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3 Easy Ways to Achieve Top Fundraising Results

By Clay Boggess on Feb 18, 2010
3 Easy Ways to Achieve Top Fundraising Results

Effective ways to raise the bar on school profits

It’s been said that there’s little reward without some risk. And that’s perhaps one reason that many sponsors don't like to add extra incentives to their fundraiser to attempt to bring in more sales. They’re just not convinced that they'll get a good return on their investment.

So how can they know for sure whether the money they’re investing will ultimately pay off? Some are just not comfortable with the idea. If you’re also concerned about this, you should incorporate incentives that won't cost you anything.

Here are 3 easy ways you can achieve top fundraising results without blowing your budget.

1. Involve School Staff in Your Fundraiser

  • Ask the principal to introduce your sale and stress its importance. Make sure they also do the closing remarks.
  • Meet with the school faculty prior to the start of your kickoff to gain their support. Tell them how they'll benefit from the sale as well.
  • Get the principal to do something fun that will motivate the students to sell more. If the school reaches their fundraising goal, have the principal:
    • Kiss a pig
    • Get a pie in the face
    • Wear their pajamas to school
    • Spend the day on the roof

2. Promote Your Sale Daily

Ask your sellers the following questions:

  • “Who's already sold a couple of items or more?”
  • “How many of you have already picked out a specific prize that you want to win?”
  • “Who's already half-way to their sales goal?”
  • “How many of you have already meet or even surpassed your sales goal?”
  • “Who plans to be the top seller?”

3. Incorporate Additional Fundraising Prizes

During your sale
Have your students turn in prize drawing coupons every time they sell 5 items out of their brochure. Here are some no-cost incentive ideas for the winners:

  • ‘Line Leader’ for the Day
  • ‘Classroom Leader’ for the Day
  • ‘Office Monitor’ for the Day
  • ‘Door Monitor’ for the Day
  • ‘Free Dress Day’ Pass
  • ‘Extra Recess Time’ Pass
  • ‘No Homework for a Day’ Pass
  • Help with Daily Announcements
  • ‘Sit Where You Want’ Pass
  • Free Library Pass

You can also make a fun poster where students can sign it once they’ve sold ‘x’ items.

At the end of your sale
Once your sales results are in, reward your top performers:

  • Your top 10 sellers get to have a special lunch with the principal.
  • Your top seller can be principal for a day.
  • Anyone who sells 25 or more items gets invited to a Pizza Party.
  • Top Seller, Top 3 Sellers or Top Seller/Grade Prizes (Get your local store to donate these prizes. Many retailers have budget allotments for school assistance and donations.)
  • Sell 10 items to get into a DJ Dance Party (Ask the principal to be the DJ)

What additional ideas do you have that can help your school achieve top fundraising results?

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