Question: Movie Night fundraiser

How did all of you get your Principals to let you use movie night as a fundraiser? At our school it is completely FREE! All of it is funded thru title 1. So I feel like our PTO is missing out on a large amount of fairly easy fund raising.

Asked by SEptoMOM



Advice from PTO Today

Rose H writes:
We don't think you are going about it in the wrong way! Movie nights can be fundraisers, but we also recommend that parents consider doing movie nights as strictly a community building effort. Sometimes, it is nice to have families come together and spend time as families without it being cast as a way for your group to make money.

Community Advice

MommyCBN writes:
When we do a movie night we do not charge people to attend. However we do sell refreshments. Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, popcorn, lots of candy, juice boxes, soda, water. This year we are thinking of adding a few raffles too.

I like that it is a free event, no pressure to spend money. A few families do bring their own snacks but for the most part everyone ends up buying something.

Advice from PTO Today

Rose H writes:
Thanks for sharing, MommyCBN! It's nice to have the option for families to bring their own snacks, too!

Advice from PTO Today

Craig writes:
Just to clarify, if you want to make your movie night a fundraiser, the way MommyCBN does it is the right way. The public viewing license you purchase to show a movie doesn't allow you to charge admission beyond covering your costs.

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