How to Approach a School for a Fundraising Idea

by Maria Myraine Y

Due to the current economy, many organizations--especially schools--look to fundraisers to raise money. Whether you're a parent, teacher or student, the thing to remember when approaching a school and its board committee with a fundraising idea is to do it in the right manner. Your idea should be concise and fully detailed in order to convince them that the fundraiser is executable and will have great results.

Decide on your fundraising idea--anything from a car wash or bake sale to selling items or services (for example, selling candy, mowing lawns or cleaning playgrounds).

Plan the details of your idea. Gather the appropriate materials and contacts and organize a profit-tracking system (receipts, cash log), then decide whether to present your idea in print (typed up in bulletin form) or PowerPoint.

Call the school's board committee, ask to speak with someone from the Treasury department and request a meeting with the board in regards to a fundraiser idea.

Practice presenting your idea in anticipation of the meeting. If your presentation is written, make sure your mission statement is clearly stated, and include bullets of details. If your presentation is via PowerPoint, prepare your slides and include index card notes with points from each slide that you'd like to emphasize.

Present your fundraising idea of your school's board meeting. Introduce yourself and your idea, then discuss the points on your index cards in detail with each corresponding PowerPoint slide. Reiterate your major points and then ask for any questions from the audience.

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