School fundraisers can support many of the projects and extracurricular activities that parents and teachers want their children to experience like guest speakers, after-school activities and athletics.

School fundraisers can support many of the projects and extracurricular activities that parents and teachers want their children to experience like guest speakers, after-school activities and athletics. However, ideas for school fundraising are sometimes hard to find, and then it’s often difficult to figure out which one has the most likelihood of success.

The process of developing a school fundraiser should begin by examining what resources you have available. Do you have a large, energetic group of parents and teachers? Do you have a supportive local business community? How many people are on your fundraising committee and how much time do they have available?

Assessing and analyzing your school & local business community can help you decide which is the best type of fundraiser to use.

Here are some good ideas for school fundraising:

Pancake Breakfast: Pancakes are easy and inexpensive to make and provide both a solid way to make money and a great way to bring your community together. As a bonus perhaps contemplate adding a “flapjack-flipping contest” as a fundraiser within a fundraiser.

Car Wash: As long as you’ve got a parking lot, access to a hose, some sign-making materials and a small team of motivated sign-spinners, car wranglers, and sponge-wielding washers, there’s a good chance you’ll find success with a car wash.

Bake Sale: What better way to leverage an army of stay-at-home Moms & Dads than a bake sale. Got bakers fatigue? Consider baking goods of a different variety than usual or take your sale social on Twitter with a hashtag or on Facebook with a group.

Cookie Dough: Cookie dough fundraisers are a popular and pre-packaged way to raise funds. There are plenty of store bought options or you can make and pack your own and get fun with flavors – bring on the M&Ms, peanut butter cups, and chocolate chips!

Silent/Live Auction: Auctions are a great way to utilize access to items, activities, or experiences owned by some members of your community that other members of your community would be interested in using. Ideas include summer rentals, tickets to sporting events, or a dinner with a celebrated local chef.

Gala: Looking for a fancy reason to buy that dress you’ve been eyeing in the storefront? Throwing a gala could be the perfect excuse to get everyone together, dressed to the nines for a party with a purpose.

Run/Walk: Get physical with a run or walk. This type of event will appeal to many exercisers because it involves a low-intensity activity that is also group-friendly.