Organize an event
Events are a great way to raise money in a short amount of time—limited only by your imagination. Go the traditional route with a car wash or a bake sale. Throw a talent show or host a gala and tie the theme to your trip destination—your options are endless. Stay organized along the way with a written plan that includes event details, needs, goals, and individual responsibilities.
There’s a reason fundraisers have been around for so long—they work. Every year school groups raise over 1.5 billion dollars. With so many product options out there, research becomes an important part of the process. Evaluate the price of the product, the percentage of profits your school will receive, and any delivery or shipping fees before making your final decision. Consider your audience as well—you’ll sell more if the product is desirable or useful.
No matter which fundraising approach you take, draw donors in with a compelling story. Don’t just ask for money, paint a picture of what their money will do. By including donors in your journey you’re sure to reach all of your fundraising goals!
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Editor’s note (2021): This piece has been updated for clarity, accuracy, and relevance.