5 Online School Fundraising Ideas For 2021 

Attention parents, teachers and students— Here are 5 online school fundraising ideas for 2021.

Learn how to organize an online fundraiser for your classroom. Sure it may take a little thinking outside of the box, but we however believe the results are well worth it.

We hope you enjoy these five online fundraising ideas for schools.

Set up a peer to peer fundraiser or crowdfunding campaign

Crowdfunding and peer to peer fundraising lend themselves very easily to an online venue. There are many websites that specialize in doing this. You simply reach out to all of the people in your networking circle. The idea is that the more people you know, the more potential donors there may be to support your schools cause.

Don’t limit yourself to simply asking for cash donations. This is because many people like getting something of value in exchange for the money given.

For instance, did you know our snack fundraising brochure and our popcorn catalog feature delicious products that retail for only eight dollars each? Your School earns up to a 50% profit for every sale.

The other benefit of selling with our fundraiser catalogs is that many people don’t want to feel pressured into donating a lot of money. However, they might feel comfortable with a smaller eight to ten dollar purchase.

Online raffles

raffle ticketRaffles can also be done virtually using some of the same apps we discussed in our comments about talent shows above. The key to this is having photos and videos of the prizes with very detailed descriptions since people will not be able to see them in person. This is a perfect opportunity to share these ahead of time on social media to generate some excitement about the raffle sale.

How can you use these online school fundraising ideas for 2021?

Simply send potential donors to your website, Facebook page or Instagram page to view the products that will be raffled off. We usually encourage fundraiser organizers to price the raffle tickets at a low price point. This will move people to buy more than one ticket when they can afford it.

Some great ideas for raffle prizes include gift baskets, cords of firewood. sports event tickets, fine dining and weekend getaway trips.

Incorporate what you have learned about peer to peer fundraising to spread the word about your online raffle to as many people as possible. You can either send physical or virtual raffle tickets to everyone of your supporters.

Set up a virtual garage sale using eBay or Craigslist

Just suppose you set up virtual yard sale online. By the way, here are a few websites and apps that will allow you to do that.

  • Facebook market place
  • Local eBay classified
  • Offerup
  • Letgo
  • Locanta

How can you make money with this for your school, church, sports team or nonprofit youth group?

Simply ask friends, family and neighbors if they have anything to donate to your yard sale. Ask them if they would be kind enough to send you photos of the items. You can then list them to sell online. Afterwards, you can either mail these to the customer or arrange to meet them somewhere to pick them up. This will take some legwork, but it is also a great way to raise cash for your school club or after school group.

Virtual talent show using zoom

Online School Fundraising Ideas For 2020 using the zoom appHave you thought about setting up a virtual talent show using some of the popular video apps available?

Popular apps include zoom, Facebook live and YouTube live streaming events. They are free and your students will have a blast doing it.

How would it work?

Well simply think about some of your favorite shows on TV. Perhaps you thought of American Idol or America’s Got Talent.

Here is the opportunity for everyone in your school to now get their 15 minutes of fame.

Many of these TV shows allow viewers to vote on their favorite performers. You could do the same thing. You can either set up phone lines for people to call in and pledge support for their favorite singers and dancers, or you can try and do it online. How can you possibly do that?

For instance, you can set up a PayPal link for people to donate to vote for their favorite contestant. You can put these on your website underneath the live streaming video of the talent show. Encourage people to vote as often as they want.

Furthermore, you can award prizes to the performers who had the best act as well as those who raise the most donations.

Additionally, you should talk this up on social media and post photos and video clips online afterwards. Finally, remember to use these again next year if you decide to run the virtual talent show fundraiser again.

And finally, since you will be having several hundred people possibly watching your live stream, you may want to consider reaching out to local sponsors in your neighborhood. A local business in your community might want to put together a 30 second commercial to play at a break time event during the show. Furthermore, you can allow your sponsors to have a banner ad on your website with a link to special offers for your talent show viewers.


Sell snacks online

Our food fundraiser brochures lend themselves to easily selling on the Internet. Once you have decided which snacks to sell, you can post your brochure on the school website.

For instance, some of our popular catalogs include the following:

  • Gourmet popcorn with a variety of flavors
  • Frozen cookie dough in 2 lb tubs.
  • Candy.
  • Trail mix.
  • Other popular snacks kids of all ages love to eat.

Easy popcorn pleasures fundraising brochure

Is it expensive to buy? Not at all. In fact this is what makes these snacks so easy to sell. Most products are in the $8 to $10 range. That means the majority of your supporters will probably be able to afford to donate to your school’s cause.

Is it profitable for you sell snacks online? Absolutely! That’s why our parents and teachers return to Fundraising Zone every year. Imagine earning up to a 50% profit on everything you sell. This adds up very quickly. Best of all, the snacks taste so good your customers will want to buy them again next year.

Commonly asked questions

How can we raise money for school online?

We will provide you with free brochures and a proven sales system to follow.

How do we set up an online fundraiser for our school?

Send a text, email, Facebook message and post to your fans, friends and family. Tell them about your fundraiser event. Furthermore, tell them why you’re raising money for school. Finally, include a link to your brochure so they can see the snacks for sale.

How much will it cost to sell online?

There are no upfront costs to start selling snacks or holiday gift wrap paper. You simply pay for your merchandise using the money you collect from your customers. Your school keeps the difference between the wholesale and retail price you charge.

What about shipping fees?

When your school meets the minimum shipment required you will qualify for free shipping.

In conclusion, we hope you found these online school fundraising ideas for 2021 helpful.  Online fundraisers don’t have to be difficult. So team up with a fundraising company, like FZ that provides you with everything you need to succeed. Furthermore, Fundraisingzone.com has 50 years experience helping schools and youth groups just like yours.  And finally, please remember you get everything you need to succeed.