School Fundraising – 5 Don’ts to Remember

Often when people talk about school fundraising they discuss what needs to be done. You will encounter plenty of people offering advice about what to do and what to remember. While many of these tips will really help the success of your fundraiser, it is also important to remember that there are some things that you shouldn’t do. Let’s look at a few fundraising don’ts so that you can save yourself from making some common school fundraising mistakes.

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Fundraising can be very profitable for your school, but a single fundraiser shouldn’t be the only solution to all of your school’s financial problems. Don’t expect one candy or cookie dough fundraiser to earn enough money to replace playground equipment, order textbooks, fund fieldtrips and buy new carpet. Set realistic monetary earnings goals for each school fundraiser. Remember you can always have more than one fundraiser. When you try to earn more than is possible in a single fundraiser you will burn yourself and students out and will fall short of your goals.

Don’t Rush Fundraising

A fundraiser takes time to plan and coordinate. Make sure that you allot plenty of time for each stage in the fundraising process. Many fundraising companies can get you your products very quickly, so shop around and find the best fundraiser for your organization before you commit. Also take time before starting to organize, find help and plan with students. When you rush you make fundraising more complicated and stressful and you run the risk of discouraging students that would otherwise be enthusiastic about earning money for the school.

Don’t Choose the First School Fundraiser You Find

There are many great school fundraising programs out there. You may decide to hold a candy fundraiser or a cookie dough fundraiser. Other schools host car washes, bake sales or even catalog orders. All of these options can be profitable, but research is critical. Make sure that you choose a fundraiser that offers a good profit margin. Working with an established school fundraising company is also very important. Shopping around will ensure that you find the most profitable option for your school.

Don’t Do Everything Alone

As you plan your fundraiser make sure that you enlist plenty of help. Parents, school volunteers, students and community members are often happy to help. You may even be able to find a few teachers willing to volunteer their time. Having a strong support staff will make every stage of the fundraising process easier. They can help you to organize earnings, keep track of product and orders and to motivate students.

Don’t Lose Motivation

Many people are excited at the start of a fundraiser and then slowly lose motivation as the fundraiser progresses. This can really cut into your potential for earnings. Strive to stay motivated from the start of the fundraiser to the very end. A great way to keep your motivation up is to limit the length of a fundraiser. Rather than hosting a two month long catalog sale, cut the sales time in half. This will encourage students to sell faster and will reduce the amount of time that you must commit to each fundraiser.
Fundraising is a great way to earn extra money for your school. These important tips will help you to earn more and stress less throughout the entire school fundraising process.

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