The Hunt For Parent Group Funding
is soooo hard to raise money for our school. Carnivals are a lot of work. Bake
sales raise relatively small amounts of money and it's so hard for people to
find the time to bake. Magazine sales bug the neighbors and relatives. People
hate to get dressed up and go to those fund-raising dinners. Golf outings are a
little same-old, same-old now. What's to be done?
First of all, relax. Taxpayers are
already providing generously for the vast majority of public schools. It's a
crying shame if parent organizations feel they have to raise money or the kids
at their school will have to go without academic necessities. The most
effective public schools budget their money so that waste is minimized and
kids' needs are met; any money from the parents' organization is gravy, as it
should be. Meanwhile, the most effective parents' groups budget their volunteers'
time wisely to maximize the amount of money raised - always for a great cause -
with a minimum of time spent.
why there's a lot of interest in "scrip" fund-raising. You work with a local
grocery store to arrange for parents of the children in your school to shop
there, and your school gets a "cut." Although it's not always this successful,
parents at a high school in Petaluma, Calif., that was in jeopardy of closing
because of financial problems raised $30,000 the first year. It's modestly
time-consuming for just a few volunteers, but doesn't actually cost parents and
their neighbors, relatives, co-workers and friends any out-of-pocket cash, so
that makes it more popular than most fund-raisers these days.
more information and links to companies that can help set up a scrip program,
see the PTO's article on it, www.ptotoday.com/0301scrip.html
other fun ideas:
and oral auctions / kids' projects as auctions / art sales / discount cards /
coupon books / ads in a school directory / logo clothing / book fairs / school
pictures / printer cartridge recycling / holiday shops / cookbooks / giftwrap /
deliver holiday flowers for local florists / coin drives / annual flower sales
/ bulb sales / unique frozen foods / candy / bar code collection / boxtop
collection / soup can label collection. . . .
ideas are coming online for online fund-raising, and there also are always good
opportunities for local partnerships with area businesses, and partnerships
with big fund-raising companies such as Hershey's, QSP and M&M/Mars.
for "quick and dirty" fund-raising abound, if you're lucky and know where to
look. Here's one where up to $5,000 can be had from the popular home store,