The Parent Teacher Association, or PTA, is a fundamental part of any school fundraising drive. The parents of the school come together and volunteer in this organization to help with school field trips, assemblies, fundraising and any other way they can for the teachers and staff. Raising money is very important, of course, and since they are a non-profit organization, the volunteers need to come up with ways to fund themselves at the school.
Getting the Fundraising Green
There are many creative ways that this can be done, but usually it’s done by collecting money from the parents of students or selling certain products around the area.
Donation drives are a very simple, straightforward way of getting some funds. Just ask the parents and other family members of the students for a donation. If you have any active community this can be better than selling products, because fundraisers that work with companies only get a percentage of what sell, compared to getting 100% if they do a collection.
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What about a silent auction every couple of months? Ever heard of that happening in a school? Get businesses, community members, or even folks who want to do a garage sale to bring their items to the school instead and sell them. 100% of profit can come from the donated objects and at least 50% from the garage sale ones. Set up tables and advertise for businesses that donate larger items. Everyone wins since you make money and the businesses get some free recognition.
PTA Day is another idea that works with businesses. Speak to a business that many people in the community frequent, like grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, etc. The PTA will advertise the business on PTA Day and encourage the students, faculty, parents and community to purchase from that business, while volunteers work at the business for free for the day. At the end of PTA Day, the business shares a percentage of what was earned with the school for the day.
Creating your own walk-a-thon is great since this will bring the community together for a good cause. Everyone loves walk-a-thons, so why not take advantage and be the ones to host it? It’s not expensive to do, it promotes a healthy lifestyle and what you’re raising money for can be easily explained to the walkers.
Sell raffle tickets to walkers and allow anyone to be part of it, not just parents. Make it fun for everyone with music, getting local businesses to help sponsor, and encourage the students that it’s all being done for the PTA and to improve their school.
Don’t want to walk? Try another “a-thon” instead, like a serve-a-thon where students go into their neighborhoods and help with regular tasks like mowing the lawn, walking dogs, cleaning up trash and other ideas like that. They can receive donations for helping while they work, and parents can also donate since seeing their child in action will inspire them.