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January 26, 2016

Fundraising Ideas Part 2: Events

CAR WASH

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Find a well-located site, like a fire department, or simply a business located on a well-traveled street that has a large parking lot. Sell tickets beforehand with the address of the location on them. Collect soap, sponges and towels, and of course make sure you have a working hose! Students can collect money on site, advertise with hand-made posters, and help wash cars and trucks. A great way to put the fun back in fundraising!

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SCHOOL DANCE

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Host a dance at the school, inspired by your passports tour! Going to France? Make it Parisian-themed! Visiting Spain? Play Latin music! Tour participants can research the area, create decorations, and volunteer to set up the cafeteria or gym the afternoon before the dance. Sell tickets ahead of time and at the door. Make sure to take into account the cost of the dance and your fundraising goal in your ticket price! Advertise in the weeks leading up to the dance, and make sure all your tour participants go. Who knows, maybe other students will get inspired to sign up for the trip, too!

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BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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For the musically-inclined student population! Set a date and location for the big night, then reach out to students for band entries. Make sure to advertise weeks, sometimes even months, ahead of time! The student bands will need time to prepare. Sell tickets ahead of time and at the door, with all proceeds going to your trip and the winner’s grand prize. Make sure to take the prize money and your fundraising goal into account when calculating the price of the ticket. Recruit volunteer judges, and plan out your voting process. Perhaps the judges can vote three groups through, and the winner can be decided by the audience? The choice is up to you! Either way, you’re in for a rockin’ good time.

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THREE-ON-THREE TOURNAMENT

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This is a fundraiser the whole school will love to participate in!  Advertise a three-on-three basketball tournament to students, asking for entries of teams of three or four. Once you have collected enough teams, create tournament brackets of either single or double elimination. Charge per team (and if you’re in need of more donations, per admission). Make sure to have students sign a list of rules and regulations beforehand. Gather some volunteer referees, split up the gym into multiple courts if possible, and let the games begin! Give the winners championship tees as a prize.

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RESTAURANT NIGHT

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There are plenty of restaurants that would want to partner up with you for your fundraiser. See a list of chain restaurants with fundraising opportunities here, or call up some local establishments and see if they would be interested. You could earn up to 10-20% of the night’s receipts! Make sure to advertise plenty ahead of time, so students can schedule time to attend.

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DRESS DOWN DAY

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Perfect for schools that require a dress code for students and faculty. First, get administration approval. Then, sell tickets or stickers allowing the bearer to dress down on a specific day. Make sure they have the ticket or wear the sticker that day, to prove they donated. Students and faculty will be clamoring to have the chance to wear what they want for the day! Plus more publicity will be generated for your tour.

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STUDENT-FACULTY GAME

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Depending on the time of year, host a student-faculty basketball, baseball or soccer game. Pick recognizable teachers and students to participate, and charge for admission. Get more of the school involved by enlisting the help of cheerleaders, mascots and coaches during the game!

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CULTURAL DINNER

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Plan a dinner using authentic recipes from the places you’ll be visiting on your passports tour! This is a great way to generate interest in your trip and learn more about another culture before experiencing it firsthand. Sell tickets beforehand so you know ahead of time how many people will be attending and how much food you will need. Get volunteers to either cook or donate food, to reduce the cost of the dinner. That way, all proceeds will go directly to funding your trip! This is the perfect event to link up to your Recipe Book Fundraiser!

 

Category: For Teachers, Travel Tips




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