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50 Proven Strategies for Successful School Fundraisers

January 2008 | 152 pages | Corwin
FUNdraising takes school and district leaders through the process of organizing fundraisers that bring in significant dollars, engage the community, and often contain a compelling learning component, as well. The author showcases 50 creative, real-life fundraising initiatives and explains how schools can coordinate successful events with aplomb. The book also includes online resources for fundraising and grantwriting, plus tools, checklists, and guidance on ethical issues.
Author?s Note
About the Author
Introduction: Put the Fun Back in School FUNdraising
A Tale of Two Pledge Drives

A FUNdraising Manifesto

Part I. Stage Setters: Cornerstones of Successful Fundraising Campaigns
1. Exploring Ethics: Consider These Issues Before Launching a FUNdraiser
2. Don?t Try This at School: Avoid These Fundraising Mishaps
3. Clicking for Cash: Crawl the Web for Delighted Donors
4. The Publicity Payoff: How to Generate Positive Press for Your FUNdraiser
Part II. 50 FUNdraising Ideas: Rake in the Bucks With These Creative Concepts
5. Excellent Extravaganzas
No. 1. "Educational Film Festival." Screen a series of unintentionally hilarious educational movies from bygone eras

No. 2. ?Inspiring Expositions.? Put on an inspiration expo replete with local experts on fascinating subjects

No. 3. ?Auctioning Experiences.? Build buzz for silent and live auctions by letting folks bid on amazing outings

No. 4. ?Double the Auction Fun.? When a bidder wins the hottest auction item, wow the crowd by putting an extra one up for sale

No. 5. ?Housing Markets.? Host home tours with a twist

No. 6. ?Pampering Moms.? Give the women of the school community a well-deserved break for fun and games

No. 7. ?Digging for Diamonds.? A sandbox full of jewelry makes for glitzy, gritty fun

No. 8. ?Tea Partying.? Leaf through these rich and tasty themes

No. 9. ?Dance Fever.? Relive high school memories with an adult prom

No. 10. ?The Pour House.? Raise a glass for students at a wine tasting

No. 11. ?Daring to Sing.? Tune into a karaoke challenge

No. 12. ?Treasure Hunting.? Send donors off on a wild scavenger hunt

6. Starring Students
No. 13. ?Spellbinding Solicitations.? Host a student spell-a-thon or ?celebrity? spelling bee

No. 14. ?Paging Profits.? Uncover nifty ways to jazz up your book fair

No. 15. ?Model Behavior.? Put on a stylish school fashion show

No. 16. ?Record-Setting Haul.? Enlist students to set a world record

No. 17. ?Freeform Fundraising.? Maximize student participation with a ?do-your-own-thing-a-thon?

7. Sporting Chances
No. 18. ?Tee Time.? Drive up receipts with a variation on the classic golf tournament

No. 19. ?Drop the Balls.? When numbered golf balls fall ffom the sky, schools win

No. 20. ?Hoop Dreaming.? Score with a three-on-three basketball tournament

No. 21. ?Mascot Madness.? Have a field day with the district?s costumed characters

8. Artistic Attractions
No. 22. ?Appraising Treasures.? Throw an ?antiques roadshow?-style event at which people can pay to have cherished heirlooms appraised

No. 23. ?Picture This.? Target discerning donors with a student art show and sale

No. 24. ?Chair-Itable Artworks.? Auction furniture painted by students and other local artists

No. 25. ?Feeling Scrappy.? Make memories?and money?with a school scrapbooking night

No. 26. ?Playing Around.? Delight young and old by auctioning off fancy playhouses

No. 27. ?Throwing a Disc.? Record and sell instant CDs of musical performances

No. 28. ?Band on the Run.? Set up musical performances where people will least expect them

9. Animal Antics
No. 29. ?Flamingo Flocking.? Plant plastic pink flamingoes in the yards of unsuspecting victims?for a price

No. 30. ?Living the Wild Life.? Enchant the community by displaying whimsical animal sculptures all over town

No. 31. ?Circus Maximus.? Invite the big top to town to perform for your school

No. 32. ?Pet Smart.? Host a dog- and cat-friendly celebration

No. 33. ?Hitting the Spot.? Play cow, horse, or chicken bingo to enjoy the smell of money

10. Service Smiles
No. 34. ?Recycling Revenues.? Bag profits by providing specialty recycling services to the community

No. 35. ?Cleaning Up.? Pitch in around town on yard work and chores for a fee

No. 36. ?Baby Booming.? Brand your school as the go-to spot for childcare during citywide events

No. 37. ?Classic Car Carwash.? Buff up the standard car wash by catering to sweet rides

No. 38. ?Send in the Dads.? Enlist fathers and other men in the school community to team up for a memorable event

No. 39. ?Celebrity Service.? Enlist prominent locals and district employees to serve meals at a restaurant?s school night

No. 40. ?Giving Directions.? Hire out teens and adults to flag shoppers into stores

11. Seasonal Successes
No. 41. ?Scare Up a Maze.? Find money by losing visitors in a haunted halloween maze

No. 42. ?Seasonal Singing.? Get into the holiday spirit by booking groups of carolers all over town

No. 43. ?Gingerbread Housing.? Tempt holiday revelers with a parade of deliciously decorated homes

No. 44. ?Polar Plunge.? Heat up donations by dunking local notables in cold water

12. Cash Collecting
No. 45. ?A Home Run.? Raffle off a dream house to make your fundraising dreams come true

No. 46. ?Naming Games.? Sell naming rights to small school projects and reap big windfalls

No. 47. ?Give ?Em the Boot.? Enlist crossing guards and other members of the school community to ask passing motorists to drop donations into an outstretched boot

No. 48. ?Fee Parking.? Allow teens to personalize school parking spaces for an annual surcharge

No. 49. ?Your Money or Your Time.? Offer community members multiple ways to give

No. 50. ?Stunts Doubling.? Cap off a successful fundraising effort by performing a silly stunt


"A wonderful resource. The author covers all aspects of effective fundraising and provides practical advice and precautions that should be taken to make fundraising successful. This book will make fundraising not only beneficial for schools but it will add a level of enjoyment in the planning, implementation, and positive results of the final product."

Gerard A. Dery, Director
Zone 1, National Association of Elementary School Principals

"This book makes a distinct contribution to fundraising the easy way! I would definitely recommend that every school facing financial difficulties or just wanting to add to their school resources purchase this book."

Joen Painter, Education Consultant
Yuma, AZ

"Even for school administrators who have been involved in many fundraisers over the years, there is always need for fresh ideas and new approaches. Having a resource such as this book for a PTO to review could lead to new synergy around a reinvigorated fundraiser."

Bonnie Tryon, Principal
Golding Elementary School, Cobleskill, NY

"This book has many creative fundraising ideas."

Mary Ann Burke, Grants Coordinator
Oakland Unified School District, CA

"An excellent, basic handbook offering new approaches to traditional fundraising efforts. Here's a list of action-packed options that schools and educators will appreciate."

The Bookwatch, March 2008
Midwest Book Review

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ISBN: 9781412949828