Clothing for School We’re always surprised at the imaginative ways school fundraising continues to bloom. Here’s a fantastic way to combine great savings for clothing and benefits schools.

Stacey Boyd  of San Francisco launched Schoola as an online consignment store after watching relentless cuts to her daughters school. By running a clothing drive and posting the clothes for sale online Stacey was able to see the savings for parents and solid contributions for schools. Having experience as a teacher and former principal Stacey saw a the potential for her ideas.

Started 2 years ago Schoola has 3,000 schools registered and continues to grow today. An extensive list of clothing is available for the kids. Everything is covered from jeans, blazers, sweaters, coats, hoodies, hats and mitts and more. Parents that have elementary age kids can really benefit from this post so feel free to share!

If you have gently used clothing at your house that your kids have outgrown, you can request a bag from Schoola and make a donation:

Schoola Stitch, which has a warehouse in South San Francisco, will mail bags upon request to anyone who wants to donate clothes, and the bags can be filled with up to about 20 pieces of clothing and mailed back. The company also helps schools organize clothing drives.

Customers can shop at schoolastitch.com and have purchases shipped home or another location. If your looking to start a school fundraiser,  you can enter your zip code and fill out the details then your registered. For more information Contact Schoola Stitch at 855-454-2956 or hello@schoola.com.

I’m unsure if Schoola is currently in Canada however since the products are useful and they continue to grow hopefully it will.

Have you held a Schoola fundraiser before? Did you find it worth while? Any tips or suggestions you’d like to add, just drop a comment and share with our readers.

twitter @justfundraising
Our justfundraising FB page

Fundraising volunteer Appreciation

 

So we’ve wrapped up another year on this blog (that makes 5 in case your counting!). At the beginning of 2014 lets take a moment to give a shout out to those people in your school or community that helped out the past year. The people in the background that bring it all together. Without these people no school trips,  band costumes, playground equipment or help for the needy in your town.

If you can think of anyone that deserves a public shout out drop a comment on this blog and let them know you noticed their efforts. Lets make this post a list of appreciation awesomeness!

In the meantime, feel free to fill out the image and send it off to someone who has earned it.

twitter @justfundraising
Our justfundraising FB page

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.

twitter @justfundraising
Our justfundraising FB page

Summer Fundraisers for Kids

Summer is a time of being outside, being active and having fun. When your school or special interest group wants to raise money there are a lot of great fundraising ideas they can choose from. Here are a few fundraisers that…..

Summer Concerts – Nothing says summer like a get together with music. Gather local bands to play and put up posters and advertisements around town. Charge admission plus sell food and drinks to people. Your group gets a lot of great advertising plus solid donations towards your cause.

Bike Rally – Sporting activities bring out a lot of people. Fresh air and fun combined with a good cause can almost promote an event all by itself! You can raise money with your friends or alone by taking part in a bike, run or swim event around town. You can give your donors an option of sponsoring you for a flat fee or per mile. These events also attract a lot of attention so call your local TV, radio or newspaper who will want to cover the event.

BBQ Cookoff – People will come out in droves for  BBQ in the summer. An event like this not only attracts hungry people but chefs who want to show off their grilling skills.  You can award prizes in certain categories for best cooked ribs and burgers. Charging a donation for entrance, plus selling drinks to the crowd can help you raise money for this popular event.

Car Washes – Gather your school crew together and hold a car wash on a sunny summer Saturday. Contact local car groups and get them to come out. Depending on the amount of people who actually show up, offer clubs a discount on their wash. You can also sell drink and cookies while people are waiting for their car to be cleaned.

School Fun Fairs – A great idea for school bands, cheerleaders or social clubs. Offer to have an event through the summer that can have events for the family like Bouncy Castles and tables for the adults like book sales, crafts and bakery. Invite service clubs in the area to participate in the event. This will draw a more sellers and more attention from people wanting to check it out.

These are just a few ideas that area available for a summer fundraiser. People in your community are looking for events to take part in so give them a reason to show up and they’ll come!

Drop a comment and let us know what’s summer fundraising activity has worked well in your community.

For help with your summer fundraising projects contact us.

twitter @justfundraising
Our justfundraising FB page

iPad help Special Needs Student With School Fundraising

Students in NY are coming together to learn music. Not such a ground breaking story, but the difference is these students have varying degrees of autism and  normally have challenges in communicating and concentrating. Not exactly the norm for school bands but with the use of apple iPads these students are creating and performing complex pieces.

Music teacher Adam Goldberg is thrilled with the progress he sees in his students.

And beyond the physical constraints the iPad has helped lift, Goldberg says he’s  witnessed a social phenomenon occur in his classroom. Students who traditionally  had issues communicating their wants or needs seemed to suddenly be unlocked by  their music, expressing themselves creatively. “I see them supporting each  other. They compliment each other. They help each other out,” Goldberg told  FoxNews.com. “It is just magical, really a beautiful thing to see.”

Not only have they been able to learn musical concepts but the iPads let them improvise their own pieces. The students at  P177Q in Queens, are selling a few pieces as a school fundraiser. You can purchase their music through iTunes here.

Fox news has even shown up to cover these autistic composers. You can see their coverage here.

twitter @justfundraising
Our justfundraising FB page

Student Musician Fundraising

 

A great way to get students to fundraise is to make the activity appealing to them. Combine a cause that excites them with a personal interest and you’ve got their attention. Add a little exposure for budding artists and this becomes a win-win situation for  arts students.

Meet Anya Parker a 16 year old musician who has come up with a great list to help market both a cause and young musicians.  I think she has fantastic  marketing ideas for anyone looking for more publicity. Here are a few of tips she shares:

1. Write a song for the cause. You can directly raise money to support fundraising by publishing the song as a single and selling downloads to your friends, at a local coffee shop — anywhere! Don’t forget to advertise the song along with what it is supporting. If people like the song, they will be intrigued and more likely to check out the cause. It’s all about spreading the word, right?

2. Speaking of spreading the word, sometimes that’s all it takes! If you don’t want to sell a song, post a link to it for free! The more you send it around, and encourage others to pass it on, you can increase awareness drastically just by getting people interested with a cool tune. Include a description or link to the cause with the song so people are inspired to click, read, and support.

3. Send newsletters including ways to support, as well as a link to a song pertaining to the cause. Even if it is not your song, you can still inspire people to help by capturing their attention through song.

4. Put on a show! Find a few local bands or solo acts willing to do a festival or a concert event and sell tickets to raise money. The artists get to show their skills and have the opportunity to increase their fan base, while playing a fun show that benefits a cause.

5. Create a song writing contest for students (or friends!) to compete in. Encourage people to write and submit a song for the cause. You can even take it a step further and set up a ‘talent show’ type concert where each song is performed and the winner is announced. You can sell tickets to support the cause. There can be a prize for the winner and the added benefit is increasing awareness for the cause through the mere interest and buzz about the contest.

I’d also throw in using social media pages like YouTube to the mix. It helps mention the fundraiser and puts a face to the name for the artist. Great grassroots fundraisers like this are catching on as people support new talent and worth causes.

What other tips could you musicians or artists add to this list? Add your comments, we’d like to see what you come  up with. Also feel free to share this with the young artist in your life. They are probably looking for way to get noticed!

twitter @justfundraising
Our justfundraising FB page

Justfundraisings Fundraiser of the Month Contest

We are starting a contest for All our customers. Send us a picture of your fundraising team plus a success story and we will enter you into our monthly Fundraiser of the Month contest. You could win an extra $100 dollars for your new school fundraiser or charity drive. We’ll mention the winners here and on our justfundraising facebook page in future posts.

Think of it as public acknowledgement of your awesomness!

Send your information in an email to helpdesk@justfundraising.com with the subject Fundraiser of the Month Contest

Good Luck!

twitter @justfundraising
Our justfundraising FB page

 

Karen Klein the bus monitor we covered in the our story Justice and Fundraising for Bus Monitors has announced that she plans on retiring from her job. Don’t shed a tear for her yet though, it’s not a sad story.

The fundraising campaign started in her honor has raised over $700,000 dollars. Karen plans on donating parts of her windfall to Down syndrome and Autusim charities.

Here is a news clip as she gets to meet the man that put it all together for her:

Karen is deciding this might be as good a time as any to make an exit.

I’m not quitting because of what happened. That’s not it, I enjoyed working with the kids. I guess it’s just my time to leave. That’s what I’ve decided.

That’s going out in style Karen!

As for the kids that taunted her doing her ride, the school system in the Rochester suburb of Greece suspended the four middle school students for a year, keeping them from regular bus transportation.

How does Klein feel about this punishment?

“It’s fine with me,” she told the AP.

Klein said they’ll still be going to an alternative school – “they won’t be just sitting at home doing nothing.”

But the best part of her ordeal going public, and the resulting school action, “is that they have to do community service – for senior citizens,” she said, her voice rising with emotion.

“Hopefully everybody out there knows how much I appreciate everything,” she added.

I think justice has been served in Karen’s situation, lets roll on from here.

twitter @justfundraising

Fitness Fundraising

Lori Dempsey from Castle Rock decided that she would do what she could to help those involved in the Waldo Canyon Fire earlier this summer. So she put on her dancing shoes…….and called some friends. Her friends happened to be Zumba instructors and all three ladies put on a 2 hour fundraising salsa session! There was no cost for the class but participants were asked to bring in donations for the victims of the fire.

“Seeing that devastation on television and with us having connections down there, I really felt they are part of our community,” Dempsey said. “We felt a responsibility to do what we can to try and help them.”

By the time the message was sent through the community 75 women showed up to help and participate in some steamy latin grooving.

Zumba is an aerobic dance excercise that teaches different dance steps such as merengue, reggaetone and salsa.  It creates a party like atmosphere that the class dances away to. The whole time burning a pile of calories.

At the end of the fundriasing activity Dempsey was very satisfied with the turnout from Douglas County.

“It’s easy to be part of a community when things are going well,” Dempsey said. “But the ties are tested when the chips are down. You really see your true colors.”

If you would like to help your favourite charity cause or hometown contact us for fundraising ideas.We’re fit, fun and groovy and ready to raise money for important things in your life.

twitter @justfundraising

School Sports Fundraising Feeling the Squeeze

School is out for another year but the fight to keep school sports running is starting up again. Many schools are digging in deep for another year of keeping particular sports alive or looking at cutting activities altogether. The past few years have been rough for school sports programs and this year looks no different.

Many teams like the Cal athletic department are fighting a long battle to keep things going. Try reading this article called Cal’s smaller sports saved but not out of the woods or Modified sports restored, but kid boosters press on that talks about the Greenville Central School District’s hard decision to scrap sports activities for kids in grade 7 and 8. The decision ended well, for now but the funding is getting tighter.

For more of our coverage of school sports fundraising check out our posts: school sports fundraising ideas.

Lets keep those Friday night lights on for the kids.

twitter @justfundraising