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School Fundraising Ideas for Middle School

What is Considered Middle School?

The answer to this question appears to be diverse depending on where you live.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to define Middle School as Grades 6 through 8 with students ranging in age from 11-14 years old.

Choosing a Fundraiser for Middle School Students

The purpose of school fundraising is to raise money to support the cost of educational enrichment programs for the students. Before choosing a fundraiser for your group, here are some questions to answer which will help determine the best benefit for your school.

  • What are you raising money for?
  • What goal do you hope to reach?
  • How much money is needed?
  • How quick do you need to raise these funds?
  • Are you looking for a fundraising program that is “one time” or can be ongoing?
  • How many middle school students will be participating in the fundraiser?
  • Will you be expecting the parents to participate?
  • Do you have enough help for a successful fundraising program?
  • Who will support the fundraiser – kids, adults, family, friends, community members?

Once you have answered the questions above, you are ready to begin brainstorming ideas.

Indoor Garage Sale / Rummage Sale

Indoor Garage Sale / Rummage Sale

Ideas for Middle School Fundraising

Rummage Sale / Indoor Garage Sale

Ask for donations of unwanted goods from school families and the community to organize an indoor garage sale. The profit will be 100% for the school!

Fun Options: During this sale, you could also incorporate a bake sale, sell food and even set up a raffle too. You could charge an admission fee, let’s say $1.00, but then every person who pays to get in receives a raffle drawing ticket for their money.

You may be interested in reading about How to Have a Successful Garage Sale.


Basket Raffle from Donations

Determine how many school classrooms will participate and assign a different basket theme to each classroom. Gather a group of parents of the students who are able to travel to local stores to ask for donations. If willing, the parents may also purchase and donate items to include in the basket.

Number every basket and create a list with the contents in each. Sell tickets for a chance to win a basket of their choice. For example, if someone is interested in the Spa/Relaxation Basket, they can purchase five tickets and try for that prize only.

Some basket raffle theme ideas may include Chocolate Lovers, Favorite Sports Team, Everything Italian, All About Babies and so many more. Be creative! You may also be interested in reading How To Organize A Gift Basket Raffle Fundraiser.

Fun Options: If the contents of the baskets are quite costly, consider selling tickets for $5 each or more to add to the school profits.

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Engraved Bricks or Floor/Wall Tiles

Many people love the idea of leaving a lasting impression. Create a project at the school such as adding a brick walkway outdoors, a ceramic tile floor indoors or a tiled wall décor. Each brick or tile could be engraved with the family’s name that purchased the brick/tile showing support of their school community.

Search around for someone who specializes in engraving to ask if they would possibly donate their services or charge a minimal cost since it is a school fundraiser. You may also be able to find someone who will donate their bricklaying or tiling skills. And maybe a company who would donate bricks or tiles.

Fun Options: Create bricks with student handprints or footprints to be purchased by the family.


Car Wash

Secure a large enough location with water available to hold a car wash. Many businesses such as a gas station will donate their space and water for the school.

Families can donate soap and towels. The kids can make signs and do the work. Decide if you will charge a specific rate per car or simply ask for donations.

Fun Options: You could also incorporate selling ice cold beverages for the car owner to enjoy while they wait.

Everyone loves a bake sale!

Everyone loves a bake sale!

Bake Sale

Everyone loves a bake sale. Ask families to donate homemade goodies to sell so all the profits will go directly to the school. Try to organize the bake sale when many visitors will be around such as during a sports game, after church, at bingo, or during an indoor garage sale.

Fun Options: Instead of just a bake sale, possibly sell other items such as stuffed cabbages, hot dogs, perogies, beverages, ice cream, popcorn and so much more. You could also set the sale up so that people could actually purchase an entire meal to take home to their family. For example: 8 stuffed cabbages, a quart of mashed potatoes, 4 rolls and 4 cupcakes - a meal to feed a family of four for one set price. Of course, you could always host a dinner in the school gym or cafeteria.


50/50 Raffle

This is a simple way to quickly make some money for your school. A 50/50 raffle means that 50% of the profits go to the school and 50% go to the winner. If you sell $500 worth of raffle tickets for example, the winner receives $250 and the school receives the other half. Choose a well attended event to sell these tickets such as a school sports game, a carnival or during a rummage sale.

Fun Options: Offer a “bargain” to those who wish to buy multiple tickets. For example, charge $1 per ticket or offer 6 tickets for $5. Although a 50/50 split is the most popular, you could consider other splits such as 60/40 or 70/30.

Tupperware Fundraiser

Tupperware Fundraiser

Tupperware Sale

Tupperware remains a popular household name, and they offer an exclusive catalog just for fundraisers. They make it easy to collect orders and money upfront. Your school will receive 40% of the sales.

Fun Options: Host a large Tupperware Party at your school inviting everyone involved with the school and the entire community. Ask the parents of the kids who will benefit to bring bakery and beverages to serve.


Box Tops For Education (BTFE)

Box Tops for Education are a great fundraiser that requires little work and is ongoing. Since 1996, BTFE has earned over 400 million to help America’s schools.

All you do is clip the BTFE coupon off participating grocery items. Collect them and turn them into your school. Determine a central location to drop off the BTFE’s, maybe at the school secretary’s office.

Fun Options: Did you know that you can also earn BTFE’s by shopping online. It’s true. And you can even enter contests for chances to win thousands of BTFE’s for your school.


Fundraising Tip

The Importance of a Donation Jar

Many of these fundraisers would also benefit if there was a donation jar nearby.

People are willing to donate for a good cause even if they are not interested in what you are selling.

Successful School Fundraising

With a little creativity and energy, fundraising for middle school can be extremely successful. Once you determine your goals and objectives, there are so many activities or events that you can organize to raise funds. If you are looking for additional assistance, there are many professional fundraising organizations out there that are willing to help. Best wishes!

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Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 10, 2013:

Hi PS ~ yes, fundraising can certainly be a challenge. The planning is critical to its success. Grants are a good idea too. I'm sure there are many out there that no one has ever heard of. Thanks so much for your feedback!


Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 07, 2013:

Fund raising can be challenging but you are correct. With careful planning it can yield the results you are looking for. I held many fundraisers while I was teaching and it was worth the effort.

Another avenue you may consider is a grant. Check out the multitude of grants available and see what might be something for you to pursue. Good luck with your efforts.

Angels are on the way ps

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 28, 2013:

Hi Nationette ~ that is a great idea. There are definitely restaurants in my area who participate in programs like this. Usually, it is a "benefit" for something like "a family who loses their home to a fire" for example. But utilizing the same concept to raise funds for a school is certainly possible as well. Thank you so much for your feedback.


Jackie Nation from NH-> FL on May 21, 2013:

At my restaurant we have a program called a "fair share" program when we set up a date sun-thurs with a non-profit, school team, church group, ect... then they do all of the work promoting the event, and on the date of the event the receipts of the people there to support the event are giving to the hosts on the guests way out then the group get 15% of the total food proceeds from the receipts left by guests supporting that group. I wonder if there are any similar programs you could utilize by where you are?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 07, 2013:

Well, since I do not know your name (for safety reasons), I will just say THANKS, I'm glad this sorta helped :)

I will not tell you my name for safety reasons!! on March 06, 2013:

this sorta helpd thanx for the info. :)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 16, 2013:

Hi aykianink ~ well gosh, I didn't mean to blow your mind, ha. Seriously, that is a fun idea and one that will last for many many years. Thanks for your feedback!


aykianink on January 16, 2013:

The brick idea blew mind. Good stuff, Sharyn!:-)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 18, 2012:

Hi Cyndi ~ Thanks! I agree, these fundraisers are good ideas - not just for middle school. It was a title that was assigned to me so I went with it. But yes, all can be adapted. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 16, 2012:

What fun tips you have here! I love these ideas and they're good even if you're not fundraising for middle school - they can be adapted for people in general when they want to raise or make money. Fun! :D

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 04, 2012:

Hey Melbel ~ I remember selling candy and not taking my favorite candy bars with me and hiding them in a drawer in my bedroom, ha. Ooops, "but Mom, I don't know, this is what I have left, they didn't sell!"

Well, I think it's a great idea to share with your club. These ideas are really not just for middle school, only that middle school students can participate in these types of fundraisers. Thanks for your feedback Mel!


Melanie Palen from Midwest, USA on July 03, 2012:

I always liked doing fundraising when I was in middle school. We mostly sold chocolate bars... errr mostly we ate them and my mom would have to pay for them. (Terrible kids.)

The club I'm in at school needs extra money. Even though it's college, I think I'll share some of these tips you've offered to our club president.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 17, 2012:

Thanks for stopping back Ardie and for sharing the hub with your sis. Funny that you say about hitting the family up first. Been there done that! There have been occasions where my nieces or nephews want to participate in an activity and my sisters can't afford it. So I've pitched in. It's hard to say no when you want the kids to have the experience.

Sondra from Neverland on June 15, 2012:

=) Howdy Sharyn, I already sent sissy a link to your Hub cuz my nephew is a little smarty-pants who gets accepted into all sorts of programs. Only problem is that most of these programs require payment or travel fees. So my sis is always looking for ways to raise money! (I should know - she hits up family first haha)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 14, 2012:

Hey Ardie ~ It's so great to see you! Pass this on to your sister for next time. Thanks so much for stopping by to check it out and comment. Take care,


Sondra from Neverland on June 12, 2012:

Hi Sharyn, this is a great Hub! I sure could've used this info a few months ago when my nephew and some other students were trying to raise money for a trip out of state for some sort of school function :) My sister was calling all around to see what ideas were out there for individuals/small school groups.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 12, 2012:

Hi Donna ~ I agree, schools are always looking for ways to make more money in this economy. I will have to check out your hub too. Thank you for your feedback.


Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on June 10, 2012:

I just wrote a hub on fundraisers as well. There can never be enough ideas circulating about this topic, as so many schools are cutting budgets in this tough economy. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 09, 2012:

Aw, thanks so much Mo! I'm sure fundraisers are always way up there on school agendas. I hope you find it useful next school year. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.


Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 08, 2012:

I can't get over all of these great ideas. Your questions at the beginning are helpful too. I'm going to save this for our first school meeting in the fall....fundraisers are always one of the first things on the agenda. Great job Sharon.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 02, 2012:

Hiya Dr. BJ ~ I love a great rummage sale. I seem to always find a great bargain and they do seem to be a profitable fundraiser since everything is usually donated. I'm glad you appreciated my ideas here. Thanks so much for your feedback!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 02, 2012:

Hey Susan H ~ I'm so glad you liked the fun options. I thought it really added to the content. Ha, I also like the idea of picking up a "meal" for the family. And I agree, it is so hard to pass up something homemade at a bake sale!

I've decided to write a hub on "how to organize a gift basket raffle fundraiser." So that should be coming soon. I've got all kinds of creative ideas for baskets. Thanks so much for your feedback and shares.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 01, 2012:

Hi Laura,

Coupon books is a great idea. I thought about adding "Entertainment Books" as a fundraiser. Any thing that is a "deal" with a coupon or gift card would be profitable. Thanks for your feedback!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 01, 2012:

Kelly ~ Thanks so much for your feedback. A cake walk sounds like fun! Fundraisers are a great way to involve the kids too and help pay for something that they would not have otherwise. Thanks for stopping by.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 01, 2012:

Hi Mommiegee ~ Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment and voting too. Very much appreciated!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 01, 2012:

Hi Chrissie ~ I agree. The BTFE program is awesome. I collect them all the time and I don't even have kids. I give them to my sister to take in to the school. And now you can even earn BTFE's online. Thanks so much for your great comments.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 01, 2012:

Hello yougotme ~ I am so glad you liked these ideas. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 01, 2012:

Hi Susan Z ~ I bet you were a top baker for your kids fundraisers! And yes, people love silent auctions. If I find the time, I'd like to add a few more ideas to this hub. That would definitely be one of them. Thanks for your feedback!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 01, 2012:

Hi Krystal ~ wow, was a great encouraging comment. Thank you SO much!


drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 31, 2012:

Fundraisers everywhere will appreciate all your excellent suggestions, Sharyn. In my area, rummage sales seem to bring in the most donations and the most visitors/buyers. Everyone loves a bargain.

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on May 31, 2012:

I love how you add the fun options to each fundraiser. It is like a "perk" for those who are dropping in. "Why yes, I will take a stuffed cabbage meal home for my family." I love that. I am always looking for great meals that I don't have to cook and knowing the money is going to a good cause makes it even better. The bake sale with the rummage sale always go hand-in-hand for money makers. I, for one, cannot pass up homemade chocolate chip cookies. I have been a part of several fundraisers, but I had never thought of the gift basket idea - LOVE IT!! Who doesn't love a basket of chocolate or spa goodies... Oh okay, I guess there would have to be one for the guys, too.

This is a great hub for parents/teachers/sponsors who are wracking their brains for ideas.

Votes and shares! :-)

LauraGSpeaks from Raleigh, NC on May 31, 2012:

Great ideas! One of our school's easiest fundraisers is selling CitiPass coupon books. Its simple to implement, doesn't use too many volunteers and is quite profitable. Everyone can use coupons!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on May 31, 2012:

My favorite is the bake sale!! Last year, one of the girls won a cake walk and I think I ate the entire chocolate cake! lol

All terrific ideas for fund raisers - and these things help pay for so many incidentals that public schools can't afford to get for the kids.

UP and everything!

Mommiegee from Alabama on May 31, 2012:

These are great fundraisers! Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

chrissieklinger from Pennsylvania on May 31, 2012:

The box tops for education are an easy way to get kids involved in fundraising at all age levels. Box tops offers so many helpful tools on their website as well. Loved all your ideas...voted up and useful!

Renz Kristofer Cheng from Manila on May 31, 2012:

Cool tips here Sharyn! I'm sure many would find this very useful. They will no longer run out of things to do for fundraising!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 31, 2012:

These are all great fundraising ideas. When my children were in school I was always baking for school events and fundraisers. Another way to raise money too is by having silent auctions. These seem to be very popular in our schools here.

I really love your clip art picture and page divider, very creative!

Krystal from Los Angeles on May 31, 2012:

I am totally impressed by how much detail you added to this topic! Super job here and very informative :)

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