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Monday, July 30, 2012

The ABC's of Elementary School Fundraising...

Let's take  a look at some of the ABC's of elementary school fundraising starting with why you fundraise. Here are some fundraising basics:

Fundraise if you REALLY need money. 

Don't fundraise if you can get the money elsewhere without burdening the entire group.  Don't fundraise if you can charge parents directly such as dues or equipment fees.  Don't fundraise if you compromize nothing by not having the money.
Fundraise deliberately.  

Get a plan together and stick to it.  If you have a goal, you can hit that goal.  That means you select a fundraiser that is capable of earning that much money.  If you need to hit your goal, do not host new and untested fundraisers.

Avoid risk.

Some fundraisers come with an element of risk.  For instance, there are fundraisers that you pay upfront for product (such as candy bar sales) and then you distribute the product.  Knowing how much you can sell and not over-ordering is important.  Getting stuck with a bunch of extra candy, unsold tickets or carnival prizes eats into your profit percentage.

Team up

Put a team together to help promote the fundraiser.  If you're able to get the principal on board, your sales can go through the roof.  One email from the principal alone could be worth thousands of dollars in sales!

Host a heavy-hitter

In an effort to fundraise less but more effectively, choose a heavy-hitting fundraiser to raise your funds.  This way, instead of staggering fundraisers over the course of the year, you can minimize other fundraising efforts with one profitable one!

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