Fundraising: Spare Change

I came across a couple of art files today and thought this might make a good post for those of you looking to raise some money for an event in the future.

All of our children have had the great privilege of experiencing Yosemite National Park through their school’s outdoor program. It’s a 5-day program for the 5th and 6th graders that happens every other year. We have a very small school with only one class per grade. Fund raising is essential to these kinds of programs and every little bit helps.

Two years ago when we were looking for different ways of raising extra money to offset the parent’s and the PTA’s cost, I headed a spare change fund raiser about 6 months prior to the trip.

Using a modified vintage fruit crate graphic, I labeled 3 large gallon paint cans donated by a local paint store and sent each kid home with a labeled mason jar to collect change at home.

The jars, too, were donated by the local supermarket. Both the can and the jar labels gave credit to the stores for donating. I sent home additional labels with the kids to use on soup cans for grandparents, etc.

I made up a flyer with doodles and information about the program. The students could bring in their jars of change and pour into the large can in the classroom. Each Friday, a designated student would haul that can into the office and dump the change into the office can. I would pick that up when full and head off to the change counting machine at the grocery store.

The kids were encouraged to keep their jars at home over the summer and bring them back in the fall. That year, the 5th and 6th graders raised nearly $1000…IN SPARE CHANGE!!

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10 Responses to Fundraising: Spare Change

  1. #1 - sassyglassdesigns says:

    What a fun and creative way to raise funds for a worthy cause.

  2. #2 - Annie Pazoo says:

    This has to be one of the best school fund-raising ideas (and best excecuted) that I’ve seen. I’d love to do the same here. Thanks as always Cathe!

  3. #3 - Pattie Cordova says:

    what a great idea! wouldn’t be too bad of a thing to do for his birthday party either…

  4. #4 - xashee's corner says:

    This is AWESOME and so are you! :) Thank you so much for sharing! Have a WONDERFUL day!!

  5. #5 - Pumpkin Petunia says:

    Fantastic idea. And as always, done with style!

  6. #6 - Annette Piper says:

    What a fabulous result!

  7. #7 - dragonflydreamer says:

    Such a great idea and I love how you designed such a great flyer, labels, and made everything look so (to borrow from Pumpkin Petunia)stylish!

  8. #8 - Spare Some Change? says:

    Cute spare change graphics :)

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  10. #10 - Lisa Esposito says:

    This is by far the nicest paint can label that I have seen. You did such a lovely job.
    I am in charge of a Youth Ice Hockey team fundraiser. The money raised with help the boys go to Lake Placid New York for a tournament. It is where the 1980 Olympics were held. USA versus Russia.
    Can you share how you created this paint can? What paper, home printer or professional printing company ect…?
    Thank you,
    Lisa