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Ideas to Boost Teacher Fundraising Support

by the AFRDS

We asked a number of parent groups, principals and product fundraising professionals how they motivate teachers to participate in school fundraising activities. Here's a sampling:

    "We have one school that splits all the profits among classes. Whatever amount is raised by a given classroom is kept and spent by that classroom. Often the students are involved in deciding how the money is spent. That way teachers AND students are motivated to participate."
    Fundraising Professional, San Diego, CA

    "At our school, each classroom receives 25% of what they earn to reduce the number of times teachers have to dip into their own pockets to pay for special classroom projects."

    School Teacher, New Orleans, LA

    "Teachers rarely get the recognition they deserve. As a token of our appreciation, our company allows teachers whose classrooms reach a certain level of participation to select an item from the brochure."

    Fundraising Professional, Tampa, FL

    "Our PTA includes the principal and a handful of teachers in helping us identify the school's needs for the coming year. Sometimes it leads to interesting discussions but, without their buy-in, we won't succeed."

    PTA President, Mt. Vernon, WA

    "Teachers appreciate anything we can do to eliminate classroom interruptions. Instead of asking teachers to collect order forms or keep tallies, we provide a colorful box near the front of the school for students and parents to drop orders. Instead of one kick-off assembly, which logistically can eat a lot of time, we offer to send volunteers to each classroom for a shorter 5-minute overviews of the fundraiser."

    Principal, Dayton, OH

    "When we're preparing to kick-off a fundraiser in a new school, we ask the school principal for 10-15 minutes with the teachers in the faculty lounge to show samples, serve snacks and stress the important role they have in our success."

    Fundraising Professional, Dayton, OH

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This article is from the Fall 2000 issue of the Fundraising Edge, an online publication of the Association of Fund-Raising Distributors and Suppliers, and is reprinted with permission. Visit their web site at for more information and a look at the complete issues of the Fundraising Edge.

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