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Fundraiser Ideas for low income students...

9 years 3 weeks ago #157893 by chixbaby27
I have been searching most of the summer to come up with some ideas for fundraisers. We are a primary school (pre-k thru 3rd) with about 300 students, the vast majority of which are from low income families. Our PTO also has very little money to work with.

Does anyone know of any good fundraisers that we could try? Because of the income level, I really don't want to send home fancy wrapping paper and expensive cookies, ya know? I would really like to find something that everyone could afford and enjoy, but I'm not finding it!

Any ideas or advice for me?
9 years 2 weeks ago #157899 by Shauna
I have been a PTO President for 3 years, and while our school isn't considered a low income district..I would certainly consider us "low interest"...magazine, wrapping paper, even pizza sales have never worked for us..and it was very frustrating. We have however found a few things that really turned things around for us and here a few ideas...

bring the outside community in...a mom at our school is a Zumba instructor...Zumba is a fun latin dance that anyone can enjoy, young,old, any could probably find one very easily in your area..anyway....they do fundraisers all the's how it worked..she used her classes to promote to event, so MOST of the people who came were not even people from our school, they were community members! We did it in our gym, served water in big jug coolers and it was huge! We raised almost $4,000 with little at all coming from our students!

also we found the food usually works...we found a local deli who gave us a deal for selling their sandwhiches...they were cheap @ $4 a sub and we made $1.50 off each one...that made us another $1500

We also held a car wash in our school parking lot....this was a big one! And we didn't even need too many people to participate, we had a lot of staff that were happy to come...we advertised in the local community paper and in the grocery stores, being sure we let people know it was for our kids and the school! We made @ $3,000 from washes and donations!

Hope some of this may help you, and I know how frustrating it can be..hang in there, best wishes!!!

~Shauna Holl
9 years 2 weeks ago #157906 by Lisa @ PTO Today
Replied by Lisa @ PTO Today on topic Re:Fundraiser Ideas for low income students...
Excellent input, Shauna. Thanks!

In keeping with some of Shauna's suggestions, how about focusing on things that people could use at a decent price. Here a two ideas:

Collection programs like [URL=Connect]Boxtops[/URL] or Terracycle also can add up!

Also, here's an article about how one PTA is getting by in tough times that has some good ideas:

Anyone else have some ideas for Chixbaby?


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9 years 2 weeks ago #157909 by foxmom
Box tops are a great fundraiser--- they are on so many things-- and again bring in the community-- have drop boxes made and see about putting them in local stores. (hardware, grocery, churches) And at 10 cents each it does add up fast.

McDonald's will let you hold a restaurant night every three months and they include anything that come in to eat- find other restaurants that include anyone that eats there- not just bringing in a flier or having to say your here for the event-- this will also bring in outside funds.

We have found that Mom-2- mom sales have been really beneficial for us-- each sale brings in approx. 3,000.00. It doesn't have to be parents that rent a table or come to sale-- out of 132 tables at our sale - only 20 are actual school families-- and if you are a lower income school- this can help your families as well- a great way to purchase slightly used kids items at a lower cost to them.

We are always looking as well for better ways to earn money for kids.
9 years 1 week ago #157993 by Regina
We are a very low income school and the second lowest school district in colorado.. With that being said i cant justify selling any type of food, drinks etc because most get food asst of some kind. People do have cash but not alot of it.

The best thing we ever did was open up a school store. It is hard to get parents to staff it everyday but it has worked out... I never sell anything over $1.00 and the kids come every day with handfuls of change they dug up lol... We make about $60-$100 a day depending on the time of month.

Im also thinking of many new creative ways. We have an extremely small budget.

Oh also check out the skating rinks near you. We just started one and for $5 bucks they pick up the kids in a bus, skate, free piece of pizza, and they handed out hundreds of free ice cream and cotton candy coupons, and took them home all for $5!!! That was a huge hit and it was the easiest $400 we ever made.

Good luck!
9 years 1 week ago #158004 by love PTO
Replied by love PTO on topic Re:Fundraiser Ideas for low income students...
The best fundraising we have done in our low income school has been a coupon book , they are done by CCI they are 10.00 each every thing is by one get one free , most of the book is food so parents get their mony back the first time they use it in most of the time, we do well with this one. Just saying.
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