Event & School Fundraising Ideas

When it comes to fundraising for special events and schools, the number one goal is to have a high profit margin. We’ve done the math for you and can report that concession foods bring in an average of 70%–80% profits, making it an ideal way to raise money. You don’t have to be an expert to see this kind of a return. Here at Gold Medal, we’re available to give you fundraiser tips from themes to concession choices and more. From training your volunteer staff to choosing the right size popcorn machine, you can browse our site for school fundraising ideas and so much more.


The Right Concession Equipment to Kickstart Back-to-School Fundraising

It’s that time of year again! Whether you work/volunteer for a high school or university, a new school year is an ideal time to kick off concession food sales. It’s a great way to welcome your students back and generate a profit for what could be your first fundraiser of the term. Go with the following fun foods and equipment for a successful (and satisfying) start.

Make It Pop!
An all-time best-seller, you can’t beat freshly popped popcorn! It’s a hot money maker too, with up to 80% profit margins. Plus, if you want to strengthen the appeal even more, try popping it in your team’s colors.
Suggested Equipment: #2552 PopMaxx Value Priced Popper.

Sweet Possibilities
Cotton candy is a classic that will keep the crowds coming! It’s easy to make and comes in a wide variety of flavors, so you can customize your menu. Profits are unparalleled and range as high as 94%.
Suggested Equipment: #3052-00-001 Auto Breeze EZ Kleen Head.

Spice It Up
Nachos are one of the fastest-growing popular snacks! The simple prep makes it a desirable addition to any concession stand. To add value, consider offering salsa and cheese. Profit margins are attractive at 75%, but as a higher retail-priced item, you receive a greater return.
Suggested Equipment: #5300 El Nacho Grande Bag Cheese Dispenser.

All-American Favorite
Serve up delicious dogs and watch the sales keep rolling in! See how versatile hot dogs are and increase your profits when you include a chili warmer to make mouthwatering chili dogs.
Suggested Equipment: #8552-00-001 Hot Diggity Pro X Roller Grill Non-Stick Roller.

The Big Chill
Give your students the thirst-quenching goodness of slushies! Frusheez® are the frozen drink you can eat. Less hands-on than other iced snacks, the machine does most of the work for you. With mixes in a multitude of flavors, you can offer signature flavors like Sweet Tea.
Suggested Equipment: #1114 Twin-Bowl Frusheez®.

Give It A Twist
For that salty treat you crave, nothing satisfies like soft pretzels! Displayed and heated in convenient warmers and merchandisers, it’s an easy sell. As a sweet alternative, try cinnamon and sugar pretzels with icing cups.
Suggested Equipment: #5551-00 Small Humidified Pretzel Warmer & Merchandiser.

The first day of school will be here before you know it. Gold Medal serves schools of all sizes and we’re happy to help you find the right equipment to suit your unique needs. To speak with one of our concession specialists, contact us today at 800-543-0862 or [email protected].