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Learn the secrets to holding a fun and profitable fundraiser from Mr Fundraising himself, Billy G - and others who have made fundraising work for their school or organisation!

The Benefits Obtained From Team Fundraising

The Benefits Obtained From Team Fundraising

In schools, you will never run out of fundraising ideas especially if it is participated by groups or teams. While team fundraising is fun and exciting, to begin with, there are other benefits you can get from it. 

It minimises the overall fundraising costs. 

When it comes to school fundraising, everyone may have surely gotten involved in some sort of school fundraiser such as selling tickets to a play, selling candy bars and cookie dough and participating in fun run. However, the overhead costs associated with these campaigns require additional efforts. Team fundraising can minimise these costs. Since the funds go directly to the school, you can be sure that the products are shipped and delivered to the recipients. Instead of asking children to walk door-to-door, team fundraising takes care of the job. Since the younger generations truly understand the power of the Internet, participants can simply use the social media to spread the word. 

It makes staff, parents and students account for the success of the school.

Another benefit of team fundraising is that it help students understand the value of team work. Team fundraising also instils real life lessons that older students can benefit from as they grow into adults. Whether you want to create a competitive fundraising or keep it friendly, almost everyone will be committed to participate. Although parents and staff may perceive fundraising as another burden, there is no doubt that keeping students engaged in the school's budget initiatives is a rewarding experience. 

Help build friendship among students. 

Students can achieve success by working together. If they are focused on creating their own story and fundraiser, it is possible for them to miss the bigger picture. It is also important for staff and parents to use a common story about the importance of team fundraiser and how it can help spread the message. They should also know the importance of communication and hardwork. Team fundraising provides a perfect opportunity to work towards the same overall goal. If a team member is struggling, other team members can help out by giving tips and insight. 

Why Expose Kids To Fundraising?

Why Expose Kids To Fundraising?

We all need the financial backing to succeed, and children must also be exposed to fundraising at an early age because of the values they teach. Involving your child in fundraising helps them grow into responsible adults. Here are some skills they can develop from fundraising:

People Skills

How many people have the knack for interacting with other people? Perhaps only a few can smile, speak clearly and look someone in the eyes? By participating in fundraising efforts, children will learn how to reach out with other people. All they need is to get ample practice and by regular exposure, interacting with people will be natural for them. Forming their people skills will help them overcome shyness. 

Goal-Setting

The planning process will not be complete without setting goals for the organisation. For parents and teachers, teaching kids to set goals will help them determine the direction they are going to take as adults. Unfortunately, not all goals are achieved. There are obstacles along the way that will prevent kids from fulfilling these goals. If kids learn about things such as volunteering and money management, it will be a perfect opportunity for them to know the steps to planning and achieving long-term goals. 

Relationship Building

Fundraising also teaches children how to build relationship with donors. Since fundraising gives volunteers a chance to speak with potential donors, children will be taught that donors are not just perceived as a source of money as they are also key to the success of fundraising. 

Fundraising is not only intended for adults, but children as well. This is why whenever schools are holding a fundraising event, it is imperative to get children involved. Their participation can shape them into amazing adults. They will also develop skills, essential to succeeding in life. 

5 Things You Need To Create A Successful Fundraising Event

5 Things You Need To Create A Successful Fundraising Event

In holding a fundraising event, it is important for the guests to have a memorable and enjoyable experience. Not everyone can organise an unforgettable event. This is why months of preparation is needed to ensure that there is enough support from donors, volunteers and staff. There are five things you need to make the fundraising event a huge success: 

1. Budget

Drafting a budget is the first step to organising a fundraising event. It gives you a clear perspective about the amount of cash needed for the entire duration of the event. It will also provide an estimate of the potential funds expected to be collected. It is also important to have a realistic attitude to avoid disappointment once the event is over. Along with drafting a budget, setting timelines will also be imperative. You may also want to consider some chances of cash sponsorship as it is considered to be an important contribution to a fundraising event. 

2. Plan

Now that you have analysed your budget, you need a plan to know how you are going to organise the event. A fundraising event is not something you just think of doing without carefully planning for it. You need to research or even curate ideas as these will serve as your guidelines. You will need to prepare your mood boards, contact lists and even deadlines to make sure that your goals are met within the agreed period. 

3. Venue

Location is also another factor to be taken into consideration when organising a fundraising event. You cannot just pick a location without doing a thorough research. The location must have a significant impact on the attendance and should create a welcoming atmosphere. It is also essential that the location is accessible to your audience. The venue must also be checked what else it can offer when it comes to special promotions and discounts. Even when selecting a venue, the budget must be reviewed. 

4. Sponsorship

You may not have enough cash to organising a fundraising event on your own. With that said you need some helpful contribution from your sponsors. Keep in mind that you will be spending money on printing, beverage sponsors and audio-visual. Choosing event partners must be done in a strategic manner. 

5. Resources

Part of organising a fundraising event is making sure that you are spending your money wisely. This is where assessing your available resources comes into play. Before you make any final decisions, research and budget so you will know how much you are going to spend. You may also outsource experts if you want to be cost-efficient and effective.

The Challenges You May Face With Fundraising

The Challenges You May Face With Fundraising

Many organisations are eager to start a fundraising campaign, but because of economic uncertainty, the dream never becomes a reality. It is not easy to reach out to a community. You will face all sorts of challenges because not everyone is willing to participate.  If you are one of those who is struggling with succeeding with your fundraising plan, may as well start with identifying the road blocks to your success:

1. Members are not committed. 

Once a campaign or event does not succeed, people will pin the blame on the fundraiser especially if it has to do with financial shortfalls. For first-time fundraisers, success is not guaranteed. Some things may not work as planned. Since you are investing time and money, making a major mistake can be an end for your organisation. Hiring a professional consultant from outside your organisation will help you to focus on your members' lack of commitment. Consultants will also give you an insight on what you should do next. 

2. Depending too much on funds. 

Depending on one source of funding is a monumental problem for most organisation. When your organisation has not yet established a fundraising function, it is expected to be in crisis once the funding is gone. A comprehensive fundraising program is important because it provides you a bigger picture of your finances. It will also give you an idea if you still have enough funds to support the next event. It is easy to say you have enough money for a campaign, but reality hits hard. The funds you thought were still enough to support your fundraising event has gone down the toilet. 

3. Unwillingness to seek donors. 

Do you believe that donors are the ones who should make the running in making a donation to your organisation? This is a dangerous assumption and a sign of passivity in seeking donors. Having a proactive attitude is essential to engage donors. If potential donors are demonstrating a strong interest in your program, staff members must be alerted to these opportunities. 

4. Missing the bigger picture. 

Fundraising is a rewarding experience, but many are still missing the bigger picture. Staff members appear to be clueless about the mission and vision of your organisation. If their tasks are not properly aligned with your organisation's objective, you will not be meeting half way. Everyone must be able to relate to the goal you want to achieve. Discover opportunities to tap into your members' potential. Give each member their time to show their talent and potential to contribute to the success of your organisation by explaining their role. 

3 Rules of School Fundraising Etiquette Every Parent Should Know

3 Rules of School Fundraising Etiquette Every Parent Should Know

Charity begins at home. This is why as parents, we should set a good example to our children by sharing with those who are in need. Everybody will agree that the most challenging part of fundraising is searching for willing donors. Trust is one issue that will hinder parents from materialising a fundraising plan. In organising a school fundraising, we, parents should have an active participation in making sure that our children are involved in the preparation process. While our children may be excited about the thought, not all of them knows the concept of giving. Since we should lead by example, here are 3 golden rules of school fundraising etiquette:

1. Make a good impression.

We are our kids' role model and what we do, they will certainly emulate. This is why it is vital for each one of us to make a good impression by possessing the qualities that will make the event a success. For instance, if we ask a prospective donor to participate in the event and they refused, we should not be upset especially in front of our kids. Rejection should not be the reason to stop trying. We should take it as a challenge. Maybe we are not creative or persuasive enough. If we show to our kids that we are easily put off by a simple no, our kids will never step out of their comfort zone to try something new. 

2. Have accountability for the money raised.

Our kids may wonder where the money we raise goes. Being truthful and transparent gives our kids an idea that we are not wasting people's money. If we receive money intended to support the event, we are responsible for explaining to our kids how we are going to use it. Don't allow kids or donors to keep on guessing about the funds we raised. 

3. Say "thank you"

We often teach our kids to be grateful for the things they receive from us and we should not be exempted as well because they look up to us. If we do not lead by example, they will never realize the importance of gratitude. Not everyone can make a donation especially when people have trust issues. It is already a big thing when people choose to donate when they can spend their money for something else instead. When kids are taught about the importance of being grateful, saying thank you to anyone who has done them favors will become a natural thing to do. 

Why Schools Need Strong Fundraising Plan?

Why Schools Need Strong Fundraising Plan?

Schools raise funds for a number of reasons-new programs, maintain academic excellence, complete capital projects, scholarships and the list goes on. Some schools manage to survive while others are struggling. The main reason for the success of other schools is that they have a well-crafted plan. If your school simply organises a fundraising event without creating a plan, here are three reasons you should start writing a strong fundraising plan:

1. Fundraising plans let you see the big picture

School fundraising is not an easy task because it requires every member of the organisation to participate. From the smallest to the largest details, everyone needs to be involved. This is when things get tough because not everyone can commit to supporting the event due to other obligations. So how do you handle your overall fundraising strategy? Fundraising plans are going to be instrumental to this process. A written fundraising plan will help you see the whole picture. It allows you to outline your donor funnel and create ideas on how you can cultivate them. A fundraising plan should have a strategic framework which provides the tactics you use on a daily basis. The plan will help your school in terms of ensuring that the strategies are cohesive and sound. 

2. Fundraising plans ensure that the entire team is working together

Does your organisation come into a situation where your priorities are not aligned with the rest of your members? It is easy to get frustrated and confused when you and your team members are not on the same page. With a written fundraising plan, you will be able to make sure that all of you are working towards the same goals. When everyone is working together, it is not difficult for the organisation to help and support each other. 

3. Fundraising plans provide accountability

Fundraising plans provide members deadlines and responsibilities. Deadlines ensure that goals are completed and responsibilities ensure that the people assigned to perform each task accomplish each step. If you do not have any detailed deadlines and responsibilities, fundraising plans will not be executed properly. Aside from deadlines and responsibilities, the plan will also provide accountability, which is necessary for your development program. Once steps are properly outlined, you will be able to get board members, administration, consultants, alumni groups, parents and development staff involved in the planning process. 

All schools, no matter the size should focus on creating a fundraising plan not only to raise money, but also to thrive in the competitive environment of fundraising. 

The Benefits Of School Fundraising To Students And Parents

The Benefits Of School Fundraising To Students And Parents

Our parents are the ones teaching us to share and be kind to others. As we step out of our loving and caring abode, our teachers take over in instilling good values. Schools design reward systems to recognise great deeds from students. These rewards become motivations to display exemplary behavior. 

However, it isn't everyday that students are taught about the importance of helping others. Sure, there are instances when students are asked to help someone struggling at tough subjects, but the sense of fulfilment ends when goals are finally accomplished. The value of sharing requires long-term effort. If there is a community that fosters generosity, students will adopt these values as they grow. 

For schools that have not yet introduced fundraising to students, here is how the students can benefit from it:

Exploring The Students' Creative Side

Brainstorming is an important stage of fundraising. The campaigns and events will not exist without the students' creative ideas. Every month or every quarter, schools arrange meetings with students and parents. The purpose of the meeting is to know how fundraising can be enjoyable and interesting to parents and children alike. Being imaginative is essential to the success of fundraising. Not only does it encourage creativity, but it also makes use of students' imagination. 

Instilling The Importance Of Sharing 

Giving students an opportunity to share with others is indeed rewarding. Schools often start at an early age so later on, giving or sharing will become a natural thing for children. Sharing is habit-forming especially when children see that people are happy to receive gifts or donation from them. 

Knowing The Essence Of Teamwork

Students join clubs or maintain excellent grades for good reasons. One of which is to accomplish a certain goal. Working with others is an entirely different thing. When you are trying to maintain your good grades, you will only have to think about yourself. If you fail, you will be the only person held accountable for the failure. However, when you work with others, it will be team effort. There will be no finger pointing as everyone contributes to the success or failure of an organisation. This is when kids are taught to become a team player. To think about compromising and acting appropriately to address challenges and achieve group goals. 

The Benefits To Parents

When parents are participating in school fundraising, they too will play a more active role in their children's lives. Aside from the great opportunity to spend some quality time with their children, they will also be more involved in school activities. Even parents will acquire a sense of satisfaction when they have contributed to the success of the school fundraising event. 

Tips For Arranging A School Fundraiser

Tips For Arranging A School Fundraiser

It is common for schools to hold fundraisers because there are lots of potential donors and supporters who can actively participate in the event. Fundraising requires effort and commitment to reap long-term success. Aside from reaching out to parents, identifying the talents and skills that can benefit your organisation will increase the likelihood of success. 

Why do fundraising leaders arrange a school fundraiser? School trips, clubs and teams have activities that require students to shell out cash. The cash will be used for repairs, uniforms and many others. When the financial support is not enough, one way to achieve these goals is by raising funds. While it is easy to encourage students to participate, the real challenge will be in getting the right people to support your cause. 

When you brainstorm ideas, students, school staff, teachers and parents should use their creativity to make fundraising more interesting.

Keeping the fun in fundraising

There is a higher rate of participation when you keep your fundraising event fun for everyone. Although it is undeniable that fundraisers require commitment to work towards a common goal, making it a social event will lighten the workload. Smaller goals and milestones when recognised can have a positive impact on your participants. Rewarding your team will also keep them motivated and raise their morale. 

School Fundraising Ideas

1. School Colour Fun Event

School Colour Fun Event can complement an existing school event. It uses Holi Colour Powder pre-packed in spray bottles. If you are organising a fun walk-a-thon, you can also include fun run so participants who would like to kick their physical activity up a notch will have a different option. This fundraiser is easy to set up and can generate up to 70% clear profit. 

2. Chocolate Fundraiser

A chocolate fundraising program is appealing to children and adults alike. When arranging a chocolate fundraiser, make sure that you offer a range of flavours. You can earn as much as 50% profit from chocolate fundraiser. 

3. Cookie and Biscuit Dough Fundraiser

You can bake delicious and mouth-watering cookies from the tub of cookie dough. It is one of the most popular fundraisers in Australia. It is ideal for schools because the fundraiser does not require a lot of hardwork to set up. 

4. School Spell-a-thon Fundraiser

If you want a fundraiser with educational outcome, school spell-a-thon is a great idea to consider. You can generate as much as 70% profit from this fundraising idea. Most suppliers will set up the fundraiser for you. All you have to do is to set your spell-a-thon date. A word list will also be provided to each year level. You will also have the option to use your own word lists.

3 Things You Can Teach Students During A School Fundraiser

3 Things You Can Teach Students During A School Fundraiser

Pursuing a school fundraiser is indeed interesting, but it requires involvement from teachers, students and parents. Everyone can benefit from participating in a school fundraiser, but the students are the ones that can benefit the most. This is because fundraising teaches some essential lessons that create a long-term positive effect on students. 

Setting Goals 

The most important lesson students can learn from fundraising is setting goals. It may not be meaningful especially to younger children, but explaining to them the reason goal setting is meaningful will enable students to realise its impact. Working toward a goal is not an easy thing to do. In accomplishing goals, it is necessary to show the process so children will know that it takes hard work and commitment to accomplish the goal. As adults, fundraising developers and leaders should lead by example. 

Practicing Self-Sacrifice

For children to experience success, they need to commit themselves to the process required to achieve long-term goals. With self-sacrifice, children will learn that it is a good feeling to help others in their own ways. This can soon develop into a life-long habit as they journey toward adulthood. Focusing on the needs of others and working hand in hand to fulfil these needs mean a lot. 

Articulating Passion

Passion is essential to ensure fundraising success. Children gain experience by providing some presentations that will help them articulate their passion. When it comes to fundraising, not everyone has the passion to help a community. There are key recipes to ensure success such as getting the right people to execute a long-term plan. One thing that can translate plans into meaningful action is by demonstrating how special skills can be useful in opening doors to many opportunities. 

A person needs to have the ability to understand other people. You cannot be successful in the field of fundraising if you are not comfortable with yourself. You will need to start early by nurturing children so they can create and even share a vision. You will also have to listen to people and show genuine care to them. All these attributes will not happen in an instant. It takes years to become a seasoned fundraiser. It is essential to pass on these vital lesson to the next generation so they too will know how to become great fundraisers. 

4 Ways To Encourage High School Students To Participate In Fundraising Event

4 Ways To Encourage High School Students To Participate In Fundraising Event

High schoolers have passion to help your fundraising campaign succeed. They may be young and may not be financially equipped, but they have the power to connect just like adults. High school student fundraisers have the potential to be influential for your organisation because of their social network presence. They are also the future of fundraising as they have the ability to disseminate your campaign across the entire school. 

However, the only way high schoolers can demonstrate this potential is when they are motivated. Giving them responsibilities that will enable them to learn naturally will ensure success. It is important to align your strategies with the learning habits of the students. 

When engaging students, you need to make education more meaningful by allowing independence, fostering a sense of competence, promoting natural learning and creating environments that enable you to collaborate. Here are the ways students can learn:

Create a meaningful goal

It is important for high school students to perceive your campaign as meaningful so they will devote their time supporting your organisation. A meaningful goal means you know the things that high school students care about. For you to accomplish this goal, you need to think about the fundraising initiatives you have done in the past, which enable you to engage younger supporters. 

Empower students

Aside from aiming students to be successful, they should also be empowered so they can connect with students who have been previously successful in supporting a fundraising campaign. Previously successful student fundraisers can walk new members through best practices so they too can achieve success. Once new fundraisers realise that success happens in real world, not only will they feel encouraged but follow best efforts as well. 

Make room for independence 

Although students need guidance so they can accomplish their goals, they also want freedom so they can work in a way that is tailored to their rules, conditions and preferences. When you make room for independence, you allow fundraisers to share their personal connection, communicate and create students' own challenge. When students can operate autonomously, there will be more opportunities to expand ideas about your cause. 

Encourage students to collaborate

When students are working together, diverse opinions and ideas are brought together as you achieve a common goal. You will also know how to accomplish a common goal. Students will be more inspired to work together and collaborate if they have achieved a unified vision. Your organisation plays a vital role in building and sustaining a strong relationship with students so they too can have a foundation built on collaborative relationship.

Reasons Schools Need A Solid Fundraising Plan

Reasons Schools Need A Solid Fundraising Plan

Organising a fundraising event for your school takes dedication, commitment and consistency. Schools that were able to savor the success of raising money have prepared months ahead to ensure that the event goes as planned. They know that a solid fundraising plan can result in long-term fundraising success. 

However, there are still schools that are comfortable doing their thing without any strategic plan in mind. Why is there a need to create fundraising plans?

1. Fundraising plans give you insights

School fundraising can be demanding and distracting. It can consume 80% of your time especially if you are only a few weeks away from the event. Without a fundraising plan, you will not know how many volunteers you need to accomplish your goals. It will also be difficult for you to identify the areas you need to improve. Everything will be a struggle as you cannot see the whole picture. 

2. Fundraising plans help keep things organised

It is difficult to manage a team of volunteers because each and every one has their own personality and preferences. A plan ensures everyone is on the same page. You are assured that all of your staff has the same priority, which is to create a successful campaign for your school. If you are working towards the same goals, it will not be challenging for you to keep the entire team helping and supporting each other. 

3. Fundraising plans hold all members accountable

Regardless of the event's outcome, each member should be held accountable for the success and failure of the campaign. Plans allow you to provide deadlines and responsibilities. When these are not successfully met, staff, board members and everyone in the group will admit their mistakes and just not pin the blame on anyone else. When your school stays on track, it easy for your organisation to thrive especially in an environment where competition is tough. 

Plans give you an idea how you can improve your strategies and help your members grow. Knowing what their strengths and weaknesses will help you become more prepared for the challenges ahead. There are unexpected things in raising money that may soon be the cause for members to leave. However, with a fundraising and back up plan, you will be able to pick them up and spread their wings again so they can soar higher. 

4 Ways To Make A More Interesting School Fundraising Event

4 Ways To Make A More Interesting School Fundraising Event

School fundraising has been immensely popular because of the potential number of supporters you can get from the community. However, your school is not the only one holding a fundraiser. The only way your school can stand out is when you formulate creative and unique ways to attract volunteers or donors. 

Find sponsors

Selling tickets is a common fundraising event for most schools. Although this has been effective, parents and students get bored easily with the same fundraising routine. It is essential to up your game to prevent boredom. Some of your volunteers may decide to quit because they are doing the same thing over and over again. Aside from selling tickets, you should also be focused on finding event sponsors. As the event gets busier, you will need extra hands to help you.

Encourage students to participate

Although students are more likely to participate in school fundraising because teachers require them to do so, voluntary participation makes a difference. How do you get students to participate in your fundraising event? Cookie dough fundraisers, fun run and other interesting fundraisers allow students to showcase their creativity and special skills. They will also feel accomplished as they are participating in an event for a good cause.

Invite parents

Most of the time, parents are excluded from the event because of their busy schedule. However, there is no harm in trying. There are parents who are willing to spend time making the event successful. Every contribution makes a difficult task easier. Invite parents to attend meetings and you will be surprised that most of them have the willingness to volunteer. 

Offer incentives 

Giving money is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about incentives. However, this is not the only way you can motivate everyone. Incentives can come in many different forms, but one thing is for sure, acknowledging your volunteers' efforts can definitely inspire them to participate and do more. Anyone who feels they are not appreciated will surely think that their support is no longer needed.  

3 Essential Steps To Creating A Donor-Retention Strategy

3 Essential Steps To Creating A Donor-Retention Strategy

Fundraising groups come together to discuss ideas and formulate plans to ensure that the next fundraising event goes as planned. Goals are set and each task is assigned to the right people. Unfortunately, brainstorming about effective strategies is not enough because you should also care about donor retention. Most organisations resign to the fact that volunteers come and go. With that said, loyalty from the group should not be expected. However, fundraising is gaining traction and loyalty is key to a successful fundraising campaign. 

When it comes to school fundraising, you are opening your doors to numerous opportunities if plans are well executed. The school community is willing to help in many ways so long as the plan, goals and strategies are clear. Some organisations consider donor loyalty elusive. Sometimes, it is hard to convince a donor to donate again when you are in doubt of your organisation's ability to lead and make a difference. 

Donors are not supposed to be perceived as merely contributors, but pillars of your organisation. If you see them as someone who makes a donation, loyalty stops the moment you end your campaign. They will search for organisations that make them feel valued. Once you achieve your goals, donors should be updated of your future plans. 

Boost your donors' confidence as you boost your sales

In the game of fundraising, it is not just about raising money or getting more donors to support your organisation. It goes beyond the initial sale. Choose donors who is committed to supporting your organisation. You will know whether or not a donor is willing to provide long-term support if you talk to them. Talking to them will uncover their interest. Keep in mind that holding a fundraiser should be considered as your first step to establishing long-term relationship with your supporters. 

Ask for feedback

The number of supporters you have indicates your organisation's level of success. There are other ways you can determine the success of fundraising such as asking for feedback from donors. In your own perception, the event may have been successful considering the number of volunteers and the amount of cash donated. It is also worth knowing how your organisation is doing when it comes to cultivating loyalty among donors. This way, you will determine the direction you are taking. It is also a perfect way of improving your strategies. 

Value donors

Treating donors like people can make a huge difference. Consider them as your friend. If you value your friend, you talk to them regularly even when you do not need something. If donors feel undervalued, it will be easy for them to leave your organisation. Valuing your donors involves sending newsletters, updates and invitations. Even if you do not have any upcoming events, donors appreciate it if you continue to engage with them. 

7 Common School Fundraising Challenges: What To Do With Them?

7 Common School Fundraising Challenges: What To Do With Them?

Fundraising is a rewarding experience because of the benefits that you obtain from helping people and getting support from your cause. However, there are organisations who end up doing everything themselves and the lack of support group breeds frustration. Simply forgetting to thank your volunteers can also hurt your fundraising organisation as this will result in losing them. Before you run a fundraiser, keep these 7 common fundraising problems in mind. 

1. Setting unrealistic goals

What is the first thing that comes to mind when running a fundraiser? Is it about making a fortune or is it about gaining thousands of supporters? Whatever the reason for your decision to run a fundraiser, make sure it benefits your members, volunteers and donor as well. Setting goals does not equate to working 24/7. It means delegating tasks and setting realistic dates that members can follow. 

2. Running the same fundraiser

You may be tempted to repeat the same fundraiser due to its success, but being repetitive can have a negative effect on your organisation. Changing fundraisers is a good idea because it provides additional choices and variation to donors who are exploring options. Keep in mind that you are not the only school that is thinking of running a fundraiser. 

3. Underestimating kid's role 

School fundraising becomes more meaningful when kids are involved. Teaching the value of taking responsibility to kids will open opportunities to make a difference in ways they know. Fundraisers that allow children to play a role are a great idea. 

4. Not sharing the tasks

Doing all the work yourself is not a good idea because it increases the risk of not accomplishing the goal. Let kids, parents, teachers and school staff participate to make the job easier. 

5. Not being transparent

Trust and transparency are important in ensuring fundraising success. If you are unsure where the funds are going, then it will be difficult for you to earn your supporters' trust. It is important that the public knows how you are using the money. Once prospective donors know about your plans, it will not be difficult to win them over. 

6. Forgetting to thank your volunteers

Fundraising is a serious business and it requires a strong support group to accomplish long term goals. It is imperative that you thank donors as way of letting them know you appreciate the efforts they put in to ensure fundraising success. Volunteers will not hesitate to offer their help when fundraising time comes around again. 

How To Increase Student Participation In Fundraising?

How To Increase Student Participation In Fundraising?

When organising school fundraising, students are going to play an important role in the success of the organisation. Inspite of not being as powerful as adults, students still have the power to connect with the target audience because they are also influential. Students have major social network presence, which can help your organisation disseminate the campaign across the campus. It is important to keep students motivated by engaging them in things that will help them acquire skills and learn naturally. 

You can engage students by doing the following:

1. Make learning more meaningful

Students are less likely to support your organisation unless they find it meaningful. If it is not worth their time, it will be difficult for you to reach out to them. You need to know what students care about. This way, you will have an idea how you can best engage them. You will also have to find out if they have joined any fundraising initiatives in the past. If there are students who have already joined sports programs, you can also incorporate some athletic elements to make the event more interesting for them. 

2. Establish collaborative leader-student relationships

Encouraging collaboration is also one way to keep students motivated. In order to achieve a common goal, students must also gain a deeper understanding why these goals must be met. You have to dedicate time so students can learn how to behave and communicate together. Collaboration is encouraged this way. 

3. Build positive relationships

Teachers have the biggest influence on student achievement in the classroom. If you want to foster a sense of purpose, belonging and connection, you can assign a teacher to spearhead the campaign. While it is a good idea to allow independence so students can learn on their own, they also need guidance to keep the team moving. Their progress must also be monitored and if there are challenges along the way, the leaders must also address these. 

4. Promote natural learning

Student engagement continues if there is still an urge to understand and learn. Keep them focused on the goal and purpose of the organisation. It will also be a good idea if you try to connect them to people they are impacting. It will help them realise that they are indeed helping a community. Connecting them with people that benefit from their effort will inspire motivation and let them know that their efforts are not wasted. 

How To Increase Parents Involvement In School Fundraising?

How To Increase Parents Involvement In School Fundraising?

Parents play an important role in school fundraising. However, it is always a challenge to get them involved. This is because of many factors that may keep them from being motivated. Motivation is essential to fundraising because it is only then that parents will be able to dedicate themselves to sharing their creative ideas, experiences and capabilities. When it comes to increasing parents involvement, things are always easier said than done. There are three steps to getting parents' commitment. 

1. Let parents know about the school fundraising event in advance. 

Parents may possibly miss news about your fundraising event if you inform them a week before the event. You can avoid frustration by spreading the word early. This way, busy parents will have time to assess schedules and determine what they can do to help. You can also use a vast range of communication methods to have a broader reach. You can send emails directly to parents or give volunteer sign-up sheets to students.

2. Reach out to parents who have history of volunteering.

Another way you can make the most out of school fundraising is to reach out to parents who are actively involved in school. However, you should not also overlook parents who do not have experience volunteer as they too can also become the best potential volunteers. There are parents who might hesitate to volunteer so make sure you know the reason behind the reluctance. Some common reasons may be the lack of transportation, busy schedules and many more. 

It is also necessary to make sure that volunteering does not sound like an obligation to parents especially if they are full-time employee. They also have plenty of things to attend to. Educate parents and make fundraising fun for them. 

3. Tailor volunteering tasks.

The tasks involved in fundraising may be overwhelming to parents. It is important to tailor tasks to parents' specific talents. You will know what their interests are by asking them to fill out surveys or questionnaires. You can also ask them about the type of volunteer duty they wish to carry out. Some parents love to keep things organised, while others also like to get creative. 

These simple steps can also make parents realise the benefits of participating in fundraising campaign. They will be more motivated if they see that the money raised has been used to fund school improvements. It is also a great idea to provide updates to parents by inviting them to like your page on Facebook and other social media channels. 

5 Questions To Consider When Running A Cookie Dough Fundraiser

5 Questions To Consider When Running A Cookie Dough Fundraiser

A fundraiser that has to do with food will definitely be appealing to volunteers, donors, members and prospects. Many organisations have been considering running a cookie dough fundraiser because it generates profit and does not take so much time to prepare. In spite of being promising, this fundraiser is still not immune to failures especially if the organisation has not made ample preparation. Before you get excited about the idea of running a cookie dough fundraiser, you need to ask a few questions to your supporters so you will know the direction your organisation will take. 

1. Do you have a correct price point? 

The cost of cookie dough varies depending on the company you are working with. Before you commit to buying a fundraiser, make sure you shop around so you can find the best deal. Take note of the shipping cost, profit margin and cookie dough cost per tub. 

2. Are there any organisations selling cooking dough?

Without a doubt, cookie is a popular fundraiser. However, its popularity can also be a deterrent to achieving the result you are looking for. This is because there might be other organisations running the same fundraiser. Before you decide to run a cookie dough fundraiser, make sure other local organisations are not doing the same thing. Selling your product can be a bit of challenge if other organisations are also offering it. 

3. Is your cookie dough packed with nutrition?

Cookie dough owes its popularity to its taste, but organisations must keep in mind that its taste is not enough to attract buyers. You should also choose a cookie dough that does not only bank on taste but on nutrition as well. You may have members who are trying to be health conscious and a sugar-laded cookie dough might not appeal to them. 

4. Are your volunteers willing to sell and distribute cookie dough?

It is not enough that you have a popular fundraiser as you also need to make sure that your volunteers are willing to go the extra mile to sell or distribute cookie dough. This fundraiser relies heavily on the size of your organisation. If more volunteers are participating, you will be able to sell your product successfully. 

5. What are your payment terms and methods?

It is often recommended for most fundraisers to collect money upfront before placing the order. Provide options to customers that will enable them to pay with checks, cash and even online using their credit card. They should also be made aware that online payment requires a small fee for the transaction. 

6 Tips For Making Your Next School Fundraiser Run Smoothly

6 Tips For Making Your Next School Fundraiser Run Smoothly

When organising your next school fundraiser, it is important to keep in mind that everyone should be involved. There is no such thing as small or big tasks because everyone who participates contributes to the success of the campaign. There are different roles and responsibilities when running your fundraiser. These tips will help you ensure your next school fundraiser will run more smoothly.

1. Recruit more volunteers

A school fundraiser will be more successful if you let your community know you are in need of compassionate individuals who are willing to participate in your event. Use all of your resources to reach out to people. Use your website, newsletters and even word of mouth to increase your recruitment efforts.

2. Get your website involved in your communication goals

The most challenging part of recruiting volunteers is ensuring that your communication channels are open. Do not just on emails when searching for volunteers because there are other means you can look for potential supporters. Use your website to communicate with contributors and sponsors.

3. Create a solid fundraising strategy

Your previous fundraising campaign will serve as your guide to knowing which strategies did and did not work. Finding areas you need to improve and knowing your strengths can definitely make a difference. If you know your strengths and weaknesses, you will know what strategy to retain and to get rid of.

4. Put new people

Move your fundraiser forward by putting new people. You can do this ahead of time and make sure that they have a good track record. You should also provide proper training to ensure great performance.

5. Define roles of people in your organisation

It is also essential for your team member to know the roles they should play. These roles may vary from person to person. Think about their skill and availability when defining their roles.

6. Set realistic goals

Not setting realistic goals is one reason your fundraising event is doomed to fail. While it can be overwhelming to try new approaches that will enable you to improve your fundraising campaign, it is still important to take baby steps. It is important to break the goals down by creating a sub-group. You will need to set expectations and tell the consequences for participating and not following through. Volunteers should know the importance of the roles they play and the rewards ahead. Setting unrealistic goals might intimidate your volunteers and run the risk of falling short of your expectations.

Lessons Students Learn From A School Funraiser

Lessons Students Learn From A School Funraiser

School fundraising has one goal to achieve, which is easy to accomplish especially if everyone is willing to participate. Students who decide to volunteer are not only helping the school reach a specific goal. They are also taught some important lessons, which are not only limited to raising money for a good cause. Here are five valuable lessons students can gain from a school fundraiser. 

Set goals and accomplish them

Students can learn the concept of setting a goal through fundraising because an organisation can provide a systematic way to working toward the goal. When it comes to school fundraising, the goal directly impacts the school and this is a great chance for parents to explain to children how to go about reaching their goals. 

Know the value of self-sacrifice

Aside from goal setting, students are also taught about the importance of commitment to ensure success from a fundraiser. Commitment involves self-sacrifice because you are no longer focused on your own needs but the needs of others as well. Children who are taught about the importance of self-sacrifice at an early age will know the impact of dedicating their time and effort for their school. They will also realise the good feeling that helping others provides. 

Ask money for a good cause

Asking people for money can be difficult and intimidating especially to children. When children are under the guidance of teachers, parents and other concerned members, they will be able to share the need of their school with others. When they know the why they are asking money, they will soon become comfortable in asking and it will not be for themselves but for a cause they also believe in. Although they may get rejections from time to time, hearing "no" will not be a reason for them to give up. 

Present to adults with joy and pride

The process of asking for money should involve teaching children how to present themselves properly. They will also realise that their gestures can also trigger rejection. If these are done habitually, children will adopt this kind of behavior, which can also create a great impact on the success of your organisation. 

Pursue passion

Children who are gradually gaining experience will soon have the ability to create their own pitch. They will also know the formula to winning a donor. When composing fundraising letters, they will also know the right choice of words to use. Parents can also take advantage of the opportunity to teach children how to develop the profession they choose. 

How To Organise A School Fundraising Event

s3x 6094 1415 1517When organising an event to raise funds for the school, everyone plays a role in ensuring that the event will be a success. This means that parents, teachers and students should be involved in the decision-making and event-planning.

The first step in organising any fundraising event is to decide on the type of event that the school will run and the people that are likely to participate in the event.

The event must be well-planned so you can get more support and more funds.

Four Steps To Organising A School Fundraising Event

Work out a budget: Once you have thought about the fundraising event you are going to organise, you need to make sure that you are working out a budget for your fundraising event. Consider advertising, printing costs, entertainments, venue and catering as your guideline when estimating the cost.

Know your requirements: You will need to determine the requirements for the event. This step will require plenty of time because it will involve planning. You will also need more time to complete the required tasks including printing and delivery time.

Choose a date: The date of your fundraising event must work for everyone. If another local school is holding a similar event, it should not create conflict with the date of your event. You will need to check the calendar of school activities to find out about any major school events that may deter you from executing your fundraising plans.

Send out notices: Publicity is important when holding a major school fundraising event. Send out notices to parents or send out a press release if you aim to attract the wider public. Your press release should include the name of the event, its purpose, the activities, location and the contact information.

School Fundraising Ideas

Obstacle-a-thon Fundraiser: This fundraising idea is suitable for kindergartens, pre-schools and child care centres. This is easy to organise and parents will be very much involved in this event. With a cash profit of up to 70%, your school can definitely get overwhelming support from parents. You can get more details about obstacle-a-thon fundraiser here.

School Run 4 Fundraiser: If you are looking for a fundraising idea that is easy to set up and administer this fundraiser is a great option. Before your event date, you will receive promotional posters, sponsorship brochures, parent information letter templates and more. These will help you prepare for the fundraising event. You can get additional details about School Run 4 Fun Fundraiser here.

School-Spell-A-Thon Fundraiser: Spelling can be more fun if you incorporate it in your next fundraising event. There is no need to pay any money upfront to start your fundraiser. You can also choose from a vast selection of prizes for your students. Additional details about School-Spell-A-Thon can be found here.