If you are looking for something unique, then you owe it to yourself to check out what these high school students did to raise money for National Alliance on Mental Health. These Principal Sundae Fundraising Ideas are a riot.
It all starts with the question, “How do you get high school students excited about fundraising?”
First, it would have to be supporting something they believed in. Since many teenagers face depression, bipolar issues, and mental illness, the National Alliance on Mental Health seemed like the perfect choice for them.
Second, it would have to be outrageous and make them laugh enough to get them to part with their donations. Hence, the “principal sundae” was born. Apparently, this idea worked because the students at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, MI, raised over $300 from the stunt. (Here are some more school fund raising strategies.)
How to make a principal sundae – Outrageous fundraiser for schools
Here you go, how to make a human sundae.
- Get a human that is willing to help out for a good cause. Principal Jim Anderson, Assistant Principal Angela Leach and Administrative Intern Lisa Dean agreed to become “human sundaes,” for this good cause.
- You will need to buy a lot of chocolate syrup, caramel, whipped cream and sprinkles.
- Get safety goggles for the willing victims.
- Make sure you have plenty of cameras on hand to take pictures.
- For a donation, the students could pour chocolate sauce on the school administrators.
- Make sure you have plenty of volunteers to clean up afterwards.
These school administrators were covered in chocolate from head to toe. The students had a blast as did the school administrators. And the National Alliance on Mental Health got a nice donation check.
How could they have earned more than $300 from this event?
Additional ways to raise funds from a “Human Sundae” fundraiser!
Here are some more principal sundae fundraiser ideas and startegies.
- Offer it as a bonus for reaching a fundraiser goal. This school did it as a reward for raising $20,000!
- Different Donations: You can ask for different amounts of money from people. For example, a small amount could let students put chocolate sauce on it, and a bigger amount could include other yummy things like whipped cream and sprinkles. This way, more money can come in.
- Sell Tickets: You can sell tickets to people who want to watch the fun. The tickets can cost different amounts for students, parents, and others. This way, even if they don’t take part, they can still help. Think about offering a facebook live or zoom option so friends and family can view at home.
- Find Sponsors: Look for local businesses or people who can give money or things for the event. For example, a local ice cream parlor might donate the ice cream or the chocolate sauce. In return, you can talk about their support during the event.
- Take Pictures for Money: People can pay to take pictures with the “human sundaes” covered in toppings. This gives them a special memory and helps get more money.
- Sell Food: Watching all of that ice cream might make your donors hungry! Besides the sundaes, think about selling other things like ice cream, cookies, or drinks. This can bring in more money during the event.
- Fun Games: Set up games with a small fee to play, like tossing bean bags or rings. This adds to the fun and the money you can collect.
- Paint Faces or Temp Tattoos: Offer face painting or temporary tattoos for a small fee. Kids and even adults might enjoy getting decorated.
- Sell Special Things: Make and sell things like event t-shirts, hats, or keychains. People like having stuff from events like these.
- Live Shows: Think about having local performers, like a school band or dancers, perform. People can pay to watch these shows.
- Win Prizes: You can have a little auction or raffle where people buy tickets for a chance to win cool things donated by others.
- Get More Money from Businesses: Ask local businesses to match the money that people give during the event. This can make people want to give more.
- Online Giving: Make a way for people to give money online, even if they can’t come to the event in person.
Remember to tell people why you’re doing this fundraiser, which is to help the National Alliance on Mental Health. When they know why, they might be more likely to give money because they know it’s making a difference.
If you are looking for profitable high school fundraising ideas, then we encourage you to check out our $12 gourmet popcorn fundraising event. It is not only affordable, but your school can earn up to 52% profit on each sale.
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