Your School, Your School Fundraiser

by admin on April 1, 2011

Event Tickets for School Fundraisers

School fundraising events can be among the most joyful and the most chaotic of events. Organisers walk a fine line: keeping the kids entertained is paramount, but unless the adults are motivated to contribute, you will be hosting a very expensive children’s party, rather than an operation that brings in much needed cash.

First, of course, you must decide what event will draw a crowd.

  • Carnivals
  • Spaghetti dinners
  • Pancake breakfasts
  • Walk-a-thon (or jump-a-thon, or any other a-thon that excites the students
  • Cake walk
  • Book fair

And so on. There are hundreds of ways to gather together. Your job is to figure out what event will sell tickets. Then print those tickets and start selling them! Get more mileage by printing matching publicity kits, with invitations and posters, plus drink tickets, coupons, and other great products. You can even earn more money by printing raffle tickets and adding a prize draw to your event. Or, try a silent auction.

Be sure to have plenty of food and drink on hand. This is an easy way to earn more money in addition to the price of admission. Can you please both the kids and the grown-ups? Pizza and sodas are always a good idea, but, depending on the crowd you expect, perhaps you want to offer more food, and more sophisticated food? You can drum up extra interest by printing the menu on the event tickets so folks know what to look forward to.

While the kids are playing, make sure the adults understand why their money is needed. Create three-sided poster displays featuring the arts, or sports, or other aspects of your school you wish to highlight. Film your own videos, and play them around the venue. Have teachers or older students on hand to talk about the great programs you offer.

You may wish to create a fill-in graph that shows how much money you wish to earn. You can update the graph whenever you get another ten percent of your desired amount. If your school needs money, don’t be afraid to put your hand out when you sell those event tickets. Be honest about what you have, what you need, and where that money will go, and wait for the money to find you!

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