Here are two ideas that would reach outside of the usual fundraising circle of student’s families and neighbors:
- If there is a Chic-fil-a in the area, some locations do fundraising nights where students can set up outside. If a guest mentions their name, a percentage of their order gets donated at the end of the evening. With a few colorful posters and friendly smiles a group can make several hundred dollars.
- If you can find a parking lot off a major road, a car wash can generate some funds. It requires a decent amount of adult supervision, but the students generally enjoy them. If you advertise it as free but have a donation basket you can evade some of the regulations that prohibit unlicensed business activities.
Also, as a general rule it is a good idea to make it clear to people what the money is going towards. People like it when they feel like they are making a difference in a measurable way.