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Middle School Fundraising
The middle school experience is a big deal for students and their parents. It’s the transition to the next big step in their life: high school. Middle school is often where children get their first real taste of autonomy and start to participate more in hobbies and extra-curricular activities that help them develop their own interests. This is an important aspect of their education but often this means significant fundraising is required. The band may need instruments and uniforms, the drama club and science club may need new supplies and equipment, and the library may need funds for a new book collection, educational software or games. Extra-curricular activities and school trips are another excellent learning experience for students that cost a lot of money but that provide priceless experiences for your children.
Middle school fundraising ideas typically consist of event fundraisers and product fundraisers. Event fundraising may consist of galas or dinner events. Some schools even charge auto dealerships to do a test drive event of Chrysler minivans at their school – it’s their perfect target market! Product fundraising ideas usually include the traditional cookie dough, candy bar and other gourmet snack sales, as well as wrapping paper and holiday gift items, and discount cards and scratch cards. It can be more difficult getting middle school students engaged in their fundraiser because they tend to be a bit more rebellious and apathetic than they were in middle school. Therefore, it’s important that your middle school fundraiser not only allows you to reach your fundraising goal but also helps to raise school spirit. With all the fundraising options out there, which fundraiser will give you the best return on your time and effort?
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Fundraising Tips for Middle Schools
Find the Right Fundraiser!
Before you start your next fundraising activity, you need to make sure you’ve chosen the right fundraiser. What do people like to buy, how much are they willing to pay, what is your competition selling, etc. Consider these tips prior to deciding which fundraising products to sell:
- Price Point – make sure you’re aware of what supporters in your community can afford. An item priced at $10 may sell 3 times more than an item priced at $15. On the other hand, some communities will buy up $20 items without thinking twice – choose the right price for a successful fundraiser.
- Demand – What do you think your supporters would like to have the opportunity to buy? Something original, something that hasn’t been offered as a fundraising product in your community? Supplying an in-demand item removes the sales pressure from your volunteers by letting the product speak for itself. This simple point will assist your fundraising sales greatly.
- Quality – When you offer a quality product to your supporters, they will remember you the next time you come knocking on their door asking for their support and they’ll be very pleased when you offer them the opportunity to buy another great quality item whether it’s industry leading gourmet cookie dough, quality wrapping paper, or delectable chocolately delight caramel corn.
- Profit Level – Besides having a product that sells really well, you need it to generate a decent percentage profit. Look out for at least a 40% profit level, and watch out for any hidden fees like excessive shipping and handling fees that can cut into your fundraiser’s profit.
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Your fundraising program may possibly require you to coordinate hundreds or even thousands of adult and youth volunteers. This means you will need to get very organized and develop a fundraising strategy that includes all of your communication and management requirements. Right here are a couple of tips to help you to get started:
- Determine an overall fundraising profit goal, as well as individual sales targets, and be sure they’re communicated consistently to your sellers and parents during the fundraiser.
- Prepare a listing of adult volunteers and define their tasks - weekly funds collection, distribution day, and so forth.
- Organize a listing of times from kick-off date, to collection dates, to distribution day, and stick to them.
- Prepare a list of weekly meeting dates for the Fundraising Board, so you can deal with any challenges in a timely fashion. Obtain all of their emails and make sure your CCed on any fundraising-related topic, so it is possible to remain within the loop.
- Arrange an incentive program that's sure to encourage the sellers (and their parents!). Ensure you possess a spot inside the school where children can see the awards all through the fundraiser.
- Have one of the most effective speaker, normally the principal, be part of your kick-off sales pitch.
- Prepare weekly letters as well as emails to keep the children and parents informed in regards to the fundraiser status.
Motivate Your School Fundraiser Volunteers
Fundraisers aren’t on everyone’s list of favorite things to do, so it’s important to share your enthusiasm and keep your sellers and other volunteers excited and motivated:
- Assign individual ‘accounts’ for people, groups or classes so their progress and contribution could be tracked separately. This can quickly add to sales.
- Offer gifts or other incentives to individuals, groups or classes that surpass particular milestones like quickest or most sales.
- Do shout-outs to groups or people who are succeeding or improving. This can be done in a weekly e-mail recap, a social media update or at a school assembly. Public recognition can be a highly effective motivator.
- Remember to maintain an enjoyable and light atmosphere so volunteers can go about their tasks within a pressure-free environment. Too much strain on your volunteers can cause challenges with motivation. Try to remember to have fun!
- Make certain you and your teams thank your supporters for their contributions and make them aware of the difference they’ve made in attaining your school fundraising ambitions.
Turn fundraising activities into a helpful learning experience
At times the hectic pace of a fundraiser can overshadow just how much of a beneficial learning experience it may be for kids. Don't forget to draw focus around the skills kids are developing. Organize sessions to go over and train students and volunteers on how to develop or showcase the following abilities:
- Communication and Sales Skills - Fundraising forces children to speak to others in their community, to explain why they are fundraising and to deal with rejection and celebrate a sale. It forces them to think of different resources through which they can generate more sales opportunities. These skills are an excellent asset throughout life.
- Math Skills - Even though fundraisers commonly only require addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, volunteers will need to perform these operations on the fly on several occasions throughout the fundraiser.
- Teamwork – Kids gain the experience of working together to reach a common goal. Also, every seller’s individual efforts are for the good of the whole class or school, not themselves personally. Learning to function as part of a group will become critical in their lives once they progress into higher education and the working world.
- Leadership - Young children who want to increase or sharpen their leadership qualities can take on the part of leader in their particular teams to help keeping their group organized and enthusiastic. These experiences will help shape the leaders of tomorrow!
Middle School Fundraising Safety Tips
Safety comes first, especially when it comes to fundraising. Kids should not go out alone to sell product and this must be emphasized in all of your communications with parents and sellers.
Consider these fundraising safety tips for your middle school students:
- Always ensure children are with parents when fundraising door-to-door.
- Older kids and teenagers should always use the buddy system and have no fewer than two players traveling together. An ideal configuration includes 3 older kids, two who are going to be ringing the doorbell and 1 that will stay on the edge of the property to have a secure view in case help needs to be called.
- Never enter into a house under any condition. All fundraising should take place no further than the person’s doorstep.
- Volunteers shouldn’t carry large amounts of money. Have volunteers store money in a safe and protected location on a regular basis.
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