I appreciate the no-silly-markups policy of Jonas’s school. (So maybe reselling Dollar Tree candles isn’t a great idea.) When I’m asked to buy something for a fundraiser and it’s something I don’t want, I sometimes offer to donate a few dollars instead. I spend less money, and the worthy cause gets just as much or more since there are no costs to cover. With this in mind, I incorporated donations into our candle fundraiser this year. I gave students a donation sheet along with their candle order sheets during the selling period. There were a modest but noticeable number of donations.
I forgot about this when I posted earlier, but our school does a sandwich fundraiser that’s very similar to the sub sale that Jonas mentioned. Parents and students work together much as he described, and it’s a positive event.