Let’s face it: most schools don’t like fundraising. But no matter what elementary school community you’re a part of, nearly every school needs help raising funds. And if you’ve ever served on a volunteer parent group, you’re always on the lookout for elementary school fundraising ideas that line up with your school’s priorities. (Also, check out this helpful list of savvy questions we put together to ask your next fundraiser.)
We didn’t like fundraising either. So we reimagined something completely different. And schools LOVED it. (They still do.) In fact, thousands of schools have trusted Boosterthon to increase funds and inspire students through our remarkable fitness and character program. But we didn’t just stop there. Over the years we’ve developed a number of fundraising programs that are proven to get results. Without further ado, here are five proven, must-try school fundraising ideas.
School Fundraising Ideas
Boosterthon Fun Run
The Boosterthon Fun Run is our signature nine-day program that consists of four main parts: Pep Rally, Team Huddles, Fun Run, and Collection. Over the past 15 years, we’ve served over 3,300 elementary schools and completed over 9,000 programs. In the process, we’ve perfected a fundraiser that’s been proven to raise our partners 70% more funds (on avg.) than their previous fundraiser. (P.S. Curious to know what schools are doing with the extra cash? Check out this list of the 5 most popular items Boosterthon schools buy with their fundraising money.)
But we know that every school has unique needs. That’s why we offer the Boosterthon Fun Run at three different service levels.
School Fundraising Ideas #1
Boosterthon LIVE is our full-service, all-in-one fundraising program. Our enthusiastic team visits your campus daily, handling every aspect of the program. This hassle-free experience is the same Boosterthon program that thousands of principals and PTA leaders all across the country are RAVING about.
Boosterthon LIVE is perfect for schools that…
• Love in-person customer service
• Value a fun, professional team leading every program and collection detail
• Want a magical student experience at every turn—from the Pep Rally, to character lessons, to the Fun Run
School Fundraising Ideas #2
Boosterthon EVENT unites the enthusiastic Boosterthon team with your energetic school volunteers! Our team is on campus for the Pep Rally and Fun Run events, allowing you the freedom to uniquely customize the lessons and rewards in between.
Boosterthon EVENT is perfect for schools that…
• Want a greater level of flexibility
• Are willing to put in some work to receive higher profit
• Want the energy, fun, and showmanship of the Boosterthon team for the Pep Rally and Fun Run
School Fundraising Ideas #3
Fun Run YOU
A favorite of many schools, Fun Run YOU is perfect for schools that want the benefits of Boosterthon’s expertise, technology, and reporting, with the perks of a self-run event.
Fun Run YOU is perfect for schools that…
• Organize their own jog-a-thon but want to take it to the next level
• Want to keep a higher percentage of funds
• Have an involved volunteer team to help with daily logistics
School Fundraising Ideas #4
Boosterthon Color Run
One of our favorite school fundraising ideas, the Color Run is a fun way to boost your Fun Run experience for older grades. Students run laps around the Fun Run Speedway while getting periodically "colorized" with FDA/EPA-approved colored powder. The experience is safe, fun, and designed specifically for older students.
School Fundraising Ideas #5
Boosterthon Glow Run
If you live in a colder climate but you’re still looking for fun school fundraising idea, then look no further. The Glow Run transforms your gym into a pulsing neon celebration complete with rope lights, disco lights, and black lights. With Boosterthon's Glow Run, rain, snow, and cold can't hold back the fun—it rocks in any weather.
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