* Bingo – eternally popular with all ages, this can also be combined with a themed meal such as curry or fish and chips. Sell books of tickets in advance (or entry tickets) and scour the January sales for some great prizes at bargain prices 🙂
* Cake sale – never mind the diet, a slice of cake for a good cause never hurt anyone! Ask parents to donate cakes (homemade or bought) and sell off slices after school, for a quick and easy fundraiser. And by selling donated goods you’re guaranteed 100% profit, hurrah!
* Wine tasting night – ask your local off licence or wine merchant if they’ll hold a wine tasting evening in return for a share of the profits. This could be a winner for a February fundraiser after Dry January?!
* Comedy night – a great way to cheer up a cold and dreary month! Book local aspiring comedians to perform a family-friendly set, and get the kids up on stage during the interval to tell their best jokes! You could also include a free drink in the ticket price to entice more potential customers too
* Band night – a great covers band always goes down a storm at family events, combine it with a raffle and refreshments and you’ve got a fun and easy fundraiser!
* Secrets Room – this is a really popular event for special occasions like Mother’s Day,, Father’s Day or Christmas. Small gifts for parents are sourced and wrapped, then children bring in a couple of pounds and choose a gift to give their loved one. The kids really love being grown up and getting to pick a present all by themselves, this can be such a rewarding event 😀
* Afternoon Tea – this would make a lovely Mother’s Day fundraiser, or perhaps an Easter themed high tea, complete with a visit from the Easter Bunny?
* Easter Egg Hunt – lots of fun for the little ones. You could hide either plastic eggs, small chocolate treats or laminated numbered egg pictures around the school grounds for the children to find. Easter Eggs can be sourced quite cheaply from wholesalers, meaning lots of lovely profit for your school. And if you sell tickets in advance, you won’t be left with a mountain of eggs!
* Pamper night – a very easy and feel-good fundraiser for the colder months. Get local beauticians, hairdressers, nail technicians and masseurs to book stalls for a fixed fee, they can sell treatment slots in advance and also bring goods to sell on the night. Great advertising for them, lots of profit for you!
* Magic show – kids love a magic show, so this one is guaranteed to put bums on seats! And if you ask parents to stay too, you have a whole new captive audience 🙂 You could sell refreshments, magic wands and even have a bar for the grown ups (but make sure you have an alcohol licence.)
* Plant sale – approach a local garden centre and ask if they’d like to collaborate on a project to sell plants to parents for a share of the profits. Great advertising for them too!
* Karaoke night – could be an event in its own right,or a way to entice the kids to another fundraiser such as a quiz or bingo. And you’re guaranteed a bigger audience if you can persuade some teachers to take to the mic!
* Variety/talent show – a “School’s Got Talent” show is a popular one with kids who have skills they want to show off (and parents won’t be able to resist seeing their little darlings up on stage!) Lots of fab fundraising opportunities here: ticket sales, refreshments, raffle, interval games, lucky programme winner etc.
* Uniform/book/table top sale – 100% profit guaranteed for minimal effort here! Ask for donations of good quality, outgrown uniform and books and set up stalls at drop off or pick up time – you could set prices or just ask for donations. Make it a social affair and offer some refreshments too!
* Beetle drive – lots of fun and a game the whole family can play! You just need a dice and shaker for each table, pencils, a stack of photocopied beetle shapes and some family-friendly prizes. Minimal effort – what’s not to like?!
* Fancy dress ball – Who doesn’t love an opportunity to dress up?! You could wear posh frocks and suits, or fancy dress on a theme, or even have a masked ball! If you get the kids to make a mask in school they’ll definitely want to come along and show it off.
* Family photoshoot – Find a local photographer – maybe a generous, talented parent or recent graduate? – and organise a day of family photoshoots in the school hall or a spare classroom. Pre-book timed slots, and strike a deal for a share of the profits. This could become a great regular fundraiser for your PTA – it’s sure to be a winner with parents!