My dad would take a box of chocolate bars to set at the front counter at his work when I was a kid and our school was doing its annual chocolate fundraiser. Customers waiting to get their cars repaired were happy to pay a dollar for a chocolate bar to help out a local school rather than grabbing something from the shop’s vending machine, and in a week the whole box would be gone.
–Janet B. – Old Fashion Candy customer
Fundraising opportunities are all around us. Think of all the people that you, your family, and your organization members encounter over the course of a week.
Teaching students to be aware of the opportunities around them is important in getting the most out of your fundraiser. Here are some tips that will help students be more effective and get in the right mindset:
Tell customers about how close you are to reaching your goal!
Let customers know that you need to sell 50 and you’ve already sold 40. Many people may be ready to buy more because they want to help you out in a big way.
Make phone calls and go door-to-door.
Emails are very likely to be deleted. You will get more attention with face to face interactions. Be sure to explain to kids the many reasons that people may say no because contacting customers directly might be intimidating, and rejection is hard for children to deal with.
Parents and children should always be aware of safety precautions while fundraising. Share this link or print the flyer to be passed out: