How to get your teachers involved in your sale.
Getting your students excited about your fundraiser is probably your most important mission. This is done through a well-planned and effectively executed kickoff presentation.
However, if your campaign is 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 essential because they contact your students daily. 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
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 essential. Some sponsors will meet with their teachers before 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 about their specific needs and design a fundraiser around their requests. Some sponsors earmark a portion of the profits for a general teacher fund. This way, the money can be used at their discretion whenever needed.
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.
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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.