Before your school fundraiser ever starts, if you want success you’ll need to get certain people to buy into your cause. It’s not enough if your students are excited about the prize program that they learn about at the fundraising kickoff. Successful fundraising is a team sport; therefore it will be important to get the following people on board before your sale ever starts.
Your principal and assistant principal can be one of your greatest allies. Even though they have a lot on their plate, set up a short meeting to discuss your fundraising objectives with them. Make sure that they are on board with what type of fundraiser you are planning and how you plan to spend the money. It’s also a good idea to ask for their input. Perhaps they will see other ways to spend fundraiser money as well. Here are some ways they might be able to help:
Plan to meet with your teachers before your fundraiser and let them know how your fundraiser will impact them. They are busy and don’t have a lot of spare time but if they understand how the money that’s being raised will benefit the students and the school, they may be more apt to get involved. They can help you:
Parental involvement in your fundraiser is critical. They are the ones who will help their students sell by accompanying them as they approach neighbors, family and friends as well as taking the brochure to work. If you can, plan to introduce your fundraiser at an upcoming parent meeting. A lot of our schools show their Big Event Prize Program video to their parents at parent night. You can also let them know about the fundraiser by sending home a parent letter in your students fundraising packets as well as announcing it on the school marquee. Facebook and Twitter is another way to get the word out about your fundraiser.
By getting as many people to buy into your fundraiser as possible, you will help insure that your fundraiser meets or even exceeds your expectations.