Hold a bingo
The key word on this fundraiser is free. The students of North
Dorchester High covered their costs before the game even began,
thanks to donations. The prizes - twenty Longaberger baskets -
were sponsored by local businesses, and the local American Legion
allowed the students to use their hall for free. They even got
the bingo cards for free from the American Legion, too.
fundraiser made money in two ways. Tickets were sold before the
event and at the door, which guaranteed a certain amount of profit,
and each bingo card people played also cost a small amount of
money. All told, North Dorchester raised around $4,000 in a single
of the students who organized the fundraiser said, "It is
especially important for a student in an economically challenged
area like ours to be business savvy and financially literate.
We recognized that it is not only the fundraising idea itself
that is important, but the way that it is executed."
be afraid to ask for free stuff. Local businesses and
associations are often more than happy to help your school
by helping keep your costs down. Think about offering them
a chance to put their name in a program or other printed
can be key. Holding an event without advertising is like
throwing a party - how will anyone know to come? Advertising
can start within your school, but try to branch out to your
matter. Although some people will come to a fundraiser
just because it helps your school out, it sure doesn't hurt
if you include prizes that people will really like. But remember
that every dollar you spend on prizes is a dollar less profit.
Sponsorships can be very important.