As you plan your next school fundraiser keep simplicity in mind. By simplifying your school fundraising you will reduce stress and the time often associated with fundraising. This will allow your school to plan fundraising events more often and to earn more money. Here are five great tips that will help you to simplify your next fundraiser.
Volunteers are a great fundraising tool and can really reduce your workload throughout a school fundraiser. Talk with student’s parents, school volunteers and teachers and ask for help. Volunteers can take over many tasks for you from filling out paperwork to organizing orders and helping with distribution. You will find that many people are willing to help and that spreading the work around makes everything easier.
While volunteers will reduce your workload, you do need to be careful to keep things simple. Don’t plan lots of meetings or try to micromanage your volunteers. With a little coordination most fundraising business can be handled via email which will save everyone time. You should only plan meetings when they are absolutely necessary and then keep them as short as possible. Let your helpers make decisions on their own when the decisions aren’t critical to the overall outcome of the school fundraiser.
Work with a Fundraising Company
Another great way to simplify is to enlist the help of a school fundraising company. These companies plan fundraisers every day and know how to make the process as simple as possible. The right fundraising company will take care of many of the tasks required for a fundraiser from providing the product to keeping track of earnings. Working with a provider is one of the easiest ways to fundraise and will greatly reduce the amount of time that you need to spend on a fundraiser.
Keep the Fundraiser Small
A small fundraiser is often easier to manage than a larger, more complex one. Try to choose a fundraiser that only offers a few products or items for sale. For example if you are planning a candy bar fundraiser you might choose to sell one or two types of candy instead of selling several different types. This one change won’t really impact your profits, but will really make a difference in the complexity of your fundraiser.
Set Reasonable Goals
Revising the way that you think about each school fundraiser is another great way to reduce the complexity of your fundraiser. If your school needs to earn $10,000 each year through fundraising you can try to earn this money in a single large scale fundraiser or you can plan several smaller fundraisers and achieve the same goal. By planning fundraisers throughout the year you don’t have to worry about being able to earn a year’s worth of money in just one fundraiser. You also have other fundraising opportunities available if you don’t earn as much as expected. By setting reasonable goals and by fundraising often you can ensure that your school has the money they need without having to worry about it.
Enjoy the Process
Learning to scale back and reduce while fundraising is important, but equally important is learning to enjoy fundraising. When you enjoy what you are doing everything is easier and less stressful. Try to find the good every day throughout the entire fundraising process.
These five tips will help you to simplify your fundraising efforts and to stress less throughout the process. As you do this you will find that school fundraising can be an enjoyable, and profitable, process.