or community center that will rent or offer a space for free and sell dance tickets. Make the dance a theme or even a costume event based on the music group's musical style.
You can choose to offer donated appetizers, beverages, and even items for a silent auction like homemade quilts or crafts, or items from local stores. If you choose to serve alcohol at these events, make sure you know the rules for liquor in your municipality.
3. Golf Tournaments
One way to learn how to raise money in schools is to hold a golf tournament. With this sort of fundraising event, don’t expect the golf course to let you do this for free, however. You can get greens discounts if you approach the golf course on off times such as late April, May, or early June.
Next, find hole sponsors, such as car dealers, to donate a car if someone gets a hole in one, closest to the pin, or wins the long drive challenge. Don’t worry about paying for a car either. The car dealer will purchase an insurance policy in the event someone does get a hole in one or wins another hole challenge and the insurance policy will pay the car off.
If a person wins the car, they will have to pay sales taxes and fees to register the car on their own, so don’t offer to incur this expense. Make an appointment with the golf club manager and ask about a discount on food, green fees, and other items like free gift certificates to the pro shop.
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