Wise Giving Wednesday: School Fundraising
Children will begin returning to school starting in August and continuing into September. While parents may be focusing on getting the best deals on school supplies, some may be asked to help raise money for class projects, trips and other activities not covered by existing school finances. These activities can range anywhere from selling chocolates to gift wrapping. Here are some tips for parents to consider in managing such activities:
- Set specific goals or plans before you start to raise funds. What is the total amount needed and how much time do you have to raise it?
- Make sure the school informs parents either online or in hard copy with any needed instructions about the campaign.
- Review the fundraising promotions created to make sure they accurately and adequately explain the nature of the school activities being funded.
- Identify who will be in charge. Usually, a specified parent or other volunteer will keep track of collecting and recording of donations received.
- Share information with parents and other volunteers about how much was raised.
- Appreciate the generosity of contributors by sending thank you notes to them.
- Create a feedback form that will help identify needed improvements to do even a better job next time.
There are online giving platforms that help raise money for classroom projects. A school or teacher may consider posting a request on such sites to raise money for a designated need. If so, review the site’s procedures and rules to clearly understand how your support can help. Also, visit Give.org to see if the charity meets the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.
Video of the WeekAs part of our Building Trust Video Series, we are pleased to revisit a video interview featuring Jamie Amelio, founder and CEO, Caring for Cambodia (a BBB Accredited Charity) that seeks to educate a generation of Cambodian children today, to make a difference for Cambodia's tomorrow. CFC reports that it provides education to 6,600 students at 12 preschools, 5 primary schools, 2 junior high schools and 2 senior high schools in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Classrooms are safe, modern and technologically equipped. The organization mentors and professionally trains teaching staff and funds supplies and other tools needed to teach.
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