Elementary School Fundraisers

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A Breakfast with Santa

Sell tickets $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. Make a large breakfast with sausage, pancakes, eggs, etc. Have Santa come around and visit kids at the tables. Then let the kids come sit on Santa's lap and sell pictures....[read full fundraiser]


All You Can Eat Pizza

This event costs $12.00 per person, but after the dinner our restaurant then donates $6.00 back to your organization in cash, which the scouts can use however they wish. (This tip was submitted by conniespizza.com)...[read full fundraiser]

Ballroom Instruction/Lessons

Talk to local dance instructors/studios and ask if they're willing to donate their time for a few lessons. Sign people up, and collect payment in advance. You can divide students into groups such as beginner and experienced, ...[read full fundraiser]


Best Seat in the House

Sell tickets out to people for a chance to win the best seat in the house. Provide a couch for the winner to sit in at a local sporting event and cater pizza and pop to them in the middle of the game....[read full fundraiser]

Bike Scavenger Hunt

Provide a list of 30-40 objects in your town. Participants can sign up individually, or in a team. Teams are responsible for their own well-being, bikes, and cameras. The competition is to see which group can photograph al...[read full fundraiser]


Cardboard Boat Race

Give each team a certain amount of materials they can use (cardboard sheets, tape, paint, glue), and limit their time. Have the participants race, and give awards for most effort and durability. Expect most boats to capsize...[read full fundraiser]

Cheater's Spelling Bee

In this spelling bee, you can charge teams to enter and cheat, or allow the teams to enter and then give them certain lifelines, like on popular game shows. They can donate to receive more lifelines, and be creative with the...[read full fundraiser]


Children's Cookbook

Have each child bring a recipe from home (or have them dictate what they think their favorite recipe is). Compile the recipes and sell the books to the parents....[read full fundraiser]

Chinese auction

Get stores and businesses to donate items, gift certificates and services. Host the auction where people can purchase tickets for $1.00 each. They then place as many tickets as they want in container for item they would lik...[read full fundraiser]


Community Service

Have the youth in your group get sponsors for each hour of community service they do. Arrange to spend several hours over a couple weeks doing service at some local organization. People will love to donate to service!...[read full fundraiser]

Crazy Hat Day

Pick a day to be crazy hat day (also works for hair or shoes) and tell people to pay to enter a competition and have a panel of judges pick the craziest hat....[read full fundraiser]


Crowdvance Fundraising Online

We give booster clubs the ability to accept donations online through customizable fundraising pages and incentivize donations by rewarding donors with specialty discounts to national brands that we’ve partnered with. Instead ...[read full fundraiser]

Dance Dance Marathon!!

A continuous, multi-hour event in which participants raise funds through pledges. This event blends dancing, music, games, food and a variety of entertainment into one amazing experience....[read full fundraiser]


Donation Can Cans

Obtain several cans and decorate them with information about your organization. Ask local companies if you can leave the cans by their cash registers. Collect the cash from the donation cans each week....[read full fundraiser]

Doughnut Eating Contest

Charge an entry fee and see who can eat [6] doughnuts the fastest....[read full fundraiser]


Duct Tape Trap

You will need duct tape and a chair. Place a chair against a wall, and have the victim (a popular teacher) stand on it. People can now pay to place tape over the person and wall, to stick them on the wall!...[read full fundraiser]

Eat for a Cause

Arrange with a restaurant to get 10% of their profits for a certain night, in exchange for advertising. Advertise to people that eating there that night will be donated to your cause!...[read full fundraiser]


Face Painting

Get volunteers, paint, towels, brushes, and face painting books. Charge for face painting....[read full fundraiser]

Food Fight

Host a large event where you bake several pies and charge people an admission to come to the fight. You can use graham pie crusts and 6 oz of custard in each pie, and give each participant 2 pies to throw, and charge a 5$ ad...[read full fundraiser]


Frisbee Golf Tournament

Turn this popular outdoor competition into a great fundraiser by collecting entrance fee. Keep the fees reasonable and let everyone have some fun!! Consider getting frisbees donated with local business logos on them:)...[read full fundraiser]


If your organization holds multiple small fundraisers throughout the year, then you can sell a fundraising insurance for $20, protecting that person from fundraisers for 6 months! You can just give them a small wallet sized ...[read full fundraiser]


Guessing Jar

Get a large jar or container, and fill it full of something small (candies, pennies, etc.). Have people pay per guess at how many objects are in the container. Use an abnormally shaped container, abnormally shaped items, or...[read full fundraiser]

Head Shaving

This makes a great bonus to any fundraiser. Tell people that if donations exceed a certain amount, then you will shave a certain person's head. You can also get several volunteers, and set out jars to have people vote with ...[read full fundraiser]


Indoor Mini Golf

Set up a mini golf course inside of a building. You will need golf clubs, golf balls, and astro turf. Charge each person a fee to enter into the tournament and tour the building....[read full fundraiser]

Karaoke Night

Rent a karaoke machine and songs. Provide drink and snacks for everyone that attends. Charge a $5 admission, and have a great karaoke night!...[read full fundraiser]


Large Vehicle Show

Rope off a large venue and charge admission. Get a whole bunch of trucks, tractors, firetrucks, and whatever you can find to come be in the show! You can even see if you can get some military vehicles, civil vehicles, or a ...[read full fundraiser]

Lazy Boy Day

Put up a lazy boy chair on display and sell tickets for 25 cents. At he last day, draw a winner, and move the chair around for that person (at school, the office, etc)....[read full fundraiser]


Lobster Racing

Try to get a seafood market to donate lobsters (or anything you could race). Construct channels filled with sea water. Charge admission to the race or allow people to place bets on which lobsters will win. Get local compan...[read full fundraiser]

Magic Show

What kids don't love magic? Let the kids of your troop/school put on a magic show for us...yes, it might be obvious how they did the trick...but enjoyable and raise money charging an admission fee at the door:)...[read full fundraiser]


Make Believe Tea Party

Mail out fancy invitations with a cheap bag of herbal tea to lots of people. Explain to them that on a certain day at a certain time they can enjoy their bag of tea to participate in the imaginary tea party. Encourage a don...[read full fundraiser]


Have each participant get sponsors to pledge a certain amount of money for each math problem done. Get math packets for each participant to do, and then collect the money from the sponsors....[read full fundraiser]


Mini Golf-a-thon

Rent out a mini golf course for your youth group. Have each participant get sponsors to pay 10 cents per hole, and have participants golf 100 holes in 2 hours. Make money golfing!...[read full fundraiser]


Collect pre-orders. When people come to prepurchase their order, have them fill out a personal card. On the day before some holiday or big event, assemble corsages and charge $10 per. For an additional charge, deliver a si...[read full fundraiser]


Movie Night

Rent a movie to show on a projector or big screen. Provide snacks and drinks. You can sell admission or concessions....[read full fundraiser]

Movie night

Find an open area like your front yard, back yard, etc. Pick up a popular movie or a couple and have the guests vote on which one they want to watch. Get a tarp and some tables for a concession booth(don't forget to buy drink...[read full fundraiser]


No Talent Show

Tell people that it is $1 to enter, and $5 to exit. Arrange the talent show so that people perform pointless talents or perform talents poorly (singing out of tune, dancing out of sync, etc.)....[read full fundraiser]

Pajama Day

Students get to wear their pajamas to school on the appointed day and pay $.50 or $1....[read full fundraiser]


Penny War

Each class (or grade) gets a jar set out in a public area where they won't be tampered with. Each class donates pennies to their jar. Each cent is one point. Each class puts other coins and dollars in other jars to count a...[read full fundraiser]

Pet Parade

Find a park or someplace you can set up a fashion show. Set up a walkway and invite people to come dress their pets up and walk them down the walkway. Have a panel of judges give awards for creative categories. Charge admi...[read full fundraiser]


Photo with Live Animals

Set up at the mall or at a fair. See if you can get some animals from a local shelter/humane society (some of them may get adopted!), or have members of your organization bring any docile animals. Charge them to have their ...[read full fundraiser]

Picture Voting

Hold a competition and let people submit their pictures of a certain theme (sports, pets, babies). Hold the photos in a store, or at a local event. Let people vote for each one by placing money in the respective jar....[read full fundraiser]


Pie Throwing

Sell whipped cream pies, $3 for one pie, $5 for two pies. People can donate and throw a pie at their favorite person!...[read full fundraiser]

Pumpkin Launch

Have volunteers construct a trebuchet big enough to launch pumpkins in. Charge people to have their pumpkins launched, or sell pumpkins for people to launch...[read full fundraiser]


Pumpkin Painting Party

Set up tables with pumpkins, paints, and tablecloths. It's lots of fun for the kids to paint faces on their pumpkins however they want, and you can also bake pumpkin pies, breads, and cookies to sell....[read full fundraiser]

QuickStove Fundraiser

QuickStove's Emergency Preparedness Fundraising Program is a simple and straightforward way for your organization to raise money. Many of our fundraisers have raised well over $40,000. - You keep up to $10 per sale - No upfr...[read full fundraiser]


Read a Book

People can donate, and then just stay home and read a book. Raising 100% profits with no hassle!...[read full fundraiser]

Redneck Games

Set up like a carnival, but with redneck games! You can have a hubcap toss, various mud pit competitions, bobbin for pigs feet, and the toilet seat horseshoe toss....[read full fundraiser]


Rent a Puppy

Contact an animal shelter or the Humane Society in order to borrow puppies from them. Advertise beforehand, and then set up the puppies in a park, and rent them for $5 per 30 minutes....[read full fundraiser]

Report Card

Give your youth a form to collect pledges from people. They can offer a one-time donation, or offer to pay per A and B. It encourages good grades, while raising money for your organization....[read full fundraiser]


Scrabble Tournament

Teams of 4, 6, or 8 compete in separate categories. They pay $30 if they bring their own board, $40 to use one that you provide. Teams all start with the same word, and have 30 minutes to see who can get the most points. P...[read full fundraiser]

Silly String Shoot Out

Auction off or sell cans of silly string and take aim at volunteers who are willing to have the can pointed at them-- (think dunk tank:) A scoutmaster, teachers,etc. Or put the boys in the middle and let the parents take aim:...[read full fundraiser]


Spirit Chain

This is a competition between several large groups to see who can make the largest chain. Charge 25 or 50 cents to add a link to the chain. Keep the chains hidden until the last minute, and then bring them out and see who w...[read full fundraiser]

Sports Clinic

This fundraiser can be used for any sports, cheer, or music program. Set up in a large building or in a field, and have a whole day where you teach something to children. Charge them $35 to sign up beforehand, and have high...[read full fundraiser]


Super Sundae

Use cheap metal gutters and put ice cream in, and charge people to decorate part of it, and then let everyone eat it all at once!...[read full fundraiser]

Swap Meet

Charge a $3 admission and a 25% commission on each transaction. Have a large area and let people come buy and sell their used equipment, clothing, etc....[read full fundraiser]


Swim-a thon!!

Each member of the pack/den/troop can compete and make this part of the swimming merit badge requirements....Each person must complete a set number of laps during a designated day. Get individuals and sponsors to pledge a cer...[read full fundraiser]


Take some money and divide it among members of your organization. Give each person $5-$20 and let them do their own individual fundraisers. They can use the money to buy ingredients for baking, materials for crafts, or gas ...[read full fundraiser]


Teacher Torture

The principal picks an activity for each teacher to do, such as kissing a pig, dyeing hair, roller skating, etc. The teacher vote on an activity for the principal. Set up a display in a central area with the name of each te...[read full fundraiser]

Toilet Seat Horseshoes

Set up like a regular game of horseshoes, but use a plunger and toilet seats instead of horseshoes and stakes. Set up the plungers 20 feet apart from each other....[read full fundraiser]


Ugly Tie Contest

Get people to donate their ugly ties. Have children decorate them with lace, buttons, etc. Have people vote with their money for the ugliest one....[read full fundraiser]


People can pay $1 to have a valegram sent. They write the name of the recipient and sender (unless they want it to be anonymous), as well as a note to the person on the card. Attach a color coded bow or small bag of candy t...[read full fundraiser]


Volunteer Jobs

Have the members of your organization write a service they would be willing to perform on a 3X5 card, and then let other people take the services, and donate....[read full fundraiser]

Vote for the Mayor!

Hold an election in your organization or town. People can vote with their money, and the winner receives a special title and award....[read full fundraiser]


Yard Sale

Our Chatering Org. gave us the hall for free and we set up the yard sale Fri. evening and held an indoor yard sale Saturday. No cost to the unit, all profit! Clothes, toys, household goods, sporting goods, etc... sell chea...[read full fundraiser]