8 School Fundraising Ideas for Christmas

by Ben Gill | Dec 07, 2020 | Advice

8 School Fundraising Ideas for Christmas

Coronavirus and social distancing restrictions are going to make traditional school fundraising activities difficult this Christmas.

The Christmas fair, raffle and school disco are not going to be Covid-safe in their normal form.

However, there are still things we can do this year to raise money for the school, spread some festive cheer and have fun!

Here is a list of Christmas school fundraising ideas from projects that have launched on Rocketfund this year.

If you’re feeling inspired, just start creating a project on Rocketfund here. We’ll be with you all the way.

1. Do a Santa Dash

Why not organise a festive run to raise money this season? All you need is a route (around the playground?) and some fancy dress / Christmas jumpers / santa hats to add a festive twist.

Luddenham School are doing a sponsored santa dash around their school field to raise money for tablets.

2. Arrange a virtual walk (to Lapland)

This idea works anytime of year, but why not make it Christmas themed?! Combining a physical challenge with a fundraising objective (e.g. raising money to buy iPads etc) is always a winning combo.

The Friends of Grappenhall Heys C.P. School are on a roll with their virtual walk

3. Arrange Christmas lights trail

Encourage everyone to illuminate their street-facing windows between 5.30pm and 8.30pm, creating an after-dark walking trail of glowing windows. A lovely sight and a great way to get the whole community involved. Sell tickets or simply ask for voluntary contributions via your Rocketfund page.

Lady Bay School Association organised an event so popular people are already asking for it to be repeated next year!

4. Run a prize draw

Have you tried running a prize draw online for your school yet? 

It’s super easy to do:
🎁   Find a prize (or few) 
💻  Create a project on Rocketfund, setting the rewards as tickets to your prize draw 
🎟  Share the page and sell tickets to everyone you know!

Checkout the schools that are doing prize draws on Rocketfund right now.

The Friends of Beaconsfield High School have turned 3x £150 hampers into over £11,000 via their Prize Draw

5. Run a virtual Christmas fair

An alternative to the traditional winter fair, Santa’s grotto and bake sale: Santa could call the kids on Zoom (so 2020…), do a Christmas outfit / jumper day, Christmas movie day, Christmas photo day… or put them all together to make an alternative Christmas fair!

Ark Burlington Danes Primary Academy combined all these activities to create an alternative Winter Fair this year

6. Do your school play online

We’ve teamed up with Blue Peter legend Peter Duncan to encourage schools to put on their Christmas panto, play or nativity online this year. How it works:

  • 🎟 Sell your tickets online via Rocketfund
  • 🎥 Film your school’s Christmas show
  • 🎉 Share it on YouTube / Vimeo with everyone who purchased tickets

7. Go to the Panto Online

Or you can simply raise money to go to the Panto Online, like Overthorpe Academy are.

Learn more about panto online here.

Overthorpe CofE Academy PTA don’t want to let Covid get in the way of Christmas, so raised money for the whole school to go to the pantomime online this year.

8. Get the students involved

You could use our multiplier feature to enable the students / staff / parents / anyone to fundraise on your behalf, with all donations going towards your project. You could even encourage a bit of competition between the fundraisers… Just have fun with it and see how much you raise.

St. John’s School have 14 student campaigns all contributing to their main fundraising page. 

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We hope this has inspired you with lots of online school fundraising ideas that you can still do during a Coronavirus lockdown. Good luck and let us know if you have any questions!

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