Our school has finally gotten a clue that it would receive a greater portion of the profits (100 percent) by just asking parents to donate money versus receiving about 40 percent when they sell gift wrap or cookie dough or other products. (I think this is because our PTA president is a CPA!)
They are asking for parents to donate at least $50 but say they are happy to accept any amount. The donations are tax deductible. (We ran a story this summer about New York schools doing this to supplement their budgets, and raising millions of dollars.)
The classes and kids that donate the most still get prizes.
They got a printing company to donate the printing a wonderful brochure explaining it all.
I personally prefer this method to selling stuff. I hated asking people to buy stuff from my kids. The only exception has been Girl Scout cookies. People actually want that. I preferred the Boosterthon to selling stuff because at least it promoted fitness but you still had to ask neighbors for money and the school still didn’t get 100 percent.
The school will receive a greater percentage of the money but the question will they make more just asking for the checks? I will be very interested to see how it turns out, as will the PTA I am sure.
Is your school dropping the fundraising guises in favor of just asking for straight-up checks and keeping all the money instead of just part of it?
Would you rather write a check then deal with selling stuff or buying stuff?