Every school fundraiser should include a parent letter that contains only your ‘need to know’ information. You letter should be seen as a resource that will help make the fundraising process go smoothly for everyone involved. It should summarize the most vital information that people can reference as needed.
Parent letters are also supposed to be welcoming and inspire people to want to get involved. And probably most important, they should be simple and easy to follow. With it, you’ll be able to sleep better at night. Without it, you would probably be inundated with lots of redundant questions.
Only Include Important Fundraising Information
Avoid making your parent letter busy with lots of details. This can lead to a more cluttered look and really pertinent information about your school fundraiser can easily be missed. Plus, if your letter looks too busy your parents will be less apt to want to read it.
All parent letters should include your:
- Fundraiser Purpose: Why are you having a sale?
- Student Goal: Let everyone know how much you expect them to sell.
- End Date: Parents need to know when order forms and money are due.
- Group Name: Who should buyers make checks payable to?
List your Items in Order of Priority
Be sure to list your most important items at the top and work down. Start by putting an attention getter at the very top that addresses your parents directly. Let them know that the fundraiser is starting as soon as they read the letter. You’ll want to also give a brief summary of what you’re selling and why.
Make sure to include procedural steps that you want your parents to follow, then wrap up the letter by including information about your prize incentives and what students can win.
Offer a Bilingual Parent Letter
Depending on your area you may have people who may prefer to read your parent letter in a different language. Offering it in English only is definitely easier and will probably look more presentable; however you don’t want to have missed opportunities just because some people couldn’t read your letter.