Cheerleading fundraisers are the ultimate in small group fundraising.
Cheerleaders possess boundless energy, determination, and loads
of contacts (for potential supporters).
Harnessing all this energy and enthusiasm can be a challenge,
but having the right cheerleading fundraiser is a great start. You
want to leverage their skills by giving them an exciting fundraising
product to sell.
So, what cheerleading fundraising ideas will generate excitement?
In this article, we’ll consider three types of cheer fundraisers. Each involves doing something a little different, each of them are easy to do, and each fundraiser packs a profit punch.
Cheer Fundraiser #1
One unique approach for a cheerleading fundraiser is offering custom
posters of school sports teams or of the cheerleaders themselves.
For instance, feature the team photo of the football team, or use a
series of action photos. Each can be turned into a wall-sized poster
or a fundraising calendar.
Add some allure to these cheerleading fundraisers by including your
game schedule or team slogan printed on it in a contrasting color.
You could also design one to celebrate your championship teams,
commemorate your previous titles, intensify a cross-town rivalry,
recognize all of your school’s sports teams on a spirit poster,
or feature the cheerleading squad in action.
Any of these items is sure to be popular with a wide range of
students. Local businesses will often buy one to put in their
front window. Players will want a souvenir copy suitable for
end-of-season autographs. Proud parents and grandparents will
want their own keepsake copy.
The posters can be sold easily at pep rallies, sporting events,
through the school store, and by the cheerleaders themselves via
a merchant table at a high-traffic location on a weekend.
Think of creative ways to design and market your own unique set
of cheerleading posters. Consider adding merchant sponsor logos
to reduce the cost. You could also cross-promote with another school
on a rivalry poster and double the overall market.
For more information, contact
Cheer Fundraiser #2
Another idea for cheerleading fundraising is selling customized
Holiday Greetings CD’s. This is a brochure or order-taker sale
of a personalized selection of holiday music favorites.
One of the nice things about this product is that a purchaser
selects their ten favorite holiday songs by checking off boxes
on a list of thirty classics.
Included in the choices are favorites such as Let It Snow, White
Christmas, Jingle Bells, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
These are licensed copies of the original recordings by the
original artists, assembled on a personalized CD that costs
your group a mere $4 each.
A retail price of $10 coupled with the ability for the customer to
order a personalized message on each copy, make these a great
The CD’s are available in six basic designs – Singing Snow Men,
Rudolph, Christmas Tree, Peace On Earth, Kwanzaa, and Happy
There is room for a holiday greeting of up to thirty characters on
each design. For example, the Christmas Tree version has the
phrase “Merry Christmas” in green and red, with space below it
for a “From the XYZ Family” greeting.
Shipments are sorted by salesperson and customer, making your
delivery a very simple task indeed.
Find out more information from the source of this great holiday
Holiday Greeting CD
Cheer Fundraiser #3
A third type of cheerleading fundraiser that creates an air of
excitement is selling flowering “airplants.”
Airplants, or more properly, Tillandsias, are unique, soil-free plants
that absorb nutrients and water through their leaves. All they need
is air, water, and light.
Tillandsias are attractive and fascinating members of the
pineapple family (Bromeliaceae). Their native habitat is the
southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America.
Bromeliads – Tillandsias – can be placed in anything: rocks,
shells, pottery, driftwood, around water fountains, fish tanks,
etc. They like bright, indirect lighting, and a heavy spraying
or soaking two or three times a week.
They have a growth cycle starting with one plant growing to
maturity, then blooming. One to two months after the blooming
has finished, new plants form around the base of the “mother”
plant. Each will continue growing and reproducing if given the
A cheerleading fundraiser Airplant package consists of a beautiful
example of the Bromeliad family, comfortably ensconced in a natural
Your group pays $3 per Airplant, including the seashell holder,
shipping and handling. Each Tillandsia retails for $6, so your
cheerleading fundraiser is ensured a good profit margin.
You can organize your sale as a special event or as an add-on
to a regular gathering. Set up a table with your sales display
and place a colorful Tillandsia poster on the wall behind to let
your prospective customers see how beautiful these Airplants
are in full bloom.
You can also conduct your cheerleading fundraiser as an order-
taker from a sales brochure. Each brochure contains colorful
pictures of these exotic, but easy to care for, plants.
Simple text explanations are included describing the simple steps
involved in nourishing these fabulous specimens.
For more information on doing an Airplant cheerleading fundraiser,
contact the largest Tillandsia source:
All three of these fundraising products will add some excitement
to your next cheerleading fundraiser.
When all the participants are enthusiastic about offering something
new and unique, it packs a powerful profit punch.
Here’s to making your next fundraiser a resounding success.
The Dance-a-Thon is not an original idea, but using it as one of your primary fundraisers might be. Kids love it, especially at the middle school and high school level. Whether your group holds many fundraisers throughout the year, or relies on one large fundraiser, this might be a good solution.
A Dance-a-Thon is probably most suited to school fundraising, but it could also be adapted to other groups as well. If you are investigating a Dance-a-Thon for a school fundraiser, a word to the wise, do it early in the school year.
That is, within the first three months of the school year. If you go too late in the year, apathy can set in not only with students, but with the volunteers youâ€™ll need to pull it off.
The main expense for a Dance-a-Thon is the DJ. Itâ€™s best not to use live music with a band since you will want to have a variety of music and itâ€™s hard to do that with a live band. Donâ€™t skimp on the DJ!
Â Choose one with good references, a large music collection, and good equipment. This will be the primary focus of your event, so donâ€™t cheap it out.
The profits will come from ticket sales and concessions. To make sure your event is well attended, publicity is the key. Publicize the event well in advance, and keep the push on until the day of the Dance-a-Thon.
To make concession sales a big part of your profits, have the good stuff. Give â€˜em what they want! Pizza, popcorn, candy, bag chips and not the cheap kind, even fast food brought in from a nearby eatery work best.
Additional profits can also come from having a raffle at the event. Tickets can be pre-sold and sold at the event for prizes that people really want.
Depending on the size and age of your group, small electronics work well. Raffle off a CD player, DVD player, MP3 player, and so on. Local businesses may be willing to donate prizes or sell them to you at cost.
Another way to make sure you get the most profit from your Dance-a-Thon is to sell Shout-Outs for about a dollar. A shout out is a message that is read by the DJ to the crowd between songs.
For example, â€œHereâ€™s a Shout Out from Kimberly to all her soccer team buddies. Wildcats Rule!â€
Youâ€™ll need to have slips of paper pre-printed so the Shout Outs can be submitted that include:
Give a few to every teacher about a week before the Dance-a-Thon and ask them to distribute them to deserving students. Once the first few Shout Outs are done, everyone will want a piece of the action. Be sure to have lots of volunteers working the Shout Outs table after that!
One last note about Dance-a-Thons; they can be pretty labor intensive so be sure to line up your volunteers early. One middle school in North Carolina had a Dance-a-Thon and the promise to the volunteers was this:
We hope to make enough money with the Dance-a-Thon that we wonâ€™t have to have another major fundraiser for the rest of the school year! Thatâ€™s right, no wrapping paper, no magazine sales, no selling fruit baskets.
Watch the volunteers clamor to help and watch your groups profits soar.