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.

Mae1 Wed 21-Sep-05 20:08:52

Buy.at - 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 buy.at - 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{http://www.thevanillacardcompany.co.uk/Vanilla 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 buy.at - 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 http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/referral/1409. 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?
Cakesales

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.

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