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Fall Fundraiser Ideas

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Fall Fundraiser Ideas
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Top 6 Fall Fundraiser Ideas for Schools

Large variety of kitchenware, home accessories, holiday and novelty items, and personalized gifts. Offer over 2,000 products selling out of a brochure or online.

Reversible roll wrap. Offer 80+ exclusive styles of superior heavyweight wrapping paper. Also feature unique embossed, metallic, and even 3D designs.

A unique selection of delicious baked cookies, novelty gifts, wrapping paper, jewelry & more.
Sell novelty & holiday gift items, wrapping paper & accessories, candles, flowers and chocolates.
Over 500 products. Holiday and novelty gifts, wrapping paper, kitchen & home accessories.
Quality kitchenware, useful home gadgets, exclusive gift wrap, & personalizable products.
Want simplicity? Try our all $10.00 fall fundraiser. All items are easy to sell and a value buy.
100 items. Includes holiday gifts, wrap & accessories, kitchen & home products and food.

What Our Customers Say


Our first fundraiser with your group and I think all of the products spoke for themselves.

Tammy Hicks
PTO President
Georgiana PTO

Our event went well! Thank you! We loved how the packages were delivered...with the teacher name and the purchasers name…so convenient. Please contact me next year…we would love to do it again!

Mary Maestranzi
PTA President
Franklin Elementary PTA

The product was priced right.

Elizabeth Hejna
PTA Fundraiser Chair Person
Park Hills Elementary

We distributed orders and so far everyone has gotten all their items. Thank you for your help. It seems that everything went smoothly!

Toshani Meza
Ways & Means Organizer
Westminster Nursery School

Everything was lovely and was a hit with our families :) I absolutely love working with BIG Fundraising Ideas! Lisa and Clay are wonderful and a true delight to work with!

Lauren Costanza
Principal's Secretary
Galileo School for Gifted Learning

Overall, it was a good experience. The prize program was great!

Dori Golan
Trinity Episcopal School

The products were excellent. Just what folks were looking for. We really enjoyed everything. Well pleased with all the products.

Latrina Dunning
Busy Bee's Hive Daycare

The products for sale were much better than the ones we sold last year. I also felt that the prize program was much better suited for my age group.

Robert Beatley

I would prefer to have a faster process for receiving items, maybe the ability to send payment along with the orders so that there is no delay in receiving items.

Andrea Estupinan
Site Supervisor
4Cs Old Elm CDC

Everything went great! The only thing packaging wise was some boxes only had one name listed on the outside but had multiple students’ items inside. Otherwise we were very pleased.

Allison Fosnaugh
PTA Fundraising Coordinator
Mireles Elementary

I think that the brochure had a great variety of items for sale which would appeal to a greater group of people. Most of it was reasonably priced.

Kandis Howard
Mansfield Middle School 5th/6th Grades

We had a great experience with Big Fundraising Ideas! Their products and pricing were good with a huge selection! The whole process was very easy. The shipments arrived in good condition and there were no problems with any orders! Clay was always helpful and available to answer any questions! Emails were always very prompt!! Our group raised a lot and it was so easy and fun!! I would highly recommend any group using them for their fundraising!

Edie Rogers
Parent Facilitator
Steppin’ Up Dance Productions

The process for ordering, receiving and distributing the product was fairly simple. I was glad that when I had questions I was responded to very quickly.

Brandee Peaslee
Sonora High School

We did the Just Chillin catalog sales and it worked well. This was our first year with your company. I liked how the order forms made duplicates so I didn't have to copy them before I sent them in. I also liked that I could scan and email our order. The previous company we used made us mail them, which cost about $7! I liked how you packaged each individual person's sold items in a box (most of them anyway). I did NOT like the packing peanuts-too much to deal with/messy. I like paper or air-filled packing better.

Your company did take quite a bit longer to get our items to us. The previous company we used shipped the items to us within a week of receiving our order, so we usually got things about 2 weeks after sending in the order. This year, we received our packages exactly 4 weeks after I emailed the order to you. The items were all of good quality and I liked the reward system.

Amy Larson
Minico High School Science Club

We will use the funds made from this fundraiser to help alleviate competition expenses for our students. Overall, we were pleased with this fundraiser. The only complaint was that some items were ordered as Christmas gifts and those items were no longer available and had to be substituted. Your company did try to overcompensate by providing other items though.

Amy Dotson
Fundraiser Coordinator
Tishomingo County High School

Elementary students wearing reindeer hatsHow Do Fall Fundraisers Work?

With so many options, fall fundraiser ideas for schools are plentiful. Groups raise more money selling gift items and wrapping paper in the fall than any other time of the year.

To get started, select one of our fall brochures. Each student receives a catalog, order form, prize flyer, and a money collection envelope. Also included is a step by step participant information letter.

When you meet with your group, explain why they’re raising money and how many items you want them to sell. They should only approach people they know.

Once your sale is over, send us your order forms for processing. You'll then receive your sales report and invoice.

We'll also work with you to schedule your delivery date. After paying your invoice, the remainder is your profit.


Elementary school students doing Christmas craftsWhat Makes Our Fall Fundraiser Ideas Better?

  • High-Value. We offer the best fall, winter, and holiday merchandise in school fundraising. Your buyers will love our exclusive gift wrap, cutting-edge household gadgets, and more.
  • Larger Variety. Our fall catalogs have the largest product selection in the industry. This means more sales for your group.
  • Prepackaged Orders. Every order arrives boxed by seller. This helps make distribution super easy.
  • Unique Incentives. Inspire your students to sell even more by adding one of our exciting prize programs.
  • Free Shipping. We have low order minimums and offer inside delivery.
  • Make More Online. You'll also have access to our huge online store. Sellers receive bonus prize credit. Sell online only? Learn about our virtual fundraising ideas
  • Best Customer Care. We aim for 5-star reviews, so you receive the best service possible.
  • Free to Start. You don’t pay us until you collect your money. We’ll send you everything you need to start raising money with no upfront costs.

Questions About Fall Fundraisers

What are the most profitable fall fundraiser ideas for schools

According to PTO Today, schools raise more than $1.5 billion each year selling products.

How long does a brochure sale last?

2 full weeks including weekends.

Which catalog fundraisers are the most popular?

Most schools fundraise in the fall using large variety holiday shoppers.

How much money do schools raise?

It depends on a variety of factors like the size of the school and the socioeconomic makeup. It’s not uncommon for a school with 500 students to bring in $30,000 or more.

Is it better to sell early in the fall or wait?

Most schools start fundraising right after school starts. Their goal is to sell ahead of other groups in their area. But many organizations sell before the holidays. This is when people may be more apt to purchasing gifts.

How can we have a successful fall fundraiser?

Here are 3 things to consider: 1.) Have a purpose that people are willing to support, 2.) Set an individual student and school-wide sales goal, and 3.) Determine the best way to motivate your students to sell.

Do lower-priced fundraisers work?

It depends on whether your community is price-sensitive or not. Our all $10 shopper is popular but you may make less profit per item because of the lower cost. On average, our regular brochures raise more money for schools.

Elementary school students at a Halloween partyFall Fundraising Suggestions & Tips

  • Set an individual seller goal to help you meet your group's fundraiser goals.
  • Encourage your participants to sell out of both their brochure and online.
  • Incentivize students to invite friends and family to make online purchases.
  • Remind students to collect money upfront with their orders.
  • Periodically check on seller progress.
  • Consider drawings during your sale to give participants the opportunity to win prizes.
  • On a tight budget? Offer group-related privileges instead of paying for extra incentives.
More Fall Fundraiser Ideas

In 2017, an estimated $680.4 billion was spent in the retail industry by consumers over the holiday season. And more than 165 million consumers chose to shop over Black Friday weekend alone! Although a smaller number, schools raise a respectable $1.4 billion selling fundraiser products.

According to AFRDS, product sales yield the best results compared to other fundraisers. The fall season is the time for giving so there’s no shortage of sales opportunities. And our brochures cover all the bases.

Each fall brochure incorporates a specific gift concept. “Heartland Goodies & Gifts” and “Tis the Season” offer plenty of kitchenware accessories, useful household items, and holiday gifts. Options like these are great when approaching neighbors. This is when the target audience are normally adults who answer the front door.

But be sure to comb through the pages first because there are a few unique gems. Our personal favorites are the variety of freshly baked cookies and large variety of cheeses and sausages. We also recommend checking out the large selection of designer wrap.

“Snow Much Fun” features only items that are $10 - an excellent selling point, for starters. This brochure is good for a broader audience because it’s affordable and specific to gift giving. Kids also like the idea of picking gifts knowing that each one is only $10. They can find anything from snack boxes for their friends to candy for their siblings. “Snow Much Fun” is an accessible and appealing option.

“A Season of Joy” and “So Very Merry” focus on Christmas. This is perfect if you love burning candles that smell like fir trees or eating yummy goodies. With a solid theme during a sales-driven season, yielding a high profit will be no problem at all.

Out of the fall catalogs in this category, “CW Home” may be the most successful option. This fundraising catalog boasts an enormous amount of durable and double-sided wrapping paper. Fall has no shortage of uses for quality and attractive wrapping paper options.

And you may have some Halloween parties coming up. This is the perfect time to whip out your child’s fall fundraiser catalog. Especially if it involves the Dulce de Leche owls or pecan caramel clusters. When folks are enjoying their ghoulish goodies already, they’ll be in the frame of mind to buy some more.

If you’re fundraising early in the season, use the variety of options to sell to your customer. Ask people questions like “who are you buying gifts for this year?” If it’s later in the season, the double-sided wrapping paper is perfect. You'll give the appearance that everything wasn’t wrapped at the exact same time.