There are many expenses associated with being a high school student – supplies, textbooks, yearbook, technology, booster clubs, or participating in sports and other activities, to name a few. Costs can range from $100-$700 or more a school year, and with school budget cuts across the nation, it’s no surprise that students and teachers turn to fundraising for help. Free online crowdfunding offers an effective and organized way to raise donations for your next school project or trip. Additionally, you needn’t worry that a significant percentage of your online donations will be taken; YouCaring won’t charge you a single penny, so this ensures that the most money possible goes toward your students or your school’s important cause.
Fundraising events will also help students learn leadership skills, team-building skills, and how to be responsible. They will also gain experience in how to take charge and raise money for an important need or cause, and these skills will help them later in life when they prepare to leave high school and enter the adult world. Here are some fundraising ideas.
Six easy fundraising ideas for high schools
1. Studying abroad
High school study abroad programs give students the opportunity to see the world and increase their global awareness – however, these programs don’t come cheap! There are many costs involved such as airfare, meals, housing accommodations, and additional travel to name a few. Studying abroad during high school also allows students to gain insight and life experiences into other cultures and languages. You can fundraise as a group effort for students that wish to be involved, and ask everyone to help out by promoting your campaign on social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
2. Class trips
Fundraising can be critical to the success of high school class trips, especially the senior class trip which is generally the most costly. Not only does fundraising help with the cost per student, but it also teaches them a greater appreciation for the trip in knowing that their hard work has paid off and helped to make the class trip possible. Rally up the school PTA to help host an auction which will involve students, faculty, and family members, where people can donate goods to be auctioned with funds going to your online fundraiser. You can ask local businesses to donate as well and join in the fun to help your school!
It’s never too soon to start preparing for a college education when you’re in high school. The reality these days is that most college educations come with a hefty price tag that many families cannot afford, and it has become increasingly popular to raise funds for college tuition with an online crowdfunding campaign. Students can create their own YouCaring fundraiser and then share to share to social media and then ask friends and family to help by sharing to their social media accounts as well. You can even try reaching out to education websites and bloggers to ask if they’d be willing to help promote your campaign.
A large majority of high school students are involved in some type of sports team or athletic activity. Costs of uniforms, equipment, and team trips can be costly and often times the athletics department is strapped for funds. A great way to raise donations would be to host a sports gala that brings together local businesses and families for a fun night of food, entertainment and, of course, donations. Students and the athletic department staff can reach out to local restaurants to donate food to your event, and then charge people a certain amount per ticket which will go directly to your online fundraiser.
5. Causes students feel strongly about
There are many causes that students may feel strongly about that they can get involved in and support, such as bringing awareness to issues like bullying in schools, equality for LGBT teenagers childhood obesity, etc. Teachers can talk to their class about which causes are important to them, and then seek out a nonprofit organization they would like to raise donations on behalf of with an online fundraiser. The nonprofit organization will surely help with promoting your fundraiser on their website or social media which will help your campaign gain recognition. This is a wonderful activity that will help students learn the value of being compassionate and helping others. For tips read How to Crowdfund Your Gender Transition.
6. Music department
With so many cut-backs in public schools these days, music programs are generally the first to be affected. Cut-backs to the music department means that students often don’t have uniforms, transportation, instruments, or funds needed for traveling to music competitions or performances. Get your music department along with students involved in music or high school bands to get together and put on a concert fundraising event. You can have a ‘battle of the bands’ or music talent show with appetizers and drinks for everyone in attendance and then charge a fee for tickets to be donated to your online fundraiser.
There are a wealth of reasons to fundraise for high school, and crowdfunding is a great way to do it with the help of parents and teachers. Click here to start a high school fundraiser. Start your high school fundraiser today.
For more help read Professional School Fundraising Strategies that Retain Donors.