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Not Really an Impasse: Fundraising in Low Income Schools

It seems peculiarly unfair that the schools most desperately needing extra funding for resources are precisely the ones where it is difficult to implement successful fundraising campaigns. If the parents in the area cannot afford basic school supplies for their children, how dare we expect them to shell out their very hard-earned dollars for expensive gift wrap, candy, etc, for which more affluent schools routinely rake in the parental dollars? It is challenging – but by no means impossible.
A Collection By Freda Farmer
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Not Really an Impasse: Fundraising in Low Income Schools
  • Freda Farmer says:
    Here are five more no and/or low-cost fundraising ideas. These sound so simple I would be asking myself why I had not thought of that!
  • Top School Fundraisers

    Website
    topschoolfundraisers.com
    topschoolfundraisers.com
    Freda Farmer says:
    This one web page is filled with truly low-cost PRODUCTIVE ideas. Some of the ideas include: a mom who held ZUMBA classes (and netted $4,000); a local deli split profits for selling their sandwiches; car wash; box tops; mom-2-mom sales, where slightly used children’s items are sold (the people with tables do not have to be school parents – each sale averaged $3,000.)
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This web page details each step you will need to take for a successful garage sale. Most households, regardless of income, would appreciate cleaning out their garage and closets. And . . . parents would be pleased to see they were helping their child’s school in a concrete way with cash from the sale of their unused items. Recommended best times are spring and fall. They recommend that you might also consider a flea market held in the parking lot.
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This is a great idea for low income schools. Parents who cannot afford to buy fundraising products can, however, participate in a walk-a-thon or another kind of “a-thon” (a read-a-thon, bike-a-thon).
  • Podcast

    Website
    thefundraisingauthority.com
    thefundraisingauthority.com
    Freda Farmer says:
    This free podcast walks you through setting up a fundraising plan. Even though you may feel a plan is not necessary if you have limited resources, getting a group of teachers and administrators together to view this podcast and then create a plan will generate buzz among the faculty which will then spread to students and then parents. It will also likely encourage and motivate some of those folks on staff who have given up on the idea of raising money in their low income neighborhood.
  • Freda Farmer says:
    I love these simple, NO COST fundraisers. These five ideas sound do-able for low income schools (with the possible exception of the prom dress fundraiser.) The collection drives sound easy to do. (You can recycle not only cans and bottles but cell phones, ink cartridges, and electronics.) The Bring and Buy sale is a fresh take on the garage sale/flea market concept.
Kate Asks:Does anyone have suggestions for fundraisers geared toward primary scholars? Thanks!