What do you think of these fundraisers...

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
What do you think of these fundraisers...
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Wed, 07-24-2013 - 2:53pm

I've been hit up for some of these where the person raises money for a race or something and part of the proceeds go to paying for their trip?  I know someone who did an AIDs race in Hawaii. She had to raise a certain amount of money but she also got a free trip w/ flight, accommodations, food included?  It seems a little self-serving to me.  I just got one from a graduate who is spending the year w/ a Global initiative program. The cost of the program also includes scholarship money for kids who can't afford to do it. But, it seems to me that parents should be funding their own children's trips, not their friends.  Am I being a scrooge?






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 11:46am

I am glad you brought this up and I don't think you are being a scrooge about the fundraising at all. Sunday I was at Wal-mart and the local high school girl's softball team was out collecting money for a trip to Costa Rica. The coach was asking people if they wanted to donate for the trip and when she asked me I looked right at her and said no. She shot me a nasty look. I personally found it completely wrong for that coach to have her team out begging for money for a social trip. What on earth was she teaching them-that if you really want some luxury, get someone else to pay for it? What ever happened to teaching kids to work hard and save money for something they want. 

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 1:15pm

That's my feeling, too. I'm all for students wanting to raise money but they should do something for it.  My son's TKD team held fundraisers like car washes where they did the work. It seems crazy to see some parents out there doing work to raise money for their kids.  I have received letters/emails from people asking me to fund their child's fun trip to Europe/Japan. Well, "fun" trip but they were "invited" to participate.  What parents don't get is that most kids are invited to participate because the companies make a fortune off of these trips.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Fri, 07-26-2013 - 8:55am
It is SO annoying! When my kids were in cheer leading and football, I refused to sell cookie dough, and opted to pay the $50-$100 buy-out fee. I figured it was my responsibility to pay for their gear. I was I insensed that my ignorant husband bought the cookie dough from some neighbor's kid who came to my door. Huh?! I told him we already "bought" $100 of cookie dough. :(. Even my niece was trying to raise $1,000s of dollars to go to a third world country to fight for a good cause. However, my thought was that she should use her college degree to make the money herself to go devote her time to live in another country and work for a good cause. I vaguely recall that the kids at my daughter's high school were selling overpriced items to go on a trip to Europe. Really?! You want ME to pay for your kid to go on a European vacation?! I think not.