How to Conduct a Penny Fundraising Drive

How to conduct a Penny Drive 

The project is organized as follows:

Penny Wars is a game to be competed between schools or grade levels/home rooms. The object is to get as many points as possible during the "war." The money raised during the penny war can be donated to a local charity of your choice.

  1. The project is run for any FIVE, CONSECUTIVE SCHOOL DAYS. 
  2. Each home room or class will need a large, enclosed container. A sealed, one gallon plastic milk container, with a slit large enough to insert coins and bills, works quite well.
  3. Each container is labeled with the name of the class teacher, a room number, or any appropriate identification of your choosing.
  4. The containers should all be placed in a central locations where there is some adult supervision. The school library or a location in clear view of the office staff are good choices.
  5. Students from class put their pennies in their class' container. One point is received for every penny in the container.
  6. Classes may put other coins and paper currency into the containers of OTHER classes. Each silver coin or bill reduces the number of points from that container by the amount of the coin. (e.g. a nickel reduces the points by five, a dime by ten, a dollar by 100, etc...) This is where strategy counts. Have fun with it!
  7. Containers are emptied and counted daily. The total monetary amount of silver coins and paper currency is deducted from the total number of pennies for the day.
  8. The totals for all classes are posted daily to encourage friendly competition. The totals can be posted as tallies. A chart, blackboard or whiteboard, in a central location, works well for these postings.
  9. A rotating pennant or cup, given to the leading class each day, adds to the excitement of the project. The pennant or cup can be retained by the home room or class with the most overall points at the end of the penny war.
  10. It helps to have a committee organized to count and roll the coins. Try asking a friendly local bank to help with the service.



President's Day - A Time to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Cheaper Pennies

President's Day gives us the chance - at least once a year - to recognize Abraham Lincoln's immense contributions to the country and a legacy that continues to enrich us daily.

President Lincoln is a unique cultural and historical figure," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents. "It's not just that the front of the penny has had Lincoln's image since 1909, it's what Lincoln did for our nation," Weller added "He possessed all the qualities we want in a president -- the ability to unite a divided nation, honesty, strength, and humility," Weller concluded.

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Special Announcement!

Pennies for Pasta and Pennies for Patients

These are run by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through its local chapters as part of its renamed Student Series program:

For more information, you should call your local Chapter which may be found by going to the Society's website at:

Please note Americans for Common Cents does not get actively engaged in any fundraising activities.

Collapse of the zinc market means the penny is cheaper to make; saves taxpayers!

A collapse in metals prices means U.S. coins, including the penny, are less expensive to make. The penny has reached its lowest cost in seven years. Each 1-cent coin, made almost entirely of zinc, now costs the taxpayer much less to produce and its likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

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More than Two-Thirds of Americans Still Favor Keeping the Penny

Recent Poll Shows Increasing Penny Support and Concern About Price Increases If Penny Is Eliminated

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A poll released today by Americans for Common Cents (ACC) continues to show overwhelming and increasing support for the penny by the American public. 68% of those surveyed favor keeping the penny in circulation, representing a slight increase since the last poll in 2012.

"These results confirm the strong and unwavering support the penny continues to receive from Americans," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of ACC. Weller's group includes more than 50 organizations that support continued production of the penny.

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