Whether you realize it yet or not, fundraising in schools is not really all that difficult. Communities enjoy helping out schools and anything having to do with educating children, and if you take into account the energy and joy the children bring into it themselves, obviously fundraising in schools have a huge potential for success. The most difficult issue you will face as an organizer is finding the right fundraiser that will fit well within the context of your group. There is such a wide array of fundraisers out there, so how do you choose among so many attractive options for fundraising in schools?
Fundraising in schools may have its own built-in momentum mechanism (the kids themselves), but of course, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to do any work as an organizer. You still need to make the choices about which fundraising activity you will embark on, and get it all put together in an intelligent way. The first thing to consider is the size of your group, and what (if any) investment the school is prepared to make in advance of the fundraising. Pizza cards, for instance, work really well for fundraising in schools, and the profits can soar as high as 90%, but in order for a direct sale fundraiser like this to have maximum impact, the school would need to be able to commit to a minimum order of 1,000 cards upfront. Still, it’s a small price to pay when you consider that almost all the money you get back from the cards will be profit, so that may be a good option for fundraising in schools if you are looking for a direct sale fundraiser.
Look through our options for direct sale fundraisers and pre-sale fundraisers, just to get some ideas of what your options are for fundraising in schools. If you’re still not sure where to start, contact your fundraising consultant, who will be there for you with advice and pointers on how to get the fundraising ball rolling.