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Month: January, 2012

Let’s Not Waste a Tragedy

                This week in Pueblo County a terrible event occurred. Two young elementary school girls were abducted and assaulted by a man when he picked them up at a local elementary school. Let’s face it, the safety of our children in our neighborhoods and even at our schools is under attack. As parents, we have to be more vigilant and watchful of our children than ever. There seems to be more and more sick people out there who want to do them harm, and are willing to do so right in front of our schools. Never be too busy to keep track of your kids. Know where they are before and after school, on the weekends, when they’re with friends. Their safety is worth every effort.

                This also applies to the world of fundraising. When I was young I did pretty much all my fundraising door to door in our neighborhood. Unfortunately, this is simply not safe in most cases. This raises the question, how do we have a successful fundraiser while keeping the kids safe? First, get those who you know and trust involved. Ask grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, etc. to support the fundraiser. Second, take the brochure and/or order form to work for a few days. Third, take the brochure and/or order forum to local businesses. People there are usually willing to help support local kids, and we all know that munchies are an office epidemic.  Most of the people mentioned above will be happy to support what your child is doing. These are just a few suggestions. We’d love to hear your comments on how you deal with this problem! Let’s learn from the tragedy that these two little Pueblo County girls suffered and work all the harder to keep our kids safe.   

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More is not Better

Many people subscribe to the idea that more is better. When it comes to fundraising though, I can tell you that is just not the case. There are truly dedicated teachers and PTO/PTA parents out there that want their group to succeed and have all the funds they need. So what do they do? They plan a fundraiser for seemingly every day of every week during the school year. While well intentioned, all this actually ends up accomplishing is burn out. Only a little way into the year, they’ve succeeded in burning out the kids that have to go out and do the fundraiser, burning out the parents that have to support them, and burning out the teachers who organize them. I would wager that if you have been involved in fundraising like this, you can attest to seeing the profitability of each subsequent sale drop as the excitement and energy of the group selling dries up.

What is the solution to this problem? How does a group in need of funds put in place successful fundraisers that make the money they need, without burning everybody and their pet iguana out? The answer is actually simpler then you might think. Go fewer but bigger. In our experience, the most successful option is to do 2 or at most 3 big fundraisers where you pull out all the stops. Motivate everyone with prizes and incentives. Do your fundraisers at about the same time every year (that way those who support your group, the people buying the goods or giving you donations, are practically coming to you anticipating of the fundraiser). When it comes to fundraising, fewer and bigger really is better.

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