Did you know that children are born with compassion? Even though our children enter this world with an instinct to help others, it is our job as parents to nurture and teach them about giving from an early age. One of the most fun and effective ways to do this is to organize a school fundraiser. While this can teach your kids a lot of valuable lessons, being one of the parents in charge of it all can be a real headache. Here are some handy tips for the best way to organize a successful school fundraiser.
Form A Strong Team
While it is possible to manage a school fundraiser with just a little help from your child, this can put you at risk of getting completely over stressed. It is strongly recommended that you form a team with other parents, or any adults who are willing to help out. Try and find a good people person who can broadcast concise, friendly updates to the parent community and rally support. You should have someone in charge of finances, keeping a close eye on the money you spend and the money that is coming in. As the organizer, you fill the role of task master who keeps track of deadlines and motivates others to keep on schedule.
Set Clear Fundraising Goals
All the most high-profile fundraisers have clear goals on the amount of money they want to raise, and your child’s little school project should not be any different. So, what are you raising money for? And how much do you need? There are plenty of package deals out there for cookie dough fundraising made easy that will outline the costs and profit margins. Be sure to always tweak these according to the specific cause you are trying to support and how successful you expect your fundraiser to be. Clear goals and deadlines will keep everyone motivated and on-track to achieving a great fundraiser.
Do not forget to market your goal–whether it is new sports equipment, a big school trip, art supplies or anything else–and the amount you need for it. This will be a huge incentive for the school community to participate and contribute to your project.
Expand Your Audience
You do not have to stick to the school community to gather support for your fundraiser, even though this is going to be your most accessible audience. Many people in your local community will be delighted to help a school they drive past regularly, and receive some tasty bite-sized treats in return. Take catalogs and flyers to your work, book club, gym, or anywhere else where you think you could garner support.
Say “Thank You”
Finally, do not forget to show people that their support is appreciated. Get the kids to make adorable thank you notes to give out or offer some refreshments at the end of the fundraiser. Wrap up the whole day by announcing your gratitude to everyone who showed up. Do this in person surrounded by the children and adults who made it all possible. This will remind everyone of the difference they made and encourage them to get involved the next time around.
What types of school fundraisers has your family been involved in?