Many schools have had to cut extracurricular programs including sports, music groups and other clubs and organizations as a result of budget cutbacks. Parents have been forced to vote on whether or not to keep or cut these valuable programs that enrich their children’s lives and education. In an effort to save some of these programs, parents, students, coaches and teachers have stepped in to help alleviate the costs of materials, related fees and travel expenses from the school board with fundraising. There are so many fundraising opportunities out there so it’s important to choose one that works for the school, students and their initiatives. Promotional product such as t-shirts, sport bottles, backpacks, pens, candy and even earth friendly items that make great fundraising ideas.
However, there are 3 things you should take into consideration when planning a fundraiser. Though there are many types of fundraisers using promotional products is a easy because the items are versatile and cost effect and then easy to mark up for profit.
#1. Budget- How much do have to spend on products? Everyone loves a t-shirt, mug, hat, magnet or memento that reminds them of where they've been, who they know or what they do. Consider who the products will appeal to and where and how they will be sold. Then, based on that kind of information determine about how many items will be need to make the goal profit.
#2. Artwork, logo, text?- Do you have original artwork or do you need help designing some? Or maybe come up with a clever and catchy phrase that will get the attention of perspective supporters. Select the colors carefully. Based on the audience and cause the font, logo and colors should reflect the purpose of the product and fundraiser. Some promotional product companies, such as 4AllPromos, have graphic artists on staff who can design original artwork or consult on existing artwork. It may be helpful to get an expert opinion if the fundraiser is new or different than it has been in the past. Based on other projects, a graphic artist may have good insight into what works for certain events, what is trendy and what kinds of graphics and text work on certain products.
#3. Product- What are you going to be selling? T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other apparel are versatile fundraising items. What better way to outfit the community with school spirit than with fun, comfortable apparel everyone can wear to competitions, games and school functions. Clubs and organizations can sell awareness bracelets in support of any cause near and dear to their hearts. Sports teams can sell foam hands, stadium cushions or blankets to encourage fans to show up and support their team. Booster clubs might consider water bottles, lunch boxes, candy and snacks or anything school related to help show support for their alma mater.
Make sure you promote your fundraiser by any means possible. Start up a Facebook page or Twitter account to let friends and family know about when and where items will be sold or how to order online. Start an e-mail campaign and send out frequent blasts to your contact list. Distribute a newsletter at school or hang fliers at the local library, police station and town hall. Get permission from local shopping centers, grocery stores, farmer’s markets or church’s to set up booths to sell products directly. Hold a carwash, bake sale or concert and sell products alongside the event. There are many places and ways to do fundraising. Education is a vital part of every child’s life and every community’s well-being. Residents will be eager to help fund school programs if they see the enthusiasm of those involved in the program.
Don’t let valuable educational programs, music, sports and extracurricular activities get cut from schools. Step up fundraising efforts and help enrich America’s students.