Setting up fundraising across a full school district can be a logistics nightmare. Everything from the planning to the execution takes time and resources away from your fellow administrators, teachers, and most importantly, parents! Here are 3 simple fundraising concepts for school administrators to consider when developing fundraising events:
- Product Sales: Catalog selling is a great way to get parents and students to support the school without financially burdening families. Product sales are difficult to move, and require constant initiative and support from school administration to parents in order to drive sales. While product sales can be a time burden for parents, it does support classrooms without requiring individual donations. Product sales can include baked goods, school-branded apparel,
- Event Sales: Bring your community together! Event sales are a throwback to the days of local community events and neighborhood pride. Bake sales and car washes require a significant amount of time and money upfront to set up and plan, but are a great way to generate large donations in a one-day period. Need more funding for a future project? Try incorporating a raffle item or 50/50 raffle prize as well!
- Roundups: Welcome to the internet-age! Roundups are a fairly new way of donating; a service that rounds daily purchases to the next whole dollar and then deposits proceeds to users’ charities of choice. While parents need to be motivated to sign up and download roundup apps, roundup services can be a stable and constantly growing fund that can cover almost any classroom expense imaginable, all year long. Crowdfunding roundups such as Sixpence estimate a single user to donate around $20-$30 per month, every month. Click here to see how much your school could be generating from roundups!
Each of these three options comes with unique benefits and disadvantages that can greatly affect your fundraising outcome. Regardless of which option you choose, an emphasis needs to be placed on motivating your supporters. Share your goal! Presenting potential supporters with your goals improves transparency and builds goodwill with your community.