Whether your chapter wants to buy new competition materials, raise money for the American Cancer Society, or get a headstart on conference costs, getting a jumpstart on fundraising will ensure you get the most out of your TSA year. Here are five simple fundraisers that your chapter can implement to raise money:
1. Restaurant Fundraising
A simple, free way to raise money is to host a fundraiser at a local restaurant. Many chain restaurants, including Moe's, Chipotle, and Blaze Pizza, will give you a portion of their sales if you’re willing to plan and advertise the fundraiser. To do this you have to first choose a time and date and then apply online at your chosen restaurant’s website. Make sure to apply 2-3 months in advance so that the restaurant has time to accept, and you have time to advertise the fundraiser in your community. Then bring your friends and family to the event and raise money for your chapter.
2. Bake Sale
All you need for a bake sale is some dedicated chapter members and school administration's permission to sell at your school. Once you have this, gather friends and ingredients and get baking. Consider having nut-free, gluten-free, and/or dairy-free options for students with allergies. However, if baking is not up your ally, you can also order products. A good option for this is Ozark Delight’s Lollipops, or as TSA members may know them: the lollipops sold at the National TSA Conference near the officer candidates.
3. Change Jar
This is definitely the simplest and least time consuming option on the list, but it is no less effective. Set up a jar with an eye-catching sign explaining its purpose in a central location. Then ask chapter members, friends, and family to place any loose change in the jar. If you leave it out at every chapter meeting over the coming year, you’ll be surprised at the amount of money you’ll raise for your chapter.
4. Car Wash
A hot afternoon, some hard working volunteers, and bright signs to advertise your car wash is all you will need to throw this profitable fundraiser. Make sure to buy soap and rags in bulk and to find a street corner with lots of traffic to maximize your profit.
5. Chapter Yard Sale
First, find the perfect location, date, and time. Then, ask all your chapter members to go through their old clothes, books, toys, etc. and bring them to the yard sale. Set up colorful signs pointing towards the yard sale, and have your members work shifts throughout the day. Gather the money you have earned and donate it to ACS or put it towards a chapter activity.
We hope these ideas help your chapter start fundraising. If these don’t work for you, there are millions of other options out there. Don’t be afraid to go out of the box with your fundraisers and be sure to jump on any opportunity that may come up over the following year. If you have any questions, please reach out to one of your state officers.
With any TSA activity, don't forget to receive teacher and/or administrator approval before planning any fundraising activities.