Congratulations on your decision to participate in this vitally important educational adventure! You will be amazed at how your family, friends, neighbors and even local businesses will rally when it comes to sending students on this life-changing trip. The key to success is to get started right away. Our staff has three decades of witnessing successful fundraising and has developed this page to share their experience and tips.
Ask for the Gift of Education
The most successful fund raising technique begins at home. The majority of our students have found success using the gift of education envelopes & letters. Use the following templates for drafting your own personalized gift of education letter or ask your teacher for the envelopes. Mail to family & friends requesting donations toward your trip price in lieu of birthday, holiday or graduation gifts.
While School Tours of America does not endorse any particular fundraising companies, we have compiled a list of popular companies used by many of our clients in their fundraising efforts.
Food, Chocolate, Coffee and Tea
Collecting- Labels, Tops, more..
Fundraising Tips and Ideas
Fundraising not only offsets the trip costs, it instills a sense of ownership and responsibility that will enhance a student’s appreciation for the experience. The following is a list of successful fundraising ideas we have seen work over the years as well as a collection of excellent articles on the keys to successful fundraising.
School Tours of America does not promote or endorse any particular company. The following list is for informational purposes only.
Ideas and Opportunity links
Fundraising Tips- for Groups
- Traditional Bake Sale
- Sponsor a Spaghetti Feed
- Bake Pizzas (pizza supplies)
- Create A Recipe Book (links for recipe books)
- Raffle Something Cool
- Craft Fair
- Talent Show
- Garage / Yard Sales (group)
- Car Wash
- Hold a Marathon
- Grade-a-thon (kids get $ for every A,B…)
- Restaurant sponsored Group/School Night
- Ask a Local Restaurant to donate a night where all proceeds are given to the group.
- Ask for donations of 'Loose Change'.
- Remove and recycle Christmas trees
- Penny or Coin Drives
- Participants guess how many pennies are in a jar.
- Offer a Parents Night Out/ Baby-sitting service.
- Fun/Unusual contests such as a “Break the Record” contest or “Guess Who’s Legs” contest. Raise money by charging for an entry fee and charging per vote.
Fundraising Tips- for Students
After School or Summer Jobs:
- Delivering a paper route
- Work at a Latch key or after school program
- Work at a Summer Camp
- Work for your parents
- Tutor younger students
- Do chores around the house
- Wrap presents for family and friends during the holiday season
- Take care of a neighbors House, Pets, Mail when they travel.
- Yard Work, Rake Leaves, Mow Lawns, Shovel Snow