In some ways, a DECA fundraiser is one of the easiest types of school fundraisers to run. For one thing, the fundraising team you have on your side is generally made up of the club members, who by definition have a natural interest in marketing, business, and sales. This means that they are already ambitious go-getters who have what it takes to get the job done, and it’s unlikely that they’ll need much pressure to stay on task.
But DECA is not always one of the more visible clubs in the school, and if you’re worried about how much attention your fundraiser will get, the anxiety of not knowing can cause a lot of stress, especially if it’s your first time putting a fundraiser together.
There are a few tips to stay on track with your DECA fundraiser, and the first one is to get on the right track in the first place. Having a brainstorming meeting right at the beginning of the process is a great idea.
Get everyone up to speed on what’s happening, let them all bounce ideas off each other, and see what comes out of the session. These are students who are known for their ability to come up with original and profitable ideas, so let them talk about those ideas and see what they come up with.
In the end, you’ll probably find that you have more DECA fundraiser ideas than you know what to do with. You’ll want to strike a balance between stressing the importance of your DECA fundraiser and having fun with it.
You don’t want the students to be feeling a lot of pressure about the monetary aspects of the fundraising effort – you just want them to go out there and do what they do best. If they can have fun while they’re doing it, they’re more likely to have a successful DECA fundraiser experience.