Top Five Ways to Raise Money for Your School


What kid doesn’t love walking around with that giant teddy bear they won at the toughest carnival game? Putting on a school carnival is a great way to get students and families involved in supporting your school. This also gives children the chance to make fond memories; for example, the time they got to throw a pie in their principal’s face or soaked their favorite teacher in one of our dunk tanks! With Fun Services you can choose to sell tickets, wristbands or simply rent items from us for your carnival. Check the Fun Services School Carnival page for more ideas!


Fun Services is the original creator of the Holiday Gift Shop or Santa’s Secret Shop. We’ve been doing this for nearly 50 years! Many parents even remember having a shop at their school when they were little tykes. Our Holiday Gift Shops teach students the importance of saving-up and also the gift of giving. Students can choose from a variety of ‘kid friendly’ products at all different price levels. Many items are specifically for moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas and even pets! Fun Services supplies the product to sell at your shop. Most PTAs choose to mark up the product to make a nice profit for the school. Visit our Holiday Gift Shop page to learn more!


Fun Services offers many different fundraising options for schools all over Nebraska and Iowa. Many schools we work with choose to do a traditional food brochure fundraiser. These brochures can include anything from frozen cookie dough, to pizzas and kitchen supplies. If you’re looking for an easy fundraiser, $1 candy bars and pretzels could be the way to go!  A Poinsettia and Christmas Cactus fundraiser is also very popular during the holiday season. These plants are beautiful quality and hand delivered to your church, school or dance team doorstep.


Fun Runs or Jog-a-Thons have grown in popularity over the last few years. This is a great event that gets students active and teaches them how to be part of a team. Your PTO can raise even more money by asking area businesses to be a Fun Run Sponsor. The sponsor name can be listed in your marketing materials or even on the T-shirts each kid wears during the run. Have students ask their relatives and neighbors for donations to help support their team in the run. All proceeds would go to the school and can be distributed between classrooms for items such as new text books or computers. A Fun Run works best when a ton of school spirit is mixed in—encourage classrooms to come up with their own team cheers to use during the run! Maybe even make the PE teacher do a victory lap in the school’s mascot uniform! Check out more info on PTO today


Many PTAs coordinate ‘restaurant nights’ or ‘family night out’ where students and their families can eat out at a local restaurant together. In many cases those restaurants agree to donate a percentage of your bill back to the school. Fun Services has recently partnered with TAGG, a company that connects local business with area schools and non-profits. TAGG is an app you can download that allows customers to take a photo of their receipt at local businesses and restaurants, and those businesses will donate a percentage of your bill directly to the school PTA. Go to TAGG’s website to find out more

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