How school fundraisers prepare students for life
When most people think about school fundraisers, several things probably come to mind, like school groups raising money by asking family and friends to purchase items for a cause. Sponsors are most likely thinking about what type of sale they should have, the amount of money that needs to be raised and what the money will need to be used for.
At the same time, if you’re honest, you’re also probably thinking of ways around having to do one in the first place. Unfortunately, for most organizations, the need to raise money is unavoidable.
Yet, of all the things that come to mind, there is one thing that is probably never considered. Can school fundraising actually be good for students? What are some of the intrinsic benefits that we often don’t think about? Well as it turns out, there are probably several. Here are 5 that we thought of:
1. Fundraising is a Team Sport
Being a part of a fundraiser gives students the opportunity to be part of something that’s bigger than themselves. When students are involved in a sales campaign, they're aware of the purpose. Whether it's raising money for school supplies, end of the year field trips, or a new playground, many students will realize that their individual contribution will help their group achieve its overall objective. And without them, the group will be less successful.
2. Achieving a Fundraiser Goal takes Discipline
Students also know that there are usually prizes involved if certain individual sales goals are reached. They understand that if they want a certain prize, they'll need to work to get it. Depending on the prize, they’ll learn how many items that need to be sold to get it. If they really want it, they’ll figure out how to get it done. This helps them see cause and effect and that life is full of decisions and consequences. Students learn that in spite of any obstacles that may stand in their way, if they believe and stay the course, they'll eventually reach their goal regardless.
3. Taking Initiative and Influencing Others
They learn to take initiative by asking neighbors, family and friends to support their fundraising efforts. This really teaches students about themselves because approaching people isn’t always easy. Yet this is an essential part of being an adult. To be successful in life, we must learn how to communicate and express ourselves to others in a way that is mutually beneficial.
4. Learning the Art of the Approach
Approaching people is a valuable skill most people will need throughout life. By allowing students to approach people in a supervised manner to attempt to make a sale teaches them how to relate to others effectively. Students will understand that people respond more favorably to someone who's polite and able to articulate their message effectively.
5. Handling Rejection is a Fact of Life
Not everyone will buy, and that’s fine. The important lesson to teach students, if they do encounter rejection, is to be polite and professional. And how do they do that? By saying thank you regardless of the potential customer’s response. Not getting what we want every time is something that we have to learn to deal with. Adversity will happen to each of us on a routine basis.
So instead of sheltering children from difficult circumstances, we should allow them to learn how to deal with them in a controlled environment. In fact, it can be said that one learns about the true character of an individual by how they handle adversity, regardless of the person’s age.
Even though fundraising projects offer extrinsic rewards, the intrinsic benefits may end up being more significant.
Can you think of other intrinsic benefits that school fundraisers offer students?