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School Fundraising Tips for Teachers

Teachers and activity leaders like band directors, coaches and sponsors are often the ones who are looking for fundraisers. The teachers are often the ones who keep track of orders, distribute candy for sales and keep students motivated. Even when the parent led group or booster club plans a fundraiser, it just would not be possible without the teachers!

Here’s 5 School Fundraising Tips for Teachers:

1. When choosing a new fundraiser, think about the ones that your group has done in the past that the students and parents really got excited about. Pick a fundraiser that’s fun and you are more likely to get more volunteer help!

2. Get the most “bang for your buck” by choosing the most profitable fundraisers. If your fundraiser raises more funds then you won’t have to do as many fundraisers during the year. One way to do this is for several school groups to band together to do one big fundraiser.

3. Get “buy in” from the principal, parents and other decision makers. This one is a must! Make sure those who are in authority, and those who would be likely to volunteer for your fundraiser agree with the type and timing of the fundraising program.

4. Plan ahead! Easier said than done, right? Well if you can start planning in the spring for fall’s fundraisers you’ll be one step ahead of the game. If you haven’t planned ahead be realistic about how much time a particular fundraiser will take. Events usually take several months to plan… product sales like can usually be done and over with in just a few weeks.

5. Empower volunteers…there’s nothing worse for a parent than volunteering and then feeling useless! Find out what abilities and time availability your volunteers have and tailor assignments accordingly. And really, don’t fall into the perfectionist trap of thinking you have to do ALL the decorating, cooking, planning, etc. yourself!

By choosing a great fundraiser and working with parent and students, teachers can lead their school group in a great fundraiser!

Jennifer Lawton is a contributor at With its unique Fundraising Matchmaker system, schools sports teams and youth groups can save time and raise more funds. Get your free fundraiser profile at Super Fundraiser.