Fundraising for the Class Trip

The paperwork has come home for the class trip. It’s going to be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for your child – a chance to explore a bit of the world outside the protective parental umbrella. Truth be told, you are already planning date night as you anticipate a blissfully quiet couple of days! Then you skim to the bottom for payment information and realize date night might be dinner at McDonald’s…

Take heart! There are countless ways to help offset the cost of student travel. Everyone has a different situation and comfort level for fundraising, so it’s good to have options. Here are a few of my favorites:


FanAngel is a secure, online platform for raising funds. Its mission is to help school and sports groups successfully raise as much money as possible (90% of every donation goes to the beneficiary.) FanAngel uses a simple formula of personalization (like an URL unique to your group), automation and participation. A representative will guide you step-by-step through the set-up process and send you templates for emails, videos and other resources to help you succeed!

Simply Sheets

Simply Sheets has you “covered” with an easy way to fundraise. Luxury sheets that are washable and incredibly comfortable are a great seller in any market. You can set your own profit margin (40 – 55% local or 40% online) and reach your goal in your sleep (see what I did there?!)

CG3 Battery Fundraising

If you like the idea of having a product to offer but are tired of the same old wrapping paper, try CG3 Battery Fundraising. Everyone can use batteries, and this pack of assorted sizes is great to have around the house. Other power-based items are available as well as the ability to add your brand/logo to some products.


Plan a colorful run while earning “green” for your trip. Involve your community in a race that showers you with plant-based color along the way. Reach your financial target while being a target for fun as the race gets underway!

World’s Finest Chocolate

The name says it all! As a pro bono quality control tester (wink, wink), I can assure you that the title rings true. Melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, a great profit margin (up to 50%), no up-front costs and available incentives make World’s Finest Chocolate an easy way to help pay for your trip.

Student travel can be a strain on the wallet. However, the experience of travel is priceless. Exploring one of these fundraising options can help make it more accessible to all students and groups. It also might mean a date night that involves more than a drive -thru!

For more information about these and other fundraising opportunities, contact Kaleidoscope Adventures, your trusted student travel partner.  Kaleidoscope does travel beyond expectations!

Crowdfunding for the Student Trip

The first weeks of school are upon us and the fundraiser forms have arrived. Ugh. I can almost see the neighbors locking their front doors and hiding behind the curtains. Really, there’s only so much cookie dough a person can eat! If you’re ready to put away the wrapping paper and try something different, crowdfunding may be the answer.

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a relatively new, online alternative for raising funds for the student trip.  It’s the practice of collecting small amounts of money from large numbers of people online. Crowdfunding sites allows tour groups to collect and organize donations from people they know (friends, family, etc.) AND those outside their inner circles (think businesses looking to donate to a good cause). Creating a group campaign in this way helps to ease the pressures of individual fundraising while working toward a financial goal.

Which crowdfunding sites work for student trips?

There are lots of great sites out there to explore. However, there are a few that work really well for student travel.

Fundmytravel is specifically designed to give travelers a platform for raising money. Fundmytravel takes 5% of donations and payment processor fees.

Fundly is free to create and share your campaign. However, they deduct 4.9% of each donation you receive as well as a 3% payment processor fee.

Gofundme is probably the most well-known online crowdfunding site. Gofundme now has a 0% platform fee but charges a 2.9% plus $.30 per transaction fee for payment processors.

How do we start crowdfunding?

Each site gives simple, clear instructions for setting up your campaign. Regardless of which you use, start with an engaging story that inspires giving and lots of appealing imagery. Share and update often to build momentum!

Crowdfunding for your student trip taps into the power of social media and the internet. It’s a great option for the digital world in which we live- and you just may get to see your neighbors again!