Archive for April 2012

School Fundraising- 5 Reasons to Hold One Today

Is it time for another school fundraiser? Your school may be used to hosting one or two fundraisers a year, but for maximum profitability fundraising should be considered all year round. Here are five great reasons to start planning your next school fundraiser today.

New Playground or Sports Equipment

Playground and sporting equipment is often the first expense to be cut from tight budgets. This can be a great reason to host a fundraiser. Another great benefit of having a school fundraiser to purchase playground items is that they are often very affordable. This means that a small fundraiser can easily help your organization to purchase all the equipment that they will need. Students will be excited and willing to help make this fundraiser a success.

Keep After School Programs Available

All too often after school activities like tutoring, after school sports, day care and other programs are cut from school budgets. These programs can really benefit working parents since it gives them an affordable alternative to child care. Another huge benefit of keeping these programs available is that they keep students safe and help them to stay out of trouble. If these programs aren’t available at your school consider hosting a fundraiser or two to earn the money needed for these programs. They will be a great benefit to students and parents alike.

Expose Students to New Cultural Experiences

A well rounded educational experience should feature both classroom learning and educational field trips. Field trips enhance the classroom learning experience and expose students to new cultures, ideas and experiences. School fundraisers can help schools to afford more frequent field trips. Students will have a richer educational experience and teachers will be better able to make learning come alive for their students.

Purchase Classroom Materials

Many teachers spend their own money purchasing items and supplies for their classroom. This can be financially draining especially since teachers don’t always earn a lot of money. Fundraising can provide the additional money that teachers need to purchase classroom materials and supplies. This will relieve the strain on teacher’s pocketbooks and will allow teachers more flexibility in planning art projects, lessons and classroom displays. Even a few hundred dollars can make a huge difference to already overworked and underpaid teachers.

Add More Technology

We live in a technological world and students need to have early exposure to technology. This may mean updating computer labs, putting computers in every classroom or purchasing new software programs for students to try. Fundraising can help your school to earn the money needed for technological improvements. This will provide students with a stronger technology background and will benefit both their educational experience and their future lives.

As you can see there are many reasons to start planning your next school fundraiser. If you would like to earn more money for your school start thinking of ways that your school could use the extra money. Once you have a goal in mind, plan a fundraiser and make it happen. School fundraising provides benefits to teachers, students, parents and even the community.



School Fundraisers- 3 Popular Fundraising Options

If you have spent any time researching school fundraisers you know that there are many different ways to earn money for your school. Let’s look at three popular school fundraising options to see how they can be a benefit for your school or organization. Remember you can hold more than one fundraiser, so if all of these options seem like a great fit, consider hosting a few school fundraisers this year. The more fundraising your school does, the more money they can earn.

Candy Bar Fundraisers

Candy bar fundraisers are always a popular school fundraising option. In this type of fundraiser your school will purchase cases of candy bars, suckers, gummy candies and other snacks and then will sell these items to students and community members. There is an upfront investment required since your school will need to purchase their products before they can start selling. Another potential downside to this fundraiser is that candy cannot be returned, so if you order too much you can end up losing profits since you will still have to pay for the candy you can’t sell.

To make this type of fundraiser a success your school needs to have an accurate idea of how much you can sell. It is always better to order a few cases of candy too little than to order more than you can sell. It is also important to get students involved. They can sell candy around school, around town and to family and friends. You also need to keep seasonal considerations in mind. For example if you plan on holding a chocolate bar in the middle of the summer in a hot climate you will need to find ways to keep your chocolate cool so that your product doesn’t melt. On the other hand if you are selling holiday treats you will be more successful at holiday times.

Cookie Dough Fundraisers

Cookie dough fundraisers are another great fundraising option. In this style of fundraiser students will use order forms to sell tubs of premade cookie dough to neighbors, family and friends. The dough is then delivered to the purchasers. This type of fundraiser doesn’t usually require an upfront investment. It is also popular with purchasers since they can use the dough they buy to make fresh from the oven cookies any time they like.

If you choose to host a cookie dough fundraiser make sure that you have a strong distribution plan from the beginning. The cookie dough must be refrigerated so it will need to be given out to purchasers quickly once it comes in. Enlisting help for dough distribution is critical. Also make sure that you work with a reputable fundraising company known for producing high quality and delicious cookie dough. If purchasers aren’t delighted by their cookies they will be much less likely to purchase from your school in the future.

Catalog Sales

Catalog sales offer some of the most variety when it comes to school fundraising. There are many different types of fundraising catalogs available and you will easily be able to find a great fundraising choice for any season of the year. Generally your school will be able to choose from gift wrap fundraisers, gourmet treats, holiday gifts, spring bulbs and more. These fundraisers offer a percentage of each sale to the school and often include an incentive plan for students. Family and friends can use this fundraiser to buy unique products that they can’t find elsewhere without having to leave their home. This is a fun and convenient fundraising choice.

If you choose to have a catalog sales fundraiser make sure that you time it properly. For example if you decide to host a holiday gifts fundraiser hold it early enough that shoppers won’t be done Christmas shopping before your fundraiser and in plenty of time to order the gifts and distribute them before the holidays. Timing is critical on a catalog fundraiser. Also remember to choose your fundraising provider carefully. It is so important to ensure that your orders come in on time and that everyone receives the high quality products that they order. The success of your future fundraisers lies in your ability to choose a great provider the first time around. Disappointed parents and friends won’t be likely to purchase again.

Here are three great school fundraiser options for you to consider. All can be great options for your school and will help you to earn extra money. Choose a great fundraiser today and start making money for your school.