It's Not Just About Money
by the AFRDS
In fact, fundraising, done for the right reason and with the right attitude, has provided countless opportunities
for organizations and individuals to grow. Here are a few examples from the nation's newspapers of the
tangible and intangible rewards that can result from fundraising.
Los Angeles, CA - Anticipating a rise in enrollment in
their small private school, North Hills parents raised $1.2
million through grants, donations, traditional product
sales and garage sales to build an all new school campus
with nine classrooms, faculty offices and shower complex.
According to the school's principal, "I think [parents] feel
that it's very much their school since they put in so much
Dayton, OH - Special education students at an
elementary school in Riverside, OH, donated $1,100 to
the Dayton Children's Medical Center. They raised the
money themselves through a series of fundraising projects
including a two-day product sale. Students shared
responsibility for taking orders, counting money, labeling
and delivering the product to the classrooms. The
fundraising project was developed by the teachers to help the students improve life skills, stay on-task and build
Long Beach, CA - Middle school students involved in the Caring Club and Alternative School with
Purpose use money raised through a holiday product sale to pay for weekly transportation to a Long Beach
retirement home. There the students exchange stories about life as a teen, then and now, with 60 elderly
residents. The field trips have shown kids how it feels to help others, while senior citizens have the opportunity
to share advice. "I think its fine they come here to talk with me. I tell them to stay in school," said one
Salt Lake City, UT - A fifth-grader raised $700 as her part in building a new playground
for her schoolyard. As a reward for her hard work, the student cut the ribbon before hundreds of cheering
classmates. Students and parents at the Salt Lake City elementary school, collected cereal boxtops, held
traditional product sales and participated in paper drives. Some even broke into their own piggy banks for extra
funds to meet the $15,000 goal. According to one parent, "Our students learned that when we come together as
a community, anything can be accomplished."
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This article is from the Fall 1998 issue of the Fundraising Edge, an online publication of the Association of Fund Raisers and Direct Sellers and is reprinted with permission. Visit their web site at http://www.afrds.org/ for more information and a look at the complete issues of the Fundraising Edge.
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