There are a number of benefits of organizing fundraisers for students. It does not just raise money to fund a project or to cover the expenses of a school field trip, it also helps to teach these students vital life lessons like; teamwork, marketing skills, and the importance of giving back to the community.
Most of the times, these fundraisers organized by schools have failed to meet the desired result which is to raise a certain amount of money. To prevent this from happening, teachers need to be active members. There are a few ways you can help your students raise enough money for that school trip as fast and as efficient as possible. They include;
- Come Up With Creative Ideas
One of the best ways to ways to achieve the desired fundraising goal is to come up with a plan to sell an item that people in the neighborhood will be willing to buy. You will definitely agree that most of these students do not have the ability to come up with creative fundraising ideas, to show your support to their cause, you can help them come up with ideas. Some of the best ideas you can choose from include;
- Community yard sales
- Organizing gift basket raffles
- Making caps for cash
- Selling popcorns
- Selling cookie doughs to people.
You can either choose from these ideas or come up with one. While doing this, your idea should be one that will not involve much money and time to launch. These students only have a limited time, so your fundraising idea should be simple and should be of little or no cost at all.
Aside from coming up with a fundraising idea, you will also need to plan out the entire process. Write down the details for them, the role they have to play, why they need to raise the money, and the shape the fundraising campaign will take. Doing this will better help these students achieve their desired result which is to gather funds for either a school project or field trip.
To encourage these students to carry on, you can donate or buy from them. This is a fine way to show that you support what they are doing. You do not have to break a bank to do this, you can support them by spending about $10 or less depending on the item they are offering.
- Encourage others to buy items from them;
If for any reason you cannot buy from them, you could also encourage your friends or relatives to buy from them. This will not just help them make more money, it will show you are in full support.
To do this, you could have a meeting with some of the parents and those living in the neighborhood. The purpose of this meeting would be to encourage them to buy from these kids when they show up on their front doors. Instead of simply telling them to buy from these kids, you could state reasons why buying from them is better than from a retail store.
This will help these students raise money in less than no time.
- Ensure that the reason for their fundraising is beneficial to all in the neighborhood;
While coming up with an idea for your school fundraiser, the reason for the fundraising should be to promote a charity or cause that will be beneficial to all. If people see that the reason behind the fundraising campaign is something that they can benefit from, they’ll be willing to spend their money on it. To enable them to see the importance of the fundraising campaign, you will need to teach these students why the fundraising is important. If they understand, they’ll be able to tell others about the cause, thus, ensuring that more people buy items from them.
To make this fundraising campaign a success, you need to work together with these kids. You need to know why and how much is needed to fund the project or school field trip. Also, you need to select a captain to head the team and have all necessary details penned down and understood by all involved.