The dreaded “F” word.

Although most of us don’t like to talk about fundraising, it’s a fact that cannot be ignored. A crucial part of planning for homecoming or prom. Usually the only way to have the event that everyone wants.

This year make fundraising fun and profitable with some new twists. Think outside the box- new and exciting ideas are sure to inspire enthusiasm and profit!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

50/50 Raffle

  • Get some inexpensive raffle tickets, or create your own.
  • Sell the tickets during an event such as a big game or dance, or on lunch hour at school
  • Charge something like $1/1 ticket, $5/6 tickets or $10/12 tickets.
  • When all tickets are sold, have a drawing. The winning ticket number gets half the proceeds (potentially up to $1000), your group gets the other half.

Stuffed Potato Night

  • Skip the traditional Spaghetti Dinner and try something new; Stuffed Potato Night!
  • Charge $5-$10 per person
  • Serve baked potatoes and set up a “stuff-your-own” potato bar with all the fixings; chili, cheese, bacon, onions, chives, sour cream, etc. The possibilities are endless!
  • Set up a craft station for kids with potato stamping
  • Sell “sprout-your-own-potato” kits; a mason jar, toothpicks, potato and growing instructions.
  • Sell dessert (maybe home-made potato candy?) for an additional fee.

Ice Cream Social

Invite the students, families and the entire community. Stick with a few basic ice cream flavors such as chocolate and vanilla, then put out a wide selection of toppings:

  •     Sauces such as chocolate, strawberry and caramel
  •     A variety of sprinkles
  •     Berries, bananas and other fruit toppings
  •     Crushed cookies
  •     Small candy coated chocolates, gummy candies, and other small candies


Video Game Tournament

Video games are popular among most high school students. Take advantage of this, and set up an all-night (or all-weekend) Video Game Tournament in your school gym. Charge a fee for participants and get ready for the games to begin!

Custom Items

Boost school spirit and raise funds at the same time! Sell fun items imprinted with your school name, mascot, dance theme or other popular logo. Choosing items that students want will increase sales and result in good profits for your group. Here are a few examples:

Colorful Earbuds

T-shirts with Prom Theme

Water Bottles

Decks of cards


Whatever method of fundraising you choose, get creative and get the students involved in the process. They will feel empowered and more likely to encourage peers to participate. Not to mention the fact that they will have more insight into what types of fundraisers will work with their classmates. Use banners and flyers to spread the word about your event and generate excitement early. If your school has a marketing or business class, consider involving them in the process. They will gain valuable lessons and you will have some extra help!

We’d love to hear your fundraising struggles and successes. Please tell us what has or has not worked for you.