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fundraising for a secondary school common room

Posted on 27 February 2008 at 9:03 pm
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  • Anonymous
    27 February 2008 at 9:03 pm #3082

    Hello everyone, i do hope that you could help me. I have recently been appointed 6-form fundraising leader for my school, and as i am a pupil i don’t know where to go to ask for money?

    We would like to update the furniture that was placed in our 6-form room as spares from other departments, and make it feel more welcoming to the other schools that have lessons at our school. We also wish to have an area that is more sociable than a lesson enviroment, and a more informal taste. We aim to try to buy sofas, Coffee tables, television stand, television, kitchen equipment, cushions and to give our 6-form secetary a updated office bureau, which also acts as our information stand.

    With regards to fundraising events, we have already done a number of things. We held a Halloween Party, Christmas Party and a Sleepover.we have also held many raffles. I also managed to get a £500 cheque from Jaguar.

    I would like to know where else i can ask for money to help our fundraising efforts. I have contacted some local companies, but need to know where to go next to get some more funds. Any ideas?

    28 February 2008 at 7:13 pm #10378

    Hi go and have a look at the following sites,

    Just looking at them my self and asking for feedback from others who have used them in the past.


    28 February 2008 at 7:24 pm #10379

    Thanks to Justfun for responding.

    Otherwise, I’m afraid you might not get much of a response from this forum. It’s designed for professional fundraisers ie. people who work for charities to fundraise, not members of the public fundraising for a favourite or particular cause.

    That said, have you tried signing up to your local Freecycle network? Plenty of people and organisations give away good quality and sometimes very nearly new items to charities and good causes, as well as to other people:

    As for fundraising from companies, you did very well to get the money from Jaguar. Otherwise I’d suggest this is not your best use of time. Most companies nowadays are looking for partnerships with local or brand-name charities who can help them boost business in some way. Company donations or grants are pretty much a thing of the past.

    So, it’s events really that are going to be your main focus. Events for parents, people who know the school and other local contacts.

    One thought – can you tap into any alumni network that your school has? Nowadays it needn’t be a formal group: doubtless someone has set up a Facebook group or Bebo page about your school. Can you post your appeal there?

    Good luck.

    28 February 2008 at 9:23 pm #10380

    thankyou all help is welcomed.

    19 April 2008 at 7:59 pm #10446

    Hi James

    As well as the other sites suggested, you might want to try which was recommended to our school PTA. This is a site that pays cash back rewards when you use it to shop online and is popular with parents as it doesn’y cost them anything in terms of time/money.

    We raised over £100 for the school in our first month and it is a valuable addition to our other fundraising activities.

    Hope this helps and good luck with the common room!


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