In many areas of the country, the month of August means it’s back to school time – another school year is about to begin. Your organization can give Mom and Dad a hand and raffle off gift baskets full of supplies for a back to school fundraiser.
Coordinate with your local school districts to determine what specific items will be needed by students in the coming year: many schools maintain a list of commonly needed items and may even suggest preferred brands of certain items.
A typical (and by no means exhaustive) list of supplies includes:
- Packet of loose-leaf blank paper
- Scissors (rounded or pointed tips)
- Ballpoint pens
- No. 2 pencils
- A handheld pencil sharpener with a top that collects shavings
- Large pink erasers
- Bottle of glue
- A box of crayons
- Combination locks
- Three-ring binders and binder dividers
- Ruled index cards
Consider tailoring the contents of the baskets to different ages or grades. For example, a Back To School fundraiser basket for elementary school-aged children could contain educational toys and games, a school water bottle or spirit wear, along with a box of crayons and a bottle of glue. Better yet – pack all those goodies into an appropriate-size backpack and, if possible, arrange for the building principal or one of the teachers to present the pack to the winner. To make the most of your fundraiser, put together several gift baskets or backpacks (two per building in your 3-building school district, for example) to encourage more participation from the community.
Among the more pricey items on a child’s back-to-school list are clothes, shoes and a myriad of other things that go above and beyond the above list. Including gift certificates to a local shopping mall or to locally owned shops in your area is a great way to provide catch-all options, especially if the drawing is held within a few weeks of the first day of school. Merchants will often donate specific items or gift certificates upon request.
You can add an extra element of fun to your drawing by printing your own raffle tickets decorated with back-to-school graphics; using a computer and raffle ticket software to print onto perforated paper stock makes it a breeze.
Check out this link to know if/when Back To School Sales Tax Holidays will be held in your state for 2015.
Have fun with your successful back-to-school fundraiser!