Question: Popcorn fundraiser

We have an intermediate school, grades 5 and 6. Looking for a spring fundraiser, to help meet our budget needs, since our fall fundraisers failed to make much money. Samples from Popcorn Palace were in our box at school. Good stuff, but has anyone used them for fundraising at their school, and if so, how successful was it? Can a lot of money be raised using this fundraiser?

Asked by pareth



Advice from PTO Today

Rose H writes:
Hi pareth,
We know of lots of groups that do well with this kind of fundraiser, and of course a lot depends on the size of the school, how heavily you promote it, and what other fundraising events in your community may be happening at the same time. If you are planning for the spring, you might also consider hosting an outdoor carnival or fair, a jog-a-thon, or even a yard sale. These do take lots of time to plan, but can be great community building events as well as money makers.

Good luck!


Community Advice

clayboggess writes:
Many schools are finding that niche fundraisers are a good way to go. As with any specialized product, make sure no one else is selling it or something similar. Perhaps popcorn was tried in the past by one of the local high schools but it hasn’t been done in a while.

Like with anything else, how you incentivize your sale and what promotional efforts are put into it will be important as well. Also, can the product be promoted online? Being able to offer an online store can increase sales significantly due to a much larger customer base.

In addition to selling popcorn, here are some snackable school fundraising ideas that are also very popular with groups.

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