Every year many school groups such as PTO, booster clubs, and other groups need to plan fundraisers to keep providing excellent learning and extra curricular opportunities for students.
When your group is looking at different fundraising options, consider the following questions to evaluate whether it will be a good fundraiser for you or not.
1. Is the fundraiser a good match for our school?
The type of fundraising program your school group chooses should be consistent with a positive learning environment. It should also be a good match for the interests and background of people in your community. Consider what type of event or fundraising program will generate the most excitement in your students and their families.
2. What are the costs associated with this fundraiser?
Fundraising programs such as sales and events can have significant costs associated with them. Before committing to a particular fundraiser, create a rough projection of expenses and income. Are there expenses that can be underwritten by sponsors or donated?
3. Do we have the volunteer power needed for this fundraiser?
Consider how many staff and volunteer hours it will take to organize and hold the fundraising program you are considering. Is there a core group of volunteers that you can count on to make this work? Can you reach out to a broader network of people who could each contribute for just an hour or so?
4. Will the costs and work involved produce significant revenue?
Based on your answers to questions 2 and 3, will the fundraising program produce significant revenue compared to the cost and work required? Will this fundraising drive produce a significant portion of the funds needed for your year? If not consider how many other fundraisers will be needed in order to reach your goal.
5. How will this fundraiser impact our future fundraising programs?
A negative fundraising experience can decrease your audience’s desire to participate in future fund drives. On the other hand a fundraising program that goes well can build momentum with increased results the following year. Always consider what is best for your students, parents and community and how the fundraiser fits into the school’s long term objectives.
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