PTO Fundraiser

What makes PTO fundraising ideas different than PTA fundraisers? You need to understand the basic difference between the two types of organizations to understand.

The main differences between a PTA and a PTO are fairly simple. The national PTA is a formal membership organization headquartered in Chicago. Local groups that choose to belong to the PTA must pay dues to the state and national organization and abide by state and national group rules. In return, they get member benefits, and they get a voice in the operations of the larger organization. The national PTA maintains a Washington, DC, lobbying office, and most state PTAs advocate at their respective state capitals, as well. The PTA carefully protects its name, so that – in theory – only dues-paying members of the group can call themselves “PTA.”

For more PTA/PTO Fundraiser Ideas and Articles please see:

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PTO, on the other hand, is a more generic term. It generally represents the thousands of parent groups that choose to remain independent. These are most often single-school groups that operate under their own bylaws.

Smencil School Fundraisers Image

“What’s a Smencil School Fundraiser?” It’s a cute name and a great school fundraising product. Smencils are scented pencils made from recycled newspapers. They are the perfect fundraising product for schools. Shipped in cases containing 10 buckets, each bucket contains 50 Smencils. Each scented pencil sells for $1. Kids love them making Smecils easy to sell.  Smencil school fundraiser pencils come in two varieties. Regular black lead as well as assorted fun colors. Best of all, shipping is free!

What You Should Know

Profits on Smencil school fundraiser pencils are extremely easy to calculate since you are buying them by the case. Smencils have a 40% profit margin. The retail price is $1 per Smencil. You will make a $200 profit for each case you sell.

 

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $300.00 40%
Soccer Scratch Card Fundraiser

Soccer scratch cards make it easy to see your fundraising progress, one little dot at a time! And those little dots mean big profits.  Each card raises $100. You can earn up to a 90% profit margin. We imprint your team or league name free of charge on each card. Have a ball with a soccer scratch card  fundraiser!

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.

The lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. However,  the more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card, due to volume price breaks. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card.

Profit and Cost

 

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Snackin' in the USA Fundraiser

The Snackin in the USA fundraiser gives you 20 mouth-watering treats to choose from. All products are made from premium quality nuts and candies. It costs absolutely nothing to get started. Simply let us know how many participants you have and we’ll send 1 order-taker for each of them, at no charge.

What You Should Know

Snackin in the USA is a fantastic fundraising program. Easy Fundraising Ideas give you a 50% profit on each and every snack you sell. The only additional charge is a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 snacks.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Specialty Popcorn Fundraising

Make your supporters feel extra special with Specialty Popcorn Fundraising. By offering only the best bags of gourmet popcorn you providing a product that people truly like. This popcorn comes come in six delectable flavors. It is also gluten-free, MSG-free, and made with Non-GMO corn. Your group will make a 50% profit and can even qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

There is no money required upfront for this popcorn fundraiser. We provide free brochures, order forms, and cash collection envelopes. You pay us after you sell your popcorn. This way allows you to use the money you’ve collected to pay for your order.

When you place your order, Easy Fundraising Ideas will calculate the cost of your order based on the profit percentage you earned. You will pay us that amount of money and keep your profit.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
$10 Simple Snacks Fundraiser

Our new Simple Snacks Fundraiser offers 14 of today’s most popular munchies.  This amazing yet simple selection of premium quality snacks includes nuts, trail mix, popcorn, gummy bears, and sour gummy worms.  Combining the highest-selling snack items with a low price point creates a fundraiser that is sure to help you reach your fundraising goals. Our  Simple Snacks fundraiser has no upfront cost.  Let us know how many participants you have, and we’ll send 1 order-taker for each of them at no charge.

What You Should Know

Our Simple Snacks fundraiser offers 50% profit on every item. You sell each snack bag for $20 so that is $10 profit on every item! This is an easy fundraising idea for all types of groups, whether you have 5 sellers or 500.

If you sell less than 150 bags of snacks, there is a $65 shipping fee. Orders of 150 or more bags of snacks will qualify you for FREE shipping.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Lip Shaped Lollipops

Nothing is sweeter than hugs and kisses. Except when they are formed into a lollipop!  Lip Shaped Lollipops make it easy for supporters to share the love of your cause. The fun shape and yummy flavors will bring in a bushel, and a peck, of profits. There is only a 1 case minimum and you will make a 50% profit on every lollipop you sell.

What You Should Know

Yummy Lips, Lip Shaped Lollipops offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. Sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. Meaning, you will double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

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  • Free shipping
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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $320.00 50%
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