60 easy fundraising ideas for schools

Last modified on Friday 25 August 2023

Stuck for school fundraising ideas? We’ve come up with 60 fun ways to raise money for charity, plus top tips on crowdfunding ideas for students online!

Have you been asked to help with fundraising ideas at your kid’s school? From sprucing up the playground to raising money for a worthy cause it can feel like the pot is always empty, so donations are a great way to raise the extra cash.

But coming up with new and innovative ways to raise money every term can feel like a challenge. Don't worry! We have 60 fun and easy school fundraising ideas to inspire you and get the ball rolling. They include fundraising ideas for kids, PTA fundraising ideas, funny ideas, fundraising ideas for teens and more!

Why do schools fundraise for charity?

Schools often need help buying specialist equipment, but fundraising at school benefits the students too. Charity work provides a unique opportunity for children to learn about finances, teamwork, project management and important causes that affect the world. Add a dash of community spirit into the mix and class fundraising can be a fun activity for everyone! 

What is the most profitable fundraising event?

Fun and interactive community events are often the best fundraiser ideas for school, so don't be afraid to ask for help and get all the teachers and parents involved too.

That said, in the digital age you can raise a considerable amount of cash online too. Keep scrolling for top tips on how to raise money for charity at school plus crowdfunding ideas for students in the digital age…

School fundraising ideas – how to market your charity or cause online

While a quick bake sale would have done the trick back in your school days, it’s worth remembering that kids born into Generation Alpha have never lived in a world without the internet. We’re willing to bet every kid in your school has access to a smartphone and knows how to use it. Make the most of the tech revolution and utilise the tools at your disposal to start raising funds for charity.

  1. Create a campaign plan
    Come up with a name, hashtag and a logo for your campaign and devise a strategy. A clear marketing plan will help you achieve your fundraising goals and will also make your campaign familiar across all digital platforms. Documenting your charity drive on Instagram or Snapchat can also be a fun way to maintain momentum and get other kids and parents from your school involved too.
  2. Crowdfunding ideas for students
    Crowdfunding is a quick and easy way to raise funds for charity. While traditional fundraising methods might reach every member of the school, crowdfunding can call upon the whole community including grandparents, neighbours and local businesses too. Most people don’t carry cash these days so it’s worth setting up a fundraising page online such as or Gofundme to make it super easy to share online and donate.
  3. Ask your school for help
    Chances are your school already has a charity fundraising committee in place, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Do they regularly send out newsletters or have a social media presence? Your school is likely to have a database of email addresses for all the parents, so it’s also worth asking if they will include a section on their newsletter or social media pages to give your fundraising drive a push.
  4. Facebook is a handy fundraising tool
    Facebook is a great way to reach local parents. Join local community groups, visit your school page, or even set up your own charity group on Facebook to drum up some enthusiasm for your fundraising plan. And if you’re in any local parent WhatsApp groups, even better! Text the other mums and dads to garner support.
  5. Focus on the best social media platforms
    Are the kids at your school avid TikTokers or Snapchat fans? While Facebook is often occupied by parents, it's worth finding out where the cool kids prefer to hang out online so you can target those social media platforms for maximum reach. It’s also worth tailoring your charity fundraising campaign to different social platforms. While a punchy sentence can make an impact on Twitter, for Instagram you’re going to need to use words and pictures, and TikTok requires a super-short and fun video. Asking your kids to help you figure out how to use the different platforms will drum up enthusiasm and make it fun for them too.
  6. Reach out to social media influencers
    Influencers are people who have a large social media following and are respected within their chosen field, such as mum influencers, home interiors experts, fitness gurus or high-profile bakers. Research influencers with some connection to your charity of choice or even where you live and ask them to help promote your campaign. If they have a big following, then a simple share or like could generate lots of publicity for you. Everyone loves getting involved with charity work and the greater the reach online, the more money you are likely to raise.

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