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School fundraisers are catalysts for change and lasting impact. They bring school communities together, amplify the spirit and culture of the school, and create invaluable learning opportunities.  

Through school fundraisers, students learn about giving back and social responsibility. They can gain teamwork, leadership and organisational skills while working towards a common purpose - to make the world a better place for all children.  

From sausage sizzles and talent shows to mufti days and colour runs, your school community can make a big impact. 

Our top 5 school fundraising ideas

We love to ask kids how they would like to raise money, and we've heard and seen some of the most fun and craziest ideas come to life, from wooden go-kart races and zombie runs to taste-bud challenges and glow-in-the-dark discos. Let your creativity run wild, or pick from one of our five most popular fundraiser ideas. 

  1. UNICEF-themed mufti day: students and staff pay a gold coin to dress in blue from head to toe.  
  2. Talent show: dance, sing and show off your talents! Charge $15 per entry and sell tickets for the show to loved ones.
  3. A bake sale or BBQ: who can say no to a sweet treat or sausage sizzle?  
  4. School challenge: set up an exercise challenge with students and teachers and encourage friends and family to sponsor.
  5. Art auction: encourage students to get creative and hold an auction. You could even ask local artists to support you.  

However you choose to fundraise, your school will be helping to create a world in which every child is healthy, educated and safe so that they can grow to reach their full potential.  

Read our top 27 fundraising ideas
Students at their school fundraiser
Students at a school are getting ready to make some noise at their school fundraiser for UNICEF's World Children's Day.
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How your school fundraising can make a difference  

A young girl benefiting from UNICEF Australia fundraisers

Raising $144

can provide a ‘Girl Empowerment Pack’ containing 30 reusable dignity pads, six packets of paracetamol, 45 exercise books and six school bags.

A child in Vanuatu benefiting from UNICEF Australia fundraisers

Raising $311

can supply a ‘School in a Box’ containing portable educational resources for a teacher and up to 40 students in crisis. 

A young Indian boy benefiting from UNICEF Australia fundraisers

Raising $800

can provide a water pump to help families and children access safe water, which can also help reduce the risk of dangerous diseases.

UNICEF Australia fundraising FAQs

Take a look at our FAQs below or reach out at teamunicef@unicef.org.au.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Each sponsor will automatically receive an email with a tax receipt. Donations are not tax deductible if the supporter receives goods or services in return for their donation.

As a fundraiser, you can use our 'In support of' logo to help promote your fundraising. You’ll receive this logo in your online fundraising pack shortly after registering.

All fundraisers who raise over $50 are eligible to receive a UNICEF t-shirt or running vest. Just let us know your size and address and we will send one out to you!

Unfortunately, we do not provide collateral like stickers, posters or coin collection boxes as we try to keep our operating costs down to ensure that the maximum amount of money can go towards helping children.

Yes, definitely! 70 percent of companies in Australia offer ‘matched funding’ as part of their employee benefits. It's a great way to increase funds quickly and all you need to do is ask. Speak to your HR department and ask them for their support.

Last year, 82 cents of every dollar donated went to our emergency response work in the field and helped us to be there for children before, during and after emergencies around the world.

The remaining 18 cents in every dollar is invested in raising public awareness; fundraising to grow our impact for children and in essential accountability and administration work.

If you would like to fundraise for a specific emergency, please get in touch with teamunicef@unicef.org.au.

Absolutely! Below are the details to donate directly into UNICEF's bank account.

Account name: Australian Committee for UNICEF Ltd

BSB: 012010

Account: 837541992

Reference: Your first and last name and where you'd like the donation to go

Please email teamunicef@unicef.org.au with donation amount, date of deposit, name of appeal you wish to support, your name, phone number and address.

If you have any questions, from fundraising to technical issues with your page, please contact UNICEF Australia’s team at 1300 884 233 or email us at teamunicef@unicef.org.au.

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