Historically the best time to kick off your Fall fundraiser is the first week of school up until the first week in October. Making sure your major fundraiser is the first one of the school year will ensure it maximizes your profits!
Spring fundraising is most effective when they do not start too early in January as many families are still recovering from the expense of the December holidays.
Don't overwhelm your parents with too many fundraisers over the course of the school year. You can achieve much better results by focusing your efforts on quality, not quantity.
It is important to coordinate with other groups within the school to not have multiple fundraisers competing with or in close proximity of one another as well.
Organization and communication is absolutely necessary to the success of a fundraiser-but so is that individual that can keep the enthusiasm going throughout the sale.
If motivator is not your strongest talent, identify a volunteer to act as the head cheerleader or spokesperson to keep the energy going. When the teachers and faculty are involved and the students are engaged, your fundraiser will surely be a success.
Promote your sale early and often. Marketing both before and during the sale is key to successful fundraising. Informing parents about the upcoming sale and including specifically what the proceeds are going towards can have a huge impact.
In addition to just sending home packets with a parent letter, consider a few of the following ideas to ensure your message makes it home to the parents:
All principals know the importance of fundraisers for the school, however, some participate more than others. Whether it is motivating kids daily on the morning show or subjecting themselves to something goofy when you hit a target goal, having the Principal on board with your efforts will always have a positive impact on the fundraiser.
Check out a few ideas that have been done in the past that keep the FUN in FUNDRAISING-and produce profits:
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Remember, not all Principals will agree to do something silly, so try a few of these alternatives:
Having the right incentive program for your school is the main ingredient in getting kids excited about the fundraiser-and most important, wanting to participate. The three main things an incentive program needs to achieve are:
Having low level prizes for students that sell at least one item will help with participation numbers. Another good idea is to combine the initial participation prize with an entry into a drawing for a larger prize with a high perceived value. Daily drawings for smaller prizes can also be given out during the week to students who turn in vouchers.
Collectible programs are also very popular in terms of getting the most participation possible. Students are rewarded both immediately and throughout the sale-and in doing so, keep kids engaged and wanting to sell more.
In addition to a base prize program, many schools will add a bonus reward such as a party or event that requires students to sell a certain number of items in the fundraiser to earn atten- dance. Common examples that have worked over the years include:
Lastly, it is always great when you have a student (or parent of a student) that wants to make sure they win the incentive for bringing in the most profits-and better yet, when you have more than the one competing for that prize.
Having the right "Top Seller" prize that is satisfactory for this achievement (without breaking the bank) can be tricky. Some- times it needs to be a pricy electronic gadget or a high dollar gift card, while other times it doesn't even have to cost any- thing. School Spirit items such as "King or Queen of the School" that entitles them to such amenities such as front of lunch line, Principal for the day, and school wide recognition in the newsletter, school billboard and announcements on the morning show can be just enough to drive them to do their absolute best.