Long List of School Fundraising IdeasSchool Fundraising Ideas

Welcome to School Fundraising’s “BIG LIST”.  We have compiled what we think is be the biggest list of school fundraising ideas online.  So if you are looking for ideas for your next school fundraising activity then sit back and read our list of fundraising ideas.  If you have recently run a good fundraiser that we haven’t listed below then get in touch and we can add to our list.  The more fundraising ideas we have the better.  Share your experience with other PTA members to enhance their fundraising efforts too.  Get involved….

Fun mats

Uses children’s creativity to turn pupil’s drawings into a wide variety of personalised products, such as coasters, mouse mats, T-shirts and bags. The Children’s designs make great gifts for family members and they can be sold to parents with the school getting to keep any profit made.


Non uniform Day

Children love any chance to not wear their school uniform, you can turn this is into a great fund raising opportunity by holding a special dress day for students. Students and teachers make a set donation (£1) to wear something other than their usual uniforms. You can even turn this into a fancy dress event with prizes for the best outfits.

Bake Sale

Involve the children and parents by running a bake sale. The money made from cake sales can be a great way to raise school funds.  Advertise the bake sale within the school and with parents. This can encourage the children to take up baking by including a competition for best cake.

Easy Fundraising

Easy Fundraising is a great way to earn money for your school by shopping online. You can shop with over 2000 online retailers and raise a donation for your school at the same time. The cause just needs to register with www.easyfundraising.org.uk so people can select your cause on their website along with the retailer they wish to shop with, the retailer will then donate up to 15% of your purchase to your selected cause.

Sponsored activity

Sponsored activities are great ways of fund raising in school while giving children a deserved break form their normal school routine. Students collect money from family and friends to sponsor them in a particular event such as a swim-a-thon where they pledge to swim a certain distance in return for donations.

Talent Shows

Talent shows can be a great way of encouraging children to showcase hidden talents. The school can sell tickets for the show within the local community and to parents. Children will love participating and prizes can be awarded for the best act.

Charity Race night

Organising a charity race night for the parents and members of the PTA can be a great way of raising money and having fun at the same time. The races can be sponsored in advance with the race named after them; this is a great way to get local businesses involved. There are lots of helpful tips online on how to organise a race night, the money raised through ticket sales and betting can be donated to support a school cause.

Charity Car Wash

Charity car washes are fun and easy to organise, you can use the school car park to wash teacher’s and parents cars for a small fee. Raise awareness of your charity car wash by advertising with posters and flyers in the local area in the run up to the event.  All you need is sponges, buckets, water and car shampoo, it’s a simple way to raise funds and have fun.

Spelling Bee Fundraiser

Combine fundraising with learning to raise money. Organise a Spelling Bee and compete in teams or as individuals to spell the most words. There are various ways you can turn this into a fundraising event, by selling tickets, offering a raffle or by encouraging the entrants to get sponsored per correctly spelt word by family and friends.  The words will get progressively harder as the competition develops so this can be a great way to encourage training for the event and develop literacy skills with school.

School Fashion Show

Organise a school fashion evening to have fun and raise money for your PTA.

You can hold the event in the school hall inviting parents, teachers friends and family, and charging for admission. There are several companies that will run the event for you and offer a clothes sale after the show, Smartys Fashion shows (http://www.smartysfashionshows.co.uk) offer 10% commission on sales made at the event. You can also top up funds raised by running a raffle and charging for refreshments.

Fundraising Tea Towels

Personalised tea towels have proved a popular way of fundraising for PTA’s. These can be designed as a class or as a school, many opt for the children to draw a self portrait, you could even run a competition in school with the winning design produced on a tea towel. The tea towels are sold to family members, with the PTA keeping any profits. There are lots of companies that offer this service and advice on how to run a tea towel project in school.

Other good quality lists of school fundraising ideas

In compiling this list we have also visited lots of other school fundraising websites. Some of the best ones are shown here for further inspiration.