Think ahead and start early: The earlier you start, the more money you can raise! Start planning your fall fundraiser in the summer and your spring fundraiser right after the New Year.
Set clear goals: What are you raising money for, and how much do you need? Clear goals will keep everyone motivated, focused and on track. And don’t forget to heavily promote your goal. It will help bring your community together to get the students what they need.
Keep everyone informed. Clear communication makes fundraising easy and keeps things organized. Give parents, children and stakeholders advance notice so they are expecting the fundraiser and can plan for it as well.
Expand your reach. You can go beyond your own school community to gather support for your fundraiser. Most people will be delighted to help your school and receive amazing products in return.
Don’t forget to say “thank you.” Let your volunteers know you appreciate them with thank you cards from the kids or a luncheon at the end of the fundraiser. And thank your community supporters, too – thank you notes or community announcements can go a long way toward boosting spirit and encouraging folks to participate again next time.