Every parent gets to a certain point in their life where they realise that if they see another fundraising chocolate box come through their front door they will explode. Partly from frustration at having to try and flog more chocolate to friends and family and partly because they have eaten so many of the damn chocolates themselves!

Of course there are a plethora of school fundraising ideas out there. Cake stalls, sausage sizzles, “dunk the Principal”, silent auctions etc. But we are all busy and time poor and often just need an out of the box solution handed to us on a platter. That is where these fundraising ideas come in. Pick one that suits your school or community group and away you go! Click the heading links of each option to go to their website for all the details.


What: Soap. Specifically, soap with no nasty chemicals an no synthetic dyes. There are two plant-based soap fragrance options of Lemongrass or Grapefruit & Mint, both equally pleasant and refreshing!

$$: You will make $1 per 80g soap you sell. The soaps retail at $2.50 and the good thing about soap is that it will last for a while in the cupboard and doesn’t have any calories!


What: Sipahh milk flavouring straws. Each straw contains less than 1/2 teaspoon of sugar making them a healthier alternative to sugary kids drinks. The flavours available in the fundraising crates are Cocoa-Bean Chocolate, Luscious Strawberry, Okey-Dokey Cookies & Cream and Chilled-Out Choc Mint. Yum!

$$: $22 per box of 24 packs. Each pack contains 4 straws and retails for just $2.

Rocky Road House

What: Gluten, peanut and egg free rocky road bars. Each box contains 12 100g bars with a variety of flavours including Honeycomb Crunch, Raspberry, Salted Caramel, Popping Candy and Peppermint. It might still be chocolate but it’s something a bit different and totally yummy.

$$: You make $12 per box of 12 with a minimum order of 16 boxes. You also earn gift card bonuses for selling larger quantities.

Entertainment Book

What: The Entertainment Book has been around for more than 20 years as a way to fundraise in your community. It provides discount vouchers and offers for restaurants, attractions, retailers and accommodation in your local area. In recent years a digital version has also been introduced. Books are available for 21 different areas across Australia and New Zealand.

$$: 20% profit margin per sale.


What: Do you remember the melamine plates you would bring home from school and eat your dinner off for years to come until one day, 20 years later, your mum dropped it while putting the dishes away breaking it in half? Well, you can still get those and they are a sentimental fundraising option to relive your youth and make new memories with your kids. Just don’t drop them – that hurts! There are more than just plates available with phone cases, calendars, mouse pads and more as alternative options.

$$: You can determine the price you charge to purchasers but PictureProducts recommends adding $6 to the price of products which makes picture plates $28.

Maximise Technology

What: More and more schools now have a BYOD policy so Maximise Technology gives schools the option to earn money from the purchase of protective devices. No more smashed screens before the first week of school is finished!

$$: 5% off the purchase price of all purchases made through your unique link. The link can be used by families to purchase any product on Maximise Technology so the more each family purchases (like solar charges or waterproof cases for mum and dads devices) the more the school earns.

Have you done any fundraising recently? Have you seen any good out of the box school fundraising ideas in your travels?


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