Fresh Ideas for Your School Spring Fundraiser

By Renee Zau, Co-founder, DonationMatch If you have children, you've undoubted noticed that many schools have fundraisers in the Spring, now that parents and teachers have gotten settled and the Winter holidays are over. Packages from local businesses are wonderful, especially since for some parents this is the only fundraising event they will attend all year.  However, schools have opportunities to offer unique, priceless items in auctions that are personally meaningful to parent bidders, and we want to make sure you're all utilizing these ideas to your school's advantage.  (All images from RidgeRaising 2011, courtesy of Sycamore Ridge Elementary and Harper Shay Photography)

1) One-of-a-Kind Class Projects - Each classroom creates a unique, group piece that is not only attractive to any bidder, but memorializes the year, fellow students, and friends. Be sure these are signed and dated.

Class projects, courtesy of Sycamore Ridge Elem, Harper Shay Photography
RidgeRaising 2011, courtesy of Sycamore Ridge Elem, Harper Shay Photography
RidgeRaising 2011, courtesy of Sycamore Ridge Elem, Harper Shay Photography
Courtesy of Sycamore Ridge Elem, Harper Shay Photography

2) VIPParking Spaces - Great parking is always a hot commodity at school functions, so why let parents "buy" their own parking spots for a year?

3) Time Out with the Principal/Teacher - Make getting sent to the principal's office or staying after school with a teacher a GOOD thing!  Quality time can be spent making fun decisions and/or taking local excursions.  Mani/pedi afternoons, trips to fun attractions, and even a meal at a favorite restaurant becomes a special occasion for children. This also typically raises much more than the allowance/cost allocated.

RidgeRaising 2011, courtesy of Sycamore Ridge Elementary and Harper Shay Photography

I hope these inspire new packages that delight parents, create a fun auction atmosphere, and result in more fundraising for your child's educational experience! What unique packages have YOU seen at school fundraisers?