Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fundraising 101

The school year is coming to a slow end here and I am already preparing for next year. This year however, I am doing things a bit different by not only preparing my kids for next year with new clothes and School Supplies, but I am learning tips and tricks to help give us a head start with the little stuff that comes up throughout the year.

The new school year will bring with it, new possibilities, more sports, and once again a plethora of fundraising events. I don't mind participating and helping set up school and sport fundraisers, what I dislike is the competition attached with. There is always some amazing prize for a massive to quantity sold that all three of my kids are aiming for! This had me researching online and trying different tactics in real life to see how we could help boost sales for both the organization we were raising money for, along with helping my children meet their personal goals - I guess however that is the secret genius behind the prizes, getting you to work harder to raise more.

When embarking on a fundraiser you want to have a clear cut schedule, The fundraiser will begin on day "A" and end exactly one week later. Think to the future, what is the best way to collect from all those involved, to make sure everything is turned in on the day you've selected? There is nothing worse then having to track down late turn-ins.

You also want to leave yourself plenty of planning time to pull it all together. Are you looking for fundraising ideas for schools, sports, a charity? Whichever it is, determine your market and get the word out, especially if your planning a event as opposed to candy sales and such. If your fundraiser involves sales, remember to be clear with the children involved that they should never go door to door alone. Talk to your local business owners, you'll be surprised at how many will let you setup "shop" right outside. You'll get the benefit of a large reach and the security of a public setting.

When collecting for your organization of course those adorable lil' faces will bring in a percentage of sales from those, like myself, who can't say no to a child. However, I recommended being clear on what your collecting for, what the money is going toward and so on. Yes, I find it hard to say no when a cute smiling face asks me to buy a candy bar, but, I will usually buy more if I am met with a smile and a clear understanding of where my donation will be going.

Brainstorm fundraising ideas, you know your community best. What do you think your organisation could benefit most from? If you will be representing a certain charity learn you facts. If you'll be helping the kids raise money for new team uniforms, or something like a new playground, draw in a bigger crowd with cookie dough fundraising ideas. After all, America certainly has a weakness for sweets - just look at how well those Girls Scouts do ;-)

Remember, your goal. You will get No's don't become discouraged or let your child become discouraged. I can't remember one fundraiser for my kids were the goal wasn't met. It's a great way to teach your children the benefit of hard work, all while benefiting something you support. Oh, and let the kids get creative with signs and posters, there is no reason you can't have fun with it. In fact the more fun you have with it, the better the donations usually are.

Are you a PTA member as well? Do you get involved with fundraising? What are your best Fundraising tips?

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Laura said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My kids do a lot of fundraising throughout the year. I always remind them to ask nicely and be polite.

Carolyn Colley said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Fundraising planning is not easy, I was involved with college students for years helping them plan for fundraising, a lot of hard work go into it, you are so right, start planning now.

Courtney B said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

we love fundraising for my child's school, it's fun and it helps out a good cause

Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We do fundraising too. It's challenging sometimes but for a good cause.

Terri said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

With all the groups and teams my kids belong to, fundraisers are an all year event. Our favorites are the band's homemade apple pie event and cookie dough. I feel better about supporting those as the prices are reasonable and I know our friends and neighbors will put them to good use :)

Bonita12 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We did really well selling Kathryn Beich candy bars this year. Raised $13,000 for our small school.

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