What to Do When Fundraising Prizes Aren’t Allowed

It’s been proven that schools that offer prizes to their students for selling end up raising significantly more money than those who don’t. This puts many schools at a disadvantage because they simply aren’t allowed to incentivize their students.

So what can you do when your school isn’t allowed to use fundraising prizes to motivate your students? Believe it or not but many schools are in the same boat. The bottom line is that groups need to raise money and therefore need to come up with alternative ways to motivate their sellers.

To achieve your goals you may just need to work harder and be more creative. Here are some things that you can do to enhance the results of your fundraiser even when student prize incentives are not allowed.

Reinforce the Fundraising Purpose

High school students can probably grasp the purpose for selling more easily than younger students can; however you can get any age excited about ‘the why’ behind your fundraiser if you can get them to understand how they’re going to benefit from the money that’s raised.

With younger groups it’s probably going to be more important to sell the parents on your purpose since they’ll be doing most of the selling anyway. This can be done during your back to school meeting, PTO night as well as through your parent letter that comes home on the day of your sale in your students information packets.

Divide Your Group into Teams

Dividing your group up into teams’ works especially well with middle school and some high school groups. Team members learn how to work together and it’s the competition against their peers that helps drive the selling. You don’t need to offer fundraising prizes when you can offer a fun privilege to the group who turns in the most money. The fun activity or privilege will provide the inspiration to make the sales. Make sure that you also appoint strong leaders for each team.

Get the Principal to Be the Prize

Getting the principal to do something fun and exciting if the group meets or exceeds their fundraising goal is always a good idea. This works especially well with elementary school students. For instance, you can have them kiss a pig, spend a day on the roof or come to school in their pajamas wearing a wig. Whatever you do, make sure that your students are going to really want to see the principal carry it out.

These are just a few things you can do that don’t involve using fundraising prizes. What ways has your school been able to get around the ‘no prizes allowed’ dilemma?

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