Saturday 13 Dec, 2014

Favorite Fundraising Ideas: ’Tis the Season

golden bow and bell with shimmery lights in backgroundThe holiday season is in full swing, and that means this is the time of giving and receiving. It’s the perfect chance for you and your students to raise money for your upcoming EF Explore America trip!

Here are four of our best ideas for fundraising during the holiday season:



The first (and easiest!) thing students can do is add the gift of travel to their holiday wish list. For parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and other family members, making contributions to educational trips is a very worthy gift option.

Time to prepare: 10-15 minutes

Money up front: $0


1. Have students visit and sign in to their traveler accounts by clicking “Log in” at the top-right of the page.

2. On the left side of the account page, students can click “The Giving Page” to access their own personal donation pages.

3. For each student, the Giving Page will have a unique link the student can email to family members and share on social media. Generous relatives and friends can then easily go on and contribute a holiday gift to the student’s account!

For tips on how to make the most of the Giving Page throughout the year, check out our Top 5 Tips on Raising Money using our Giving Page post.



Time to prepare: 2-3 weeks

Money up front: $50-125 for supplies


1. Have students make holiday decorations and gifts—anything from hand-painted ornaments to cookies to gift baskets.

2. Sell the items during lunch or at a specially planned event in the community.

3. Offer small personal touches for an extra charge, like painting the recipient’s name on an ornament.



Time to prepare: 1-2 weeks

Money up front: Minimal (assuming you can get donations or discounts from flower shops and grocery stores)


1. Ask local flower shops and grocery stores if they’ll donate gifts or give big discounts.

2. At school, have your students take advanced orders for flowers, treats or small gifts. They can do this during lunch periods or by setting up a booth at school.

3. Have students or teachers deliver the gifts to the recipients’ homerooms on a designated day, maybe the last day before the holiday break.



Time to prepare: 3 weeks

Money up front: $0-100 (depending on if you can get printing costs donated or discounted)


1. Pick a theme for your calendar. We recommend basing it on your upcoming EF Explore America trip, but it could also be about your school or community.

2. Have students take photos or draw illustrations related to your theme.

3. Design the calendar. Ask local print shops about getting free or discounted printing, and check out online calendar creating programs. Shutterfly has some good ideas.

4. Take orders for the calendar at school and throughout the community. Deliver the calendars before the New Year!


These are four ideas to get you started, but feel free to come up with your own ways to tie the holidays into your student trip fundraising. People love contributing to a good cause during this time of year, and supporting the schools’ educational tours certainly fits the bill—it’s a special experience the students will remember forever!