Getting your students excited about your fundraiser is probably your most important mission. This is done through a well-planned out and effectively executed kickoff presentation.
However, if your campaign is really going to be successful, you will also need to gain the support of your administrators, parents as well as your teachers and staff.
Getting teachers behind elementary school fundraisers is important because they’re in contact with your students on a daily basis. They can therefore become strong advocates by reminding and encouraging them to sell. Here are some things you can do to gain teacher support.
Explain the Benefits of the Fundraiser
Often times, if teachers know how the money will be spent, they will become more supportive. Many fundraisers directly benefit the teachers so communicating your purpose is important. Some sponsors will organize a short meeting with their teachers prior to the sale to discuss their goals. This helps teachers feel more included in the process. Make sure they attend the kickoff and ask them to remind their students to sell.
Obtain a Teacher Wish List
Many sponsors will ask the teachers what specific needs they have and design a fundraiser around their requests. Some sponsors earmark a portion of the profits to go into a general teacher fund. This way, the money can be used at their discretion whenever they need it.
Offer Teacher Fundraising Incentives
It doesn’t hurt to offer incentives to teachers in exchange for classroom sales performance. Sponsors can use one of the following parameters:
- Top 5 selling classrooms
- Classrooms that sell _____ items or more
- Classrooms that have _____ % or higher participation
The rewards can be tangible items or special privileges, like being excused from recess or hall duty.
Teachers are busy; however if they understand how your fundraiser benefits the school, they may be more willing to help.