Our school’s one and only fundraiser is this Thursday and while I want to support our school, I am embarrassed to hit up our neighbors, friends and relatives for money in such a terrible economy.
I know the school needs extra funds because the money from the state and the county is tight, however, I hate to ask anyone for money with so many people losing jobs and taking pay cuts.
Our school is doing the Boosterthon Fun Run again this year. The kids ask for pledges and then run laps. They are paid per lap or a flat fee. My mother has learned to take the flat fee. You never know how many laps these kids will do. The contributors don’t get anything in return other than a tax deduction.
I feel so uncomfortable about asking neighbors and friends for money that I’ve only allowed the kids to ask my parents, Michael’s Dad and us for donations.
The other catch to this is the school doesn’t get all of that money. The company that puts on the Boosterthon takes a cut too. So you could write a check straight to the school and they would get to keep more of that money but then your kid wouldn’t take home the valuable prizes for getting donors – like wrist bands and iPods Shuffle for the high achievers. Poor Walsh! He’s all about the prizes.
Walsh would have happily circled the block and probably convinced some neighbors to donate, but I would be embarrassed to stand there while he asked.
I kind of minded asking for donations in the past but not this much. The depth of this embarrassment stems from the bad economy.
What do you think: Is your school in need of more donations this year than in other years? Are you willing to ask co-workers, neighbors or friends? Are you embarrassed to ask knowing so many people have lost jobs and taken pay cuts? Should I let my kids solicit the neighbors? (We could still go out and ask if you guys think I’m being overly sensitive on this.)