School Fundraising Tips for Parents

22 Sep

In the long tradition of school fundraising, parents have always been the essential team members that help their child in meeting fundraiser goals. From great advice to attending after school meetings, there are many ways that parents can lend a helping hand. In celebration of parents and their dedication, here are 5 school fundraising tips for parents that will help their child succeed:

Tip #1: Help with Budget Plans

One of the most impactful ways parents can help their child is by walking through a budget plan. A well-planned budget is the life of the fundraiser. While some school fundraisers won’t have overly complicated budgets, it’s crucial that the fundraiser has enough budget to last its campaign.

For more help on planning a budget, check out our previous blogs. We’ve recently created a comprehensive checklist for a successful school fundraiser, including steps for planning a fundraiser budget.

Tip #2: Be a Resource

Organizing a school fundraiser takes a lot of time and resources. Parents can help their child by offering their resources like transportation, a place to host meetings and celebrations, storage for goods, and a hand for preparation. Resources can also bite into the school fundraiser’s budget. Finding creative ways to recycle household items like kitchen utensils, tables, chairs, and paint will also go a long way.

Parents can start by creating a list of things they need to make their school fundraiser a success. Then, write-off resources that the school fundraiser can borrow. Don’t forget to consult with the other parents and see if there are any resources they can offer.

Tip #3: Lead Through Challenges

Taking part in a school fundraiser allows students to learn valuable lessons in time and resource management, team building, and business. When helping your child with their school fundraiser, it can be tempting to take on a heavy load of the work. However, taking too heavy of a load can keep your child from earning the valuable experiences of school fundraising.

Parents can best help their child by limiting their involvement to tasks that require an adult’s supervision. For example, if the school fundraiser is hosting a sale, talk with your child about their comfort in dealing an exchange. If the child feels comfortable handling the money, calculating transactions, and handing the change. However, supervise the exchange to ensure that the correct change is being given.

Tip #4: Aim to Motivate

As your child is working on the fundraiser, be sure to pass them words of encouragement for a job well done. School fundraisers can be stressful, sometimes discouraging. Parents can help their child by reminding them of their progress and evaluating short-term goals.

Tip #5: Use Your Network

A great way that parents can help their child is by introducing the school fundraiser to their network. This can include family, friends, church, recreational groups, and in some workplaces co-workers. There are three ways parents can help their child’s school fundraiser through their network:

  • Sales: The most direct way parents can use their network to help with the school fundraiser is by channeling sales. Introduce the fundraiser to your network and offer to take support for the fundraiser.
  • Promotions: Parents with large social networks can help their child by promoting their school fundraiser. Another great way to promote the fundraiser is to hand-out flyers.
  • Networking: Organizing resources is a great way to save on budget. Parents with connections to recreational facilities, sponsorship, and media can help their child’s school fundraiser by networking these opportunities.

Parents make a great addition to a school fundraiser’s team. With their invaluable experience and resources, schools can get the funding they need for sports programs, after school clubs, field trips, and more. Most important of all, they help their child succeed in meeting their goals.

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