Fundraising-Newsletters.com recently published an article by Jennifer Lawton of Super Fundraiser that discusses the question of whether or not it is appropriate for schools to ban food fundraisers in the face of growing national health concerns.
If your school or school group is facing such bans, and needs to find fundraising solutions that offer healthier food choices, or non-food fundraisers, here are a few of our favorites:
Non-Food School Fundraising Ideas
The Online Magazine Fundraiser
Not only is this a healthier choice for schools, it’s also one of the easiest to run fundraisers around, with a really high return! Best of all, it’s also completely free, totally secure, can be customized for your school, and can be run as long as you want for year round school fundraising.
Crazy Hat Day
Or crazy shirt, shoes, sunglasses, or even jeans or casual days if your school typically has a strict dress code. It’s really fun if you can come up with a theme for every Friday. Students pay a small amount to be able to participate (usually $2 – $5).
Spirit Apparel and Accessories
Spread school spirit and raise funds at the same time! Clothing and other items like bumper stickers, travel mugs, Frisbees, etc. are a great school fundraising idea when they’re printed with your school’s logo and colors. Many students, parents and alumni would love to have these keepsakes, and your school can raise a lot of money too.
Magnetic Picture Frames
How many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles do you know who keep cherished pictures of their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews on their refrigerator doors? Now how many of them would want a special magnetic frame to really showcase their pride and joy? Magnetic picture frames are a unique product that finds a great niche in school fundraisers.
Healthier Food Ideas for School Fundraising
Wholegrain Cookie Dough
Cookies are a delicious treat, especially fresh out of the oven! Cookie dough made with wholegrains is ideal for healthier school fundraising because the profits are great, the cookies are delicious, and with wholegrains you’re teaching students about making healthier snacking choices.
Beef Snacks & Jerky
In moderation, tasty beef snacks and jerky are a great snack! They’re high in protein, which gives them a nutritional factor that parents and teachers can appreciate. And they’re really yummy!
Especially at sporting events, bottled water is a great way to fundraise for your school, and it’s a healthy drink choice too! For an extra special touch, you can get bottled water with custom printed labels featuring your school name, logo and colors.
Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are healthy and delicious, and great for school fundraising! Many schools have had great success with citrus fruit fundraisers, and the best part is that you’re also encouraging students to make healthier choices.