There is nothing more important to a community than the education of its children. Educators have always had to scrape by in order to provide the tools the children need. Even in districts where the local government holds education in top regard, there are always budget concerns. When those time arrive it is up to the educators, students, and parents to raise the much-needed funds so their children benefit fully from their educational experience.
The schools are limited in what they can offer to help raise funds. Many parents cringe when they receive the order forms for tubs of cookie dough, expensive wrapping papers, and the dreaded chocolate bars. By organising, and working together, parents and teachers can offer more.
Community activity days
Everyone in the community has a vested interest in the education of its youth. The children in these schools will be the leaders of tomorrow. Keeping kids in school lowers the risk of them falling into violence, gangs, and dropping out. A great way to raise funds for your child’s school is to have a community action day. Ask local businesses for donations of money or prizes to give away in raffles or as door prizes. Allow vendors to set-up and sell their goods for a percentage of the proceeds. Invite local dance school to put on shows with moderately priced tickets benefiting the school. Ask local media to cover the event and local celebrities to come by.
Candy buffet for a cause
Set-up a donation based candy buffet. It is easy to set up a candy buffet and by buying your candy in bulk, you can sell it at a reasonable price that covers the expense and gives your school a profit. Use school colours and have the school’s sports team players or cheerleaders, man the buffet. Provide a candy bag which the customer can fill with his or her favourite selections for a set price.
Crowdfunding is a great way to collect money for the school. No matter how much you try, there are going to be businesses, citizens, and friends that would like to help, but will never participate in your community activity day. These are the people crowdfunding was made for. Plumfund is one of the most popular crowdfunding sites there is. You can set up your account and there is no charge to you or to the people who contribute.
Your Plumfund account is set up showing exactly how much money you need and what that money is going for. It is a good idea to spell it out. If you need £5000.00 to replace the roof on the gymnasium, and £2500.00 for books for the library, say so. A blanket statement, “We need £7500.00.” will not be nearly as effective. Begin your campaign about 30 days before your other fundraising activities.
Put a team together of people who will get the word out. Your Plumfund account will not get off the ground if no one knows about it. You need people to talk about it, put it on social media, put flyers in the kid’s backpacks and so on.
Make sure you acknowledge and thank the businesses and people who contribute. They should be acknowledged on your school website, social media site, and at your community activity day. A thank you note should be sent to them letting them know how much they helped.
You can raise the funds your local school needs. It is just a matter of getting the entire community on board. Once you have everyone on the team, the rest is easy!
AUTHOR BIO: Wendy Dessler
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