Fundraising

Here are some ways to help put the “FUN” back in fundraising!  These creative ideas may also align with the School Food and Beverage Policy.

Fundraisers that use healthy food options and physical activities to raise money help demonstrate a school's commitment to promoting healthy behaviours.  Events that involve the community - such as car washes - may also strengthen bonds and relationships within the school community.

Physical Activity Ideas*

Ready, Set, Get Active!
  • Amazing Race
  • Basketball competition
  • Bike-a-thon
  • Fun run
  • Hula-hoop competition
  • Skip-a-thon (individuals/teams)
  • Treasure hunt/scavenger hunt
  • Walk-a-thon
Family Fun
  • Aerobics marathon (recruit parents, students, teams, etc.)
  • Bowling night/skating night
  • Dances
  • Fun Fair/BBQ
  • Garage sale (rent tables to families)
  • Golf tournament
  • Movie night
  • Sports game (students vs. teachers, parents, Police or Fire department)
  • Quiz night/game night
Helping Others...
  • Car wash (pre-sell tickets as gifts)
  • Holiday gift wrapping (by students)
  • Jump rope/sports game for charity
  • Rent-a-helper (rake leaves, water gardens, mow lawns, etc.)
  • Charity run/walk

*Adapted from: Healthy Fundraising: Promoting a Healthy School Environment. Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Health and Nutrition Services and Child/Family/School Partnerships. Accessed online: November 25, 2005

Wharf Higgins, Joan & Lauzon, Lara. Finding the funds in fun runs: Exploring physical activity events as fundraising tools in the nonprofit sector. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. Volume 8, Number 4. Accessed online: November 25, 2005.

 

Delicious Food Ideas

  • Family spaghetti or BBQ dinner hosted by school or council
  • Multi-cultural Festival with sample booths
  • Various food and beverage sales - see below:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Peel Public Health does not endorse these products and companies in any way. None of these products have been tested or checked by Peel Public Health to see if they are compliant with the School Food and Beverage Policy. They are offered as potential alternatives to chocolate and dessert-style fundraisers only. Anyone considering use of these products and/or companies should directly ask the companies for confirmation of compliance with the policy before proceeding. Information is current as of September 2011 and is subject to change.

Product Organization Contact Information
Grains Products In-Dey-Go Fundraising Inc. Eatrite www.indeygo.com
Toll-Free Tel: 1.877.463.3946
Email: Info@indeygo.com

www.Eatrite.ca
Tel: 647-866-8193
Email: info@eatrite.ca
Cheese Top Fundraisers www.topfundraisers.ca
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-563-7127
Chicken Elmira
Poultry
www.elmirapoultry.com
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-663-5694
Citrus Fruit Sunsweet Fundraising www.sunsweetfundraising.com
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-268-1250
Fruit and Vegetables - Fresh Eatrite www.Eatrite.ca
Tel: 647-866-8193
Fruit – Frozen purée

(use for preparing juices, smoothies, or ice cream)

Agrimport http://natufrozen.com/
Popcorn Kernels www.kernelspopcorn.com
Miscellaneous Items Direct Fundraising www.directfundraising.ca/ontario
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-263-8946

Adapted from: Healthy Fundraising: Promoting a Healthy School Environment. Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Health and Nutrition Services and Child/Family/School Partnerships. Accessed online: February 2005 (Revised November 2011). Accessed on-line: November 2011.

More Great Ideas (Non-Food items)

  • Books, magazines, calendars, mailing/personal labels
  • Coin drives
  • Cell phone and printer cartridge recycling
  • Dress code “vacation” from school uniforms
  • Gift cards or Rewards cards
  • Movie during lunch period
  • Portrait Nights
  • Read-a-thon
  • More ideas and suppliers listed below:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Peel Public Health does not endorse these products and companies in any way. None of these products have been tested or checked by Peel Public Health to see if they are compliant with the School Food and Beverage Policy. They are offered as potential alternatives to chocolate and dessert-style fundraisers only. Anyone considering use of these products and/or companies should directly ask the companies for confirmation of compliance with the policy before proceeding. Information is current as of September 2011 and is subject to change.

Product

Organization

Contact Information

Description

Books Chapters/Indigo Contact manager at local store
Click on 'Store Locator', top right side of page at www.chapters.indigo.ca  
School organizes fundraisers at the store; parents register to attend; school receives 10% of registered sales in cash or 15% in gift cards to purchase books for school library.
Canadian Tire Money Canadian Tire School-based initiative   Students bring in Canadian Tire money from home. Collected money can be used to purchase goods and equipment at Canadian Tire Stores.
Cards/ Catalogue Sales/ Gifts Acorn Custom Cards www.acorncustomcards.com
Toll-free Tel.: 1-866-511-4053
E-mail:info@acorncustomcards.com
A unique set or note cards with your own child’s artwork.  Acorn takes student artwork and transforms it into a personalized set of greeting cards.
Dieleman Fundraising Sales www.dfscanada.com
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-667-1272
E-mail: info@dfscanada.com
Offers a variety of catalogues and products including food, candles, household and kitchen items, gifts, calendars, cards and more.
Norcard www.norcard.ca
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-294-2792
Email: inquiries@norcard.ca
Offers a variety of catalogues and products including food, candles, jewellery, gifts, calendars, cards and more.
Third Wave Fundraising www.thirdwavefundraising.com
Toll-free Tel.: 1-888-894-1130
Email: rick@thirdwavefundraising.com
Offers a variety of catalogues and products including food, plant bulbs, candles, ornaments and more.
QSP (subsidiary of Time Inc.) www.qsp.ca
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-667-2536
Email: customerservice@qsp.ca
Offer unique, quality merchandise from jewellery to gift wrap and more.
Cloth Gift Bags and Canvas Totes Love A Tree Cotton Gift
Bags
www.love-a-tree.com
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-480-6706
Email: lat@love-a-tree.com
Fabric gift bags, canvas totes, beach bags, promotional bags, birthday loot bags and mini totes.
Co-operative Games Family
Pastimes
www.familypastimes.com
Tel.: 613-267-4819
Email: info@familypastimes.com
Co-operative board games, books and puzzles to promote sharing and caring behaviour - for family and schools.
Custom Bears/ Mascots CanaBears Custom Plush Mascots www.canabears.ca
Toll-free Tel.: 1-866-950-2262
Email: info@canadbears.ca
Plush bears or custom mascots with school or team logo and custom tag with personalized message.  Mascots are also available wearing shirts.
Education Futura Rewards www.futurarewards.ca
Toll-free Tel.: 1-866-728-3454 or
416-408-2156 (in the Toronto area)
E-mail: Template form on website
Rewards program to help Canadians save for their children's education. Receive points on everyday purchases and direct them into an education savings plan.
Entertainment/ Coupon Book Entertainment www.entertainment.com
E-mail: Template form on website
Provides an annually updated coupon offering discounts on dining, shopping, movie tickets, groceries, services, travel, attractions, car care and home furnishings.
Funclips Corporation Funclips Coupons
www.funclips.ca
Toll-free Tel.: 1-877-FUNCLIP
(386-2547)
Email: info@funclips.ca
Thousands of dollars in "2-for-1" and "free" discount offers. Wide range of restaurants, entertainment, sports, recreation and retail-service businesses.
Rev Publishing Inc. www.revpublishing.com
Tel.: 905.356.7283
Email: info@revpublishing.com
Customize a Save-A-Buck coupon for your community that features your group’s logo or picture along with discounts from local businesses and restaurants.
Gift Cards FundScrip www.fundscrip.com/
Toll-free Tel.: 1-866-997-2747
Email: info@fundscrip.com
Supporters of your group pay for their everyday purchases (i.e., groceries, gas, gifts and household items) with gift cards bought through the FundScrip program. A percentage of the gift cards purchased by your supporters is donated to your group.
Labels Mabel's Labels www.mabelslabels.com/
Toll-free Tel.: 1-866-306-2235 Email:   info@mabel.ca
Personalized labels for belongings to help prevent loss of clothing, school supplies, bags and more.
Magazines QSP (subsidiary of Time Inc.) www.qsp.ca
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-667-2536
Email: : customerservice@qsp.ca
Magazine subscription fundraising catalogue as well as online magazine programs.
Canadian Community Reading Plan Inc. www.ccrp.ca
Toll-free Tel.: 1-800-665-5133
E-mail: service@ccrp.ca
Magazine subscription fundraising program with over 500 magazines available.
Movies ACF (Audio
Ciné Films Inc.
www.acf-film.com
Toll-free Tel : 1-800-289-8887
Email: info@acf-film.com
Access to 1000’s of popular feature films including the largest selection of animated and family films available in Canada. Offers numerous types of licensing agreements suited to all public performance needs.
Household Paper/ Cleaning Products Froggy Fundraising Inc. www.froggyfundraising.com
Toll-free Tel.: 1-866-961-7957
Email: inquiries@froggyfundraising.com
Sells “earth-friendly” paper and cleaning products such as facial tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, lens cleaning wipes and hand sanitizing wipes.
Family Fundraising Portrait Nights Photoworks http://www.photosthatwork.com/ Tel: 778-882-4164 Cell: 416-890-7899 You determine the value of the portrait session, "session" tickets are sold and can cost as little as $5 dollars or as much as $100 per family YOU DECIDE! Parents purchase a ticket for a Portrait session. Your organization gets 100% of the money raised form the ticket sales as well as 15% of all proceeds from photo sales.
Poinsettias, Flower bulbs Local Nurseries Can be used for fundraising at Christmas and Mother's Day Check local nurseries for pricing.
Recycling Cell Phones/ Printer Cartridges Funding Factory www.fundingfactory.com
Toll-free Tel.: 1-888-883-8237
Email: info@fundingfactory.com
Offers free technology, sports and recreation equipment, playground systems and even cash in exchange for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones.
Charitable Recycling (cell phones only) www.charitablerecycling.com
Tel.: 905-830-9607
Email: Template form on website
Receive funds for every phone collected - free shipping, posters, starter kit, tips, tools and more.
Re-usable Window Decals Stik-ees www.stik-ees.com
Toll-free Tel.: 1-888-784-5337
Email: info@stik-ees.com
Re-useable sets of static cling stickers to put on glass or mirrors. Offer seasonal and holiday themes, homework organizer, family monthly activity tracker, chore chart, etc.

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