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    Default What are some great fundraising your child's school has done?

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    Fete or a Market Day, they seem to bring in the most $$, but also takes the most effort. The Bunnings sausage sizzle is pretty good.

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    Our School has a lot of success selling those entertainment voucher books, mini fairs (as opposed to the bi-annual School Fete) where each class is asked to donate something ie, lollies for the lolly stall, used toys/books and the students buy from the fair with tickets that they have pre-purchased for 50c each (as opposed to the public etc), that's always quite successful.

    The usual Raffles and the School fete and that sort of thing.

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    Fun runs can raise a huge amount of money. One of the primary schools here does an annual run around the lake and it gets a huge turn out. They run a few stalls and sausage sizzles etc. but it's pretty much all they do all year and they make around $25k. Art markets are also really popular and good for raising money.

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    Would a garage/ boot sale work ? Students bring in donations then hold it on the weekend like normal garage sale? That way revenue can come from outside of parents / school community

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    Back in the day my High School used to do heaps of car washes and they were always successful.

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    We made a lot of $ making a recipe book of great recipes for children. Sold it at our local visitor information centre and other places where people were happy to buy something local that supported the local school. Printed and bound it ourselves.

    Silent auction is good. Have goods and people put bids in an envelope. At the end the highest bid gets the goods.

    A school I worked at did a variation on a fun run. It was a 100 question quiz on a certain day. The children were sponsored for each question they got right. Lots of fun, easy ones, some hard ones and younger kids could work with older ones to get more correct answers.

    Ooh...and we have the phone book delivery contract for our area. Kids and parents deliver phone books to door steps once a year and get paid per book.

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    we are doing

    - zumbathon
    - quiz night
    - entertainment books
    - bunnings sausage sizzles (I think we have 3 throughout the year)
    - book fair (everyone donates books and buys everyone elses basically )
    - sometimes we do those fundraising chocolates ... but we try not to do those as the kids end up eating them

    cant think of what else we do - but we do different ones quite regularly

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    Our school has employed someone to coordinate fundraising and we do a lot:

    Annual a-thon - spelling / exercise / reading
    Mothers Day / Fathers Day stalls
    School Discos
    Bunnings BBQ

    Christmas markets - the school sells spots to local businesses (mainly WAHMs, party plans etc) who then set up stalls in the school hall.

    Monthly community markets - as above

    Cake stalls and BBQs at lots of events during the year

    Annual Fete - which includes mix of school run stalls / selling stalls to external vendors / silent auction (auctioning off donated goods), major raffle (usually a holiday, the school purchases the prizes and raffles them off). I *think* they make in the vicinity of $40k from the Annual fete.

    I think they are introducing a Prep art show this year - parents come and buy the kids art.

    Trivia night

    Dinner and Dance for parents

    Ladies Night Out / Pamper night - as per Christmas markets, but the vendors are with a pampering focus eg soaps, makeup, jewellery.

    ETA - forgot, our school has purchased a coffee cart and sell coffees / hot chocolate and cakes before school. It is basically a licence to print money and they make a huge amount of money off this every week. (tens of thousands per year). The cart is also open at all school events eg discos etc. The carts are expensive but we managed to get one secondhand.
    Wow that's a lot! Do people get fundraising fatigue? That's the feedback we get from parents the years we push a lot of fundraising onto them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Wow that's a lot! Do people get fundraising fatigue? That's the feedback we get from parents the years we push a lot of fundraising onto them.
    Yes, I don't want the parents thinking we are just putting our hand out all the time and the principal has made it clear that we are not just a cash cow. The p&c has no money though, as we've only just been re-established as the school had no functioning p&c for a while under the old principal. But I don't want our main goal to be just to raise money. We have decided on one fundraiser a term with one really big one annually.


 

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