Raise Money For School
The attempt to raise money for school projects not funded by the regular budget has always been an ongoing battle for the staffs and students plus parents of most public schools across the country for decades. From actual desks and chairs to books to new lab equipment all the way to junior class sightseeing trips to major cities and band uniforms and new sousaphones for New Year's Day parades, the needs never stop. In many schools the requests for fundraiser approvals are on the desk of principals every month and for some principals it is personal because the fundraiser means a pie in the face or a sloppy kiss on a pig's lips. Americans have always responded to well run fundraisers and seem to look for opportunities to support academic and sporting as well as charity events that appear to merit assistance. In the same vein, Americans are not real keen on fundraisers that have a begging tone to them and seem to desire for their supported causes to act like they deserve the money.
There is a great deal of weight that many fundraising chairpersons carry as they attempt to answer the call of the principal, band director or perhaps even a coach for the needed funds. As more and more schools fight for every dollar of support from the state and from local property taxes, it appears that the skyrocketing budgets of running a pared down school system will not allow any ebbing of the demand for fundraising efforts in the near future. So efforts to raise money for school extras will be more important than ever as the century rolls along. And in the years to come, those extras may become the assumptions of the past. Textbooks, busses, lab equipment, and lunches for those who can't afford them may actually one day soon be hoped for rather than assumed. And more and more athletics are becoming pay to play, which perhaps well they should, but even school PE may one day be in jeopardy if it comes to a choice between math books and gym class. So the corporations that make their profit by helping to raise money for school extras through fundraising are certainly licking their chops at a future which looks bright for them.
If the reader of this article is tasked with the responsibility to raise money for school extras, there are some things to remember. First, people do want to give, even in harder economic times, if they believe in the cause. Don't be asking for money for new band uniforms when the old ones still look pretty good to the average Joe. But if the uniforms are in bad shape, then tell the story of individual band members who have worked hard during their high school career and improved their playing abilities and have given back to the community through service projects. Whatever is being asked for, a human story must accompany it in order to have a successful campaign to raise money for school purposes. For the Christian, there is a great underlying confidence that God will meet the needs (not the greeds) of his life. "And I (Jesus) say ask, and it shall be given , seek and you shall find; knock and the door shall be opened." (Luke 11:9)
The conversation between the fundraiser and the donor must begin before the actual asking of a donation. It's amazing how many fundraising efforts begin by students just knocking on doors with a crate of grapefruits under their arm and a request for a twenty dollar purchase to support the junior trip when not a single bit on information has been placed in potential buyer hands ahead of time telling of last year's trip where lives were changed by what was seen and experienced. Tell the story first then sell your oranges or cookie dough or rubber ducky for the regatta. And the bigger the project is trying to be funded, the more stories and more dialogue must first take place. Even when the supporters of the project are getting something back in return, to effectively raise money for school events or projects or needs, there is never too much information they can get, and there is never too much thanks they can receive. When the people bought that tub of frozen cookie goo, did they get a thank you that was tangible, i.e. something they can hold in their hand like a thank you card? Pave the way for another sale next year for the next person tasked with the responsibility to raise money for school projects.
Some of the best advice any chairperson can receive when tasked with the responsibility to raise money for school expenses or events or projects is to make sure you have committee members who are not afraid to get out and ask people themselves for donations, either through sales or other means. It may quickly be revealed that some of them are not really passionate about the task at hand, and that means it is your responsibility to instill that passion. And if the chairperson doesn't have the passion, get out today and let someone else do the job that has that fire in the belly. Whether it is new nap time rugs for the preschool or new bleachers for the football stadium, passion and storytelling are two of the chairperson's greatest allies and needed strengths. Go to the Internet and you'll find plenty of fundraising ideas to harness that passion.
Fundraising Ideas For School PtaFundraising ideas for school PTA organizations are plentiful, and it isn't particularly hard to find them with a little resourcefulness and a computer that will give the searcher Internet access. "School fundraising" is all a person needs for key words, and a number of possibilities pop up immediately. Cookies and candy have been staples of the fundraising business for many years, but now groups have much greater latitude when it comes to the kinds of products they can peddle when doing fundraising for PTA.
Cookie dough has become a popular item to sell when fundraising for PTA, and the advantage of the dough over the already-baked cookies is that they don't have to be eaten right away. The purchaser can keep them for quite a long time before baking them. Also, gourmet items like nuts and coffee are good sellers in some communities, and the people making the arrangements will be able to judge the practicality of those items where they live. Scented candles are another product that has grown in popularity in recent years, and make good choices for youngsters to sell.
Flower bulbs hold the promise of beautiful color for a buyer's yard, so they have become a product gaining additional attention for these PTA events. Magazines are available in such a wide variety that they are often the product of choice. No one is left out in the publishing world. Children, men, women, and families are all able to find something they like, so careful selection of the titles a group wants to sell will assure the success of the fundraiser for PTA.
There are some guidelines when considering fundraising ideas for school PTA organizations. First, it must be decided what kind of sale will be held: Immediate sale, flyer sale, or catalog sale. Immediate sale, or cash and carry, is the simplest type. A flyer sale is categorized as medium in complexity, and involves distributing one or two-page flyers advertising the product for sale. After orders are placed from the flyers received, the seller must visit the buyer with the product, which makes this a little more complex. The third category, catalog sales, is still more complex. The first sales visit is more involved because of the wide variety of items being offered.
Before deciding the kind of sale and the products to be sold, the group leaders might want to do a little research to see what other groups in the community are doing so as not to duplicate someone else's campaign. Since many of the customers will be the same, each group increases its chances for success by offering something different from the rest. Choosing the time for fundraising for PTA groups can be crucial to success. Buyers appreciate not having someone trying to sell them something all the time, so allowing some time between events will make everyone happier. Christians in the group will remember to ask their friends to pray for the success of their event as well. "Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf." (2 Corinthians 1:11)
Of course, products are not the only fundraising ideas for school PTA. Everyone can get involved in a yard sale/garage sale event. Notices sent home with students will let the parents know what date the sale will occur, and the kinds of items that will be acceptable. Organization will be critical for one of these events so there are enough people available to sort and price items ahead of time, and enough to handle sales promptly on the day of the event.
Walk-a-thons, or bike relays are among the current athletic fundraising ideas for school PTA. Sponsors are asked to pay a lump sum or an amount per lap for distances walked or ridden for the cause. These events usually draw spectators who cheer participants along, so there is excitement for everyone in addition to raising money. Things have changed a lot since the long-ago school carnivals that were responsible for fundraising for PTA.
No matter which fundraising ideas for school PTA are finally chosen, the people in charge will have to be organized. When products are involved, the dates that sales are permitted must be decided, and a final date for turning in money (and if they are catalog orders, the orders and money). If the campaign is over several weeks, there should be interim reporting dates where money is turned in rather than just at the end. There should be a definite pick up date for ordered items, and the place of pick up designated early on. The number of people needed to reach the group's goal needs to be decided and recruited so no one ends up doing way more than his share. Since it is a school function, parents should be sent letters of explanation in plenty of time to plan and to volunteer. All in all, planning fundraising for PTA should be a group project highlighting the school's needs to the entire community.