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I know, I know. Writing for this school fundraising blog, I should be right on top of it. Scissors in a holster, ready to clip at a moment’s notice. Right?
Well, sadly, I am not that guy. Sometimes I remember, but usually only when my kids notice one and bug me to cut it out.
So, I need to get better at this. I know how important these little box tops can be when they are all combined together with everybody else’s box tops. I should be doing my part.
Then I thought that it might help to go to the Box Tops 4 Education website and see what kind of inspiration they can give me. They actually have all sorts of great information that can get folks like me fired up to start cutting out every box top in the house. They even suggest going to other people’s houses (like grandma or Great Aunt Sue) to clip out their box tops, too!
If you don’t believe in the power of box tops, here is a success story I found on their site.
A New Jersey elementary school’s creativity engages parents and raises cash
The kids had a choice: Would they prefer to see their principal and their gym teacher race down the hallway on scooters or fight each other in inflated sumo wrestler costumes?
Sumo wrestling prevailed. Kids were admitted for free (but getting a racing-or-wrestling ballot required turning in 25 Box Tops), and their parents—hundreds of them–paid a $2 admission fee. Adding in concession sales, the evening netted $1,000 to buy educational equipment.
It’s one of many ways in which H & M Potter Elementary School in Bayville, N.J., has kept the community actively involved in the Box Tops program. They hold monthly contests—some suggested by others, some of their own design. (“We like to keep it new, not do the same thing over and over again,” says the principal, Jeffery Z.) Contest winners are lavished with attention, as are the advanced teaching tools bought with Box Tops earnings—interactive whiteboards, digital projector systems, etc.—in the school newsletter as well as at PTA meetings and other school events. continue reading
With the beginning of a new school year, you want to get off to a good fundraising start. Fundraising, like many other things, is pretty much a sales job. You are trying to convince people to give you (the school) their money or for them to ask other people for money.
Therefore, you have to start out the right way. You want to build quality relationships and take things slowly. If you push too hard, right off the bat, you can easily lose the people you are trying to win over.
Because of all this, the fundraising activities you chose to start off with in the fall need to be easy for people to get on board with. They need to be low on the commitment scale, not as ambitious monetarily (which means a greater chance for success), and high with the fun factor.
I would strongly recommend staying away from the fundraisers that require large amounts of volunteers, lots of planning time, and a significant financial investment.
Here are some ideas for fundraisers that are just right for starting off the year.
Bake Sale– Bake sales are great for the start of the year, because, in my experience, so many people will volunteer to bake and donate cookies, brownies and the like. Most people have the ingredients lying around at home and it’s not a big deal to knock out a couple of dozen treats for a school bake sale. I’ve always had the most success with bake sales on Saturday mornings before big college football games. Reserve a spot outside the most popular supermarket in your town right before the big game, and you’ll turn a great profit.
Flamingo Flocking– Flamingo Flocking is a great way to raise some money for your school, have a lot of fun, and build a bunch of friendships. For a complete description of how to run a Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser, click here. But you should know that this type of fundraiser can tick all the boxes when it comes to low commitment and high fun.
Box Tops/Soup Labels – While these two items may seem to be old hat, they are still a great way to get parents into the good habits of thinking about school fundraising. Set up a good receptacle system, get teachers on board with reminding kids to bring them in, and send letters home to parents telling them about the ongoing program. Create monthly contests between classrooms to keep the box tops and labels coming in all year long. Start the good habits in the fall, and they will continue to produce revenue.
Fundraising cards- Another way to get parents working for you in a relatively easy manner is through fundraising cards. Here is a great video description of such a program offered by FastTrack Fundraising:
Box Tops is promoting another bonus contest. You could win 10,000 Bonus Box Tops for your school from Pillsbury® Create ‘n Bake® Cookie Dough. But hurry the last day to enter is Sunday September 31, 2007.
General Mills Box Tops for Education is sponsoring a “Shop for Education Week” from August 27 to September 3, 2007. During this time you can earn more box tops credit for your designated school when you shop online at their Box Tops Marketplace.
Now you can help your local school get box tops to help fund its school programs. You don’t have to buy anything, do any clipping or mailing. You don’t even need to be a parent to enter. Just choose a school nearby or even your alma mater. Students will thank you for it!
From the Official Rules:
How to Enter: Online sweepstakes only. To enter, go to: www.boxtops4education.com/CouponsPromotions and click on the Chex Mix Bonus Box Tops Sweepstakes link in the Box Tops Coupons and Promotions section, complete and submit the online sweepstakes entry form during the sweepstakes period which begins at 12:01 A.M. (central time) on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 and ends at 11:59 P.M. Monday, September 3.
Sweepstakes entry limited to one entry per person per e-mail address. Sponsor will not verify receipt of entries. Automated entries are prohibited, and any use of such automated devices or programs will cause disqualification. Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, misdirected or stolen entries or transmissions, or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. Sweepstakes entries are the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Sweepstakes ends on September 3, 2007.
Prizes: Five (5) Prizes of twenty thousand (20,000) Bonus Box Tops will be awarded to winnerâ€™s designated school. Retail value of prize is $2,000 to designated school. Individuals cannot redeem Bonus Box Tops certificate for cash.