The Telemiracle Office has compiled a list of ideas that schools across Saskatchewan have used as fundraisers. We hope you will find the ideas helpful and that some will work for your school!
Fundraisers can be anything you can think of ! Let your imagination run free!
The office can provide you with a free kit to help with your fundraising.
Fundraising kit for high schools (items will vary based on Telemiracle Year and what we have available)
Note: This is NOT this year's Telemiracle Bear. It will get unveiled at the telethon.
Sell Helping Hands
Please click here to be redirected to our Helping Hands page for all the details.
Ice Cream Day
Have students raise money with the result being an ice cream party. Each part of the party, each scoop, each topping will be added once a certain amount is raised. For example, $100 = bowl, $200 = spoon, $300 = one scoop of ice cream, $400 = one topping, etc.
Homerooms can sell paper links (use school colours) for 10 cents each (or any price) and the links are assembled in a giant chain. Homerooms then compete for who has the most school spirit by building their chains as long as they can. Decorate classrooms or the gym with the paper chains. Provide incentives for the winning class, like a pizza or popcorn party. If necessary this can be paid out of funds collected as a project expense.
Same idea can be used with traced hands using a theme of "joining hands to help Saskatchewan people" or with paper shoes to "walk" around school walls to aim for a "Miracle Mile". Kids can write their names and brief message on their purchased pieces.
Set up a huge container in the school where students will be able to see it frequently. Students and staff can drop coins in whenever they like during the designated fundraising time. At the end of the project (before donating), the coins can be used for counting exercises for younger grades. For instance, counting by twos, fives, etc. or how many nickels make a dollar and so on.
Kidnap the Teacher
Students fundraise in their communities for a week. At the end of the week, money is counted and special "officers" (members of the parent council or student council, community members) bring a substitute teacher into the class of the teacher whose students raised the most money. They take the teacher away for an hour off and the students get a party.
Silence Your Teacher
Do your students ever wish that their teacher would quit talking? Their wish could be granted. For every $2 they raise a class would stop their teacher from talking for one minute. In addition, other incentives could be offered. For example, for $120 raised, they would be awarded one free class period. For $600 raised, the class would get a whole day free.
Children's Art Exhibition
This event not only encourages families to visit and interact at the school, but it is also a fun way to raise money. Choose art from all different age groups of students and skill levels. Hang the art on the wall and display it on tables, ensuring each picture has a card with a title, name of the artist, and their age. Assign an amount to each picture, being careful not to overcharge as you want all the art to sell. A concession adds a nice touch.
Want to collect bottles and have your refund go to Telemiracle? Now you can! Thanks to SARCAN's Drop & Donate, donating bottle money has never been easier. Simply visit your local SARCAN depot and log into the Telemiracle account using Login Group Phrase "Telemiracle". Once logged in, print off tags for the number of bags/boxes you would like to donate, put one label on each bag/box, and then pass your bags/boses to the SARCAN staff. They will then count the bottles and send us your donation.
Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament
Organize a basketball tournament in your school with the winning team receiving a prize. Charge a fee for the team and a small entry fee for spectators. This can also be done with soccer, hockey, or any other sport. This also offers several additional ways to make money, such as running a concession.
Box Lunch Auction
Have homerooms create a themed box lunch that is large enough to feed another whole class. Hold an auction where other classes will bid on the box lunches. Be sure the staff creates a box lunch too, with the staff serving the students as an extra bonus. This could also be an opportunity to do a pie or treat sale as well.
Pay It Forward
Give each class a set amount of money ($10 or $20) and a specific amount of time to use the funds to raise as much money as they can. Give out prizes for the most money raised, the most creative idea, etc.
Or try these fundraising ideas:
- Pay to wear hats, jeans, pajamas, or have a casual day
- Sell food or candy
- Gift Wrapping and Coat Check in your local mall
- Car wash
- Student artwork show and sale, craft sale or dinner theatre
- Bad hair day
- Awake-a-thon, Walk-a-thon, Swim-a-thon, Spell-a-thon, Talk-a-thon (on the phone), Text-a-thon, Dance-a-thon, Movie-a-thon, Gaming-a-thon, etc.
- Bake sale, used book sale, used toy sale
- School dances
- Fair or carnival
- Pancake breakfast
- Volleyball, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Dodgeball, etc. tournaments