High School Fundraising Ideas

High School Fundraising Ideas

High school fundraising ideas that work

So how do you distinguish your group in a crowded high school marketplace? You can try to be the first group out selling in your community. But that may be out of your control. The solution?

Take your high school fundraiser to another level. Find success by adding a prize program specifically designed to motivate high school students to one of our top-selling products today.

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How Does a High School Fundraiser Work

High school sponsors can either choose to have their students take orders out of a brochure or sell a product directly to family and friends. Deciding which method works best is often determined by previous experience.

Brochure fundraising requires that supplies be ordered and shipped to the group. Sponsors will receive brochures, order forms, price incentive flyers and money collection envelopes. These items are distributed at the kickoff meeting to the group. Students are then instructed to collect orders by showing the brochure to people that they know.

After 2 weeks of selling, students turn in their order forms and money collection envelopes and the sponsor sends in the order forms. Once the order has been processed, the company sends sales reports along with the invoice and the delivery date is scheduled. Each high school student receive their own individually-boxed order so they can deliver the items to their customers.

On the other hand, if ordering a product up front, the sponsor normally submits a signed purchase order. The product is delivered and handed out to the students who are given a deadline date to return the money. Invoices for pre-ordered products are due within 15 days after initially receiving the product.

What Makes Our High School Fundraising Programs Better?

  • Top Quality Products – We carry only consumer-based merchandise that people are looking to buy anyway. Our products are priced to sell and offer great value.
  • Huge Program Selection – Your high school students will enjoy selling our products. Provide them with a single product to sell like a custom school mug or pizza, or a brochure with a variety of options.
  • Prepacked Orders – No sorting required. Students can pick up their boxes and go.
  • Great Incentives – We offer prizes designed to motivate high school students. They can earn additional cash in addition to the fundraising profit, customized sportswear with your group or team name and logo, or cool prizes. All prizes are free.
  • Bonus Online Selling – Make additional money selling online.
  • Free Shipping Available – No charge for shipping products up front, and low minimum requirements for brochure sales.
  • Quick Response Time – Our goal is to provide exceptional customer service and keep your entire fundraising experience simple and easy.
  • No Upfront Charge – Start a high school fundraiser today for free.

Questions About High School Fundraisers

  1. What are some good fundraising ideas for high school groups? We recommend selling unique products that other age groups typically don’t offer, like discount cards, flowers, pizza, or a custom high school tumbler.
  2. What are the most profitable high school fundraisers? The most productive fundraisers for high school groups include large fall and spring variety brochures, cookie dough, frozen food and popcorn.
  3. What are some fast and easy high school fundraising ideas? Original beef jerky meets federal nutritional guidelines and can be sold on many high school campuses. Scratch cards are another great option.
  4. How do I raise money for my high school booster club? Booster clubs are always looking for something new and different. Try selling a product that can be personalized with your school name and logo, like a mug, discount card or scratch card.
  5. What is the profit percent for high school fundraisers? Your profit can range from 20-90% depending on the product sold.
  6. How do you start a high school fundraiser? Plan ahead and start your fundraiser earlier than later. The sooner you approach people to buy the less likely they’ve already been approached by other groups.
  7. How can we get more high school students to sell? Consider adding an additional incentive.

High School Fundraising Ideas & Tips

  • Keep your students focused on the end goal while breaking the sale down into smaller periodic goals as well.
  • For brochure fundraisers, have students carry a ballpoint pen and make sure that orders are legible.
  • Continually emphasize the importance of collecting money up front with the order. Any checks need to be made payable to your organization.
  • If ordering product up front, use a tracking sheet to keep track of products that have been distributed to students for selling.
  • During your kickoff meeting, ask high school students to create a list of prospects that they can approach.
  • Simplify your students sales pitch by giving them an easy script to use.
  • Have students verify the items in their box with the order forms before taking their boxes home for distribution.

Unique Programs for High School Groups

High school is all about school spirit, and capitalizing on this enthusiasm is where you’ll find the most profit in your fundraiser. Many high school students prefer products that are easy to sell, but students at this age will be able to handle a brochure fundraiser with ease. No matter what program you choose, you’ll be able to create something that's simple, profitable, and that generates big wins for your school or student organization.

Creative High School Fundraisers

One of the best times to promote your sale is during a kickoff meeting for a student organization, especially one where you’re setting big goals for the year. Many students will look forward to the chance to contribute to their group’s cause.

Consider forming fundraising committees with a mix of student and parent volunteers. This can enhance your level of engagement, and help get genuine student investment in the fundraiser. These students can be vital ambassadors for your organization’s fundraiser.

Valentine’s Day is another perfect opportunity for a high school fundraiser. We offer several popular high school fundraising ideas, like Popcornopolis, or Yummy Hearts Lollipops. High schoolers have the option of choosing from 6 different popcorn flavors that come pre-wrapped in bouquet-style arrangements.

A fun way to sell these would be to include Valentine’s Day cards with each purchase making it quick and easy to be gifted to their special someone. This is an elevated take on Valentine Candy-Grams that will show your affection towards that high school sweetheart! Plan to start this fundraiser in early January in time for a pre-Valentine’s Day delivery. Check out high school selling success secrets

More High School Fundraising Programs

Another awesome option is the Zap a Snack Pizza brochure, which features 5 different flavors of French bread style pizzas. Every high school student has heated up a French bread pizza after school. It’s the perfect item to sell to parents, teachers and students in the school drop-off and pick-up lines, as well as at bus stops, when students are thinking about that afternoon snack.

For those who prefer more classic high school fundraising ideas, the Gift Collection brochure is a great option. With home wares and kitchen gadgets, this program is ideal to whip out at a family gathering, dinner party, or even the office break room for busy executives without time to shop. Mom’s probably been talking about organizing her closet for ages; show her the hanging organizers for her shoes and accessories!

This brochure also offers magazine subscriptions. Does anyone you know work at a doctor’s office or somewhere with a long wait? Try selling these subscriptions that regularly need updated reading material for customers who have to sit in a waiting room. Maybe even bring your brochure along to your next teeth cleaning!

Exclusive High School Prize Plans

High schoolers never outgrow enticing prizes, and our prize programs are sure to grab the attention of these young adults. You can challenge high school students with a Wear Your Spirit prize program. With Wear Your Spirit, you’ll create an atmosphere charged with fundraising energy and school pride and allow students to show off their success.

High school students will also love prizes in the form of cash. With our cash prize programs, the more they sell, the more cash they’re awarded (and the school makes a great profit, too!). Your students can win up to $200 if they reach the highest level of the Master Blaster prize program! And we'll award an additional $25 to the student who happens to be the first day top seller.

When coming up with effective high school fundraising ideas, the bottom line is that, with a little direction, students at this age can figure out how to reach their end goal by breaking the sale down into smaller more achievable daily goals along the way.