We know how to put the FUN in fundraising!
We're passionate about helping schools sustain their school gardens beyond the grants we make. Diversifying your fundraising activities and aligning them with the school garden can be a key factor in success. Here are a handful of unique ways to raise funds to support your school programs.
Whole Foods Market Gift Card Fundraising Program
What better way to raise funds than by asking parents to purchase gift cards for something they already need -- groceries! Whole Foods Market offers non-profit and school organizations the opportunity to purcahse gift cards at a discount. Sell the cards at face value and keep the difference as your profit. Learn more about how to participate here.
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Seeds are practical, useful, hopeful and helpful—and seeds can be profitable, too! High Mowing Organic Seeds are available at a wholesale price that allows fundraising organizations to enjoy a 50–60% profit margin. Individual seed packets include detailed planting instructions, and the High Mowing website has excellent guides to growing and seed saving. Choose individual seed packets (retail: $2.75, school price: $1.10) or seed packet collections (retail: $8.25–$27.50, school price: half of retail price). High Mowing Organics is an official sponsor of the Whole Kids Foundation school garden program - providing seeds to each grant recipient to get growing off to a great start.
Back to the Roots
Back to the Roots, a small company dedicated to connecting people to the root of their food, provides grow-your-own-mushroom kits for school fundraising. The easy-to-grow mushroom spore are embedded in 100% recycled coffee grounds and can yield a crop in as little as 10 days. Schools earn 40% from the sale of each $20 Mushroom kit sold. Anyone who posts a picture of their fully grown mushroom kit on the Back to the Roots Facebook page can earn a donation of a kit and sustainability curriculum for an elementary school classroom of their choice. Back to the Roots has raised nearly $20,000 to fund school gardens in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation.
Growums garden kits teach children how to easily grow and care for a garden of their very own. A full 50% of the proceeds earned through a Growums fundraiser goes directly to the school, while a portion of revenues is also donated to feeding needy children. Growums offers six different garden themes (Pizza, Taco, Herb, Stir-Fry, Salad and Ratatouille) for $10 each.