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The Best PTA Fundraisers for Your School |

Read-A-Thon

Say goodbye to tedious door-to-door fundraisers or unprofitable bake sales. Read-A-Thon's educational fundraising platform is the easiest, most rewarding way for your PTA to raise money and further student learning.

Just sign up, start your read-a-thon, and spread the word! Our intelligent fundraising platform will help to manage the rest, raising money for every hour your students read.

Ready to revamp your PTA fundraising program? Schedule a call with our team or sign up for Read-A-Thon today!

How Does Read-A-Thon Work?

With Read-A-Thon, hosting your next hit PTA fundraiser only takes four simple steps
  1. Sign up for your free account.
  2. Track your fundraising progress with our data reportage tools.
  3. Share your fundraiser with new supporters using our intuitive marketing tools.
  4. Sit back as donations flood into your Read-A-Thon account!

Check out our Read-a-Thon Basics guide to learn more about how read-a-thons operate and tips for running your own successful read-a-thon campaign!

Listen to PTAs from the 5,000+ Schools Who Use Read-A-Thon

Take a look at what schools and PTAs are saying about the Read-A-Thon platform!

The ENTIRE read-a-thon team was supportive and constantly available to help us with any questions or issues that came up during our read-a-thon. We look forward to holding our 3rd read-a-thon next year!

MORRISVILLE ELEMENTARY PTA

Raised $43,413.00

Take a look at what schools and PTAs are saying about the Read-A-Thon platform!
Take a look at what schools and PTAs are saying about the Read-A-Thon platform!

Another amazing read-a-thon year in the books. This year we raised $58,600 and read over 650,000 minutes. Amazing!!! RAT is a no brainer when it comes to fundraising. Families, friends, and the community are so willing to donate money to enrich literacy and education in our youth.

SONORAN SKY PTA

Raised $58,739.31

Take a look at what schools and PTAs are saying about the Read-A-Thon platform!

What Makes Read-A-Thon a Top PTA Fundraiser?

1. Fundraising has never been easier

Read-A-Thon makes fundraising easier than ever for your PTA.

Fundraising at the PTA level is challenging. Many parent groups simply default to the fundraisers they've always done. But when asked whether they love their current fundraiser very few will go quite that far. At the same time, a great deal of PTA members are quick to dismiss new fundraising ideas!


It's time to take a leap of faith. Read-A-Thon may be new to your PTA or PTO, but it will take no time at all for you to get the hang of this incredibly simple and lucrative fundraising program.


For one thing, read-a-thons require practically no volunteers to host. Plus, because your entire fundraiser lives on the Read-A-Thon platform, we help you manage everything from marketing to tracking student reading hours and funds raised!

2. Educate students while raising money.

We help to incorporate education into your next PTA fundraising initiative.

Rather than trying to pressure families into purchasing an unwanted fundraising product, consider a fundraiser that revolves around schoolwork your students are already doing.


One of the reasons read-a-thons make so much sense for a PTA is that it is completely relevant to parental concerns about both education and fundraising. Parents care more about making sure their kids can read and less about fundraising, and you will be blown away at how eager parents are to help their children participate in a fundraiser that supports their intellectual development.


Sign up for free to access any of our three Read-a-thon fundraising packages. With just a few simple clicks, you could be bringing in thousands of dollars in revenue for an activity that your students will benefit from the rest of their lives.

3. Say hello to the perfect virtual fundraising idea.

Read-A-Thon offers one of the most profitable PTA fundraising ideas possible for your school.

It's time to stop chasing down a few hundred dollars from popcorn sales or cakewalk fundraisers. Read-A-Thon has helped countless PTAs raise thousands of dollars with a fraction of the work required by other fundraisers.


Just take a look at the testimonials from a few of the 5,000+ schools who have benefited from Read-A-Thon. Time and again, our users have been shocked at how quickly and effectively they are able to raise revenue from parents, family members, and friends who pledge their support to students' reading journeys.


Through our dedicated online fundraising platform, participants on the other side of the planet can support your fundraiser. On top of that, complicated processes like donation collection and data reportage are made available with just a few easy clicks.

4. The most profitable PTA fundraiser is at your fingertips.

Read-A-Thon has all the tools you need to launch a seamless virtual school fundraiser.

It's time to stop chasing down a few hundred dollars from popcorn sales or cakewalk fundraisers. Read-A-Thon has helped countless PTAs raise thousands of dollars with a fraction of the work required by other fundraisers.

Just take a look at the testimonials from a few of the 5,000+ schools who have benefited from Read-A-Thon. Time and again, our users have been shocked at how quickly and effectively they are able to raise revenue from parents, family members, and friends who pledge their support to students' reading journeys.


Take a look at our fundraising calculator to see how much money your own school could raise with a Read-A-Thon!

Want to Learn More? Check Out These Read-A-Thon Resources.

Get the answers to your basic questions in our Read-A-Thon FAQ section: Click Here

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See how much money your library can raise with our Read-A-Thon calculator: Click Here

Check out a sample prize store: Click Here

Check out a handful of other amazing PTA fundraisers to consider.

Other Amazing PTA Fundraising Ideas for Your School

1. Love My Library

Explore the benefits of a Love My Library fundraiser for your PTA.

Take a look at yet another way your PTA can raise money and promote a love of learning.


The perfect mix between a booster-thon and a book fair, this library fundraiser gives students access to their favorite books among 3 million titles in return for donations raised.


The Love My Library platform streamlines the entire fundraising process—you just have to sign up, create an event, and encourage readers to create and share donation pages with family and friends.

Sign up for free to kick off a virtual fundraiser that students, sponsors, and community members will be inspired by!

2. Drive in Movie Night

Explore the benefits of a drive-in movie fundraiser for your PTA.

Turn your fundraiser into a cozy community event with a drive-in!


Choose a night where nothing else is planned and use the school parking lot to set up a projector so cars can park and watch movies. Then have volunteers bring in speakers, old couches, and a projector, as well as booths for food and carnival-like minigames.


You can maximize your profits by charging admission, selling food and drinks, and asking attendees to pay to play games pitched around the event site.


There's not much upfront cost for this one, and it can reap quite a bit of money with the right planning. Plus, you'll provide a memorable night of fun for families, locals, and your student body.

3. Fall Festival

Explore the benefits of a fall festival fundraiser for your PTA.

Fall festivals are an especially effective school fundraiser to engage older students. They always promise a good time, plus they give you ample opportunity to make a bit of extra money with branded merchandise and product sales of popcorn, candy, and other tasty treats.


Recruit several volunteers to help with the planning and management of the event. The key is to have many booths and activities to attract community members who'd like to get in the spirit of the season.


For example, create booths where guests can participate in classic fall activities like bobbing for apples or pumpkin carving. Additionally, be sure to set up food booths with lots of tasty seasonal snacks.


From there you can have as many different types of booths as you want! If there is someone in your PTA that has sheep, goats, rabbits, and other farm animals, then consider creatine a petting zoo booth.


No matter what activities you offer, attendees will be excited to buy tickets to enjoy each unique activity booth and make the most of your fall festival..

4. Gala Dinner

Explore the benefits of a gala dinner fundraiser for your PTA.

Organize a dinner with pomp and panache that your adult donors and supporters will love. Use the school cafeteria or a community space, and have volunteers elaborately decorate it.


However, you don't need to pay extravagant prices to offer a luxurious fundraising experience. For instance, an Italian spaghetti dinner is cheap, and with some breadsticks can be made to look fancy. Student volunteers can act as waiters and waitresses, and you can even bring in additional revenue with an entertaining talent show or a raffle.


Be sure to charge attendees a small admission fee to attend this elaborate black-tie affair and enjoy a night of fancy fine dining!

5. Auction

Explore the benefits of a charity auction fundraiser for your PTA.

Turn donations, clutter, and unwanted items into revenue by holding a PTA-sponsored charity auction!


Volunteers can bring in and drop off new or gently used items from home that they want to get rid of. Additionally, local businesses may be willing to offer in-kind donations in the form of extra inventory, samples, and gift baskets.


Hold the event in the school theater or gym and set up tables so donated items can be displayed. Create flyers for the event and advertise on social media. You can even contact local newspapers and tv and radio stations. This is one PTA fundraiser you cannot over-advertise.


You can stimulate your fundraising by charging a small fee to obtain a bidder card and offering fees that people who really want an item can pay to have it moved up in the auction. This, plus the money raised by selling the donated items, can rake in a significant amount of money for your school!

6. Matching Gifts

Explore the benefits of matching gifts for your PTA.

Many businesses run matching gift programs, allowing them to show support for their employees and their communities by matching the donations their employees give to charitable causes. However, you don't have to be a nonprofit to receive matching gifts—many companies offer matching gifts for schools!


Make sure that parents, community members, and other members of your donor base are aware of matching gifts. Regularly remind supporters through email, text, and your website to check if their employers offer this program.


You may even consider integrating a matching gift database into your online donation form. This makes it even easier for donors to find their employers' matching gifts program, submit a request in seconds, and multiply their support without having to give an extra penny than they had planned.

Read-A-Thon | The PTA Fundraiser You've Been Looking For

From cookie dough sales to school concerts, there's no shortage of PTA fundraising ideas floating around for you to try. However, Read-A-Thon's low-risk, high-reward fundraising program offers rewards unmatched by any other fundraising program.


The Read-A-Thon platform is not only an easy method for raising thousands of dollars for your school. It also provides the perfect educational experience to bring students and your entire community together.


Start your Read-A-Thon journey today.

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