Middle School Fundraising Ideas

Middle school years can be challenging when it comes to fundraising. At these grade levels, parents are typically not as involved as they were in elementary school and the students themselves aren’t as excited about clubs or sports teams as they will be in high school. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t great middle school fundraisers. Below you will find some suggestions to consider. Further down the page, we offer some interesting insight into ways you can maximize your fundraising results.

Frozen Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Frozen cookie dough is one of the best selling fundraising products. Everyone loves freshly baked cookies. This is our best selling cookie dough program because of the retail selling price. You will sell 2 pounds tubs of dough for only $10 each. Shipping is free unless you are in an extremely remote area. And there’s no cost to get started.

What You Should Know

There is no money needed upfront for this cookie dough fundraiser. We provide free brochures, order forms and cash collection envelops. You will pay us after you sell your $10 tubs of Frozen Fundraising Cookie Dough and are placing your order. Then you can use the money you collected to pay for your order.

When you place your order, Easy Fundraising Ideas will calculate the cost of your order based on the profit percentage you earned. You will pay us that amount of money and keep your profit.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Tubs Bought Cost Per Tub Selling Price Your Profit $ Your Profit %
5000 $4.50 $10.00 $27,500 + 55%
1664 $5.00 $10.00 $8,320 + 50%
664 $5.50 $10.00 $2,988 + 45%
336 $6.00 $10.00 $1344 + 40%
200 $7.00 $10.00 $600 + 30%
120 min. $7.50 $10.00 $300 + 25%
High School Scratch Off Cards

Once students reach high school, fundraising becomes much more specific and determined. That’s why scratch off cards are perfect high school fundraising tools. The fundraising scratch cards raise a lot of money at a very small cost. The minimum order is only one card. And the cards are custom imprinted with high school group name at no additional charge.

What You Should Know

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card.The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%

Coffee and Tea Show Profit

coffee and tea

You might consider selling coffee and tea to raise money. Coffee has been very successful for many types of groups. Your group would sell 10 oz bags of freshly ground coffee for $10 each. There are seven great flavors along with a gift coffee tin. Coffee sales work best in the fall and winter.

What You Should Know

Tea and Coffee fundraisers are very similar to candle fundraisers. You will make a specific profit percentage on every item you sell. For tea and coffee fundraisers you make 40% profit on every item or $4 each.

If you sell less than 150 bags, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more bags of coffee or tea will qualify you for free shipping.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 40% YES
1 to 149 40% No

Delicious cookies with a positive and uplifting message as your fortune.  Fortune cookie fundraisers are a quick and easy way to earn money for your cause.  Each case comes with 4 carriers containing 60 cookies in four tasty flavors Chocolate Bits, Cookies and Cream, Birthday Cake, and Salted Caramel.  You receive 240 cookies total per case and sell each one for $1.

What You Should Know

Cookie fundraising profits are determined based on the number of cases of cookies that you sell. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost per case. Below is the profit chart:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
100 or more 50% $120.00
50 – 99 48% $124.80
25 – 49 45% $132.00
11 – 24 43% $136.80
1 min 40% $144.00

The Main Street Sweet Shop has reinvigorated candy fundraising. People are excited about the fun new products, they love the 1 case minimum, they appreciate the free shipping and they really love the high-profit percentages.  Everyone loves gummy bears and sour gummies!

What You Should Know

You will receive 2 carriers per case. There are 13 bags of each fantastic flavor!

  • Original Sour Jacks
  • Buddy Bears Gummi Bears
  • Nuclear Sqworms
  • Sour Jacks Watermelon

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
60+ 65% $72.80
40 – 59 60% $83.20
20 – 39 55% $93.60
1 – 19 50% $104.00
Journey of Faith Candle Fundraiser

Our Heritage $10 fundraising candles are the most affordable 55 hour burn time candle in the fundraising industry. Choose from 6 great scents.

What You Should Know

Our 8oz Heritage Candle offering is our newest no-upfront cost fundraising option. The attractive $10 price works for everyone. Perfect for individuals to use themselves or to give as gifts the highly fragrant, long-lasting Heritage Candles are a fantastic option your groups can return to sell year after year!

Our 8oz Heritage Candle program includes 6 highly fragrant and popular scents. The candles are Made in the USA with premium quality wax and fragrance. Featuring 55-60 burning hours these candles are an excellent and high-quality fundraising product to offer your donors. Most groups have returning customers year after year!

8oz Heritage Candle fundraisers are pre-sell or brochure sales. That means you sell the candles using free brochures and order forms we provide.

We suggest you schedule a two-week selling period. At the end of the sale, you tally together all the order forms and money and you can place your order online or call us with your candle order. There is no minimum to order, however, there will be a $65 shipping fee for orders under 150 candles. Call us toll-free (866) 874-8383 if you have any questions.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Magic Melts Wickless Candle

We’d like to introduce the newest addition to our candle fundraisers. Magic Melts are highly scented wickless wax bars that you melt in candle warmers. They revolutionized the wickless candle industry and made scented wax bars as popular as candles themselves. Now you can capitalize on that popularity.

What You Should Know

Magic Melt wickless candle fundraising is different than some other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas gives you 50% profit on each and every scented wax bar you sell. The only additional charge you might incur would be a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 Magic Melts.

Each melt sells for only $5 each.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Welch’s Fruit Rolls

Looking for a healthier fundraising alternative to chocolate bars and lollipops?  Welch’s Fruit Rolls are a healthy alternative when choosing a fundraising product.  These rolls are made with real fruit and prove 100% recommended Daily Value of Vitamin C and no preservatives.  You will receive 2 carriers of 60 rolls each per case a total of 120 rolls.  Available in 3 great flavors Berry, White Grape Strawberry, and Tropical Punch.

What You Should Know

You sell each fruit roll for $1 each. Profits from selling Welch’s Fruit Snacks are determined based on the number of cases that you purchase. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost per case. Below is the profit chart:

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
60+ 40% $65.00
40 – 59 37% $68.00
20 – 39 35% $70.00
1 – 19 33% $72.00

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Middle School Fundraising is probably the most difficult of any school fundraising age.

Participation levels decrease tremendously from the levels seen with elementary school fundraisers. During the middle school years, parent involvement also decreases which may be one of the reasons that participation in general also slows down.

Part of the issue is also age-related. Students are old enough to be individuals but have not completely gravitated to their specific sports or hobbies as they will do in high school where fundraising becomes successful and easier once again.

So how do you go about meeting your fundraising goals with a middle school group?

Let’s talk about 3 things that are sure to make middle school fundraising much much easier.

3 Things

#1 – Choose a Fundraiser Middle Schoolers Can Relate To

First and foremost you should make sure the students benefit directly from the fundraiser. Students at this age will sell a lot if they know they will get some benefit or result from their efforts. But the benefit needs to be of interest to them. They might not work as hard to purchase a computer for the library as they will to offset the cost for a field trip for example.

Choose a middle school fundraiser they understand and believe in. If you can find a product or program the students really like they will be more likely to work hard at it.

Make sure you keep the students aware of the campaign well in advance of the actual middle school fundraising. Then remind them about the fundraiser as often as possible while the fundraiser is going on. Do not depend on them to remember or even think about the fundraiser. You need to keep reminding them and encouraging them.

#2 Make Sure You Are Raising Money for Something the Kids Want

Want Something

That quote is applicable to everyone—- including Middle School Students.

The lesson and moral of the story is that you should not expect your students to work very hard at anything that they really don’t want.

That means you need to really make sure that you don’t waste your time asking the kids to participate in anything that doesn’t directly benefit them. And not just in your opinion. The students need to feel it.

I can tell you from experience that even middle schoolers will go above and beyond when their hearts believe in something.

So before you start thinking about a middle school fundraiser first make sure you have a legit reason for the fundraiser in the first place.

#3 Have a Meeting Where You Clearly Detail Your Game Plan

Game Plan

The one thing we’ve learned about dealing with middle school kids is that you want to be perfectly clear about what you are saying and what your expectations are.

So we suggest you hold a meeting prior to starting your fundraiser where you clearly talk about:

1. What you are raising money for. Remember this is the most important thing in your students’ minds. At this age more than ever it’s all about them. So make the beginning of your meeting all about them. Be very clear what the money will be used for and how they personally will enjoy the end result of the fundraiser. Bring photos if possible.

2. Talk about goals. Let them know what you expect each student to do. Make the goal extremely clear in not only dollar terms but in effort and function. Leave no room for interpretation. If possible lay our everything each student needs to do in order for them to meet your expectations.

3. Discuss a schedule. Let them know when they need to do each thing you expect them to get done.

4. Plan one or more follow up meetings that are identified in your first meeting. That way the kids know you will be keeping on top of progress and in turn will keep them informed on how they are doing as a group to meet your fundraising needs.

More Information

Middle school fundraising does not need to be more difficult than any other school fundraiser.

The problem historically is that lots of middle schools do little planning and give even less thought about sharing the fundraising vision with their students.

We believe you can raise as much as your school needs by following the above instructions.

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