Greetings!  I hope you and your families are having a great holiday season so far.  I know this is a busy time of the year, with getting the last minute donation appeals out the door, but if you have time, I urge you to check out the selection of articles this month on our sister blog,  There have been some interesting news items this month that I have written about, and I’d love to get your comments on them! (I have included some short blurbs from a few of the articles to get you interested!)

As always, if you are looking for fundraising ideas or great products to raise money for your school, please head on over to!  They have an amazing selection of products with proven results.


Is It OK to Take from the Rich Schools to Give to the Poor Schools?

There is an interesting debate that has been percolating in more than just a few school districts lately.

Basically, there are some school districts in this country, with vastly different levels of family income within its boundaries. Some schools within a particular district may receive Title I funds from the federal government to help with low-income families, while other schools in the same district may have a much higher level of income among its families.

The problem is that schools with wealthier families are typically able to raise more money than schools with less well-to-do families

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Healthy Fundraising Events That are Good for Your Body

As parents and educators, we are obviously very concerned with the overall health of our children. Although it has become very easy in our society to make unhealthy choices, we are increasingly becoming aware of opportunities to opt for those things that will make us stronger, more fit, and in the long run, happier.

This attention is starting to turn toward our schools. With the vast amount of time that a child spends at school each year, this is a very important front in the battle for a building a healthy lifestyle.

Many schools are addressing the issues of soda and candy vending machines in the schools. And although candy sales have long been a successful form of fundraising, some schools are now looking for ways to integrate their desire for good health into their need to raise money to support vital school functions.

Here are a few ideas of physical activities that combine exercise, fun, and the opportunity to generate lots of income.

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34 Basket Auction Ideas

A couple of years ago, I wrote an e-book called the School Carnival Money Making Guide. It’s 186 pages long and gives all sort of practical advice on how to earn more money for your school at your school carnival.

Here is an excerpt from the book about how to run a basket auction. If you enjoy it, check out the entire book

Basket Auction

Another great way to make a significant sum of money at your carnival is to add in the element of a basket auction. This strategy of bundling together a group of related items into a beautifully wrapped package has become very popular at silent auctions. So, it’s easy to transfer the idea over to your carnival without too much difficulty.

Here are some very important things to consider when deciding to add a basket auction to your carnival:

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Posted on 30 November 2011

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