Simple Charity Fundraising Ideas that High School Students Can Do

Prom night is memorable to teenagers for many reasons—the dress they wore, who their date was, and which band played the music, just to name a few. For the students of a Florida high school, however, their prom is more than just a welcome break from school work; it’s also a chance to help an ailing teacher. Katie Kindelan, for ABC News, reports that:

Cancer Teacher

“When the students of Pine Ridge High School in Deltona, Fla., kick off their heels and dance at their Roaring ’20s-themed prom this May, they’ll know they have done so for a good cause.

The prom committee of the 1,700-student high school is leading an effort to raise thousands of dollars for a beloved math teacher, Charles Lundell, who was diagnosed in January with liver and lung cancer after beating throat cancer two years ago.

“It wasn’t if we were going to raise money, it was how much money we were going to raise,” junior class president Sierra D’Errico told

D’Errico and her fellow prom committee members – Savannah Bendik, Nick Sutton, Katie Buday and faculty adviser Brenda Burgett – decided to use whatever they raise in ticket sales on this year’s prom, and donate everything else to Lundell.

So far, that has resulted in more than $7,000 raised, with donations still pouring in daily.”

While donating the proceeds of prom ticket sales is a great way to raise money, it’s not the only way that teens can help those in need. Below are a few other charity fundraising ideas that high school students can try:

Dress Up Day

As the example above proves, students can make fundraising for charity meaningful as well as fun. A great way to do this is by holding a “Dress Up” or “Glam Day” at school. Basically, students pay to wear their finest tuxes and gowns in school, and all the proceeds will be given to a chosen charity.

Sell Artworks

Art class is a staple of high school curriculums, but most of the output just gathers dust in the art room. If students want to raise money, they can open a gallery in the school premises and sell their best artworks for charity.

Online Auctions

Teens usually have more clothes and accessories than they need, so why not sell them through an online charity auction like the eBay Giving Works program? With the help of efficient charity auctions, sales can be donated to nonprofits like the American Cancer Society and other charitable institutions.

(Source: Students Use Prom to Raise Funds for Cancer-Stricken Teacher, ABC News, Mar 11, 2014)