Quick and easy events for the whole school year
Big events are brilliant fun and great for bringing in
the cash, but if time and manpower are in short supply, these quick
and easy ideas are a fantastic way to raise funds for your
A Recycling scheme takes minimal effort to set up. It involves a
call to a supplier to book a collection date, agreeing that date
with the school, then promoting the scheme to parents. Many
suppliers even provide poster and letter templates. Popular PTA
recycling schemes range from ink cartridges and textiles to DVDs
and gadgets, so simply choose the one that's right for your school.
Once your PTA has registered with your chosen scheme, set up a
collection point and advertise in advance so parents can start
sorting and saving their unwanted goods. Find suppliers
How about a 'give up to gain' fundraiser? Simply agree what it
is you want to encourage children to give up - sweets, TV, even
talking! - for a set amount of time, getting supporters to sponsor
them for their incredible willpower. Make collecting money even
easier by setting up a crowdfunding page (highlighting why you are
raising funds), to which individual pupils or classes can link.
Find out more about crowdfunding here, and other sponsored event ideas
Loose change fundraiser
A loose change collection makes a simple one-off fundraiser.
Nobody likes a purse full of coppers, but put a pile of them
together and you're looking at a decent profit. Some schools run a
coin trail, where you collect change and see how long a line you
can make - others have created a large image of the school logo out
of coppers. Other popular options include a 'drink
up, fill up' scheme which can be run in conjunction with sports
day: bulk-buy bottled water, giving each pupil a bottle with a
message or poem asking for it to be returned full of change. Set a
date for bottles to be returned, allowing pupils several weeks to
fill them up. Apparently, a 500ml bottle can hold up to £8-worth of
change! Feel like giving more of a treat? Try a Silver
Smarties fundraiser! Smarties tubes are the perfect shape to
collect 20ps, each fitting £12-worth. Encourage children to do
chores over the half term or Easter break to earn their 20p
As simple-to-organise events go, it doesn't get much easier than
a non-uniform day! But why not avoid giving teachers the worry of
managing pupils sporting dangerous footwear or exposed midriffs by
running a 'mad hair' day instead? Charge pupils £1 to show off
their artistic flair, awarding prizes for the best ʼdos! All you
need to do is agree on a suitable date with the school and prepare
a letter to be sent home to parents. Run it in March as a 'mad
March hair' day (bunny ears optional)!
Club is a form of school lottery with a pre-set amount of
numbered lottery tickets. Each month, your supporters pay a fixed
subscription for their number. Each numbered ticket is entered into
a monthly draw. The prize is a percentage of the profits, with the
rest going to PTA funds. Given the nature of a 100 Club, this can
easily be set up and run by a busy working parent with the monthly
draw being conducted by the Headteacher in assembly and payments
arranged by the PTA Treasurer.
Charity scratchcards are cheap to buy and easy to distribute.
There are a number of themes you can choose, with football being
especially popular. Family, friends and neighbours pay £1 to
write their name against their chosen team. Completed cards and
money are then returned to school. The silver panel is scratched
off to reveal the winning team, and half of the money collected
from each card is returned to the pupil to pass on to the winner.
Scratchcards can be bought for less than 10p a card. If there are
40 teams listed, your fundraising potential per card is £39.90...
multiply this by the number of pupils at your school and you can
see how this could be a great earner!
Shopping affiliate schemes
Your PTA could be earning commission from money spent during key
shopping seasons, by signing up to one or all of the shopping reward schemes available! While
individual companies, such as Baker Ross and Scholastic, offer a
kickback to schools, there are several companies whose reward
schemes involve leading retailers such as Amazon, Tesco, NEXT, John
Lewis and hundreds more. Every time a parent uses one of these
fundraising websites to access their chosen online shop, your PTA
could benefit! Find out more in our suppliers
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