There are countless ways to fundraise, and let’s face it, some are better than others. The Alpine School District Foundation is here to help you figure out the best fundraising activities for you and your community.
Don’t hesitate to call us to discuss your ideas or any of the
many ideas on this page (801) 610-8425.
#1 NO-FUSS Fundraising
You don’t need to “sell” anything!
When you are doing INSPIRING STUFF, people will give if you
1. educate them
2. invite them to help you.
Our #1 recommendation for fundraising is a “no-fuss” fundraiser,
without any goods, products, or services being sold. This method
generally both raises AND nets more money for your cause. (And let’s
face it, they still have the frozen cookie dough in the freezer from the
No Fuss Fundraising means making a plan to tell folks what you are
doing and why it matters and then inviting them to support it.
You can do this in part by highlighting the difference between what you
are asking them to do and what a traditional fundraising sale would do.
“In years past, we sold XXX for $20, but only $10 went to our program.
We decided this year we would just ask you for the $10 that was going
to our program or to give any amount you would like to help us reach
our goal and be able to….”
#2 Tie Your Fundraising to Educational Initiatives
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, and friends
would rather support your students in their education then in any thing
That’s why we encourage you to consider fundraising activities that tie
directly to educational objectives you have in the classroom or school
Choose one of the following ideas and have students collect pledges of
Read-a-thon: students read so many pages, books, or minutes/hours
and collect pledges to support their reading. Make it a classroom,
grade level, or school-wide event and celebrate reading while
collecting funds to support your cause.
Math-a-thon: dedicate time to achieving math success or focusing on
having student successful solve math equations with pledges to
Walk-a-thon: Get healthy and collect pledges for laps. Incentive the
kids and families and get volunteers involved to make it a special day
at the school.
STEM Fair/Science Fair: Ask for sponsors or donations in conjunction
with these events that support core curriculum.
Art Shows: Get everybody gussied up for an elegant evening of
strolling the pop-up art gallery in the school gym, cafeteria, or
hallways. When there is no entry fee required, but an invitation to
give instead, your folks may surprise you with how generous they
become. Allow patrons to “vote” with dollar bills on their favorite
pieces of art or perhaps they can donate in order to take the artwork
home with them.
Get Sponsors: Sponsors are not necessarily donors as they may want
their advertising out there for folks to see, but when sponsors are
willing to give larger amounts to support your programs, you can
make more money faster
Selling Ads/Banners: Banner and ad sales can bring some great
revenue to your programs, but please remember that in these cases
your supporters are purchasing ads and these should not be treated
as charitable contributions.
Carnival: When you have the volunteer and community support, you
can raise a nice amount of money by hosting a fair or carnival on the
school grounds. It takes a lot of work, but when you make it exciting,
you get folks out to support you and have fun.
Auctions: Auctions can also be a ton of work, and the key is in the
volunteer support and in getting items donated for the auction. If
your parents and volunteers are willing to put in the work and you
can get the items donated, you again can raise some real money
Golf Tournaments: The key to a successful golf tournament fundraiser
is getting great sponsors who help. These are really fun for golfers
and take a fair amount of work and planning. If you have a history of
getting the sponsors and the public support, then keep that
momentum going. If you haven’t tried it yet, you might consider less
costly and labor-intensive ways of raising the same money.