Show Me the $: Preschool Fundraising for Novices
I certainly went through a crazy experience volunteering for my son's preschool fundraiser. The craziness involved sending out the thank you notes to 100+ donors using a mish mash of notes and manually tracking down addresses. Certainly not fun especially since the budget was nil. Lisa wants to hear if you have any sage advice. She writes:
I am dipping my toes into the vast ocean of volunteer fundraising for schools. Like most child care centers and pre-schools (and most other schools in America, I imagine), our staff could use a few more bucks for the important job that they do so well and so patiently with our precious children. It’s the same old story with pre-schools everywhere: tuition is expensive for parents but staff is underpaid. We hope to reduce staff turnover by offering real living wages that value our teachers.
Until this issue is solved in the public policy arena (maybe we’ll tackle that one through the Activistas forum!), I am hoping to learn from the many, many parents who have walked this path before me. What worked fabulously? What was a ton of work with low pay off? A ton of work with high payoff? Grant writing? Auctions? Bake sales? Picnics? What would you avoid like the plague, never ever do again? If you were the development director at your child’s school, what would you do - and why? Any thoughts on professional event coordinators working with parent volunteers? Worth it or waste of money?