Back to School Fundraising: And So It Begins

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Back to School Fundraising: And So It Begins
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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 11:33am

My 11yo just went back to school. First day yesterday. He came home with the usual papers PLUS the first fundraiser. Bags. Ugh. I wish they'd do something I could really use or is nice—like Yankee Candles. What fundraisers do your schools utilize?

Erin
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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 10:32am

I love the Yankee Candle fundraisers.  Our school has never done them (maybe they should...I hear they give 40% of the profit to the fundraiser).  My neighbor's daughter does travel softball, and they do the Yankee Candle fundraiser each fall.  I always buy something.

The biggest fundraiser for our school is the Scrip program.  It's where you buy gift cards for just about anywhere from the school, and the school receives a percentage of the face value (varies by merchant).  It's an ongoing fundraiser.  You can buy it during school hours, after school, and on weekends after each mass.  I volunteer to help with that one.  It's an easy way to get all of my volunteering hours in for the year.  They will also usually do one of those wrapping paper and cookie dough fundraisers where you pay $8 for a small roll of reversible paper.  OK, that might be an exaggeration, but that stuff is pretty spendy!

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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 10:43am
Oh! Our schools are crazy about are those Entertainment coupon books. Not only our schools, but all of the schools in all of the counties surrounding ours. We don't even bother trying to sell them because everyone and their siblings are! I buy the one that gets sent home with Ian and that's it.
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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 10:49am

Yep! That's what I do too. I've given up on sharing any fundraising with anyone now. I just buy for us and that's it. I'm tired of getting the stuff and it's yucky or super small, etc. 

Erin
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Have you guys ever done the raffle for a free vacation? Our cheerleaders are doing that and it seems to really work well. You sell raffle tickets with 3 prizes, the first prize being a lifetime membership to a travel club and then the 2nd and 3rd being free trips for two or a family. We usually sell the raffle tickets at $10.00 each and they get lots of money in their fundraising account.

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Fri, 09-28-2012 - 4:17pm
Our school does raffles. I don't know how much they raise, though. It must be a lot, otherwise they wouldn't do them each year, right? The 50/50 raffles are always a big success, but I heard from one fundraising group I was a part of that you have to be careful with them because they can be interpreted as gambling.