School fundraisers have always been common. Students have needs, and schools are expected to meet those needs.
No matter the level of education — elementary school, middle school, high school, and university — institutions across the country rely on dollars generated by fundraisers to pay for basic classroom supplies, computer equipment, elective programs, sports teams, and more.
In fact, in 2014, the Association of Fund-raising Distributors and Suppliers found that nearly $1.4 billion worth of field trips, athletic team uniforms, computer labs, playground equipment, and other youth products, programs, and services are made possible each year through product fundraising — with each fundraiser averaging roughly $3,100 in revenue for schools and non-profit organizations.
Additionally, nearly 87 percent of all sales from fundraisers are made by schools and school-related groups, according to the AFRDS.
We’re all familiar with the popular school fundraising ideas: bake sales, car washes, raffle tickets, talent shows, haunted houses, scavenger hunts, yard sales, etc.
But with these types of fundraisers and others taking place monthly or even weekly, what’s the secret in developing school fundraising ideas that stand out from the pack while still raising money for students of all ages?
There are plenty of options to choose from, but any good fundraiser, ideally, should accomplish the following:
- broad participation
- different levels of financial contribution
- sustainability from school year to school year
Fundraising efforts using engraved bricks for schools scores an A+ in all three categories! If you serve on a school fundraising committee, you’ll discover several advantages to using engraved bricks.
Advantages of Brick Fundraising
- Engraved bricks and pavers look appropriate in any school setting
No matter the architecture, design, or size of your school, engraved bricks are a natural fit. They can be used to create walls, walkways, and other installations. For example, a brick fundraiser wall might pay tribute to current school attendees, graduating classes, former or current teachers, and notable staff members. A school library walkway might allow donors to “adopt a book.” Use our brick installation layout guide for inspiration.
- Engraved bricks encourage high rates of donor participation
Because of all the ways that fundraiser bricks can be personalized, donors of all ages can relate to them. You can also offer design options that encourage school alumni, local restaurants and other businesses or organizations, and even family members to sponsor bricks. Download our fundraising presentation to launch your campaign.
- Engraved bricks make it easy to measure the progress of a fundraising campaign
Bricks give tangible form to the idea that every donation makes a difference. This can help when it comes to advertising your fundraiser, particularly on social media. Brick by brick, donation by donation, your school supporters can monitor the success of a fundraising campaign. This, in turn, can generate more excitement, lead to more donations, and help you meet your fundraising goals.
- Engraved bricks last a lifetime
Fundraising bricks are engraved using state-of-the-art laser technology, a major upgrade from old-school methods such as sandblasting and pantographing. The extreme heat of the laser dramatically alters the surface area of the brick, ensuring that whatever is etched becomes a permanent part of the brick. By contrast, older methods produce only superficial markings that erode with time. Find out more about the science behind engraved bricks for your next school fundraising event.
When you use engraved bricks to raise funds for your school, you’re also drawing from what you learned when you were a student yourself. Fundraisers provide a real-life civics lesson, as they show students how local community members work together to support a good cause. An element of art is also involved — the art of personalizing custom bricks. Take advantage of our Fundraising Brick Clipart menu to choose from more than 1500 graphic images that will make your brick fundraising campaign pop.
Additionally, there’s no law against blending fundraising platforms. Bricks can be easily incorporated into any number of fun events you may have already planned to raise money, including bingo nights, trivia events, field days, cook-offs, karaoke competitions, sports games, you name it. In the end, the goal is to raise as much money as possible, and any great fundraiser does so by providing a benefit to the donator, in addition to the students.
Online fundraising, such as crowdfunding, has its place. But seldom is it engaging, let alone able to be memorialized. Make sure your next fundraising event is remembered with laser-etched bricks.
A beautiful brick or tile installation is a great way to inspire students and to thank parents, teachers, local businesses, corporate sponsors and the community for donating to the school. It also serves as a tangible reminder for those who have donated. Engraved bricks and tiles from Fundraising Brick are durable and have been tested for extreme weather, and our laser engraving is guaranteed to be free of any defects for a lifetime. You can choose from designs for both interior and exterior installations, as well as numerous options for visuals, fonts, clipart, and logos that can be applied to the bricks and tiles. Now you can create an installation that reflects the unique character of your school.
Show your school how much the community wants them to succeed while raising money at the same time. Call one of our fundraising experts now at 1-855-BRICKS4U. We’ve done most of the fundraising homework for you and we offer expert knowledge, services, and resources. Let’s get started on the school fundraiser that will pass every test with flying colors!