Running School Fundraisers
School fundraisers are a wonderful way to get kids, parents,
teachers, school administrators and the entire community to support
your school’s goals.
School fundraisers can help you meet a wide variety of
goals for your school, from supporting your sports teams to academic
clubs to school bands.
For many years, school fundraisers relied on students selling products
such as cookies, candy or gift-wrap. Students were required to raise
funds by selling these products to their parents and relatives,
or by going door-to-door selling them to neighbors. Sometimes, parents
were handed the entire burden for school fundraisers, bringing products
to their workplaces and trying to sell them to co-workers.
Today, many schools are looking for ways to engage both parents
and kids, as well as school staff and other community members in
their school fundraisers, and to alleviate any danger posed by students
going door-to-door selling wares.
Silent auctions and live auctions have proven to be a reliable,
risk-free way for many schools to raise needed funds.
Live Art Auctions
For school organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,
Signature Auctions can also organize a stand-alone Live
Art Auction Event that will raise thousands of dollars for your
group with no financial risk. You will achieve your fundraising
goals and treat your supporters to an exciting and entertaining
evening featuring 150-175 elegantly framed works of decorative and
fine art along with a smattering of sports memorabilia. For more
information on our Live Auction Events,
please click here.
Silent Auction Service
featuring vintage sports memorabilia have the added benefit
of tying in perfectly with school fundraising. Today, most, if not
all, school fundraisers are comprised of honorees, guests, supporters
or alumni with a sports background (either recreationally or professionally).
These people are passionate about sports and are always looking
to bid on items in sports
A silent auction filled with sensational sports and entertainment
memorabilia as well as objects d’art (for New York Metro area
charities only) also adds an additional dimension to your school
fundraiser. It provides a great draw for your guests and another
reason for people to attend your event. It also can provide a significant
revenue source for your school.
Whether you’re a large university or a mid-size parochial
school, most school fundraisers are still put together with the
help of a small, overworked staff. With all the details and guests
to attend to, Signature
Auctions has two programs to relieve you of the silent auction burden.
When planning an auction school fundraiser, some tips to consider
- Build a strong, diverse organizing committee – include
school staff, students and parents as well as interested community
members. It can also help to have at least one member with local
media contacts on board.
- Plan for plenty of food and drink at the fundraiser.
- Publicize – let the media know about your school fundraiser
well in advance. If your organizing committee includes a member
with media contacts, ask him or her to supply them with a press
kit including a press release with information about the school
and the fundraising event.
- Get volunteers to help – involve as many people as is
practical and give them something useful and helpful to do, such
as checking coats, directing guests to food and beverages, and
teaching bidders how to fill out auction cards.
- Prepare timelines – map out a schedule for all preparations
with dates and responsibilities, and create a schedule for the
events on the day of your school fundraiser.
Please call us at 1-888-4-BID-UPS (1-888-424-3877) or contact
us at Signature Auctions so we can discuss your auction needs
for your next school fundraiser.