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School Fundraising Tips: What Should And Shouldn’t Be Done

There is always a season of fundraising in schools. With the school environment, outside influences, and support from the faculty staff and parents, students have more options for their school fundraising ideas—from the detail-oriented theater plays and workshops for college students to knock-and-go candy selling for grade school students.

It’s amusing to see how students put great effort to generate money for their organization’s or group’s spending. But while there are fundraisers that turned out specially successful, there are those that ended up big-time flops that generated little money, if at all. It is a sad experience, but it as well teaches the students what to do and avoid next time.

Tips for School Fundraising
There is a no sure-fire formula to making a fundraiser successful. For the most part, however, teamwork, consistent planning, and careful execution amount to a certain level of success. Now, here’s how you can specifically improve your efforts and maximize your fundraiser’s potential.

1.) Get everyone involved—parents, faculty members, and everyone else who is willing to take part in the fundraising activity. Plan and prepare with them. The supervising person needs to assign duties and expects every responsibility covered. Though they don’t necessarily have to know each other on a personal level, it’s important that volunteers share the same vision and goal and work in harmony with one another. Communication is a vital part here, so set an atmosphere in which everyone can communicate opinions and feedbacks freely. Should problems occur, corrective actions must be done immediately.

2.) Try to avoid doing the common fundraisers. If, however, your group decides to do any of them, make sure to implement changes to keep it fresh and more exciting. Remember that it’s hard to get active involvement if the participants are offered the same things over and over again. Be creative and make innovations. If you can introduce new ideas, so much the better.

3.) Provide reward incentives to volunteers. There is no greater motivation than reward, so allocate an amount from your earnings to reward the people behind your fundraiser, especially those that rake in more sales. This shouldn’t be an extravagant sum, but decent enough to motivate your people. After some time, this will mean sales growth.

4.) Do not ask for dole-outs. There are organizations that call and send letters to ask for money and call it fundraising. While this is a usual practice, this isn’t a very good one. A good fundraiser is one that offers products and services in exchange of a certain amount. It returns the favor, teaches the students the value of labor, and brings pride and dignity to each volunteer. Simply begging for money doesn’t do any of these.

5.) Plan your fundraiser with reasonable intervals. You sure will have loyal customers over time, but setting up your fundraiser too frequently in a year exhausts not only their pockets, but their interest as well. It’s better to have them wait and clamor for a time than to leave them all fed up.

6.) Make generating money the goal, but not the central principle. If you are too taken by accumulating funds, you will miss out on a lot of things. Enjoy the whole school fundraising activity by developing friendships, fostering camaraderie, cultivating new skills, and valuing hard work.

In the end, the new things you learned and the strength of your relationships have much more worth than any amount you earned.


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