BCFT Official School Fundraising Programme
We need your help to raise vital funds each year and help spread the word about healthy eating, exercise and bowel health.
We understand it can be difficult to continuously raise funds for your school and the community so we have put together some of the best school fundraising ideas from our preferred donation partner, Donorbox, for your school to use to help raise funds for your school and our charity.
Scroll down to view age appropriate ideas for all Primary, Intermediate and High Schools.
There is one idea per month to help you choose what is right for your school.
Once funds have been raised they can be sent securely either online or direct in to our charity account where they will be used to screen, treat, rehabilitate bowel cancer patients from all over New Zealand.
Fundraising students from Colwill School, Auckland with their poo emoji keychains they each received for taking part.
Fundraising Ideas for Primary, Intermediate and High Schools
1. Pyjama Day
This is a simple school fundraising idea that is sure to get students excited (maybe even some teachers)! Collect donations from children in exchange for them coming to school in pyjamas for one day.
2. Easter Egg Hunt
A seasonal crowd pleaser, this school fundraising idea is easy to organise.
Hide chocolates and other treats around the school and have the kids look for them.
Children can compete individually or in teams. The student/team who finds the most
hidden treats wins!
3. Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunts are fun for students of all ages, but they are especially exciting for younger students. Students can pay to participate on their own or in teams. Think of a theme, potentially one related to the curriculum, and organise the treasure hunt. Make sure you have an award for the winning team. Bonus points for explorer outfits!
4. Carol Singing
Carol singing might be seasonal, but who can resist primary school children singing carols? This fundraising activity can raise a lot of funds for your school. Practice a couple of carols with the students several weeks leading up to Christmas. Go around your school’s neighbourhood with your student choir and collect donations.
5. Disney Day
On Disney Day, students get to dress up as their favourite Disney characters in exchange for a small donation. Promote this event well in advance to allow parents to make or buy the costumes.
6. Crafts Day
Encourage the children to do arts and crafts, either in groups or with parents, and give
parents the opportunity to purchase the items. Contact the local art supplies stores and try
to get the art supplies donated.
7. Snowman Building Competition
If you live in a country that gets some snow, organise a snowman building competition in the schoolyard on a snowy day. Charge per team entry into the competition. Offer a reward to the winning team.
8. Lemonade Stand
Transform this classic, old-time favourite activity into something that can serve the fundraising needs of your school. Help your students set up a lemonade stand at a school event. Students can sell the lemonade, with all proceedings going towards funding a school project. Make sure to get all the supplies donated.
9. School Picnic
Ideal for warmer days, this school fundraising idea helps build your school’s community. Picnic fundraisers generate needed funds while encouraging spending time outdoors. Planning a picnic fundraiser means selecting a park or a green area (if not your schoolyard), designing announcements, determining a participation fee, ideally getting food and drinks donated, and lining up a raffle to bring in even more funds.
10. Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
Charge a small fee for students to enter the tournament. Match them up and get the tournament started! The best two out of three wins, then the winners match up and play again. Keep going until only a few participants are left playing. Then, have a $5 buy-in to get back into the game. The final winner gets a prize.
11. Popcorn Fundraiser
Unlike chocolate bars, popcorn is still a relatively healthy snack (unless loaded with too much sugar,
salt or butter). To make things even easier, there are many companies with whom you can work to
organise a popcorn fundraiser for your school – they provide the gourmet popcorn, you sell it.
12. Staging a Theatre Play
Every parent will want to come and see their child performing in a play. Work with your students to prepare an age-appropriate play, promote the play to their friends and families, and charge them to see the play.
1. Spelling Bee
Most spelling bees will see children compete as individuals. Each child, in turn, is asked to
spell a different word and they might call out their answers or write them on a board.
Raise funds by charging entry fees to children, charging the parents who come to watch,
or charging for “second chances”.
2. Trivia Competition
Think of fun but challenging questions, either about your school and its history or pertaining to general knowledge. Invite people who are connected to the school and set a date for the competition. In order to raise money, you can charge a small entrance fee, sell food and refreshments, or do both. Select good questions, a great quizmaster, and be careful to select a reasonable time.
3. Dress Up As…
This school fundraising idea is fun and versatile. Have students dress up as characters from movies, books, or TV shows – and of course, pay for that opportunity. Not only is this fundraising idea a great way to engage students, but is also easy to incorporate into the school curriculum.
4. Obstacle Course Event
Organise a race that includes obstacles like rope and wall climbing, walking on a beam, bag
races, running through sprinklers or pools of soapy water, climbing stairs, dodging water
balloons filled with paint, mud pits, jumping through tires etc. Charge for participation and
get the material donated. Obstacle courses are exciting for everyone involved, so there should
be plenty of donations pouring in.
5. Parents Night Out
Charge a small amount and organise a fun night of food and drinks for your students’ parents. The gathering can be quite relaxed, and you can even get volunteers to look after the children so that parents don’t have to pay extra money for a babysitter.
6. Balloon Pop Party
Put money into 100 helium-filled balloons and sell them for $10 each. Put $100 in one balloon, $50.00 in two, $20 in two, $10 in two, $5.00 in two and $2.00 the rest. This idea won’t bring you thousands, but it’s a great one for a smaller fundraiser.
7. The Big Cleanup
Who wouldn’t want to do something that’s both good for the environment and raises money? When organising a community cleanup project, pledges are tied to a specific attainment goal such as the number of pounds of trash collected or the number of road miles cleaned of debris. Parents, alumni, and members of the local community pledge to support the students cleaning up.
8. Jellybean Count
This school fundraising idea is famous for a reason. It’s incredibly easy to set up and is
very entertaining. Put up a jar of jellybeans in your school hallway. Have students pay a
dollar or two to guess how many jellybeans are in the jar. At the end of a week of guessing,
announce the winner – the person who guessed the number closest to the number of
jellybeans in the jar. The winner gets to keep the jar or wins another prize.
9. Cupcake Decorating
This is a perfect activity for the young ones (and those young at heart). Cupcakes are pretty inexpensive to bake. Reach out to multiple families (or classes) to bring in their favourite flavours of baked cupcakes. Buy toppings in bulk (or get them donated): icing, chocolate chips, coconut flakes etc. Charge customers for a cupcake and let them decorate it.
10. Family Fun Day
Once per month or several times per year, depending on your capacity, organise a family fun day. Make it a Saturday so that both students and parents can attend. Make the event fun, but also educational. Have staff members, alumni, and some parents volunteer their time. You can organise many different activities e.g. face painting, gardening, or sculpting with clay. Charge a participation fee.
11. Sports Day
By the time warm weather rolls around, there’s nothing that we want more than spending some time outside. Organise a field day or a sports day, and set up a variety of games and sports to give an opportunity to all children to join in. Charge admission to parents and other spectators. Sell merchandise, snacks, and drinks to maximise donations.
This school fundraising idea might be the favourite of your teachers and parents, as it
encourages children to read for pleasure. Students obtain pledges from teachers, family
members, or parents for the number of pages or books they can read, and then they log
Give parents a break and have the high school students babysit in the school hall for one evening while parents go out. Charge for the service. Set up movies to watch and games to play with teachers
on hand to ensure all goes well.
2. Battle of the Bands
Music is a hobby for many high school students. Organise a battle of the bands
at your school. Charge the bands, as well as friends and family who come to
see the show.
3. Karaoke Contest
For a fun twist on the Battle of the Bands, have students form teams and compete in singing/lip syncing.
4. Yard Sale
Host a school-wide yard sale. Ask students, parents, faculty, and staff to donate their gently used items for the sale. The key to a successful yard sale is promotion, so promote the yard sale like there’s no tomorrow.
5. Movie Night
This idea can be used to fundraise in elementary schools, middle schools, and colleges. Organise a viewing of an age-appropriate movie in your hall or team up with your local cinema to get a special rate for families to attend a new release.
6. “Hostage” Situation
Have students fundraise a specific amount of money to get their teacher or principal
“locked” inside the school for the duration of one period. This means the students
(and teachers) get a free period, unless teachers are taped to a post!
7. Colour Run
Colour Runs make running more fun for schools and students. Have students wear white tee shirts. At specific checkpoints, volunteers will spray them with water-based paint or throw water balloons containing paint at them. Raise money by charging a participation fee or by getting sponsors to pledge money for each lap completed. Organise on the weekend or at the end of the school day.
8. Principal Challenge
Get your principal on board to complete a challenge (e.g. dye their hair a fun colour) if a fundraising goal is met. Students can either vote for their favourite idea by donating or simply donate to reach the fundraising goal as soon as possible.
9. Recycling Drive
Get your students to bring to school old cartridges, mobile phones or clothes. Set up a partnership
with a company that is going to buy these off you and donate the money to
Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust.
10. Power of Change
Elsewhere known as the “Penny Drive”, this fundraising idea is simple, yet very effective, as it utilises the competitive spirit of high schoolers. Place one jar per class in the hallway. The students can then add their spare change to the jars until they’re full. The first class that manages to fill their jar gets a reward.
11. Mufti Day
If your school requires its students to wear uniforms to school, this fundraising idea is perfect for you. Organise no uniform days several times per year. Ask students for a small donation in exchange for dressing down. Students will get to showcase their personal style, and you will raise funds.
12. Car Wash
Set up a car washing station in your schoolyard. Have your staff and students
volunteer to wash the cars of parents and other visitors in exchange for a small