Labels for Education


By clipping and keeping the UPC codes from assorted products you can be helping with school fundraising. The Labels for Education program works with public and private schools(K-12) and home school associations (K-12) to help schools with supplies. To participate snip the UPC codes from everyday products like Bic Pens, Campbell Soups, Chunky Soups, Glad bags, Pace Salsas and more. The whole list can be found here.

What can you get for all your hard work eating and using these products? You can pick from a collection of 390 products divided between  Arts, Athletics and Academics items.  The prize catalogue is extensive with items that range from little items like tiny rubber animals for little kids to IMAC systems and camcorders for school usage. Items cover not just student use but compact refrigerators, folding chairs and tables and smart boards for the teachers.  The full Labels for Education product catalogue can be found in pdf format on this page.

Although it’s great to see businesses come up with school fundraising ideas like this, I find some of the point values for the products rather high. Every UPC code is worth a point so a simple book starting around 500 is considerable! Gel pens for 1150 (!) and a beverage container to dump Gatorade on the coach costs 4250! WOW no wonder the entire community is asked to get involved! However the flip side is that this is good for both the businesses and schools, so there’s no harm done.

To see if your school is currently enrolled or to sign up, click here.

It takes a lot of people getting involved to financially keep schools running these days so it’s great to see corporations and associations table ideas and solutions that help everyone.

So now it’s your turn, you tell us, has your school used this fundraiser? With the entire school contributing, did the points add up quickly? Drop a comment and let us know if you thought it was an effective school fundraising program.

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Halloween School Fundraising

Kids love Halloween (so do a lot of grown ups by the way)! It’s the chance to dress up as someone else and make believe for a day. Plus there’s chocolate involved which raises the stakes.

You can tie school fundraising into Halloween with a few ideas that will have even the kids excited to help out. Here is a quick list of some of the Halloween fundraising ideas we’ve seen:

Best Costume – The coolest costume wins. Kids will surprise you with how creative they can be on this one.
Pumpkin Fundraiser – Sell pumpkins in the community with donations going to the School
Pumpkin Carving Contest – Put on a school wide contest for the best carved and imaginative pumpkin contest.
School Spookyard – Age appropriate frights where kids can walk through a maze
Scary Spooky Treats – Have some students sell goblin cookies, Skeleton snacks etc to be delivered to their desks.

What fundraising ideas has your school come up with in the past?

Check out Noel’s Pumpkin Carving Archive for some really cool past Halloween carving.

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It’s interesting how new school fundraising trends and ideas develop. Companies, schools and causes are developing inter-relationships that benefit everyone. We are seeing more inter connectivity between groups like spiderwebs where traffic is generated, money is exchanged and donations are given. Solid marketing and sales for companies which equals more donations for school fundraising.

This summer the ideas seem to revolve around drinking (read into that… healthy drinking) for a cause. Check out our post earlier this summer on Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Well  Maui Wowi is a gourmet coffe and smoothie company that are plugging in to support school fundraising at the community level. Maui Wowi christened the fundraising campaign the No-Work FUNdraiser, a relaxing and refreshing way to give back. The franchisee sets up a mobile stand at a local school and offers their all natural fruit smoothies to students and staff. With the corporate donation campaign, Maui Wowi franchisees currently donate thousands of dollars to local schools and other non-profit organizations in their community.

Erin Hicks, Executive Vice President for Maui Wowi Hawaiian had this to say of the companies FUNdraising:

We have recently implemented a new feature in our reporting system that keeps a running total of how much money our franchisees have contributed to help raise funds that go towards deserving causes throughout their communities. Since it began in June, our franchise system has given back more than $14,000 in donations. The reporting system may be new, but giving back is something our franchisees have been doing for years and for many of them, it is the cornerstone of their business.

I’m sure this will be a hit not only based on fighting the scorching summer heat but also on the win-win situation for the schools and community projects involved. We wish Maui-Wowi the best with this idea. So support your local community and kick back with a healthy cold one this summer.

If you want help with your fundraising this year don’t forget that we offer school fundraising programs.

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Summer is ramping up and there are exciting and interesting fundraising stories happening. Lets get into one that I discovered last week.

First lets meet Alex:

It’s amazing the change little Alex was able to start in just a few years. It seems that her idea is catching on because it’s growing strong .Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is partnering with some big name stores to fight childhood cancers.  The corporations already aboard over the past couple of years are a roll call for huge name businesses. Here are just a few:



Country Time Lemonade
( kinda appropriate isn’t it! )



Old Navy



Bank of America

In addition to these corporations Toys R Us is partnering with ALSF for the second year to run a fundraising promotion called Help Fight Childhood Cancer One Cup at a Time.

“As a direct result of the funds raised over the course of our partnership with Toys R Us, ALSF has been able to finance critical scientific pediatric cancer research projects as we continue to raise awareness for this heartbreaking disease,” said Liz Scott, co-executive director of the foundation, in a statement.

Toys R Us will also utilize its Facebook page to provide updates, fun activities, and more for those interested in finding out more about the endeavor. In addition to all their other means of support Toys R Us has also put up a page on their website for online donations where you can donate any amount.

“We’re proud ot join ALSF for a second consecutive year,” said Sloane Lucas, director of corporate philanthropy for Toys R Us. “Through this campaign we look forward to helping kids and familes across the country make Alex’s dream of one day finding a cure, a reality.”

If you would like to help you can  put on you own lemonade stand or  fundraise to fight cancers in children.

Drink up…it’s for a great cause!

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Easter Fundraising Ideas

Easter is a great holiday that lets kids have fun. Here are a few tips to raise funds and keep the kids entertained:

Egg Hunt – Everybody’s favourite Easter fundraising idea! It’s fun for the kids and the adults. Eater Egg Hunts are held in just about every State and Province in North America. When designing an Easter Egg Fundraising charge for admission and have other events like music and entertainment for different age groups.

Design An Egg – Supply stencils to the kids or let them come up with their own designs. Hand out prized to different age groups and display the winning eggs in the school foyer. If the idea is used for a charity organization charge $1 for an entry fee.

Egg Guess – Fill a jar full of Easter Eggs, the person who gets the closest number, gets the jar.

Bunny Hop – Easter themed activities can be for all ages. Middle and High School dances can have Easter themes. Hire a local DJ and a student to supply the music ( See our post on Hosting Successful High School Dances Fundraisers ).

Easter Basket Raffles and Bake Sales – You can prepare several baskets in advance with themed items like baked goods, teas, chocolates and sell tickets on the basket. This item is also a great idea for silent auctions.

Share with us what has worked well for your schools or charity organizations Easter Fundraiser?

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Free Fundraising Ideas Fundraising ideas for free means that you will have to rely  on your creativity to design an event and the generosity of your donors to make it a success. Here are a few ideas that you can use to generate a few dollars for your cause.

Charity Sports Game – Hold a special game in your area and invite local TV and Radio celebrities to show up and play on a team.

Personal Shopper – Offer to shop for professionals. Many people are too busy to go shopping or they need help with solid ideas for gifts. By offering to go shopping for them you take care of their to do list.

Squidoo Charity –  If you have time you can build interesting web pages that charities can use to earn money through squidoo.  However you do have to be a registered non-profit in the U.S. to sign up to be a Squidoo Charity .  Ask your network to donate some time to help with the writing. 

Art – Have your local artists create projects for you that you can leverage for money. You can auction pieces off , sell them or trade them for other items that your charity can use. Remember the guy who traded the paperclip and eventually worked his way into a house! You may not want to take it to this extreme but it’s the same concept.

Eating – Put on an eating contest. Yup you don’t see this one too much so it would be unique. Get your local supermarket to donate some food or  to showcase it’s product. Get sponsorship from family friends or local businesses. Make it an event and get teams to see how many hot dogs can be eaten in 5 minutes.

Yardwork – Offer your services for lawnmowing, raking, trimming potting etc. It gets you out doors, keeps you active and can generate money for charities.

Dogwalking – Put up flyers in coffee shops and shopping centres around town. Offer to walk dogs in the park on the weekends. You can collect the dogs early in the morning before school or work. Extra exercise for you and the pets plus it’s one less thing someone else has to do, thus worth a couple of bucks!

Flea Markets – Great for teenagers. Your parents will love you for cleaning up your room, you get to sell off old clothing, books, cd’s, DVD’s and games.

Check out our similar posts like fundraising ideas for kids , School Dance Fundraisers ,Facebook Layouts for Charity, Wacky Fundraising Ideas

Here are just a few ideas of free fundraising ideas or events that wont cost much to put on.  Now you tell us what’s worked for you and what charity would you donate the money to?

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Fundraising for Kenyan Orphanage

Paul McWhorter’s math class might go down in history as the coolest ever. Several of his students were looking for a service learning project and boy did they come to the right math teacher! Paul’s  daughter Elizabeth is currently working as a missionary nurse for an orphanage in Kenya. During a web chat with student juniors Austin Stapp, Blaine Mitchell, Alex McMayon, Mary Lou Martinez, Ryan Espinosa and Lane Griffin a plan was developed to help the orphanage kids.

“The children at Mattaw receive a well-balanced diet and are well-nourished,” McWhorter said recently in an email from Kenya. “However, when we rescue orphaned or abandoned children off the streets, they are often very malnourished and suffer from a number of health challenges.

“I mentioned (to the students) that vitamin supplements would be a good thing for all the children, but in particular would be beneficial for those children just rescued, and those with more serious medical conditions.”

The Eldorado Texas students have developed a Web-based project called Cards for Kenya that raises money to buy vitamins for children.

But before we get into that we have to meet another player in this. His name is Peter and he’s a budding photographer. Peter is one of the children at the orphanage and one day he became fascinated with a camera. Since then he’s been chronicling his friends and experiences at the orphanage. The idea of selling his photos came to the Eldorado students and it seems like a great exchange for everyone!

The project has raised more than $900, and with part of that they bought a three months’ supply of multivitamins. Paul McWhorter visited his daughter over the Christmas holidays and took the vitamins with him to save on shipping costs. The students will soon be sending another shipment.

Since then the high school students have received their fare share of exposure. They have done interviews for local lions clubs and radio stations and today their blog was updated with a front page article on them!

Check out their website and I think you’ll find these are cool kids fundraising for a great cause. These students show us that school fundraising isn’t just about raising money for the campus but helping those in need. Great school spirit if you ask us!

If you like Peters pictures or just want to support the cause, purchase a print on their site.

Fundraising group Cards for Kenya

Now you tell us, how is your school or charity project taking action and getting involved this year?

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 Fundraising Fashion Gala

   Everyone needs a night out at times. Giving the ladies time with their friends and an opportunity to see the latest fashions is a great occasion. With a tie in to raising money, you can turn this event into a successful fundraiser. If you are helping your local school, church or community organization fundraise for their needs, a fashion fundraising gala is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved.

 This is a larger more complex fundraiser to put on so you need a team of people to help. It has such excitement to it that people will be willing to help.

Gather The Talent

 Ask local colleges or universities if their students would look exposure for their fashions. Students are looking to make a mark for themselves and get noticed for their talents. This is a great opportunity for them because they can publicize their clothing and get noticed.

 Contact local modeling agencies and ask if their models would donate their time to the event. This works in the same way as the fashion designers. Models will do it for the experience and if the cause is a good one. Models will volunteer their time to make connections in their industry as well as the cause. It also gives them experience walking a runway so it fills out their modeling resume. You always have volunteers who would take advantage of this time to wear new clothes in such a fun event.  

 Accessorize Your Models

 You can make a few calls to local clothing stores because the models will need shoes, at a minimum. Other nice touches like jewelry, scarves, and hats give companies a chance to showcase their stock. Offer to put in free advertising for the businesses. The local companies will appreciate the good press.

 Sell Tickets

 Have your volunteers and participants sell tickets and put up posters. Advertise the event at work, schools, social media sites and churches. Your going to be running a fairly large show with lots of volunteers involved, so tap into their network of friends. People know people and this will generate ticket sales plus added advertising.

 There are other outlets for cost effective advertising in your area.  Call local radio and TV stations which donate a portion of their time to local fundraising activities. All these avenues take just a minute to fill out a form but add a lot to your bottom line.

A Concession Stand For Extra Income

 Have a few finger foods at an on site cafeteria. Food and drink will add an extra stream of income to your night. It’s a finishing touch to your night and takes a few minutes to organize.

 Those are some tips to help you run a successful fashion fundraising gala. I’m sure you can add more to our quick list. What worked for you when you produced yours?  Drop a comment and help others who are thinking of doing this activity.

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Putting on a successful school dance fundraiser

Is it me or is the guy in blue sticking his fingers in the pink girls eye? Everybody else is having a good time though…

We’ve been spending some time over the last couple of posts looking at school fundraising ideas. A lot of our clients are schools so we want to help them out. This year the funding has been tough, so we’re throwing some extra ideas out there to help.

A great way to have fun, keep active and draw huge crowds is with a school dance fundraiser. You have a built in audience that is going to attend plus they will get hungry and thirsty as the night goes on. You can charge for a ticket to get in, plus some juice and snacks. It’s all fair since the money generated is going back into school services the students will be using anyway.

Schools can also use a dance fundraiser as an educational experience as well. Zebulon Middle School recently put on their second annual dance a thon and the students had a blast. Everyone got to participate and while gearing up for the event teachers got to show the kids different styles of music and dance.

Eighth-grader Simeon Harris helped the art teachers prepare for last year’s dance-a-thon by helping to set up the gym. Over a two-year time span, he’s learned more about different types of dances. This year, he and a fellow student have researched music and dance of the 1980s.

“There were different types (of music) then,” Harris said. “Rock, R&B, and rap,” for example.

Harris helped pick out music for this year’s event, focusing on “music everyone can enjoy.” He said the best part of getting ready for this year’s dance is “I get to pick my own selection of music.”

Vereen likes that students are learning not only how to support their school and a supporting organization, but that they are finding out about the history of American music.

 School dance fundraisers are a very fun and inclusive way to raise money. It’s important like any other fundraiser to keep the kids excited about why they should take part and motivated to help sell tickets. Just ask dance teacher Letisa Vereen:

 As an extra incentive, Vereen told students about the $50 gift card the arts department would give the student who brought in the most money.

Tracy Hicks, campaign assistant for the United Arts Council of Wake County, said fundraisers like the ZMS dance-a-thon, can make a significant difference. Her organization awarded art-related grants to 138 Wake County schools last year. “We reached 135,000 students,” Hicks said.

So with numbers like that they’re popular with the students, popular with teachers and with combining them with food fundraisers popular with us fundraisers.

So put your dancing shoes on and get out on that dance floor!

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Christmas Fundraising / Charity Ideas


Many thanks to those of you who sent information to us so we can help you give gifts that count. Please consider a purchase a gift this year from this list. It’s been a tough year for Fundraising and Charities and they do good work for people in need.

World Vision Gifts: Over 100 unique gifts to multiply your giving dollar.

Charity Village: Has a collection of links for philanthropic giving:

 The Hungersiteall shopping benefits 8 different causes of your choice. Help Hunger Issues, Autism, Literacy and more.

Chalice: 2011 Christmas Calendar Sponsors International Aid.

Alternative Gifts International: Give a gift that helps fight Hunger, Gender Inequality, Education and more.

Heifer Project International: Christmas gift catalogue
Habitat for Humanity: Clothes, Books and more gift ideas that help fundraise for putting people back into houses.

Green Gifts by the Natural Resources Defense Council: From Green Energy Boosts to Buffalo Babysitting gifts, the NRDC has a launched a new Green Gifts Online Catalog featuring over 40 gifts that help protect the environment and wildlife. [Purchase Green Gifts]

Inspired Gifts by UNICEF: Givers can purchase a School-in-a-Box to help set up a temporary school in times of crisis, vaccines, and even midwifery kits. Recipients get a card, and you help save lives. [Purchase Inspired Gifts]

Peace Bonds by Nonviolent Peaceforce: The purchase of Peace Bonds enable unarmed peacekeepers to go into conflict zones to protect vulnerable families. Givers can purchase as little as two hours of peacekeeping for $10 or up to 100 hours of peacekeeping for $500. [Purchase Peace Bonds]

Animal Adoptions by the National Wildlife Federation: From alligators to walruses, givers can adopt animals in the name of friends, family, or colleagues. Recipients receive certificates, posters, magnets, plush animals, or even binoculars depending upon how much you give. Adoptions range in price from $20-100. [Adopt an Animal]

Acre Adoptions by the Nature Conservancy: Donors purchase acre adoptions from all over the world. Recipients receive a map, fact sheet, an adoption certificate, and a subscription to Nature Conservancy magazine.[Adopt an Acre]

Creature Adoptions by Oceana: In addition to an adoption certificate, recipients also receive a cookie cutter of either a dolphin, shark, polar bear, penguin, octopus, or sea turtle. Adoptions range from $35-100. [Adopt a Creature]

Be the Change Gifts by MercyCorps: Givers can buy gifts that educate AIDs orphans, help women open businesses, or even purchase composting kits and cookstoves for in the developing world. Gifts start at $25. [Purchase Be the Change Gifts]

Online Gift Catalog by People for the Ethical Treatment on Animals: PETA has everything you could possibly imagine for animals lovers, particularly vegans and vegetarians. Clothes, books, mugs, calendars, computer accessories, and even gift certificates. [Shop PETA]

Holiday Honor Donations by the Make-A-Wish Foundation: Givers can choose whether to send e-Cards or to print certificates for either Christmas or Hanukah. [Make a Holiday Honor Donation].

OptInNow Gift Cards by Opportunity International: Givers can donate an amount in the name of a friend, family or colleagues. The recipient receives a gift card that they can then redeem and apply towards a loan to an entrepreneur in the developing world. [Purchase Gift Cards]

Green Essentials Kit: Set your friends and family on their green journey in style with a kit of essentials that includes a stylish reusable bag, a copy of The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen, an energy saving compact fluorescent light bulb, a bar of Demarah Natural Soap, and a reusable travel mug. This Green Essentials Kit is available for $40 from, which offers a great selection of green gift baskets for everyone on your list.

Biodegradable T-Shirt: It’s possible to be both chic, comfortable, and conscious all at the same time by giving them a biodegradable t-shirt for Christmas. Purchase one for $25 from and teach the newbie greenies in your life about waste prevention!

Plantable Eco Calendar: Be green every day of the year with Botanical Paperwork’s Plantable Calendar. At the end of each month, they can plant the seed-embedded calendar page, add water, and wait 6-8 weeks for Bird’s Eye, Clarkia, Coreopsis, Poppy, Catchfly, and Snap Dragon flowers to bloom. Only $14.95 at!

I Am NOT a Paper Cup: A clever porcelain rendition of a paper cup that looks just like the modern to-go cup, except it can be used over and over again. It’s made of double-walled porcelain so it will keep drinks hot and paper cups out of landfills. Put one of these in a friend’s hand for only $10 and you’ll help them be green every time they drink their coffee. (

Eco Salon is offering 4 different box gift sets with sustainable items:

St. Louis Christmas Carols Association – Christmas cards, Ornaments and Wreaths support this group who’ve been singing for 100 years

Water Bobble: A reusable water bottle that has an activated charcoal filter in the spout. Each bottle is made of FDA approved, recycled plastic and comes in one of six bright colors. The bottles are $10 and the filters, which need to be replaced every two months, are $7. The water Bobble is a low cost solution to the wasteful, Earth-damaging water bottle and, therefore, makes a great gift for anyone on your Christmas list, including yourself. (

Reusable Lunch Bag: The adult who takes their lunch to work in one of these totes for a year can save 90 pounds of garbage, while the child who uses one every day of the school year will eliminate 67 pounds of waste. Give a reusable lunch bag like the Gourmet Getaway to friends and relatives so they can do their part to prevent unnecessary waste and pollution. It’s available at for $22.99 and comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors.

A Green Cookbook: Give the chefs on your list In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart by Alice Waters and they’ll be able to create 50 recipes using fresh, local ingredients. Available from Amazon for as low as $16.30.

Triple-Certified Coffee: Much like chocolate, coffee is a Christmas gift that is rarely rejected by recipients. Buy 2-pound bags of Birds & Beans coffee for all your coffee-loving friends and relatives, for $19.25 each. Not only is Birds & Beans’ coffee organic, Fair Trade, and shade grown, but twenty percent of the profits from your purchase will be donated to one of seven non-profit conservation groups.

Organic Cotton Scarf: Scarves are one of the best gifts for women who have everything. That’s because they’re one of the most essential accessories in her closet. An organic cotton gauze scarf from Azuri is a better choice than a brand that uses Earth-costly synthetic materials. All you need to know is your friend or relative’s favorite color so you can select it from the 110 available shades. It’s only $39 at!

EcoCharger: Help the techies on your list reduce their energy bills by 10 percent with a charger that pulls no idle current (a.k.a. vampire energy) once the device is fully charged! The Volt-Star EcoCharger’s Energy Star-compliant design fills up gadgets in less time than other chargers and even comes in an Apple-compatible version. Available at for $32-$34.

Popcorn Set: Help the movie-lovers and foodies on your list snack organic with a popcorn set from Eden Foods. The set comes with plain popcorn kernels, soybean oil, sea salt, and garlic-sesame seasoning (all of which is organic, of course), in addition to a food-safe enamelware bowl and a 40-page recipe booklet. It’s only $35 at

A Bamboo Beanie or Belt: Check out Arbor Collective’s selection of hats and beanies made from bamboo viscose blends. And while you’re there, look into getting someone on your list a top grain leather belt with a metal buckle inlayed with reclaimed bamboo from Arbor’s snowboard and skateboard production.

Pomegranate Gift Kit: Give a female friend or relative a regenerating body care gift kit by Weleda. The kit includes organic pomegranate body oil, body wash, and a naturally exfoliating loofah, all inside an eco-friendly, reusable bag. Only $18 at!

Shower Timer: Help your friends and family conserve water with a sand or digital shower timer. It will actually change their shower habits and help connect the whole concept behind water and energy use with reality. These recyclable, waterproof timers come in fun and attractive designs and cost between $1 and $5.15 at

Water-Powered Clock: The Bedol Water Clock works 100 percent on natural power; no batteries, no chemicals, no pollution. All it takes is natural tap water and a splash of lemon juice and it’s set to keep accurate time for 8 to 12 weeks. Sized at 4” x 3 ½” and costing only $16, this clock is ideal for any home or office. Check it out at

Recyclable Travel Set: The Preserve Travel Set, consits of a triple razor with a completely recyclable handle, six replacement blades, and a toothbrush with a handle made from recycled yogurt cups. The kit is a super gift because it teaches your loved ones to become green when they’re on the go. Costs only $15.99 from

Organic Chocolate: Get the chocolate lovers on your list a unique and deliciously favored Shaman Chocolate bar, which are organic, Fair Trade, and only $3 each. Your purchase will provide support for the indigenous Huichol Indians of Mexico.

Organic Lip Balm Set: Give your girlfriend a USDA-certified organic, All The Better To Kiss You With eco lip balm set. Each 0.25 oz. Pepperminty, Lavender Vanilla, and Chai Mandarin lip balm is 100 percent cruelty-free and comes in a vintage, recyclable tin. The Eco Kiss Kit is available at for just $20.

If you think that you have a gift collection that fits in these categories and benefits others, post your link in the comments so others can see.

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