It is that time of the year again! Many churches, schools, and non-profit organizations are already busy thinking about and preparing for a great holiday fundraising program. Many hold Christmas events with their family and community, while businesses offer discounts and sales of their popular festivity items. In this article, we will be covering various holiday fundraising ideas for schools.
Holiday Fundraising Ideas for Schools
There are many different ways you can fundraise for your school. Before ending the year, take this great time to boost your school’s fundraiser. Check out these school fundraising strategies and ideas we have compiled to help you decide.
Hosting a yoga workshop is one of the unique holiday fundraisers that can spark the curiosity and interest of your school’s supporters, not to mention it promotes mindfulness, and mental and physical fitness. Teach people that yoga is for everyone by planning a yoga series that includes all fitness levels. Give your workshop a boost by inviting food vendors who offer healthy food and advocate for healthy eating and sponsors to offer healthy lifestyle gifts and souvenirs.
Christmas Decorations Workshops
Take advantage of the spirit of holidays by organizing a Christmas decorations workshop. For kids, offer a cookie decorating workshop and charge the participants a fee. Children can boost their creativity, while parents will feel proud of their kids accomplishing and creating something. The products make excellent gifts for parents and grandparents and can be added to their family Christmas tree.
For adults, you can host a workshop for baking holiday cakes and cookies, or making wreaths. You can get in touch with bakeries and shops in your area to volunteer to share new recipes and teach decorating techniques.
Fun Run or Walkathon
Fun runs and walkathons are always an excellent idea not only to raise funds but also to advocate exercise and fitness. Double the fun by asking the runners to dress up as their favorite Christmas character. You can also tweak it a bit – why not make it a fundraising color run or walkathon? You can ask the runners to wear white and use holiday-themed (red, green, yellow) color powders.
Holiday Fundraising Gala with Auction or Christmas Raffle
Galas are great for holiday fundraising because people are especially giving and in the mood for celebration in the spirit of Christmas. To kick start this year-end campaign, you will need to plan it months ahead of your preferred date, find a beautiful location, invite sponsorships, and sell tickets and promote the event.
Want to take your gala to another level? Then launch a charity auction to raise funds for your school’s cause. Your supporters can enjoy the celebration and also give with a cheerful heart at the same time.
Aside from an auction, you can also integrate a Christmas raffle into your event, such as a 50-50 raffle fundraiser. If you are looking to raise a large amount of money for your cause, make wise investments in your raffle. Besides the donated items your donors heartily give, purchase some high-value items that you deem desirable for your supporters.
School Concert Series
Another amusing fundraiser idea is holding a school concert series. Each week for three weeks, produce a concert that showcases the talents of your school’s music department. You can use holiday songs and make sure to include solo performers, duets, trios, bands, and choirs to offer variety to concert-goers. Tap donors for help and honor them by speaking to everyone involved by holding an after-party.
Breakfast, Brunch, or Dinner Fundraiser
The great thing about an eat-out fundraiser with kids and their family and the community is that it does not take as much time and effort to organize as any other winter fundraiser ideas. Besides bringing you and the participants closer together and building rapport, a breakfast, brunch, or dinner fundraiser can also raise a noteworthy amount of dollars for your purpose. Remember though that a successful fundraiser starts with planning and organization.
How Long do School Fundraisers Last?
Many schools hold successful fundraisers for an average of two to three weeks. Less than two weeks is too little time, while more than three weeks will make people start getting tired of it and forget all about the event by the end.
Why are Fundraisers Important in Schools?
Holiday fundraisers for schools are important because it helps them gather finances for their cause, such as purchasing a new uniform for school bands and teams, enhancing infrastructure, etc. A school fundraiser is a great way to achieve a difficult goal.
It is Christmas time once again – a time where school fundraisers are a common enjoyable sight. If you are planning one, we hope these holiday fundraising ideas for schools help you decide which one to go for. Also, make sure you have effective fundraising strategies to try out. One thing is for sure: whatever holiday fundraiser your school chooses, the important thing is to have fun and enjoy this season.