Private School Fundraising Ideas

Private Schools have to walk a fine line when fundraising. It can be hard to ask parents and children who are already paying tuition to help with fundraising, but the truth is there are many things not typically covered by tuition and also many private schools want to make improvements to their facilities without having to raise tuition. Sometime the students themselves decide to have a fundraiser for a good cause or to help out a fellow student in need.

One of the biggest decisions is often deciding what type of fundraiser to do. In Saratoga Springs, NY, the Saratoga Catholic HS Saints baseball team hosted a fundraising game for Hannah’s Hope Fund against rival school Hudson, to help a student at SCHS recently diagnosed with juvenile Lou Gehrig’s disease. In Napa Valley, CA, students at St. Apollinaris Catholic School walked and ran laps as a fundraiser for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The entire school — about 300 kids in grades K-8 — participated in the fundraising event. Fundraisers by other Private Schools include thons, raffles, student-faculty competitions, golf outings, dinner dances, mile of dimes, musicals, auctions, fashion shows, and product sales.

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Do-It-Yourself Private School Fundraiser

You can also choose from a wide variety of private school DIY fundraising ideas to supplement your program. How about Kidnap the Teacher, Grocery Bagger, Basket Raffle, Dolly’s School Bus Adventure, or thons of every type? Perhaps one of these successful and creative ideas can be adapted for your school’s fundraiser.

Lazy Boy Day – We ran Lazy-Boy Day for a fundraising activity. We set up a Lazy Boy chair in the cafeteria at lunch on Monday to Thursday, and sold tickets for 25 cents each. On Thursday, just before the end of school, we drew the winner’s name. That person got to spend all of their classes on Friday from the comfort of the Lazy Boy chair. Read more…

Board Game Tournament – This fundraiser can be held as an individual or team competition. Suggested games include Scrabble, Cranium, Catch Phrase, Taboo, Battleship, Connect Four, Twister, Uno, etc. Entrants pay $10, and the top 2 or 3 win a prize. Read more…

No Talent Contest – Organize a fundraising talent contest where the contestants purposefully perform badly. Suggestions: singing out of tune for an entire song, silly and failing magic tricks, dance routine out of sync, etc. Place signs at the entry point that state the entry fee is $1, exit fee is $5. Read more…