Every year, my children’s elementary school holds a “Spell-A-Thon” as their primary PTA fundraiser. Each grade level is given a grade-level appropriate list of words and a pledge sheet. Sponsors can offer a per-correct-word donation or a flat donation. I particularly like doing the per-correct-word donation since it gets my 4th grader to actually study his spelling words. Since everything is run in-school (no outside companies to take a cut) and the prizes come from the PTA’s school store, the PTA makes nearly a perfect 100% profit! Our PTA is outstanding and uses the money for things such as buying extra school supplies so the underpaid teachers don’t have to do it, buying new A-V equipment for all the classrooms, and keeping a fund for students who forget to bring lunch money (promptly repaid when the student does remember).Submitted By: Chris & Cynthia B.
We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales. They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases. All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.