Back To School fundraising ideas to try this year

There’s a lot to think about at the start of the school year, so it’s not all too surprising that many of us push fundraising to the back of our to-do list and revisit the area once we’re more settled into the school routine. But you should start the school year off as you mean to go on – why miss a few months’ worth of funds that you could have otherwise raised? This money could go towards equipment and activities that kids at the school could really benefit from! There are plenty of ways to raise money for school. Here are just a few Back to School fundraising ideas that will help you to get off to the best start possible.


Work with Local Businesses

The majority of parents invest in school uniforms, stationery and other back-to-school items in the lead up to the first term of the new school year, so it’s a busy time for many local businesses. Consider negotiating some sort of collaboration or deal with them. See whether they will donate a percentage of the profits they make made to the school. Alternatively, you could negotiate a giveaway, where the store gives away a uniform, some stationery, or other back to school goods and parents can raffle for the prize. The money from the raffle could then be donated to the school!

Ask Parents to Donate Second-Hand Items

So many school supplies are wasted at the end of each school year. Students grow out of uniforms, no longer need certain set textbooks and shed all sorts of other equipment as they advance from one year to another. Ask parents to donate the items their children no longer need or have outgrown and organise a big giveaway. You could sell raffle tickets and allow winners to pick a prize out of the bunch. The money made from selling the tickets can then go towards your fundraising total.

Use the tools we provide you with

When you join easyfundraising, you gain access to plenty of fundraising ideas for schools, as well as all of the tools you need to raise as much as possible for your good cause! We’ve created School Tools to help schools in particular raise as much as possible. Here you’ll find:

  • Your School Fundraising Planner – this planner highlights the best ways to raise for your cause as the school term begins. It also has links to all of the tools you need to achieve this!
  •  Ready-made Social Media Posts – you can use these to remind people to raise FREE donations for you by using easyfundraising when they’re doing their everyday shopping.
  • Back to School Fundraising Posters – put these posters up to let parents know they can raise funds for your school without having to donate from their own money.
  • Back to School Fundraising Flyers – these are great for putting in book bags to remind parents they can raise FREE funds for your school every time they shop online.

While you can raise funds for your school year-round, the back to school period could provide you with the perfect opportunity to get your fundraising for the year off to a good start. Hopefully, some of the above advice will help you to achieve this!

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