25 Fundraising Ideas That Are Perfect For Schools & Nurseries!

With budgets tighter than ever, many schools and nurseries turn to fundraising to help fund their playground installs and redevelopments.

Fundraising can also be a great learning opportunity for students and a way to bring the whole school community together in general.

As such, we’ve rounded up lots of fundraising ideas for you to try – some are old classics, some are more modern – but they are all fun!

  1. Car wash – Get the sponges out and get the whole school involved in washing parents’ cars. It’s worth planning ahead for this, as it works best as a summer term activity.
  2. Coin trail – Ask every pupil to bring in spare change, lay the coins out in a trail and see how far around the school you can get. This also presents a great way for pupils to learn about distances and finances!
  3. Disney day – A magical twist to your usual mufti day. Ask pupils to donate to dress up as their favourite Disney character for the day.
  4. Disco – Sell tickets and encourage your pupils to get their dancing shoes on.
  5. Eco day – Dress green and do good deeds for the day, like litter picking and recycling your rubbish. This too is a great topical learning opportunity.
  6. Go Pink for Playgrounds – Dress in pink, bake pink cakes and lot’s of other pink ideas!
  7. Hallowe’en party – Another excuse to dress up and party. Charge entrance fees and raise money trick or treating. Hallowe’en is hugely popular with children and adults alike, so it is well worth planning this one in advance!
  8. Ice Cream Social – Host an ice cream event, everyone loves ice cream! Widen the events appeal by offering non-diary ice-creams too so everyone can join in the fun.
  9. Litter picking – People will be very willing to pay you if you’re cleaning up a local park, beach or playground. This is a way to help and engage your local community while raising money, so everyone’s a winner.
  10. Non-uniform day – Tried, tested, and loved by pupils everywhere! Ask pupils to pay a set donation (£1 or £2 each) to wear their own clothes to school
  11. Night out for parents – Provide group babysitting at a nominal rate, plan games, films, crafts and other activities.
  12. Pyjama day – Ideal for nurseries and younger pupils but fun for everyone, ask pupils to come to school in their favourite pyjamas with a donation in hand.
  13. If you are fundraising for a Daily Mile track, a sponsored run can be the perfect activity!
  14. Crowdfunding has proven to be successful for a lot of causes, so there’s no reason not to give it a try! Why not get crafty and build a ‘totaliser’ so that you can share regular updates on your social channels and drum up support
  15. Contact local celebrities or famous alumi – they could help to amplify your message, even if they don’t donate themselves. This is an especially good method for crowdfunding as people can donate at the click of a mouse.
  16. Contact local radio station – ask them to share information. This is a great way for pupils to learn about radios & communication too.
  17. Work with your PTA – don’t forget to involve them from ideas to volunteering.
  18. If you have a strong relationship with parents or family members would it be possible to auction off the services ? Eg gardening
  19. Another great way to involve parents (and siblings!) is too organise a family bingo night. Ask for donations for the prizes and sell tickets to join in.
  20. Cake sales are a classic fundraising activity – If possible, offer cakes for the pupils, in the staff room and to parents at the end of the school day.
  21. Pamper night for parents – children could give hand massages/paint nails etc. This is a great role play opportunity as children act as beauty therapists/cashiers etc.
  22. If any of the parents or staff act as brand ambassadors for Avon/Bodyshop/Tropic etc why not ask them to host a party for the other parents and charge a nominal entry fee.
  23. Treasure Hunt – Create a treasure hunt,  maybe even link it to your curriculum and then charge pupils to take part.
  24. Craft day – If you’re feeling crafty why not organise a craft day for pupils and allow family members or the public the opportunity to buy the creations.
  25. Class Picnic – If you’re fundraising during the summer months, why not organise a class picnic? Treating the picnic like a ‘jacobs join’ with each child bringing some type of food or drink is also a great way to teach sharing values.

If you’re fundraising for your playground but need a target figure, just contact our team for a quick quote!