Fundraising Ideas for Schools

Hold a Used Book Sale

If you’re someone who loves books (or a recently graduated college student!), you likely have stacks of publications that you won’t read or have read too many times to count!

If you need to raise money for a project or cause, you can try to sell some of your gently used books for some extra cash.

If you have used textbooks, you can sell them back to your college or university bookstore or to students who will need them for classes. Or you can pick a date and set up a a book sale event! All you need is a table located in a high trafficked area and price tags on the books, and voila, you’re set!

Host a Family Fun Day

A Family Fun Day can be an easy way to raise money for your organization or cause. Plus, it brings your supporters and their families together for an afternoon.

Set up games, food and drink stations, and a donation table and send out invitations to your supporters. You can also hang up flyers around town to get the whole community involved!

You can host your Family Fun Day during the weekend. Have signs that direct people to the outdoor area you organized for fun, games, food, and fundraising!

Hold a Dog-and-Car Wash

No, this fundraiser doesn’t raise money by having dogs wash cars. It’s all about washing cars and pooches. Many people would be willing to pay to have their car and dog cleaned.

You’ll obviously want to plan for a warm and sunny day and advertise by hanging up flyers and posting on social media. Then, set up two stations: one for cars and one for dogs. Have someone be in charge of explaining the prices for each wash and collecting the money from customers.

Make sure that you explain where the funds are going during the car and dog wash and encourage more donations.

People will drive off with shiny cars and fresh-smelling pups, and you’ll raise money for your cause!

Host a Fundraising Walk

Many walkathons are organized to raise money for a medical cause.

Larger research institutions usually set up and promote these fundraisers.

However, if you want to set up a smaller-scale community fundraising walk for your particular cause, you definitely can!

Get in touch with friends and family members who have supported you in the past and ask if they would be willing to participate. You can also market the event to the larger community.

Charge an admission fee and sell merchandise such as t-shirts, water bottles, and hats along the walkathon route. And don’t forget to set up water stations for your participants!

Host an Art Show

Whether you’re a marvellous artist or have a passion for the arts, you can use your interests to raise money for your project or cause!

Search your community for talented artists or use your own works to host an event that puts local artists in the spotlight or displays your creativity. 

Find a venue that suits your exhibition. You can look into using a local school’s gymnasium or auditorium to keep costs low.

On the day of the event, charge a few dollars for admission and set up a donation table or booth for general contributions. And don’t forget to price the artwork for sale!

Host a Talent Show

If you have access to a venue and know a few performers, you can host a community talent show as one of your charity ideas! Artists and entertainers of all kinds can participate.

Charge a small admission fee and sell concessions to supplement your fundraising efforts.

Don’t forget to set up a general donation table or booth. You can use the space to let attendees know about your cause or project and why you’re asking for contributions.

Create an Obstacle Course Event

Obstacle courses can be fun challenges for kids, teenagers, and adults alike. Your club or organization can set one up to raise some extra money!

Create different games and obstacles that make up the larger course. Then, set up an online registration form.

Give people the option to participate as individuals or in teams. And don’t forget to offer a small prize for whoever gets through the course the fastest!


Walkathons are perfect for active supporters who like to show their passion for a cause. Walkathons are well-suited for healthcare-related issues and causes, but they can technically be used for any type of fundraising effort!

You’ll need to determine a location and time for your walkathon. Choose a season that is a good temperature with minimal risk of rain. Make sure you have a backup location just in case!

Then, send out invitations and design some merchandise like t-shirts and water bottles. You can sell these for an extra fee to raise money above any entrance costs you charge. Make sure you have medical and first-aid supplies nearby in the case of an accident.

Silent Auctions

Silent auctions are a fun way to get a little more face time with your donors while they bid on unique and appealing items up for grabs. Plus, if you find the right auction items, you have the potential to raise a lot of money!

Ask local businesses and individuals if they would like to donate items to your silent auction. Common items include gift cards to restaurants, signed memorabilia, lessons from a professional of some kind, gift baskets, and more!

You can enlist the help of a mobile bidding tool to create a tech-enhanced bidding experience for your attendees. Mobile bidding software also makes checking in, checking out, and item monitoring easier on your auction volunteers and staff.