When you think about fundraisers, several things come to mind like what type of sale you should have, the amount of money that needs to be raised and what the money will be used for. At the same time, 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.
However, of all the things that come to mind, there is one thing that is probably never considered. Can school fundraisers actually be good for your 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. Being a Part of Something Bigger
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.
2. Striving to Reach a Goal
Students also know there are usually prizes involved if certain individual goals are reached. They understand that if they want a certain prize, they'll need to work to get it. Students know how many items they must sell to get the prize therefore, they've set a goal for themselves.
3. Learning to Take Initiative
They learn to take initiative by asking neighbors, family and friends to support their fundraising efforts.
4. Having to Approach Others
Approaching people is a valuable skill most people will need throughout life. By allowing students to approach people in a supervised manner teaches them to relate to others effectively. Students will understand that people respond more favorably to someone who's polite and able to communicate effectively.
5. Being able to Handle Rejection
Not everyone will buy, and that’s o.k. The important lesson to teach students, if they do encounter rejection, is to be polite and professional by saying thank you anyway. Students learn that in spite of obstacles, if they continue to persevere, they'll eventually reach their goal regardless.
Even though fundraising projects offer extrinsic rewards, the intrinsic benefits may be more significant.
Can you think of other intrinsic benefits?