Fundraising Ideas That Work

How to raise $500 to $5000 quickly for your school, church, sports, or public service charity.

 

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I hate to fundraise! Don’t I pay taxes for my child’s school?

Philip Copitch, Ph.D.
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If you are the chairperson of a school fundraising committee or project you probably have heard something like this: “I hate to fundraise. Don’t I pay taxes for schools”?

Everyone knows that we need to fundraise for our schools, but that doesn’t mean that parents or teachers are motivated to help fundraise.

It is lonely at the top

On top of organizing, chairpeople have to motivate the troops. It’s a thankless job, and I may be the only one who thanks you for your hard work. Thanks!

It is important that you do not take the grumpy statements personally. It may feel personal, but but it really isn’t anger at you, it is frustration with the problem.

The best way to not take the angry statements personally, is to agree with the  person, then redirect them. “Your right Bob, but the kids really need the money.” or “That may be so, Bob, but without this fundraiser the kids lose their computer lab.” By agreeing and redirecting the person, you let them know they were heard… but, that their help is still needed.

We shouldn’t have too!

Often a parent will point out, “We shouldn’t have too…” and then launch into a litany of very true reasons why they shouldn’t have to. Even though the statements may be true, (waste, corruption, administration, inflation, aliens) as the leader of the group, you cannot waste a lot of time rehashing the problems of the educational system. You have a fundraiser to run.

In this situation I like to tell a story and end with a quote from astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

In the early days of moon flight no one knew if it could be done. The astronauts were risking their lives to participate in the Apollo missions. What was not well known by the public back then, but clearly understood by the astronauts, was that they could not buy life insurance because their job was too risky.

Being a member of an Apollo crew may have been a dream come true for the brave men, but it also put their families in emotional and financial peril.

Buzz Aldrin explained it like this, “Since we were unable to obtain adequate life insurance due to the high risk nature of being an astronaut, we signed this group of covers and evenly distributed them to our families for safe keeping while we performed our mission. If an unfortunate event prevented our safe return, the covers would have provided a limited financial means of support to our families.”

An ingenious fundraising idea

What Mr. Aldrin was referring to as “covers” were stamped and dated envelopes signed by the crew.

Autographs of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins

 

Space memorabilia collectors call these envelopes “insurance cover.” Insurance covers are prized by collectors because of their postal stamp of authenticity. According to Collectors Weekly (February 16, 2011) the cover above is valued at about $5,000.

Fundraising has always been needed

This gently told story lets volunteers understand that fundraising is important and has been going on for a long time. If there is a good cause, there is a need for fundraising.

Just think, one of the kids you help today may someday walk on Mars.

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