School fundraisers are a task that often falls to volunteer parent groups. If you are new to fundraising for your child's school, or an experienced parent group fundraiser, you will need to decide whether to go with the tried and true product sales approach or to look for new school fundraising ideas.
FROZEN COOKIE DOUGH (It's hard to pass up the ten-dollar buckets of frozen dough that kids can shape and bake themselves).
MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS (Magazines are a perennially popular item. People can often transfer a pre-existing subscription to help out the school).
READ-A-THON (Many adults will gladly shell out money to encourage children to read).
GOLF TOURNAMENT (Sporting events are another active fundraising idea).
If your group has used one of these school fundraisers successfully in the past, maybe you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Still...
Carnivals for school fundraising are the cornerstone of many annual fundraising campaigns because they make money.
School Carnivals are traditions for many schools! They're fun events that the kids love and look forward to every year. Usually at school carnivals each grade, club and sports team holds a booth either a carnival game or a food booth. Depending on the age, parents and/or kids work at the booths.
To put on a fun and profitable carnival, you need to do some serious planning. Whether this is your first carnival or one of the traditional school fundraisers, you need to make sure that all the pieces come together on carnival day.
Here are some Helpful Hints for a Successful Carnival.
Consolation prizes: Every booth should give a consolation prize, especially when children are playing. Let everybody feel like a winner. The more fun they have, the more they will continue to play.
Location: Avoid dirt areas, which can be dusty or muddy. Grass fields, athletic tracks and parking lots make good outdoor locations.
Preparation: Before the carnival, test your games to be sure they are being operated properly. Booth workers should be adults, or responsible teenagers. If possible, let volunteers play the games in advance. Make sure they fully understand the responsibilities of their jobs.
Tickets: When setting prices for your tickets, take your community's economic environment into consideration. If you offer tickets in more than one denomination (25 cents and 50 cents for example) use different ticket colors for the denominations to reduce confusion.
Profit or Non-profit: Decide what your objective is - do you want to run your carnival with plans of breaking even, or as a means of raising money for your organization?
Keep prizes secure: Place them in a box under a table within the booth. Restock booths running short of prizes. Do not take prizes from other booths. When the carnival closes, gather and count all left over prizes.
Order Early: Place your carnival order three or four weeks before the event. Once delivered, organize and sort prizes and supplies by booth.
A carnival can be a highly profitable activity that offers entertainment and old-fashioned fun for children and families. It can also be a big job to put together, which is why it can be reasonable to apply for a team of Special Event Coordinators to help you plan your school fundraisers. They are committed to supporting your carnival or other activity from the planning stages to the event date and beyond. Make your carnival the event of the year!