Playground Fundraising Ideas

Playground Fundraising Ideas

What is the best fundraiser for your school playground?

Playground fundraising is one of the most challenging obligations any school PTA/PTO or church can take on. Finding the balance between time, energy, and overall fit given your school’s region and resources and maximizing them is a science. An average sized commercial playground for a school of 1,200 students will cost close to $50,000. That’s $41.67 per child! Fortunately, the Fundraising Success E-book Suite takes all of the pain out of the research process for determining the best fundraising ideas.  Kimberly Reynolds has reviewed over 170 fundraiser ideas that work for schools, churches, daycares and non-profits and quantified each of these to determine the best overall performers. To view the complete list of over 250 pages and 170 products, in addition to the 300 pages of supplier profiles by category and a whopping authoritative guide to fundraising, visit Fundraising Success and scroll to the link on the left address bar to “My Book” to gain instant access to the e-book suite. This is THE definitive guide to school fundraising.

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How To Evaluate A Fundraiser?

This Section contains an impartial yet subjective ratings system for all the main fundraising categories. A point value to the major components of each type of fundraiser has been included in three major categories resulting in a final overall score. The ratings have broken down into three main categories: Financial Aspects, Pro’s & Con’s, and Commitment Requirement, to produce an Overall Rating. She’s also indicated the “Feel Good” factor, too.

Fundraiser Ratings Sample and How They Were Evaluated
Here’s what the Financial Aspects section looks like:

Financial Aspects (1 – 10 scale):
Profitability Ranking     8
Average Unit Price     7
Dollar Volume Per Participant   6
Percentage to Organization   5
Total Dollars to Organization 4
Subtotal (maximum of 50)           30

Here’s what the Pros & Cons section looks like:

Pros & Cons (1 – 5 scale):
Community Impression    5
Organizational Impact    2
Quality of Deliverables    4
Risks       3
Hidden Costs (freight, etc.) 5
Subtotal (maximum of 25)           19

Here’s what the Commitment Required section looks like:

Commitment Required (1 – 5 scale):
Preparation Time     4
Selling Effort       3
Collecting Funds     2
Processing Orders     3
Delivering Goods 2
Subtotal (maximum of 25)           14

Here’s 1 of 170 completed Sample ratings included in the e-book:

*SAMPLE Aquatic Races

Description: An event style fundraiser featuring a river race of numbered, plastic competitors such as ducks or turtles.  Sellers ask supporters to sponsor one or more ducks in the river race for $5 each.

Best Suited For: All

Prospective Customers: Fun Lovers

Comments: Increase participation through coupon sheet.  “Winning” ducks earn donated prizes for their sellers and their sponsors.  Can be huge profit for such a simple event ($30+ average profit per participant).

Feel Good Rating ™: Four ½ stars

Financial Aspects (1 – 10 scale):
Profitability Ranking     9
Average Unit Price     7
Dollar Volume Per Participant   8
Percentage to Organization   9
Total Dollars to Organization 8
Subtotal (maximum of 50)           41

Pros & Cons (1 – 5 scale):
Community Impression    5
Organizational Impact    4
Quality of Deliverables    4
Risks       4
Hidden Costs (freight, etc.) 4
Subtotal (maximum of 25)           21

Commitment Required (1 – 5 scale):
Preparation Time     4
Selling Effort       4
Collecting Funds     4
Processing Orders     5
Delivering Goods 5
Subtotal (maximum of 25)           22

Overall Ranking             84

(On a scale of 1 to100)

List of Top Performing Fundraisers For Your School, Church, or Non-profit Playground Project

Descriptions of fundraisers

  1. Web Site Affiliate Programs
  2. Rebates- from Referral Shopping
  3. Raffles
  4. Athlet-a-athon
  5. Aquatic Races
  6. Golf Tournament
  7. Wrapping Paper
  8. Gift Wrap
  9. Discount Card- Single Merchant
  10. Discount Cards
  11. Cards- Discount/Brief
  12. Car Raffle
  13. Auctions
  14. Stone-engraved/Pickets
  15. Software- educational
  16. Online Shopping
  17. CD’s/Music
  18. Catalog Sales
  19. Book Fair
  20. Toner Cartridges
  21. Special Events
  22. Music
  23. Magazines

Descriptions of Fundraisers:Back to list of Fundraisers
Web Site Affiliate Programs: Earn funds for your organization through your web site via affiliate shopping links, supplier rebates, etc. Provide a centralized repository of information, publicize events, conduct on-line auctions, distribute an e-mail newsletter, and automate a host of other fundraising activities
Rebates- from Referral Shopping: Position your non-profit organization to get rebates from your supporters on-line shopping. Use your website for click-through sales. Set up deals with sites that will pay you a percentage of what is bought. Example: Amazon pays a minimum of 5% on all click-through activity from your site.
Raffles: Event style draw or door-to-door ticket sale. You can do this as a standalone fundraiser or as a supplement. Various levels of interest based on the value of the prize(s). Can be a three-week community offering or a single night draw.
Athlet-a-athon: Event featuring athletic achievement with sponsorship backing. One example is the walk-a-thon where participants walk laps around the track with each sponsor contributing a certain amount per lap.
Aquatic Races: An event style fundraiser featuring a river race of numbered, plastic competitors such as ducks or turtles. Sellers ask supporters to sponsor one or more ducks in the river race for $5 each.
Golf Tournament: Event-type fundraiser based around a golf outing. Each player seeks sponsorship from various supporters who pledge contributions based on that person’s individual performance or that of their foursome. The fundraising is geared toward getting the maximum amount of sponsorship per player. The golf outing itself is a reward.
Wrapping Paper: The traditional holiday fundraiser featuring the catalog sale of gift wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons, bows, address labels, and other related packaging items. Most catalogs have a wide selection of paper to choose from along with sample pieces so that prospective customers can see and feel the quality of your offering.
Gift Wrap: The traditional holiday fundraiser featuring the catalog sale of gift wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons, bows, address labels, and other related packaging items. Most catalogs have a wide selection of paper to choose from along with sample pieces so that prospective customers can see and feel the quality of your offering.
Discount Card- Single Merchant: Immediate sale of cards with discount from a specific merchant. Usually are good for six months to one-year. Examples are discount cards from Dominos Pizza, Pizza Hut, etc.
Discount Cards/Brief Duration: Immediate sale of cards with discount offers included along with organization supporter logo on front side. Cards usually have 12 discount offers on the back or two-for-one deals on food items. These are ones that last for a half-year or less.
Cards- Discount: Immediate sale of cards with discount offers included along with organization supporter logo on front side. Cards usually have 12 discount offers on the back or two-for-one deals on food items. Usually are good for a one-year period.
Car Raffle: Event style fundraiser geared toward selling tickets for a chance to win a car. Prize and price should encourage multi-unit participation by each buyer.
Auctions: An auction done as a fundraising event can be the focal point of a fun evening. Get donated goods, gift baskets, gift certificates, and other popular items. Don’t forget service-based organizations when looking for donations. Also, seek out a professional auctioneer for maximum results. Their patter is part of the fun.
Stone-engraved/Pickets: Perfect for donor recognition. Laser engraved stones can be placed as attractive landscaping additions such as planters, walkway edging, athletic field entrance, school driveway border, etc.
Software- educational: Catalog sale of computer software on a CD with educational content. Could be reading, grade level activities, language, math, SAT preparation, etc.
Online Shopping: Organization gets paid for click-through sales from your web site or by entering an organization ID at a shopping site. An example of a click-through would be having an Amazon affiliate icon at your website. Anyone reaching Amazon through your site that then bought an item would earn your group a 5% commission. This is a way to tap into discretionary entertainment spending.
CD’s/Music: Primarily a catalog sales item, but there are also limited selection music fundraisers that are immediate sales or are done in conjunction with an event. This style offers what are commonly called compilation CD’s – ones that feature a theme or greatest hits/genre packages.
Catalog Sales: The biggest moneymaking fundraiser of all, if you have good merchandise at reasonable prices. One of the keys to getting good response is to have the right catalog for the time of year. An example would be a catalog with house and garden items offered only in the early spring.
Book Fair: Event-style fundraiser, primarily with children’s books. Works even better if you add in books appealing to adults either through direct availability (best) or catalog order. Can be turnkey hosted.
Toner Cartridges: Centralized collection of used toner cartridges from laser printers and inkjet printers. Several companies offer free shipping and generous amounts of cash for these items. Most laser toners are near $10 each.
Special Events: Hosting fundraising event at a central location with sufficient publicity to attract large crowds. Usually centered around a central theme such as an outdoor activity, a family night, an auction, a celebrity guest speaker, Vegas night, and many others.
Music: A Catalog sale of compilation CD’s featuring artists’ package, Christmas music, music for small children, and other types. Good seller at just about any time of year, but strongest near the holidays due to gift giving. Can be an immediate sale as well with a special collection.
Magazines: Catalog sale of subscriptions to national magazines. Wide appeal and substantial revenues. Several hundred magazines available through subscription wholesalers. Watch and make sure that prices aren’t too much higher than what your supporters could get directly from the magazine themselves.

Website Shopping top

Fasttrack Fundraising
Easy Fundraising Ideas-Online Marketplace
Fundraising.com aka Raddatz Marketing
Schoolpop, Inc.
Mr. Z’s Fund Raising Corp.
Fundraising.com aka Raddatz Marketing
Funding Factory
51 Fun Graphics
eFund Drive
Cherrydale Farms
Century Resources, Inc.
American Publishers, Inc.
America’s Premier Fundraisers
Fasttrack Funding
Affiliate Marketing
Goobert- training for affiliate marketing
Clickbank
Shareasale
Commission Junction
Amazon
All Affiliate Programs
Paydot.com

Rebates – from Referral Shopping top

 

Easy Fundraising Ideas
Schoolpop, Inc.
Mr. Z’s Fund Raising Corp.
Fundraising.com aka Raddatz Marketing
Funding Factory
51 Fun Graphics
eFundraising
Century Resources, Inc.
Boston’s Best Coffee Roasters
America’s Fund Raisers, Inc.
American Trends Corporation, dba Amtrec, Inc.
American Publishers, Inc.
Alternative Fundraising, Inc.

Raffles top

Thomas Fund Raising
G&P Distributors
Crossman’s James River Supply, Inc.
Charity Mania

 

Athlet-A-Thon top

Computhon

 

Wrapping Paper top

Flynn Fundraising
Current USA, Inc.
Cherrydale Farms
Anderson’s Party Time Fundraising
America’s Fund Raisers, Inc.
Worthington Industries
Uncle Jerry’s Tees
Top Ten Fund Raisers, Inc.
Tom Wat, Inc.
Superior Fundraising, Inc.
Spirit of America Fundraising
Schairbaum Enterprises
Sally Foster, aka Cendant Corporation
Ready Fund Raising Company
Mr. Z’s Fund Raising Corp.
MoneyRaising.com
Midland Fund Raising
Kathryn Beich, Inc.
Just Fundraising
Helen Grace Chocolates
Great American Opportunities Inc
FundraisingDirect, aka Imprints Plus, Inc.
Fundraising Depot
Flynn Fundraising
Current USA, Inc.

Golf top

Champion Golf Events, Inc.

Discount Cards top

Fasttrack Fundraising
Easy Fundraising Ideas
Youth Quest Fund Raising
Win Win Discount Cards, aka Annah Marketing Group
Varsity Gold, Inc.
RonDino Promotions, Inc.
Rewards Unlimited
Result $
Partners for Kids
Millenium Group, Ltd.
Just Fundraising
J & M Distributing
Horizon Sales, Inc.
Greentop Fundraising
Great American Opportunities Inc
Excel Publishing, dba Diamond Discount Card
Evangel Assembly of God, dba The Discount Card.com
eFundraising
Educational Marketing, Inc.
Dominos Pizza
Cash Savings Card, aka CornerStone Publishing
Calloway Fundraising
America’s Fundraising Network

Discount Card- Single Merchant top

Easy Fundraising Ideas
Fasttrack Fundraising
Youth Quest Fund Raising
Win Win Discount Cards, aka Annah Marketing Group
Varsity Gold, Inc.
Smith Fundraising
Rewards Unlimited
Resource Solutions
Raise Some Dough.com
Horizon Sales, Inc.
Evangel Assembly of God, dba The Discount Card.com
Educational Marketing, Inc.
Dominos Pizza
Ascent Fundraising

Discount Card – Brief Duration top

Easy Fundraising Ideas
Fasttrack Fundraising
Great American Opportunities Inc
Educational Activities
Additional Funding, Inc.

Car Raffle top

Car Raffle
Dave’s Imports

Auctions top

America’s Fund Raisers, Inc.

Engravings-Stone/Pickets top

Picketmaster
Profit Resources
Memories On A Bottle
Impressions In Stone
Amazing Pavers

Software-educationaltop

Easy Fundraising Ideas
Spirit Fundraising, Inc
Cedar Creek Fundraising
Anderson’s Party Time Fundraising
Online Shopping- Sponsored Site
The Uptown Shop
Schoolpop, Inc.
Mr. Z’s Fund Raising Corp.
Fundraising.com aka Raddatz Marketing
Funding Factory
51 Fun Graphics
eFund Drive
Current USA, Inc.
Cherrydale Farms
Century Resources, Inc.
Boston’s Best Coffee Roasters
America’s Fund Raisers, Inc.
American Trends Corporation, dba Amtrec, Inc.
American Publishers, Inc.
America’s Premier Fundraisers

CD’s/Musictop

The Uptown Shop
Superior Fundraising, Inc.
Soundtastic, Inc
Music Rewards Fundraising, aka GAO Inc.
GBI Marketing
Believe Productions
Bake & Co.
American Publishers, Inc.

Catalog Salestop

Fasttrack Fundraising
Funding Factory
Easy Fundraising Ideas
Fundraising.com aka Raddatz Marketing
Uncle Jerry’s Tees
Tri-Star Promotions
Tracy Hamilton Inc.
Third Wave Fundraising
Sally Foster, aka Cendant Corporation
Resource Solutions
Profit Specialties
Profit Plus Inc.
Great American Opportunities Inc
Great American Fundraising
GBI Marketing
FundraisingDirect, aka Imprints Plus, Inc.
Fundraising.com aka Raddatz Marketing
Fundraising Depot
Fund To Learn
Funding Factory
Flynn Fundraising
Figurines & Things
eRaiseIt, Inc.
eFundraising
eFund Drive
Doornbosch Brothers
DMI Fundraising
Current USA, Inc.
Creative Fundraising
Concerned Crafts Fundraising
Common Threads
Cherrydale Farms
Century Resources, Inc.
Cedar Creek Fundraising
Bob Moody, Fundraising Consultant
Bake & Co.
Anderson’s Party Time Fundraising
America’s Premier Fundraisers

Book Fairtop

Troll Book Clubs
The Book Fair
Fundraising.com aka Raddatz Marketing

 

Toner Cartridgestop

Funding Factory
Five Star Fundraising
Cedar Creek Fundraising
Cartridges For Kids

Special Eventstop

Easy Fundraising Ideas
Wesleyan Thespians
Lulu Redshoes
Christopher Alan Productions, aka CAP Follies
Clean Comedians
Charity Mania
Champion Golf Events, Inc.
Bed Race USA
America’s Fund Raisers, Inc.

Musictop

The Uptown Shop
Superior Fundraising, Inc.
Soundtastic, Inc
Music Rewards Fundraising, aka GAO Inc.
Fundraising Depot
Believe Productions
American Publishers, Inc.

Magazinestop
Easy Fundraising Ideas
Fasttrack Fundraising
WowFundraising Company
Top Ten Fund Raisers, Inc.
Superior Fundraising, Inc.
Mr. Z’s Fund Raising Corp.
FundraisingDirect, aka Imprints Plus, Inc.
Fundraising Depot
Five Star Fundraising
eFundraising
eFund Drive
Creative Fundraising
American Publishers, Inc.

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Fundraiser Ratings

Magazines

 

Supplier: American Publishers, Inc.

Phone: (800) 220-1247, Ext. 3

Website: http://www.apifund.com

Email: api@apifund.com

 

Supplier: Creative Fundraising

Phone: (800) 513-1920

Website: http://www.creative-fundraising.com

Email: funraise@wolfenet.com

 

Supplier: Earthsavers Fundraising

Phone: (336) 275-9282

Website: http://www.earthsaversfundraising.com

Email: info@earthsaversfundraising.com

 

Phone: (215) 654-1405

Fax: (123) 123-1234

Website: http://www.efunddrive.com

Email: contactus@efunddrive.com

 

Supplier: eFundraising

Phone: (800) 561-8388

Fax: (877) 275-8664

Website: http://www.efundraising.com

 

Supplier: Five Star Fundraising

Phone: (877) 699-7807

Fax: (315) 699-7807

Website: http://www.fivestarfundraising.com

 

Supplier: Fundraising Depot

Phone: (800) 327-0322

Fax: (813) 962-0901

Website: http://www.fundraisingdepot.com

Email: bp@fundraisingdepot.com

 

Supplier: FundraisingDirect, aka Imprints Plus, Inc.

Phone: (800) 238-7916 or (302) 366-8992

Fax: (302) 366-8995

Website: http://www.fundraisingdirect.com

Email: Unknown

 

Supplier: Mr. Z’s Fund Raising Corp.

Phone: (414) 827-9771

Fax: (414) 827-9773

Website: http://www.mister-z.com

Email: Unknown

 

Supplier: Read and Lead Fundraising Program

Phone: (415) 267-7675

Fax: (212) 629-9305

Website: http://www.readandleadfundraising.com

 

Supplier: St Louis Peco Flake Candy Co.

Phone: (877) 263-9661

Fax: (314) 726 5090

Website: http://www.the-candyman.com

Email: Unknown

 

Supplier: Superior Fundraising, Inc.

Phone: (800) 526-1740

Fax: (516) 889-5054

Website: http://www.superiorfundraising.com

 

Supplier: Top Ten Fund Raisers, Inc.

Phone: (800) 444-6815

Fax: (972) 276-0400

Website: http://www.toptenfundraisers.com

 

Supplier: WowFundraising Company

Phone: (888) 203-7168

Fax: (219) 497-7998

Website: http://www.wowfundraising.com