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School fundraising: Auction Nights and other ideas

School finance
If you get it right, school fundraising events can be among the highest earners in terms of additional income. Tom Donohoe discusses his most successful event – the Auction Night – as well as a few other ideas to bring together your wider community in support of the school

In the last edition of Headteacher Update, I described the principles that we have applied here at Anton Junior School in our various fundraising activities in recent years (Some of the secrets to fundraising success, Headteacher Update, January 2016).

In this follow-up, I want to outline some of the fundraising events that have been successful for us over the years – some of these are now events that we hold every year while others occur less frequently.

In each of our previous fundraising campaigns – for our all-weather pitch, an adventure play area and our dance studio – we have employed a mix of fundraising events and grant applications. While I am focusing on the former, I would also encourage heads to explore the latter as there is still money out there if you look hard enough!

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