The PTA fund comes and goes in waves. But your budget does not have to come and go. There are great PTA fundraising ideas for each season, and with a little planning, you can have a full budget all year long.

Fall: Doing a fundraiser around the time that school starts is all about timing. During that first week there are all kinds of papers being sent home with students, so the best bet is to wait a couple of weeks ? once everyone is in a routine ? before you send out fundraising information. If you have a Back-to-School PTA meeting consider waiting to hand out materials directly to the parents (Side note ? parents who attend the PTA meetings are more likely to be involved anyway, so you will not be wasting materials). Great programs for the fall include Fall Flowers, coffee, or pizza cards.

Winter: Timing is still everything for winter PTA fundraisers. Doing a fundraiser is a great idea for this time of year because you can sell gift items, but you must be careful to look at delivery times. Check with a fundraising consultant before planning a winter fundraiser. Great gift items include cookie dough or candles (best if started before Thanksgiving). If you do something at the last minute consider selling Smencils or holiday lollipops ? these items arrive quickly and can be sold directly to children.

Spring: During the spring the biggest fundraisers include the Go Green fundraiser, and the spring flowers. Each of these programs features items that are unique to fundraising, which makes selling easier since customers are not burnt out on buying the same old products. Due to the nature of the items though, they each have a specific deadline, so again, check with a consultant about turn-in dates.

Summer: Chances are your group does not do a lot of PTA fundraising in the summer months. The newest program, the Money Savings Cards, will allow you to earn money for the upcoming year even when you are not at school. Because the cards never expire there is no limit to the amount of time you have to sell them.