PTA fundraising ideas

(102 Posts)
grumpyfrumpy Mon 19-Sep-05 12:37:58

We're looking for something different and have seen the yellow moon website, has anyone got any experience of using them and how much did you actually raise? Any other suggestions for something to do between 'events' are it were, to keep the funds ticking over. Already do book magazines etc.

SoupDragon Mon 19-Sep-05 13:52:02

Not done it for PTA but something else. Didn't make huge amounts of money with Yellow Moon but then again, it is money for nothing. You stick the lables on, distribute the catalogues via the classrooms and that's it.

How about second hand uniform sales? Get people to donate uniforms andsell for school funds?

SueW Mon 19-Sep-05 14:12:14

You can link up to one of the online shopping things where people click through from your school and make their purchases. Lots of shops from John Lewis to Amazon. Good to publicise at this time of year as you could get a lot from people doing online shopping for Xmas.

Sadly I've forgotten the names of the sites now but someone else might know. I've also emailed a friend to ask her.

Fauve Mon 19-Sep-05 14:12:43

Our PTA does Yellow Moon - don't know how much it raises, but must be enough, as we keep doing it. I personally like the kids' craft stuff as well, so am happy to buy from it.

There's also a scheme for ordering bulbs, with a percentage going to the school; and organic veg through Abel and Cole. If you want more on the bulb scheme, I can find out the contact details.

Our gardening club also sells stuff the kids have grown, plus odds and ends from people's greenhouses etc, and that goes well. Bargains for gardeners, actually.

auntymandy Mon 19-Sep-05 14:16:17

At my childrens primary school we had a bun sale every friday. Each class's parents took it in turns so you didnt have to contribute too often. made between £20 and £40 a week. Easy peasy

MarsLady Mon 19-Sep-05 14:18:27

we get fruit and veg from Abel & Cole. You can buy a veg bag, fruit bag or combi bag. School makes 25% of sales.

Fantastically easy way to make cash and the parents get something too.

In a year we've made over £2,000

SueW Mon 19-Sep-05 14:18:42

Suttons Seeds do a scheme.

Have a look at this site for ideas

grumpyfrumpy Mon 19-Sep-05 14:23:35

thanks guys, there are some great ideas, I like the idea of the website that gets you money when you shop online, that sounds great, I also like the idea of the gardening bulbs too.
We live in an area with a mixed income so some people don't have any spare cash, so giving people the option of not spending money is important.

We try to avoid sponsored events as people feel obliged (sp?) to give something.

grumpyfrumpy Mon 19-Sep-05 14:36:15

SueW, jus had a look at the link and the ice skating for school looks fab, will mention that at our next meeting

Fauve Mon 19-Sep-05 15:59:35

Here's the bulb man , as promised

SoupDragon Mon 19-Sep-05 17:22:08

Mufti days?

fsmail Tue 20-Sep-05 19:01:35

We do a fashion show every year and also a ladies night where we ask local tradespeople such as dress shops if they want a stall which we charge for and then ask the parents to come for a charge of £2.50 which includes a glass of wine.

Furball Tue 20-Sep-05 19:47:34

Webb Ivory is a good one with christmas comming up.

Also chocoholics is another great one for christmas.

He's a fund raising site which might help you. As you can see on there there is also collecting things like printer cartridges or clothes.

Maybe track down a Phoenix card person. They offer a commission on purchases.

tex111 Tue 20-Sep-05 20:20:25

Something that's popular in the States is putting together a cookbook using parents' favorite recipes. It's always interesting and popular. I've gotten some of my favourite recipes from these kinds of cookbooks. We would sell advertising to local shops and tradesmen at the back of the book and could always find a printer to print them up for free as long as their name was displayed prominently in the book. Then they were sold through the school and the shops that had paid for advertising.

Lots of groups do them in the US and some include a little background info for each recipe such as if it's been handed down in the family, discovered on holiday, etc, etc.

grumpyfrumpy Wed 21-Sep-05 08:56:44

thanks of some great suggestions, I like the idea of the cookbook and the site that does calenders from pictures


Sue W, did you manage to remember the namse of hte site that does cashback from shopping?

SoupDragon Wed 21-Sep-05 09:28:24

With the cook book, make sure that none of them are lifted straight from a cookry book that is under copyright (or you need to ensure you ask the publisher/copyright holder for permission to use it). You should stress this when you ask parents for the recipes. Not that anyone is likely to spot a copyright recipe and be bothered to prosecute but it's best to be safe.

tex111 Wed 21-Sep-05 10:55:27

Good point Soupdragon. I've got quite a few of these kinds of cookbooks from schools, church groups, hunting clubs, etc and they're not only useful but provide an interesting peek into a community. For instance, in Texas there are always at least half a dozen different recipes for pecan pie!

Mae1 Wed 21-Sep-05 12:58:31

I'm new to PTA - 1st meeting this Friday - wanted some ideas to take along so stumbling across this is great! Will suggest the Bulbman - seems straight forward enough - just bit of organising in terms of the ordering - but not too much hassle! Any other "unusual" ideas out there - things that maybe haven't been used regularly by all the other local schools!!!! Keep thinking and jot them down.

SueW Wed 21-Sep-05 13:34:05

I got an email from my friend last night - the company their school was using went under. I know I've told other people about it though so let me go search some archives.....

Back soon

SoupDragon Wed 21-Sep-05 13:42:47

pecan pie... <<drool>>

SueW Wed 21-Sep-05 14:07:17

I love yahoogroup's archives (on low volume lists anyway!)


No personal experience but it seems like a good idea.

grumpyfrumpy Wed 21-Sep-05 14:08:54

What a star off to have a look....

SueW Wed 21-Sep-05 14:09:16

Grrr. link didn't work.

SueW Wed 21-Sep-05 14:11:30

You could always contact one of the organisations and see how they get on. Find out who's got webshops on by using the search facility. 'scout' or 'junior' work well as search parameters.

bambi06 Wed 21-Sep-05 14:32:45

i`ve just suggested we have a childrens secondhand clothes sale after school..mainky to get rid of my lot!!! but they seem will wait and see...we also have lots of cake sales too..

Mae1 Wed 21-Sep-05 20:08:52 - looks good - is it really that easy to earn money for funds?????? I'll suggest it and see what the response is - thanks for the suggestion! kepp them coming in!

Theresa Fri 23-Sep-05 07:08:10

We use Yellow Moon twice a year. had our first meeting after Summer Hols last week. We got about £70 from the spring catalogue (Easter stuff). Getr nearer to £100 from Xmas one. Money for nothing. It took 3 of us less than half an hour to put stickers on & distribute to teachers (first school, ab out 350 children)

basketcase Fri 23-Sep-05 07:17:56

We use yellow moon, chocoholics and webb ivory - all great money spinners. Webb Ivory is for Christmas, chocoholics we run ready for easter (mmmmm...) and yellow moon about twice a year, autumn term and summer I think.
Other things we have done - children’s fashion show( incl a dad’s section!) , summer fete, mufti days once a term (children pay a pound and come in costume, we make it a theme day rather than just non uniform to make it more fun - pirates and explorers last time). Evening concerts, dance displays etc We were going to do the calender thing (not a nude one but one with painting comp for chidlren, best ones go in with school photo on the front). It was around the time of that programme about naked community calenders and how many made a huge loss and were in debt..put the organisers off believe!

Mae1 Fri 23-Sep-05 11:41:49

Just come back from 1st meeting - going to do BULBMAN & register on - I'll let you know later in the school year just how successful we are!
Thanks again

grumpyfrumpy Fri 23-Sep-05 13:16:22

Ha anyone got an experince of the ice skating for schools or any of the circus people, as our PTA were interested in something different, but they are a lot of effort and we wanted some idea hoe much people actually raised?

Some of the other ideas are great, thanks!

Milliways Fri 23-Sep-05 15:47:48

Can't remember how much, but we used to do the Dry Ice-Skating every yr until the company stopped. We had 3 sessions of 1 hour each & INSISTED that parents came in to help lace up the boots before running away again (otherwise some kids had to wait sooo long for us PTA people to get to them). We always sold out & made extra money from tuck shop set up at the same time.

Mae1 Fri 23-Sep-05 19:02:38

My sister is a teacher and I asked her about ice skating this evening as I thought it may a possible earner - she said there wasn't a lot to be made - they used as more a social thing for the children rather than a fundraiser. Not sure who she used - will try and find out!

Gobbledigook Fri 23-Sep-05 19:14:12

We are doing Xmas cards - each child designs their own, parents take a look and decide if they want to buy it if made into cards and if they do they are made up into packs (of 12 I think) for £6.

I don't know the company name though and we are aiming to have all the designs done by half term as they have to go off to the printers early enough to be back for Xmas.

The PTA gets a % of what is ordered.

SueW Tue 27-Sep-05 16:52:50

I've not used them but \link{ Card Company} are one company that do that.

SueW Tue 27-Sep-05 16:53:17
Mae1 Wed 05-Oct-05 22:37:40

Now set up - letters send out to all Parents - just waiting for them to start spending now and wait for the money to role in!
Thanks again

pepsi Fri 07-Oct-05 21:18:02

Have been reading this thread with interest. Am going to my first ever PTA meeting next week and want to go armed with ideas. Ive looked on the Abel & Cole website and cant find a link for a scheme for fundraising with schools. Can anyone help me here. Would also appreciate any more good ideas for raising cash and the best ways to get everyone involved.

ScarySkribble Fri 07-Oct-05 21:28:36

OK what about a christmas fair? Ask local independent retailers if they want to hire a stall. (Like me). Charge a set price for a stall or ask for a percentage of takings. Get each stallholder to donate a prize for the raffle.

Include school stalls like lucky dips, roll the penny etc. With the older children looking after them. Teas and coffees with home baking are also popular. Get the kids singing carols and keep raffle to end to keep parents in for longer.

One school fair I go to is held on parents night so everyone comes and the kids hang about and buy from the tuck stall while parents are in at the teacher.

cloppy Fri 08-Sep-06 18:06:07

The best money spinner for our pta has been the christmas fair. We try to get all the parents and children involved and make the school as christmasy as possible with lots of carols playing and decorations everywhere. The bottle tombola and christmas "santas" grotto are the best. We get our toys from bakeross and toysforschools who specialise in school fundraising. It is also amazing how many items the parents are prepared to donate if you get the children to send home a nice "request" note.

nicky1970 Sat 24-Feb-07 23:04:26

One online shopping link is We're new on the PTA and have been using it since November and it's doing pretty well. More and more retailers are joining all the time. Recently Next & Body Shop have joined too. But there's hundreds of well known retailers including Amazon, ToysRus, Woolworths, eBay etc. The link above means that we can earn a little extra for referring too. Which is something you could also do once you've joined! etc etc

tatt Sat 24-Feb-07 23:13:01

doesn't raise money as such but school link (book people ) give you books - 10% of the value of orders. They have a website you can look at. Popular with parents at our primary school.

3andnomore Sat 24-Feb-07 23:19:19

Mufty days?

3andnomore Sat 24-Feb-07 23:20:11

Usborne also gives schools and librarys and party hosts percentage of free books depending on sales amount

wheresthehamster Sat 24-Feb-07 23:45:46

In between events :-

100 club.
Tea towels.
Quizzes for adults (charge £1 and award a prize for first correct entry out of the hat). Can be seasonal or themed.
Design competitions for the children (charge 50p) e.g. Easter egg - one prize per year/class.
Balloon race - quite exciting for kids. The return is quite good if I remember correctly.
Teas and coffees at assemblies and concerts.
Weekly bonus ball competition - to tie in with Saturday's Lottery draw.

nikkie Sun 25-Feb-07 19:06:01

We have a 100 club and it does very well.

hbbell Mon 30-Apr-07 19:25:14

sorry bit slow here whats a 100 club please

ParentsVoice Sat 07-Jul-07 21:27:41

You know fundraising is great and I understand why it's necessary but the frequency of which I'm asked for money is really getting me down as a parent.

Here's why it's getting me down.

I'm a single parent. I have NO family in the area or anywhere near. My friends all have kids, so when it comes to sponsors, my kids have ONE name on the form and that's mine.

I recall the stigma of my youth and being the child of a single mum with NO family and it's starting again now with my own kids.

I don't want them singled out as being the 'poor' kid. I don't want them bullied because they can't enter school competitions or go to school in no uniform because their mum can't afford to keep up with it.

Today my child is given a spellathon form. The prizes are awarded NOT for achievement but for how much money is collected. There is no mention of ability to spell it's just money money money.

I'd rather be asked for a one off annual donation than feel the stress of wondering if when I open my child’s school bag there will be yet another request for money.

I feel there is NO choice whether to give or not give. If I don't pay my child is isolated and singled out as 'different' and no parent wants that for their child.

Things that take place during school hours should be free. Having to pay to enter competitions during school hours is the worst of them all. It makes the issue of who has most money and who has least become very apparent.

I know how being the 'poor kid' at school affected me. I want my children to keep up with their peers but at the same time I don't want to have to deprive my child of a swimming trip in order to pay for wearing no uniform. Yet that is what I have to do, as I have NO disposable income. Every penny is accounted for.

As a parent I would like to know what where the money goes. I would also like for things that take place during school hours to be free. Children should all be engaging in the same activity not some sitting out alone as their mum/dad didn't pay for them to join in.

There are great ways to fundraise that don't involve constant demands on the same ONE person for money.

Anyone else feel like this?

Try lobbying parliament.

'PTA takes on politicians in order to buy books for school' sorta thing.

Or, just sell ice cream outside class at 10 past 3. Works a treat.

Kaz33 Sat 07-Jul-07 21:43:00

Auction of promises - we raised £8,500 in March from ours.

We also use easyfundraising - have made about £170 since registering last November.

Cake sales, two yearly fairs, coffee mornings, yellow moon, teatowels, dvd of christmas play.

With Abel & Cole, do they bring the fruit and veg ready packed or do you have to put it into bags for parents??

Mae1 Mon 09-Jul-07 12:20:46

Don't forget the route of registering as a charity and then this opens the door to obtaining matched funding if any parents work for banks or big utilities etc - they will often help out registered charities. We've earned close to £4000 this year by this route alone.

Creole Mon 09-Jul-07 13:16:01

The local estate agent at my school sponsors the summer fair. So, they give £50 for every sale sign board erected - but instead of the for sale sign you get details of the fair, in place of. This generates quite a lot of money and advertisement for the estate agent.

spj630 Sun 23-Nov-08 15:49:13

we do a chocolate tombola at our school xmas fayre.
in return for bringing in a bar of chocolate you can wear your own clothes,the chocolate is then used on the chocolate tombola stall!!!

madmich Mon 22-Dec-08 09:39:25

Use this link to join easy fundraising. It's completely free to join and use and can make you a lot of money

SueMM Sun 04-Jan-09 08:50:32

try they have some great items for stalls, raffles and tombolas and are really helpful and cheap!

A box of 48 gliders is only £3.90 ( ex vat) they're a wholesaler but don't have a minimum order and gave us some great help and advice. They deal with a lot of PTAs and fundraisers and we've saved a lot of money with them.

AlisonB12 Tue 06-Jan-09 14:13:50

For those PTA members out there looking for fresh fundraising ideas that don't involve parents just handing over cash in these cash strapped times.....

Our school has just run a great fundraising project called "My Art Project" where the kids create a piece of art in school and then the clever people at "My Art Project" turn them into great quality cards, canvases, posters, writing paper, etc that are available for parents to order....with 10% of the total order value going to school as a donation. All the cards are personalised with our kids black and white photograph on the back with "Artwork by...."

Our project was a great hit with the school (ticks lots of boxes on the National Curriculum & raised lots of money), the parents (great products to buy while still donating to school), the kids (loved seeing their art transformed into great products) and of course the PTA who just had to provide the supplied templates to the teachers, send out the art proofs to pareants and then bank the cheques!! Didn't cost the school a penny to run and everyone has been delighted.

For more details visit

rhibe Thu 12-Feb-09 13:48:20

Our school has recently signed up with a scheme called Bikes4School, which we were told about by our LEA. It is really easy to register and involves no work for us!

Children and their familes are entitled to discounts for bikes and everything on their site including clothing and lights etc. For every order placed our school gets 5% of the money back which actually adds up quite fast if the children are buying bikes for £100+. Also the money comes straight back to the school, which means we are not tied to spending the money on their site!
Their address is

MorocconOil Thu 12-Feb-09 13:58:06

We do a film club. After school screen a recent film, (you have to obtain a licence), and serve a simple snack.

Parents love it as it is very cheap childcare.
The children love watching a film with their friends. We also get parents coming to help and it is quite a social event.

We charge £2.50 per child as we are in a disadvantaged area, but we still manage to make £250. I'm sure more affluent schools could charge more.

greenecomum Wed 18-Mar-09 16:42:47 give registered schools 10% commission on all purchases by parents and friends of the school. Email them on for details.

flame82 Tue 26-May-09 16:40:10

A friend of mine is a teacher and this year her school is taking part in flower bulb fundraising scheme.

They are using a company called Top of the Class Bulbs ( and it works like similar fundraisers - pupils are given coloured brochures to take home where they then sell as many packs of bulbs as they can (not necessarily just to parents) and the school makes a profits on all packs of bulbs sold.

It looks fairly straightforward and even as a small school there is the potential to make quite a good profit!

yummymummy40 Mon 08-Jun-09 14:36:51

selling eco bags with your school name printed on, our school recently tried this and made lots of money

tassisssss Mon 08-Jun-09 14:47:40

yummymummy, what company did you use? the one we looked at recently wasn't seen as great value.

yellow moon annoy me that they're just baker ross with inflated prices. i'd buy my BR stuff through yellow moon if it were the same price, but resent paying extra IYKWIM

we do bags2school and easy2name (money for nothing...can come back later to fill you in, dh needs computer)

as far as events go we have evening discos for the kids 3 times a year, Saturday coffee and craft morning, summer fete, family quiz nights.

JamesHailsoc Mon 08-Jun-09 20:04:23

We had a pyjama day. All the school, including teachers and parents in pyjamas and dressing gowns. It raised a tidy sum and was great fun!

HarrietPotter Wed 19-Aug-09 23:09:48

We've held a couple of very successful Pudding Nights.
We sell tickets (£5 I think, possibly more) to come along and eat as many puddings as you like.
Most people like to bring along their signature pud, but there is no obligation to do so.
Our school is too small to hold the event, so it takes place in our local pub on a Monday or Tuesday which are normally very quiet - the pub like it as everyone buys a drink, though you could hold it at school and sell drinks or include them in the cost of the ticket.
Half way through the evening we hold a free food-themed quiz, and sell raffle tickets at £1 each which most people buy.
Everyone loves it, its a great way to socialise and people get great value for money.

ScampyGirl Sun 13-Jun-10 17:49:05

Ever tried Funmats?? Funmats take kids pictures (not a class picture like they do with tea towels) and then parents order what products they would like with their kids picture on. School makes money on every sale.

We did the project based on what the kids were doing in class (jobs), so their pictures had the theme of "When I grow up I want to be..." so it fitted into the curriculum, and the kids / family got to have their picture on the products (coasters, placemats, mousemats, tshirts, mugs, canvas bags...)

We did it before Christmas and made a load of money from parents buying the products as gifts for family members

ukmillymolly Thu 08-Jul-10 13:45:41

We did a school art project with these people it was a huge success.

It was no risk as we didn't have to commit to anything upfront, we were provided with all the templates and promotional stuff.

The teachers liked it fitted well with the National Curriculum!

And finally the kids loved it as they got to have a printed card of their art work with their photo and name on the back!

I would recommend it as a great way to raise money with low effort and no risk!

tribunalgoer Thu 08-Jul-10 13:56:10

parentsvoice Why don't you fill up your child's sponsor form with loads of names, but just not deliver the money?

Explain to the teacher why you have done it, and that you will continue to do it.

emptyshell Thu 08-Jul-10 15:07:21

My old TA used to run the PTA so I got to see most of the things ours did to raise funds (by virtue of kids trotting down to our classroom bearing envelopes of orders).

Schoolslink by Scholastic - she did this quite heavily, always had a few orders.
They made and sold calendars every year with a picture of each child in the school drawn on (kind of the tea-towels thing but done in house).
Termly discos - most of the money was made on the tuck shops, had an hour and a bit for KS1, then lower KS2, then upper KS2 - obviously relies on staff being ameanable to putting in a supervision/DJ stint.

Another school had a family quiz night - unfortunately one teacher got disqualified amid accusations of cheating and one family took it so seriously they had a family member at home armed with the encyclopedia and Google and kept running to the toilets to text questions to their connection!

jodilee3 Mon 12-Jul-10 23:34:11

Hi i have just stumbled upon this. have any of you guys heard of Skyecycle Ltd we do fundraising for schools with recycling used clothing and bric or brac. Dont worry im not just on here to market my company i am a mother of 2 lol. we work with nurseries, schools and scouts basically any organisation needing to raise some extra cash. We pay £450 per tonne for schools, this might sound like a lot of clothing but trust me schools raise so much doing this. Have a look at our website we travel anywhere in between coventry and the north of england its a fab way to earn some extra cash xxxx

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spj630 Fri 04-Feb-11 11:59:55

hi, does anyone have any ideas where we can order a film to do a cinema night at school?

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makemineapinot Sat 05-Feb-11 21:45:53

Parents voice - I know how you feel - you should write to the head and let her know how you feel. Those fundraising ideas are very unfair. At least offer 2 prizes - one for the actual spelling and one for the moeny raised. sad for you and your kids - I was in your shoes too at our last school.

Re the fundraising what we've found works is:

school disco - the £1 entry fee pays for the dj and you make money at the tuck shop (plus the glow sticks!!!) probv about £250 - £300 per evenign - 2 discos , early for the littlies and later for the older ones. school of approx 350 kids.

bags2school - distribute the bags for textile/shoes recycling and get paid by weight - minimum efforta nd you make good moeny
yellow moon - easy and make some money
match funding is by far and away the best way to make money!!
Penny trail - each class competes tp bring in the most in loose change.
Cake sales - each class/yesr group then keeps the moeny they make and chooses what to buy.

mollyblack57 Wed 04-May-11 11:32:43

I too feel very strongly about fundraising and our PTA. My children attend a private school. Their fees are hefty and I do not think that fundraising should be a prime function of our PTA 's constitution which it seems to be. The school should be funding computers etc not the PTA whose many parents struggle to send their children there in the first place. Perhaps were this a state sector school my mindset would be different.

startail Sat 07-May-11 01:50:32

I agree with parents voice about sponsored events they are the pits if you have no relatives to ask. And as for the half to charity, half to the school with incentives for children who raise more angry (We had some sports thing with a pencil case if you raised £10 and a bag for £20, I'm afraid I ignored that one).

With fingers crossed because I've printed out a pile of signs for an event tomorrow and the weather forecast is yerk!

tanjan Mon 23-May-11 22:52:37

our ptfa fundraises for the school to buy stuff for the kids maybe your pts is doing something wrong mollblack !!

rward Tue 14-Jun-11 14:50:17

Have you even tried to help your PTA raise funds? Its a website that gives a donation each time you make a purchase and offers a wide varity of products from over 600 shops.

I've just set-up my cause and have started to email people the link so hopefully will start earn money soon.

leah123 Mon 18-Jul-11 03:53:19

We recently 'invested' in a popcorn machine and found it to be a great fundraising tool. It has proven to raise substantial amounts of money in a fun way! You make your money back for the machine after just a couple events and from then on is pure profit.

NappyShedSal Mon 18-Jul-11 06:57:43

We have just done "Phil the bag" - soooo easy! They send the bags and a letter for you to add your deatails to and then send out with the bags. You can fill the bags with any textiles - clothes, curtains, towels, belts, hats, shoes etc. One week later they come with their van and collect all the filled bags - we made £160 for no work. We've got another collection booked for November. If you decide to do it mention Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Primary School, Oxon and we'll get £10 commission.

laladee Wed 27-Jul-11 01:58:02

Quote: leah123
We recently 'invested' in a popcorn machine and found it to be a great fundraising tool. It has proven to raise substantial amounts of money in a fun way! You make your money back for the machine after just a couple events and from then on is pure profit.

Where d'ya pick up the machine from?

leah123 Mon 08-Aug-11 18:08:55

"Where d'ya pick up the machine from?"

Apologies for the delayed response, haven't been on here much since the kids are off school...
We got our popcorn machine from
- very established and helpful company.

Rothmamaboom Tue 13-Sep-11 13:41:09

I thought I would just shout about this great little Idea I came up with for all you fellow victims of the PTA looking for new fundraising ideas! I know there was quite a few posts on this subject a while ago but thought I should let you know about how we raised money towards the repairs of my sons school minibus.

It basically just involves getting all the children in your school to collect as much foreign currency from home as they can possibly find, as lets face it most houses have a stash of unwanted coins that just end up in the change jar. Also encourage them to ask family and neighbours to chip in. We did a collection in our school and managed to accumulate 11 buckets between 900 pupils and we awarded a small prize to the biggest collector from each year group for a bit of an incentive.

There are companies online that you can contact to exchange the money for sterling, I particularly found a really big help, they gave me lots of ideas to make collecting easy and once the collection was complete they sent a courier to pick it up free of charge, they then emailed me a quote and once I accepted, Cash 4 coins transferred the money straight away into the school bank account.

Give it a go, we had a great success following our collection and the children really enjoyed it and it's free.

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S100 Fri 23-Sep-11 13:47:40

has anyone tried asking parents to regually contribute to the PTA? Say £1 per month 300 children approx £3k per year?

Kay14 Wed 19-Oct-11 21:22:32

We have just signed up for a Secret Santa Shop. We have ran them in the past and bought loads of little gifts then asked parents to wrap them. We have then set up a shop in the school hall and had one of each item unwrapped on display - the children choose what to buy and they take a wrapped version home for mum/dad/sibling etc. We usually buy gifts around the £2 mark and charge £3 each.
Generally we make £150-£200 but the main reason we run the shops (we do them at mothers day and fathers day too) is that the children really love them.
The only problems we have is volunteers to search for value for money gifts and to wrap hundreds of little gifts. This year we are using a company that provide the ready made shop for you, all gifts wrapped etc - they charge £2 per gift and the gifts look lovely, any we don't sell we can send back for a refund. Their website is .

scooby1966 Fri 03-Feb-12 18:50:39

Our school ran a family portrait day before xmas. We had a great response and the outlay was nothing. We made about £450. The company was in Liverpool but I know they go all over the North West area. They are called Posh Prints. (I think )

bacon Mon 12-Mar-12 16:53:09

I'm looking at bulbs and seeds. Not just for parents to buy from the catalogue but 'bring your seeds & bulbs to school' day so that they could make a garden. Anyone done similar? See sutton seeds to fundraising but cant find bulbs.
I see last year there was 'Plant a Bulb' day but see nothing for autumn this year. Doesnt look like they are doing it.

GossipMonger Mon 12-Mar-12 16:54:08

Haha! This thread is 5 years old!

bacon Wed 14-Mar-12 09:52:44

So? Its been continually added to.

LondonSophie Thu 12-Apr-12 09:10:11

Hi all,

School fairs (Christmas and Summer) and raffles are always a good way to raise money. I know that Foxtons and Microscooters have helped raise money for local schools in South London. Savvy Mummys have approached some local schools recently (Savvy Mummys > Daily Deals for Savvy Mums) as they are trying to help PTA's as they would like to help give back to the local community. It would be worth contacting the above for help


peoplefundit Wed 11-Jul-12 13:52:54


A school in Chester used us to raise money through a "crowdfunding" website -

They raised £5,000 and built a solar powered outdoor classroom!

It's really easy to set up and schools/PTAs can reach everyone online - even passing millionaires!!

Message me if you want any help with it.


LittenTree Wed 11-Jul-12 18:37:50

Admit I haven't read any of this thread so apologies if this has been done to death: but an idea we do that works is a 'treasure hunt', usually at Easter. The DCs buy an admission/application form for £1. Last year it had photos of notable locations that the DC had to ring on a map ( swings in one of three possible parks, park gates, the pub sign etc)- closest to all of them won: this year 15 people put school-printed 'Jubilee Crowns' in an accessible house window, the map gave you a rough idea of which road or close to look in, and the DC had to add up the house numbers of the 'chosen' houses, closest winning.

The prize was half the takings.

We made £200 odd each time.

CornishKK Wed 11-Jul-12 19:04:04

I went to a brilliant PTA thing a few months ago, I'm not even a parent of a child at the school involved. Local beauticians, reflexologists, hairdressers all offering introductory deals, mini manicures, taster treatments plus stalls (cupcakes, crafts etc), plus a bar and take away curry!

I only spent £30 and had a foot massage, eyebrows threaded, manicure, glass of wine & curry for two.

It took a bit of organising I would of thought but very popular.

farmerjon Tue 31-Jul-12 16:30:28

Farmers’ Choice
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There is no outlay needed from the school, just some volunteers to hand out the bags once a week. We’ll send you free sample bags and produce to show off on Launch Day and to sign up mums and dads for a weekly order. Then we deliver the bags to your school site once a week, free of charge. Starting at an affordable £5.00, 25% of the bags’ cost goes directly to the school
The scheme can be run by teachers, PFA’s, enthusiastic mums and dads, or by the pupils themselves – and we’re on hand every day to support your fundraising efforts. We can even come and help with your launches on occasion, so feel free to ask.

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TeamMDT1 Wed 12-Sep-12 11:12:19

We put on school art exhibitions anywhere in the country. Everything for the school is completely free. We put the exhibition up and take it down.

We take the kid's work and print it in our own professional, attractive style (have a look at our gallery here ) we frame it in clip frames and exhibit in your school hall. We also provide invitations for the school to give to each parent. We give the school £2 per picture sold, our rrp to parents is £10.

We have had many success stories and write ups in local papers
( ) , many schools have raised over £300.

Feel free to contact us on 07785620827 or for more details.
Team MDT

spababe Sat 22-Sep-12 14:28:20

I've been on the PTA forever and chair for the last 2 years. If you feel strongly that 'someone ought to ...' the join the PTA and help. We try to keep all events affordable and to use the money raised to subsidise the cost of school trips so that they still go ahead.

Things that work:
summer fete & xmas fayre
cake sales (1 per class over the year)
bag2school clothes recycling (asking for textiles not cash)
supportyourschool inkjet and mobile phone recycling
Happy Circus - brilliant event but must be sure you have a big enough school to sell all the tickets. They gave a great show and we also sold sweets and drinks to make profit on those.
Team Active Fun - brought an athlete to the school and ran sponsored activities. Loved the photo they all got.
Promise Auction
Beetle Drive
Easter Egg Hunt - use coloured sticks in the field each child collects 3 sticks and these translate into 3 eggs (sizes depended on colour of stick)
100 club
matchbox challenge - how many items in a matchbox. We got them from Baker Ross and charged £1 to enter.

Luckye Mon 08-Oct-12 11:06:52

Hi, Just wondering if anyone has had experience of Considering placing an order for secondary school kids.

Sokmonsta Mon 08-Oct-12 13:31:29

Yellow moon is good until you get penny- pinching mum's like me who realise baker Ross, the parents company sells exactly the same stuff but minus the fundraiser mark up.
Don't know if anyone's already mentioned them but Attach a tag link sales to fundraising if you use them, as do organised mum.

ShowMeTheCocoa Sat 10-Nov-12 23:40:51

Hi, I am a mum with a small chocolate-wrapping business and I sell a pack of mini Christmas chocolate bars you can get for 40p each and sell at 50p. Please contact me if you would like more details.

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Lizzy75 Wed 10-Apr-13 11:56:42

At my Primary School we recently did a fundraising chocolate bar activity for Easter. Each child designed the front of their bar, and then the parents ordered however many they wanted. We're only a small school (60 pupils), but raised nearly £100. The company we used was

Jemima15 Wed 02-Jul-14 13:29:56

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