PTA and PTO Fundraising Ideas

PTA, PTO car magnets

Car Magnets for your PTA and PTO

Google “PTA and PTO Fundraising Ideas” and you get the usual suggestions… car washes, selling chocolate bars, selling magazine subscriptions, etc. All of these ideas, and more, should be part of your fundraising efforts. Branded merchandise sales (customized with your full color school mascot) are also a great source of revenue. Some examples of branded merchandise are

  • Custom Car Magnets from ARC Marketing (we’re biased)
  • Custom T-Shirts from a local screen printer
  • Custom Decals from ARC Marketing (we offer these also)
  • Custom Baseball Caps from a local screen printer

These customized goodies, printed with your school mascot, tend to be very popular as fundraising items and your school can make some serious money selling them to parents, faculty, local business leaders, and the population at large. An additional benefit to raising money is that they provide a little bit of advertising, or “awareness”. As more and more of these items start appearing around your community, your school gets more and more recognition.

T-shirts and baseball caps can generate quite a bit of exposure, but these items tend to only be worn on weekends (unless your work’s Casual Friday allows for this type of attire!). And then after a few months, the T-shirt ends up in the rag-basket and is only used to wax the car.

Car magnets on the other hand, provide exposure every time your car is on the road. Can you guess how many other cars will see your car magnet on a daily basis? Of course this is hard to measure, but conservative estimates are a minimum of 100 cars daily (this would be for a very small community) to more than a thousand cars each day (easy to achieve in large markets like Southern California).

Car magnets also can provide a larger profit margin than T-shirts and caps. First, always use a high quality T-shirt (you should only use the best T-shirts from known suppliers such as Hanes, Gildan, etc.), otherwise you are going to need to handle a lot of quality complaints beginning a few weeks after the fundraiser. Doing a quick internet search for pricing, I have found that several of the larger on-line custom T-shirt companies will charge you about $13.50 per shirt (with a one color front logo and a full color larger logo on the back) for 250 shirts in various sizes. How much do you think you could sell each T-shirt for? Would you pay $25 for a T-shirt? Probably not. $20? Maybe. $15? You’re getting warmer, but a $15 each, you are only making about a buck and a half per shirt. Plus, you’ll be shelling out $3,375 up front for those shirts. Sounds like a lot of risk for only $375 profit (at a $15 sales price).

On the other hand, 250 fully customized car magnets from ARC Marketing will only cost $2.00 each (fully customized with your team logo) and you can sell them $6 to $10 each. Let’s assume that your parents and faculty are very involved with supporting your school and you sell them for $10 each. Doing some quick math, I come up with the following… you’ll be shelling out about $500 for 250 custom magnets and at $10 each, you’ll be pulling in $2,500. That’s about $2,000 in profit. This makes selling T-Shirts seem like an exercise in futility.

Again, we’re not saying not to use T-Shirts and candy fundraisers. We’re just saying you can make a lot more money with a lot less work and risk with custom car magnets from ARC Marketing.

Getting started on your magnets is easy, and we’ll do all of the design-work for free. To begin on your free design, just visit our website and give us a little info about your school. One of our artists will design your car magnet pronto and email it back to you. Click here to get started!




Custom Car Magnets for your Church

Custom Church Car Magnets

Church Car Magnets

Your church is not the same as the other church down the street. Nor is it the same as any  of the other churches in your town. Sure, there are similarities, but your church is different.

  • You have a different outlook on a variety of subjects.
  • You have an outreach program that is designed to serve those whom you feel need the most help.
  • You have a “mission statement”, which conveys your churches message eloquently, in just a few words.
  • You have a church logo, artfully designed with just the perfect colors.
  • You have a beautiful church, that has become the icon for your congregation.

How can you bring all of these things that make you different, and put them on some item so that the rest of the world can learn more about your church?

Here’s an idea… how about a custom car magnet that your members can put on their vehicles. Just one car, driving around with your magnet, will be seen by between 100 and 500 other cars every day. Not all of these cars will read the magnet, but the potential is there. That’s an amazing amount of exposure and publicity for your church. Okay, now consider the fact that not just one car, but hundreds of cars driven by your members will have your church magnet on them. It will be difficult for anyone in your home town to not see your car magnet on any given day. What a great way to get your message across.

ARC Marketing has helped hundreds of churches just like yours get a custom car magnet. We will design your magnet for free, and then we will print the highest quality magnet made in America.

It is so easy to get started. Just complete a simple questionnaire on our website. Answer a few questions about the magnet you would like us to design (shape, colors, logo, etc.) and within 24 hours, one of our artists will design your magnet. We’ll email the design to you and then you just let us know what changes to make to the initial design. Once your magnet looks perfect, just let us know how many you want. Within 2 weeks, your magnets will be delivered to your church where you will give them to your eagerly waiting members, or sell them for a modest fundraising price.

Get started right now by clicking here!   

Cub Scout Fundraising Car Magnets

Scouting car magnets

Cub Scout Car Magnets

Okay, the Girl Scouts have their cookies for fundraising, and no one questions that this is one of the most popular and successful fundraisers in America. It’s the cornerstone of their very financial existence. In fact, according to Fortune Magazine, the numbers are staggering. Fortune says “Overall, though, Girl Scout cookie sales declined, as the organization sold 194 million boxes (about $776 million in sales) this year, including both e-commerce and traditional, in-person sales. That’s getting close to a billion dollars’ worth of cookies. Maybe it’s time to stop blaming McDonald’s for the obesity epidemic in America.

But wait, the Cub Scouts offer their own fund raiser. It’s calorie free and creates a lot of brand awareness. A custom designed car magnet, designed specifically for your Cub Scout Pack makes a terrific fundraiser. Every Cub Scout Pack, big or small, can benefit from a custom car magnet program from ARC Marketing. Available in quantities as few as 50 magnets (try finding another company offering quantities this low), it’s easy to raise money and put your Cub Scout Pack on the map. Imagine seeing hundreds of cars driving around your town with your Cub Scout magnet on them.

We also make car magnets for Girl Scout Troops and Boy Scout Troops and Councils, but the Cub Scouts have really embraced custom car magnets as a fund raiser.

One advantage to using our car magnets as a fundraiser (compared to the Girl Scout Cookie program) is that you can conduct it at any time, and your Cub Scout Pack can do it on your own. By contrast, the Girl Scout Cookie program happens only once a year, and it must be coordinated with their National Program. Of course, we’re not saying that car magnets will make as much money as Girl Scout Cookies, but they should be an important part of your fundraising mix. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have no national fund raising item. Each Pack makes their own fundraising decisions. Many Packs, Troops and Councils participate in popcorn sales, but many packs search for different ways to raise funds.

It’s easy to get started on your Cub Scout fundraising magnets. The first step is to have us create a free design for your Pack (click here to see how). The second step is to have our art department fine tune the initial design (with your input). Once the design looks perfect to you, just decide on a quantity. Then we’ll print and ship your custom car magnets to you. The final step is to have your Cub Scouts sell them to neighbors, friends and local business leaders. Believe me, almost everyone will be willing to help by buying your magnet, and they will all be proud to put your magnet on their car and advertise your Pack to the world.

Have questions? Give us a call at 760-743-6340!



Youth Football and Cheerleading car magnets

Cheer and Football car magnets

Cheer leading and Youth Football car magnets

Okay, I know it’s early Spring, and most of our young athletes are getting ready for baseball and softball. But if you are also a “Youth Football Parent”, you should also be planning for late summer football fundraising.

Also, if you are a “Cheerleader Parent”, fundraising is an important part of your life.

I’m not taking sides on the “which is more important” issue of cheerleading versus football (The cheerleaders feel that the football players are there to entertain the crowd in between cheer routines. The football players feel that the cheerleaders are there to entertain the crowd in between plays). Regardless of which group you side with, fundraising is still very important.

Car magnets make the easiest fundraiser ever. Car magnets are easy to store, easy to sell and create a lot of awareness for the cheerleading squad and for the football team. Your young stars are going to love the exposure that these custom car magnets provide. They’re going to feel like rock stars once hundreds of cars in your town show up with their team’s car magnets on them. And you can make a lot of money! If your team can sell just 300 magnets, you can make a profit of over $1,200! To see our “Profit Calculator”, just click here.

We have been making car magnets for Youth Football and Youth Cheer teams for over 10 years. Our design team knows what it takes to create the perfect design in order to make your team look like pros. Compare the designs shown on our “Football Gallery Page” with the designs shown on the other car magnet sites (if they even show them). You are going to see a big difference! Ours are professionally designed and look like an NFL team would have designed them. There’s look amateurish, and look like they were designed by a 12-year old. The design really matters, and our designers are the best in this industry. You can view our Design Gallery by clicking here.

And guess what? You won’t pay a penny for our design work. In fact, we’ll provide with a free initial design, then fine tune it with multiple renditions (all at no charge or obligation) and after all of that you still don’t owe us anything… even if you don’t go forward with an order! Find another car magnet company who will do that for you. To get started on your free magnet design, just click here.

Of course, if you are “old school” and don’t want to mess with on-line requests, you can always give us a call at 760-743-6340 and talk to one of our humans!

Animal Shelter Car Magnets


Car Magnets for Animal Shelters

Humane Society Fundraising

mal Shelter Car Magnets…

Here’s another growing category for custom car magnets… fundraising for animal shelters, recue societies, humane societies and more.

We all love our pets, but we also feel an obligation to help other pets who do not live in loving homes. This is where the rescue societies and animal shelters come into play. Shelters and humane societies perform such a valuable service. They take in the abandoned and abused pets of America and help find them new homes. Most of these dogs and cats (as well as horses and other animals) have never had a home where they felt welcome. They are sometimes mistreated by their owners, or abandoned.

These rescue societies operate on donations and volunteers. The work they do is not free, even though most of the people working at the shelter are volunteers. They still need to rent the building, pay for medication, pay for utilities and more. And again, it’s donations that make up the majority of the money that comes in to keep the shelter functioning.

Fundraising also plays a huge role in the day-to-day operations. Donations alone do not cover all expenses, so these shelters look for creative ways to add a little additional money to the mix. Car magnets from ARC Marketing are used by dozens of animal shelters and humane societies every year. It’s easy for these shelters to raise thousands of dollars by selling a creative car magnets designed and printed by ARC Marketing (click here to see a few car magnets created for animal shelters around America).

Here’s another benefit of using car magnets… free publicity and increased awareness! Every one of those cars with the shelter’s car magnet will be seen by hundreds of other drivers every day; day in and day out. That’s 24/7/365. Every day of the year, hundreds of cars multiplied by hundreds of daily advertising exposures! The total amount of free advertising is actually staggering. This just might be the best way for the humane society to get the word out.

So, if you’re involved with an animal shelter or humane society and you want to both increase awareness and increase your cash flow, just give us a call at 760-743-6340. Better yet, visit our website at


Softball Car Magnets

Baseball and Softball car magnets

Fundraising Car Magnets for Youth Baseball and Softball

Play Ball!

Wow, it’s February already! That means we’re only about a month away from Major League Baseball Spring Training.

Also getting ready for spring baseball are about a million youngsters playing youth baseball and softball. If you are a parent with a kid playing baseball or softball you know that it’s not all fun and games. Another unfortunate byproduct of youth sports is money (and lots of it!). After you pay your league fees, team fees then buy all of the equipment that your young athlete will need, you find out that even more money is needed. Instead of asking parents to keep writing checks, most teams and leagues hold several fund raising events before and during the season. Most of these fundraisers are very ineffective and poorly received (I’m talking about fundraisers such as “Cookie Dough Sales” and those “Over-Sized Chocolate Bar Sales”… really?!!).

Here’s a fat-free fundraiser to consider… custom car magnets from ARC Marketing. Customized specifically for your team, these high quality, weather-proof car magnets will stand the test of time (they last for years and do not fade) and they will bring well deserved attention to your team. Imagine hundreds of cars in your town with your car magnet on them!

Now is the time to start designing the fundraising car magnets for your Little League Baseball teams and your Softball Teams. You don’t need to be an expert magnet designer to do this… because we are expert magnet designers and we’ll do this for you for FREE.

So, if you’re looking for a high-profit fundraiser, then custom car magnets are the easy choice. First of all, everyone will want one (unlike those stale, over-sized chocolate bar fundraisers). And it’s easy to double, or even triple your money (you can’t do that with any other fundraiser).

Here’s another bonus; after your car magnet fundraiser is over, you have hundreds of cars driving around your town with your team’s logo. After your over-sized chocolate bar fundraiser is over, all you have is a weight-loss problem.

Here’s the fun part… getting your free car magnet design. One of our artists will design your magnet (working with input from you) and we’ll email you the preliminary design ASAP. Just click here to get started:

Design a Powerful, Effective car magnet.

Powerful Car Magnet Designs

Free Car Magnet Designs

Designing a powerful, effective car magnet is not difficult, but not everyone can do it! Let the experts at ARC Marketing help.

Which do you think would make a more effective car magnet…

  1. A simple centered logo, with one or two colors, with just a few words above and below the logo.
  2. A simple centered logo and lots of words to get your message out there
  3. Intricate detailed logo, with lots of colors, and lots of words to get your message out there

Actually, the answer is #1 (most of the time!). Although all of these magnets would cost the same (we do not charge more for extra colors, nor do we charge for the time our artists spend working on your design) so if intricate and detailed is what you want… go for it.

If you think about the nature of a car magnet, then a simple design might be the most effective. Remember that most people are going to see your magnet on a moving car. That moving car could be going 65 mph. if your car is standing still, your magnet is still going to be viewed from several car lengths away. When you take this into consideration, then #1 looks like the winner.

Sometimes, your school name just cannot be abbreviated and the message you want to convey cannot be shortened (the more words you use, the smaller the letters will be). Sometimes the logo you have to work with is just a very detailed piece of artwork. Sometimes your mission statement is so critical to your magnet that it needs to be included, no matter what. Well, in that situation, we encourage you to go for it. Even these detailed, wordy magnets get read. They just need to be on a parked car. If that car is in a parking lot at the mall, or at a football game, hundreds of people will be walking past it and noticing it. OK, so now #2 or #3 is looking like the winner.

How do you know which way to go? Of course we have an answer for that too. As mentioned earlier, we do not charge you anything for the time our artist spends working on your design. So why not request two designs? Get a simple one, and get a complex one… then compare them and choose the stronger of the two. Getting started on the design is easy; just fill out our “Virtual Magnet” request form twice (one for each design). You can find that on our website by clicking this link: Free Virtual Magnet.

Any questions? Just give us a call at 760-743-6340!

Christian School Fundraising Ideas

Christian Academy car magnets

Christian School Car Magnets for Fundraising

Public Schools are not the only option for education in America. They are, however, the only option for an education paid for by your tax dollars.

Christian Schools and Christian Academies do not enjoy the funding advantage of public schools. The parents that opt for a Christian Education know full well that this is going to be a financial sacrifice from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The tuition that the parents pay for a Christian education does not cover all expenses at Christian academies. Most Christian schools offer extra-curricular activities just like the public schools do (sports, bands, cheerleading, debate teams, etc.) and those activities need to be paid by the parents. It’s no surprise that fundraising plays a large role in paying for these.

As mentioned in many other posts on this blog, there are an almost endless number of fundraising ideas out there. Some are first class and generate a large amount of money for capital programs. Most are time-consuming, barely profitable and require that your student go door-to-door selling something that nobody wants.

Using a custom car magnet as a fundraising item is a bit different. The door-to-door aspect is unnecessary, the PTA or PTO handles the sale of the car magnets and word-of-mouth is the most common way that parents learn about the availability of the custom car magnets. Once theses magnets start appearing on cars around town, everyone is going to want one.

Here’s another strong benefit of a customized car magnet with your school name and logo… awareness! These car magnets will create a lot of brand awareness for the school. They create a sense of “community”. Imagine walking through the local mall parking lot and seeing dozens of cars with the same car magnet from your school. It’s a good feeling!

Let us show you how easy it is to get a custom magnet for your school. We’ll do all the work. We’ll design, print and ship your magnet, usually in 2 weeks or less. Our magnets are weather proof and fade resistant, so it will look awesome for years. To get started, just give us a call at 760-743-6340!

High School Cross Country Fundraising Ideas

Cross Country Car Magnets

Car Magnets for High School Cross Country Teams

Let’s give a shout-out to one of the less recognized sports; High School Cross Country. These kids train and perform far from the huge crowds associated with High School Football and Basketball. They run around tracks in empty stadiums, they run through the forests, over hills, through valleys.

Without an attendance base like the football team enjoys, there is very little revenue coming in. And like most High School Sports, the funding is just not there like it was in the past.

Like most sports, the Cross Country Teams have booster clubs, created and staffed by the parents. Their job is not only to bring awareness to the Cross Country Team, but to help raise money to offset the costs associated with this sport.

There is a post on the internet by a Cross Country Booster Club (actually there are several and they all talk about the same expenses, so I assume most XC Teams have similar expenses), and this team has outlined all of the expenses (uniforms, sweats, camps, meet fees, overnight trips, coaching, etc.) and the total expense for a team of 50 runners is $25,450. That is $509 per runner.

Just Google “Cross Country Fundraising Ideas” and you are immediately hit with the usual suspects… How would you like to be going door-to-door selling…

  • “Frozen Cookie Dough Tubs” (2 pounds for $10? Makes my arteries constrict just thinking about it).
  • “Flower Bulbs” (I do enough yard work already. These would just sit in a drawer for the next 10 years).
  • “Candle Sales” (I don’t want to see a candle unless the power goes out).

Not only would these be humiliating for a High School Athlete to peddle door-to-door, they are only purchased out of pity. Nobody really wants any of this junk. On top of that, there is no awareness created by these products after the sale.

You know where I’m going with this, right? Car magnets allow you to double or triple your money, and after the sale, you have hundreds of cars with your High School Cross Country Magnet broadcasting your team logo. Plus car magnets are fat-free, do not cause unnecessary yardwork and are not a fire hazard (compared to the 3 other examples shown above).

We are not saying to give up on these other fundraisers (no matter how embarrassing they are). You cannot raise all of the money you need with car magnets alone. But they should be part of your Fundraising Mix. Car magnets will do at least two things that the other fundraisers cannot do… create a sense of awareness for your Cross Country Team, and give you a sense of pride for your sport (humiliation not included).

Let our highly skilled design-team create a car magnet that you will be proud to sell. Give us a call at 760-743-6340 or visit our website at today!

Car Magnets for Montessori Schools

Montessori School Custom Car Magnets

Montessori School Fundraising

Hey, you learn something new every day. We have been making custom fundraising car magnets for Montessori Schools for about 10 years, and I just realized that I really had no idea what a Montessori School was. So, I Googled it. There are an endless number of sites that try to explain how a Montessori School works, and what makes it different from traditional public schools.

After reading through about a dozen sites, I have distilled this down to the following sentence: “Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.”

Obviously it’s much more in-depth than that, but it sure sounds like it would have been a lot more fun than the public schools I went to in the 60’s.

Okay, so why would a Montessori School need a car magnet? In America, the majority of Montessori Schools are privately owned and do not receive financial support from the government. A growing number of them are joining the Public School System, but almost all of their money comes from tuition. This leaves a funding gap that needs to be filled by fundraising.

Most private schools put on elaborate Black Tie events to do the bulk of their fundraising, usually under the classification of Capital Funding Campaign. This is where like-minded patrons with deep pockets write the big checks that pay for the new gymnasium or new science lab.

But for the smaller projects which are funded by the PTA or PTO, a car magnet fundraiser could be a very important piece of the fundraising puzzle. An average size school could make several thousands of dollars by selling custom car magnets designed by ARC Marketing.

We’ll do all of the hard work; we’ll design your magnet, we’ll print and ship your magnet, we’ll create the collateral material you’ll need to sell your magnet (flyers, website images, emails, etc.) and we will rush your re-order when you sell out! Couldn’t’ be easier. Call us at 760-743-6340 and we’ll get started today!