There are plenty of profitable fundraising ideas, but some of them take a great deal of time to plan and implement. Should your team have a pressing need, you’ll want to opt for one of the fundraising ideas below. These have a quick turnaround so you can get the money you need as soon as possible.
Have the team members trace their hands on a sheet of cardstock. Cut the hands out and then sell them for a dollar a piece. Call the fundraiser helping hands because the rest of the student body will be purchasing the hands to aid the team in collecting the money they need for either traveling expenses, new uniforms, or additional sports equipment. The individuals who purchase the hands can decorate them, place their names on the palm of the hands, and then display them on a bulletin board or throughout the school.
Host a big yard sale in the school parking lot. Teachers, school staff, and students can donate unwanted items by bringing them into school on a Friday. Then Saturday and Sunday the team can sell those items to the community. Since cash is used to purchase yard sale items, the team will get paid instantly. A yard sale can be arranged in as little as one week if need be, and with social media it only takes a few minutes to get the word out to the community.
The Guessing Game
Fill a large jar with an item that would be hard to count by the people looking in. For example, you could use marbles or a type of candy (Skittles, M&Ms, and any type of gum ball work great for this). Charge people $1 to guess how many items are in the jar. One person may guess multiple times, but each guess will cost $1. If the jar is filled with candy, you can use that as the prize for the winning guess. If it is filled with something like marbles, pick up a small prize to give the winner from the Dollar Store. This fundraiser can be done in one day, or over the course of a few days.
Bad Movie Night
Plan a night where you can invite families from the school and surrounding community members to a bad movie night. The team can pick out a few boring movies to show. The way the fundraiser works is that all guests are welcome free-of-charge. The team will make money by selling popcorn and soda during the movies. The bigger bucks come when someone wants to leave before all of the movies have been shown. A fee will be charged for anyone that wants to leave the bad movie. Teams can set a fixed price, or charge based on whether the family is leaving before the first movie is over, the second, or the third.
Arrange to spend one weekend collecting recyclable materials as a team. Kids can pair up and canvas the neighborhood for metal cans and the like. At the end of the weekend, all of the items can be turned in to the local recycling center and the team can keep all of the money that was generated.
The team can arrange a lock-in at school. This is an all-night event where students and staff come to the school and are not allowed to leave until the following day. A good time frame is 8:00 pm to 8:00 am. Games can be played and snacks may be enjoyed, which makes the event one each student will want to attend. The team makes money by charging anyone who wants to attend the event. This can be anywhere from $10 per person to $40 an attendee. The best part is, it only takes 12 hours to raise the money.
This fundraiser only works in the late fall, winter, or early spring when the bodies of water in your area are still a bit cold, but it can be done quickly so that teams can get the cash they need pretty fast. Each person who wants to participate in the event must buy a ticket. That is the main way the team will earn money with this fundraiser. The ticket gives the individual entrance into the body of water. A secondary way to earn some extra cash at the polar plunge is to sell hot chocolate to the participants when they come out of the water and need to warm up.