A Spring Brochure Fundraiser or a School Carnival?

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Catholic school carnival showing Ferris wheel

Photo by Something Ferdinand

Many schools are uncertain when it comes to choosing their fundraiser for the spring. Fall is typically the time most groups focus on raising money, but some don’t reach their financial goals unless they also have a spring sale.

Elementary schools that have grown tired of the same company brochure may be experiencing some apathy, or even complaints from parents. Plus, many schools already do a brochure sale in the fall. As a result, your sales may even be stagnant or even trending downward, which makes trying something new somewhat appealing.

So, should run a spring brochure fundraiser or have a school carnival? Here are some of the pros and cons to consider:

Spring Brochure Fundraiser

  Pros:

  • Requires less planning.
  • Requires no upfront money.
  • Requires fewer people to run.

  Cons:

  • Only offers a certain percentage off of the proceeds.
  • Pressures people into buy items that they may not need or want.

School Carnival

  Pros:

  • Bring the school and community together.
  • Help remove the pressure to buying something.
  • Allow for people to incorporate their own ideas.
  • Offer a higher profit margin if organizations can receive donations from the community.
  • Are over in a matter of hours.

  Cons:

  • Require a strong vision as well as a lot of work and planning.
  • Need several people to become involved and learn to work together.
  • May require up front money for supplies and materials.
  • Must be promoted properly to be successful.

See our spring fundraising brochures

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