As a professional fundraising company, we have partnered with hundreds of school fundraising groups in the northeast. MCM Fundraising has some suggestions that may help your group increase revenues next fundraising season. We have found great success selling exceptional products that everyone enjoys, because product fundraising works! According to the Association of Fund-Raising Distributors and Suppliers, more than 75% of Americans agree: “Product fundraising sales are an important financial resource for America’s schools and youth programs.” It is not uncommon for the school to run between five and ten campaigns per year.
School fundraising in Connecticut pays for services and supplies that cost more than the schools are budgeted for. All over the country, schools are losing music and performance arts programs and sports programs. Whether you believe that sports and arts are valuable components of an academic experience, or just an egregious waste of funds, the truth is that these programs are expensive to maintain. And it’s not just sports and arts that are underfunded… there are textbooks, class trips, laptops and computers, lab equipment, activities, educational field trips, and yearbooks. Our elementary and high schools are always called upon to do more with less funding.
Involve the Principal of your school. Professional fundraising companies report that the principal is in the best position to provide valuable experience and historical perspective to parent volunteers charged with selecting a fundraiser. Principals should participate in setting fundraising goals and monitoring the fundraising schedule.
Tell your supporters how their money is being spent. When parents know where their dollars are going, they tend to purchase more products to support the cause. In face, nearly a third of patrons who would not have otherwise participated will engage when they know what is at stake.
Hold fewer fundraisers. Schools that reduce the number of fundraising events profit from focusing on the programs that are most successful. There is a real risk of burdening busy parents with so many requests for support that they just ignore them. Fundraising experts recommend that principals work with their parent groups and faculty to focus on those fundraisers that can make the most money with the least time commitment from volunteers.
Call on MCM Fundraising to kick off your program and meet your goals. We take the guesswork out of publicizing your drive, show you how to manage a social media campaign, and furnish plenty of ideas to motivate your teams. When you give your students an incentive to bring in the most sales, the sky is the limit! How are we different? The product lines we offer for sale in our 6 Programs are favorites with people of all ages. Parents enjoy having frozen goodies for their children to snack on over the summer. The Lyman Orchards® Pies and Crisps, Otis Spunkmeyer® Cookie Dough and Kansas Maid™ Braided Pastry are great sellers! Join us and enjoy sweet success! Call 1-888-774-5889 today.