Tips for School Fundraising

Start by considering the following

  • Is your main criterion in finding a product to sell, how profitable it is?
  • How do foods of minimal nutritional value (like candies and cookies) fit within your overall fundraising principles?
  • Can your fundraiser be a learning opportunity to educate participants on the cause you are supporting?
  • Would you consider using your fundraising activities to offer products that also promote the health and well-being of your school community?

Tip 1: Choose non-food items when possible

It is best to raise money without selling food, especially foods high in sugar, fat and salt (e.g. chocolate bars, cookie dough, etc.).  There are many easy-to-run fundraisers that support children’s health and make money! Check the Helpful Links on the Show Me the Money badge page for ideas.

Tip 2: If food is chosen, it should be safe, inclusive, tasty and nutritious

Consider various types of food such as vegetables (e.g. onions, potatoes, carrots), fruit (e.g. apples, oranges, grapefruit), fresh herbs, spices, cheese, dried beans (e.g. soup mix), pasta, etc. that support health and wellness and can be sold as a fundraiser.

Tip 3: Let others help

Ask for volunteers (students, parents, others) to help plan and organize fundraising activities from the beginning. Contact organizations in your community to see if they can support your fundraising in any way (e.g. providing donations for an auction).

Tip 4: Spread the word!

Fundraising efforts are more successful when people are well-informed ahead of time. Advertise in advance through newsletters, posters, social media, the school website and community venues (e.g. libraries, community centres, grocery stores, etc.).