Simple & fun reward ideas that raise more money.
One primary objective for you as the sponsor is to find ways to get as much out of your fundraiser as possible. Improving sales sometimes means being willing to invest in your program financially. For example, you can offer a top-seller prize to the student who sells more than anyone else. Or you can host a pizza party for the class with the most combined sales.
The important thing is to get a good return on your investment because the hope is more students will participate because of your special rewards. However, if you can increase sales without investing any money, why not? Here are three free fundraiser incentive ideas proven to boost sales.
1. Principal for a Day Top Seller Prize
What student wouldn’t wonder what sitting in the principal’s chair for an entire day would be like? Arrange to have the principal introduce your sale at your kickoff assembly and then have them announce that the top seller will get to take their place for an entire day. Everyone will get a big kick out of it.
2. Extra Recess Time Class Incentive
Since most students love recess, why not reward the classroom with the most sales with bonus recess time? You can schedule it for a specific time and then remind everyone who the top-selling class was and why they’re still out on the playground.
3. Ride to School in a Fire Truck Motivator
Riding to school in a fire truck would be an exciting and educational experience for most students. You can arrange for your top 5 sellers to arrive before school at your local fire station. They can get a brief tour of the facilities and then make the short trek to school, where everyone will get to see the arrival. You may even want to arrange for a firefighter to attend your kickoff meeting to announce your sale starts.
Using free fundraiser incentives to motivate your students to sell can be the difference between a good and a great sale. Perhaps the best thing is that you can use many ideas that can be personalized for your specific sales campaign.
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Clay Boggess has been designing fundraising programs for schools and various nonprofit organizations throughout the US since 1999. He’s helped administrators, teachers, and outside support entities such as PTAs and PTOs raise millions of dollars. Clay is an owner and partner at Big Fundraising Ideas.