It's August! Well, for like a few more hours anyway. And that means school and that means school fundraisers and that means I've been reading a lot about said topics. Which is why this month's curated list is all about school fundraising!
From the GiveSmart Blog/Resource Library
GiveSmart gets to work with a lot of schools, and so we've heard from them about areas where they struggle! (Plus, we've got a lot of former/current school fundraisers working here with us who give us all kinds of insight.)
Because we see the concerns school fundraising causes, we've created a few resources to help. So though I don't usually put in our own posts in these curated lists, I am making an exception this month!
- 25 Sports-Themed Fundraising Ideas (perfect for athletic programs and booster clubs)
- 65 Ideas for School Fundraising
- School Fundraising Video
- School Resource Page (this includes all the links from above, and is where we put all our school fundraising resources. So saving it can make sure you keep up with all of our school resources.)
School Fundraising Issues/Solutions
These section is filled with ideas for school fundraisers as well as stories about why parents are so resistant to your fundraising efforts.
- Schoola Is Like Groupon for School Fundraising (Fast Company)
- Why I Refuse to Do (Most) School Fundraisers (Popsugar)
- Top Rated School Fundraisers (FundraisingZone)
- Top School Fundraising Ideas: Podcast (School Zone Podcast)
General Tips on Fundraising
These tips might not be strictly for schools, but I think schools can really benefit from them too:
- Every Fundraising Appeal Should Include These Five Slants (GuideStar)
- 7 Ways to Avoid Fundraising Burnout (Beth's Blog)
- How to Be Transparent with Your Donors (Nonprofit Hub)
- How to Write a Great Thank You Letter (Future Fundraising Now)
Complete Hurricane Harvey-Related Side Note!
Okay. This next section doesn't have anything to do with school fundraising - but it is still super important! GiveSmart has a fundraiser going on right now dedicated to raising money to help with Hurricane Harvey.
If you would like to make a donation, just go to GiveSmart's Hurricane Harvey site. All proceeds will be split among the American Red Cross, the Houston Humane Society, and SPB (a group of volunteers that helps to rebuild communities affected by disasters such as this.)
School fundraising is difficult, but it doesn't have to be impossible. Hopefully these tips will help you get the most money you've ever raised this school year!
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