A Year of Fundraising: School Fundraising Calendar

For schools, PTAs, and booster clubs, crafting a varied and engaging fundraising calendar to keep things fresh is key to success. Cheddar Up is here to help with a full-year of unique fundraising ideas specific for schools. Need ideas for sports teams? Check out this sports team fundraising calendar.

January: New Beginnings and Fresh Fundraisers

New Year’s Resolution Fitness Challenge: Kickstart the year with a health-focused fundraiser.

Winter Warm-up Sale: Cozy beverages and treats to warm up those chilly days.

Art Exhibit and Auction: Showcase student creativity and engage the community in an art auction.

Pajama Day: A fun and simple way for students to contribute by wearing pajamas to school.


February: Love and Learning

Valentine’s Day Flower and Card Sale: Spread love with flowers and cards.

100th Day of School Celebration: Mark this milestone with special activities and events.

Talent Show: Showcase the diverse talents of your student body.

Read-a-Thon: Encourage reading while raising funds.


March: Spring into Action

Spring Plant Sale: Perfect for welcoming the new season.

March Madness Basketball Tournament: Capitalize on the basketball season’s excitement.

Green Day for St. Patrick’s: Sell green-themed treats and accessories.

Silent Auction: A classy way to involve local businesses and the school community.


April: Earth and Art

Easter Egg Hunt: A festive and family-friendly event.

Earth Day Recycling Drive: Combine environmental responsibility with fundraising.

Spring Cleaning Sale: A community yard sale can be a treasure trove.

Art and Craft Fair: Foster creativity and entrepreneurship among students.


May: Celebrating Growth and Transition

Teacher Appreciation Week Activities: Honoring teachers while raising funds.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: A cultural event with food sales and performances.

Spring Concert or Play: Showcase student talent in the performing arts.

Sports Day Competition: Engage the entire school in friendly competition.


June: Summertime Kick-off

End-of-School Carnival: Celebrate the start of summer with a fun-filled carnival.

Summer Kick-off BBQ: A great way for the community to gather and celebrate.

Book Sale: Encourage summer reading and raise funds.

Car Wash: A classic fundraiser that never goes out of style.


July: Hot Summer Fun

Independence Day Bake Sale: Patriotic-themed baked goods are always a hit.

Movie Nights: Perfect for those warm summer evenings.

Summer Sports Camp: Sports camps can be both fun and profitable.

Ice Cream Social: Everyone loves ice cream, especially in the summer heat.


August: Preparing for a New School Year

Back-to-School Supply Sale: Convenience for parents, funds for the school.

Summer Farewell Party: A last hurrah before the new school year begins.

Yard Sale: Encourage decluttering and community involvement.

Pool Party Fundraiser: A refreshing way to raise funds.


September: Back to School, Back to Fundraising

Labor Day BBQ or Picnic: A community gathering to welcome the new school year.

Fall Festival: A fun event that can include games, food, and crafts.

Read-a-thon: Another round to encourage reading and support the library.

School Spirit Merchandise Sale: Time to show off that school pride!


October: Harvest and Halloween Fun

Halloween Carnival: A spooktacular event for families.

 Pumpkin Sale: Perfect for the season and great for carving.

Trunk or Treat Event: Safe and fun for the whole family.

Fall Leaf Raking Service: Helpful service, especially for community elders.

November: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Thanksgiving Bake Sale: Who can resist delicious pies and cakes?

Veterans Day Run/Walk: A healthy way to honor our veterans.

Craft Bazaar: Perfect for early holiday shoppers.

Food Drive Challenge: Encouraging generosity and community service.


December: Holiday Cheer and End of Year Celebrations

Holiday Concert or Play: Get into the festive spirit with a musical or play.

Gift Wrapping Service: A helpful service during the busy holiday season.

Winter Wonderland Event: Celebrate the winter season with a special event.

New Year’s Eve Dance or Party: Ring in the new year with a bang.

A well-planned year of fundraising can significantly support a school’s goals while bringing together students, teachers, and the community in meaningful and enjoyable ways. Keep the fun in fundraising and change it up!

In short, before you go

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