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School Fundraiser Tips & Suggestions

By Clay Boggess on Sep 11, 2014
School Fundraiser Tips & Suggestions

Simple recommendations that will help schools raise more money

By formalizing a well throughout strategy and game plan, your sale will run smoother while helping you avoid any unnecessary frustration and extra work. Make sure that everyone knows what you expect them to do.

For example, your students should know how many items they'll need to sell in order to reach your sales goal. Your ultimate objective should be to conduct only one or two highly effective sales campaigns per year. This way, you’ll make your life much easier while minimizing the burden on your parents as well as the community. What follows are our school fundraiser tips and suggestions for your students as well as you the sponsor.

Fundraising Suggestions for Students & Parents:

Safety First

  • Selling door-to-door is only recommended when accompanied by an adult.
  • Sell instead to people you know like family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Ask parents to take the brochure to work.

Be Prepared

  • Set a reasonable daily selling goal.
  • Carry the brochure, order form, money collection envelope and a pen when you're out selling.
  • Checks should be made out to your organization.

Be Professional

  • Introduce yourself, your group and what the money is going to be used for. Hand over the brochure and ask them if they would like to help by ordering one or more items.
  • Be positive and remember to smile. Present yourself in a good light.
  • If there are specific items in the brochure that you like, point them out to potential customers.
  • Dress neatly.
  • Remember to say, "Thank you for helping us raise money for ______________."
  • If someone says no, be polite anyway and thank them for their time.

Recommended Sponsor Tips:

Plan Ahead

  • Make sure your financial goal is clear and realistic.
  • Ask a lot of questions before you pick a fundraising company.
  • Be sure to plan your sales dates so you have enough time to deliver your merchandise before a holiday or school break.
  • Allow extra time after your end date before submitting your order for processing. This helps ensure that you've collected any late order forms.
  • Be sure you have a 2nd copy of each order form prior to submitting them to the company.
  • Recruit delivery volunteers to help distribute boxes to students.

Set a Kickoff Date

  • Pick a kickoff date that doesn’t have you competing with other nearby school groups.
  • Set a beginning and end date for your fundraiser and stick with it. We suggest a two-week selling period.

Promote your Sale

  • Plan to introduce your campaign to your students by having a kickoff meeting.
  • Put important dates like your kickoff and delivery dates on a calendar that everyone can see.
  • Review the prize program in detail prior to introducing it to your students at your kickoff.

Prepare you Students

  • Make sure your students understand how to fill out the order form properly.
  • Set a sales goal for each student.
  • Make sure order forms are legible and complete.

Motivate your Sellers

  • Track your students' progress to keep them motivated.
  • Incorporate additional incentives to help boost sales.

For an additional resource on planning ideas for your next campaign, download our free fundraising tips eBook from our school fundraising tips page.

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Author Bio Clay Boggess, Author

Clay Boggess has been designing fundraising programs for schools and various nonprofit organizations throughout the US since 1999. He’s helped administrators, teachers, and outside support entities such as PTAs and PTOs raise millions of dollars. Clay is an owner and partner at Big Fundraising Ideas.

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