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  1. kem

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    Our parent organization is trying to come up with some new, creative ways to raise money. Anyone have any unique ideas that have worked well for your school?
     
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    I do not know if this is unique or creative and it requires A LOT of work but it can be very successful... dinner, dance, basket silent auction and live auction.

    if you begin now soliciting small and large donations from the merchants in your town you might be surprised by the generous donations you receive. small donations of similar "genre" can be combined into a basket or autioned silently.

    so... you sell tickets at a reasonable price, provide a DELICIOUS meal, have a great band or DJ so people really have a good time and then they will spend.

    good luck
     
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    Last year our PTO created a monopoly game using the businesses around the town. Businesses would pay money to be put into the game. There's a business that made them for the PTO. The PTO then sold them back to the community for the same price as a regular board game at WalMart. It was a very creative idea! And worked for the goal it was used for.
     
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    My school does something like this. Fancy dinner, silent auction of theme baskets and other stuff, oral auction of bigger items. It's quite the shindig. This year each grade has a project (I am not in charge thank goodness) that will be quctioned off. The 5th graders are painting adirondack chairs. The endowment fund raises quite a bit of money this way.
     
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    2 years ago, I worked at a school in a pretty affluent community with VERY involved parents. I say that to give you an idea of the surrounding area.

    The school hosted a spring carnival-type day, and one of the highlights was the "teacher raffle." (We weren't allowed to CALL it a raffle, but that's pretty much what it was). Most of the teachers in the building donated something, and it was almost always a gift of time... some of the particular things I remember:

    *3 teachers going in together to host a pizza party during lunch for 2 winners each plus a friend, with games or science experiments.
    *The gym teachers offering "open gym" during recess on particular days
    *After school scooter races in the hallway with the principal, followed by ice cream
    *Several teachers taking kids out for dinner, a movie, manicure, ice skating, etc. (Usually done in teams of 2-3)
    *Several teachers offered to bake cookies for the winner's class.
    *Our 1/2 day K teachers offered a prize of pizza and ice cream in the cafeteria "during lunch with the big kids"
    *Our superintendent was a HUGE Sox fan, so he offered a ride in his Jeep to the game plus a ticket to attend with him.

    No one was required to participate, although most of us did. PTA insurance covered both events on and off campus, during and after school.

    Kids bought tickets to enter each of the drawings. We had a rule that for classroom teachers, only current students of that teacher could enter that drawing, and other school staff (principal, nurse, gym teachers, etc) drawings could only be entered by kids currently in the school.

    This cost the teachers a little bit for some of the events, but was incredibly popular and raised the PTA a TON.
     
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    We do a basket auction. Each grade gets together to sponsor one, and each is themed. The "basket" could actually be a barbeque filled with barbeque stuff, or a wheelbarrow filled with gardening stuff, a stroller filled with baby stuff, etc. They are auctioned off during a barbeque dinner fundraiser. Usually the grades have a few parents who are in charge of actually putting their basket together, and families in the grade either donate money to purchase items or are assigned actual items to donate. They're quite nice and usually go for several hundred dollars each. With each basket, we include an itemized list of everything in the basket, and the total worth.
     
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    our home and school tried something new this year that has been met with a lot of positive feedback. When we do a fundraiser, we also offer an opt-out option. Since many people want to help, but do not like to sell, they can just send in a contribution. Over half of my class made this choice in our first fundraiser this year. The big positive to it is that ALL of the money goes to the school.
     
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    We've been doing restaurant fundraisers. We get a restaurant to donate 15% of the bills to our school - and we get as many families as possible to go out to that restaurant on a certain night. There is a flyer that the restaurant staples to the bill so they can keep track of us. It's fun to eat with classmates, and lots of times we were going to go out once in a while anyway.

    We did this last week at Fresh Choice.
     
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    We do this as well. The auction is held during our carnival which is the weekend before mother's day, so a lot of the "baskets" end up being mother's day gifts.

     
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    We are in a very poor area so never make much money until we decided to get "business partners" like a neighborhood church (they also provide volunteers...wow!), a printer, a taco factory, etc. We send envelopes to them as well as put envelopes on everyone's doorstep (no knocking on doors, just putting brochures on the porch about our "Campaign For Excellence" fund raiser. There are also many "grants" out there to apply for.
     
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    Our high school PTO is having a Blast From the Past prom, for all those who want a second chance at prom. They're having a dj and food.There are a lot of people looking forward to it. It should be fun.
    At our school we do a lot of things like: Halloween carnival, chicken and spaghetti dinner, school shirts (big money maker), and holiday grams (ex- Boo grams candy with a ghost card that can be sent to anyone in the school).
     
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    We have a FALL Festival that raises a bit of money. Our greatest "raiser" is the selling of cookie dough. It made us a TON of money last year with every student's goal of selling only 5 boxes.
     
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    Hold a scrapbook night. We did this for Girl Scouts and raised lots of cash.
    We did a 6pm to midnight and a noon to 6 pm to fit everyone's schedule. Scrappers love these long sessions. The cost for the event was $10 pp for 3 hours, $20 for the full 6 hours. Lunch or dinner was included. We had parents donate food so the cost did not come out of the troop funds. You could get parents or local resturaunts to donate.
    We have a mom who is a Creative Memories rep. She set up all of her supplies, all the cutters and other goodies that most people don't have. The use of her equipment was included in the cost and she had supplies for sale. She was very generous and donated her profits to the troop.
    We did one session kid free (this was a huge hit, hours upon hours of scrapping and girl talk with not a kid in sight!) and one session that allowed kids. Our scouts provided babysitting in a room they had set up with activities for the kids.
    These events were a huge success and relativly easy to plan and carry out. We are always being asked when the next scrapbook night is going to be.
     
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    We are having a "Fun Run" this year. You ask the kids to have relatives donate money to pledge. Then on a given day all the kids walk outside around the track. This is the first year we have tried it, so we'll see what happens!
     

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