This one web page is filled with truly low-cost PRODUCTIVE ideas. Some of the ideas include: a mom who held ZUMBA classes (and netted $4,000); a local deli split profits for selling their sandwiches; car wash; box tops; mom-2-mom sales, where slightly used children’s items are sold (the people with tables do not have to be school parents – each sale averaged $3,000.)
This web page details each step you will need to take for a successful garage sale. Most households, regardless of income, would appreciate cleaning out their garage and closets. And . . . parents would be pleased to see they were helping their child’s school in a concrete way with cash from the sale of their unused items. Recommended best times are spring and fall. They recommend that you might also consider a flea market held in the parking lot.
This free podcast walks you through setting up a fundraising plan. Even though you may feel a plan is not necessary if you have limited resources, getting a group of teachers and administrators together to view this podcast and then create a plan will generate buzz among the faculty which will then spread to students and then parents. It will also likely encourage and motivate some of those folks on staff who have given up on the idea of raising money in their low income neighborhood.
I love these simple, NO COST fundraisers. These five ideas sound do-able for low income schools (with the possible exception of the prom dress fundraiser.) The collection drives sound easy to do. (You can recycle not only cans and bottles but cell phones, ink cartridges, and electronics.) The Bring and Buy sale is a fresh take on the garage sale/flea market concept.