Popcorn is a money-spinning addition to a fundraising movie-night or concert. It’s also a must-have at fetes and fireworks. And popcorn can come pre-packaged.

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Pie Drives


Pie Drives

A pie or lamington drive is one of the proven stayers of fundraising. This form of fundraising is best order-driven, with forms distributed, orders collected (along with money) and baked goods delivered on a set date. Many companies now provide a wide range of baked goods to appeal to different tastes.

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Feel like pie? This one is a staff member’s fave – using a classic Australian ingredient;

Prep 25 min | Cook 35 min
Serves 8


1 onion, finely diced
500g beef mince
1 tablespoon cornflour dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons Vegemite
1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
3/4 cup beef stock
8 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, thawed
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan, cook onion for 5 min until softened. Stir in the beef mince, breaking up any lumps with a fork. Cook until browned.
Add cornflour mixture, Vegemite, sauce and stock. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 min until sauce is thickened. Set aside and allow to cool.
Preheat a 2-pie capacity electric pie maker. Cut 8 shortcrust pastry rounds for the bases and 8 puff pastry rounds for the tops. Line the bases with shortcrust pastry, fill with ¼ cup meat mixture and top with puff pastry rounds.
Brush the pie tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cook for 7 min or until pastry is golden. Serve with mustard and tomato sauce.


Fundraising using photography may involve class photographs, photographs for special events such as graduation, kindy/pre school photos or family portrait sittings. Families are usually charged a small upfront cost (which helps to lock in their commitment) with a portion (or all) of that donated to your group. Your group may also receive a generous commission for every photograph purchased.

Most schools and clubs have annual group photos taken. This option turns a ritual into a fundraiser.

Many families also invest in formal annual portraits; not only for their own home but as gifts for family and friends.

Both of these scenarios simply redirect money that would otherwise be spent at a studio that’s not supporting your fundraising efforts.

Depending on the type of photographic service booked, this may replace your formal class photos.

Mothers/Fathers Day and Christmas are popular for gift-giving of photographs: perhaps consider a ‘sitting’ day for group shots of families prior to these events.

As a final year at primary school, turn a year book into a fundraiser with quality coffee-table book of images of the ‘year that was’.

The same could be achieved for a sporting group, marking the season.

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Murder Mystery Parties

Theme nights are fun, and a murder mystery party puts intrigue into a fundraiser. It can work for a small number of people hosted in a home or larger number in a restaurant or school hall. Tickets are per person. Guests assume the role of a character, wearing fancy dress. Ready-made murder mystery kits do all the hard work for you. Most take around three hours to play out and can be adapted to suit the number of people attending your event.

Theme the meal you serve to suit the occasion. Combine with other fundraising elements such as raffles and silent auctions for a profitable and memorable annual event.


You can fundraise with movie tickets, hire out entire cinemas or hire inflatable screens for a night time outdoor event. Every one loves a good flick!

Fundraisers like this are likely to attract support not from your core members of your school or club but from friends of friends. Whether you’re inviting them out for a fun night or offering them cheap tickets, you’re doing them a favour.

Always communicate why the fundraising is happening. Make that message loud and clear.

Another option is to have a theme night such as:

  • Trivia nights
  • Casino nights
  • sit-down comedy nights
  • poker nights

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Money Tree

A money tree is a novel way to raise money at a school fete, trivia night or any other fundraising event. It is simple to put together, cost effective and an attractive prize. You simply need to buy (or have donated) a small topiary tree in a nice pot. Buy a selection of Scratch It cards (or gift vouchers or cash) and use to decorate the tree..Offer the money tree as a raffle prize, chocolate wheel prize, trivia night prize – the possibilities are endless.


Sports memorabilia is ideal for fundraising auctions which can be combined with fetes, trivia nights, dinner dances or balls. Specialist memorabilia companies take the hard work out of locating that ‘must-have’ item.

Mobile Cafes

Invite a mobile cafe to provide tea or coffee at your season’s home games and pocket a percentage of the takings or hire a coffee machine and train up volunteers as baristas.

Market Research

Make money for your group by sharing your opinion! Some market research companies will allow you to set up an account for your fundraising activity, making a small payment into your account whenever someone from your group completes a survey. Alternatively some market research companies will pay for you to get a focus group of members together.

Lunch Boxes

Selling lunchboxes as a fundraising drive packs a punch for families who’ll appreciate buying items they need for a good cause, rather than luxury purchases. Incorporate with back-to-school stationery for a new term theme.

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