Parents, these ideas will make you a fundraising superstar!

If you've been landed with the role of raising money for your children's school or preschool, then don't panic, because we have six quick fundraising fixes for you, plus tried-and-true event inspo to impress your Mum (or Dad) Squad.


  1. Cadbury chocolate boxes are becoming a staple fundraiser, but what if we put something healthier in the box? Alive Fundraising asked themselves this question in response to rising child obesity levels in NZ. Don’t worry, this isn’t a sad story. You can now buy Frooze Ball boxes to sell and earn profits up to 40%. This has an easy pay option that you can ease into if it’s your first time fundraising.


  1. Planning a movie night, concert, camp, fireworks or disco fundraiser and want to raise a little extra? Glow Sticks Ltd sells bracelets, rings, paint and sticks in bulk cheaply, so you can re-sell them for profit. Glow sticks are always a hit with kids; they literally light up an event. If you want your fundraiser to be remembered, this is a great option. Check out the website for ordering details and options.


  1. If you are looking to personalise your fundraising, Naturally Gifted transform children’s drawings into permanent art pieces. Once you’ve sent in your drawings, they’ll send back tiles, magnets, mugs or coasters with its new design. With the tile option, you can create a giant mural of your kid's artwork. Tile printing costs $9 a pop, for more details visit their website.


  1. Do you want an organic spin-off on the classic chocolate fundraiser? Trade Aid offers a steal of a deal for their ethically sourced chocolate with fundraising profits of $1 per bar sold. You can make up to 40% profit! Sign up online for this velvety goodness to be sent to you.


  1. The Eco Store appeals to a niche crowd, but one that will appreciate the pampering. Selling soaps is a great way for mums to support a cause without the calories (unlike chocolate, its socially acceptable to have a whole bar to yourself). Kids can buy a box of soaps and sell them for a profit, and they can also personalise them. On the front of the Grapefruit and Mint packaging is a section for the kids to create and decorate just for mum. Check out the website for details, testimonials and videos.


  1. A more laidback approach (we like to chillax) is enquiring about fundraising and events at the cinemas. Liaise with your local cinema for an epic experience (selling bags of homemade snacks at the door, maybe?). We’ve found that Reading Cinemas work especially well for this kind of fundraising, and if you're looking for movie inspiration, "Kiwi Christmas" is due in cinemas this November and would make a perfect family outing for kids of all ages.



Looking for the big bucks?

If one big fundraiser per year is more your style, then finding your niche and holding a big community event is the way to go. Use your school parent contacts and talents to make it easier. Here’s a list of fundraising inspo that other schools have run with great success.

  • Fireworks night
  • Barn dance
  • Music festival
  • Fun run/mini marathon
  • Trivia night
  • Cookbooks
  • Wine tasting evening
  • Parents’ Ball
  • Melbourne Cup night
  • Agricultural day
  • Golf day
  • Christmas carnival
  • Halloween trails


By Olivia Stanley
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