2. Communicate to Parents the Importance of Emphasizing the Charitable Aspect of Your Fundraiser
It's important for parents to see your fundraiser as a meaningful way to teach their children about compassion and charity. Encourage them to take part by giving them tools, such as ways to explain the fundraiser to their kids or handouts that illustrate how one action can lead to great change (think of a pebble being thrown in a pond and the rings that form from the impact). Equipping parents with these tools not only increases the chances of the lesson sticking with students, but it is also a positive way to engage moms and dads to be a part of your fundraiser.
3. Teach Students That There is Always More Than One Way to Give Back
The great thing about taking action for a good cause, is there is always more than one way to give back.
Allow students to explore all of the creative ways they can be a part of your fundraiser, such as creating videos to gather donations, working as a class or grade to win fun competitions based on getting the most donors or community sponsors, or maybe through volunteering their time at a mini-event to raise donations.
Other creative ways to give back:
- Donate books to the school library (great if you're hosting a read-athon!)
- Give away lightly worn tennis shoes to a local shelter (perfect fit for a Fun Run or Jog-Athon)
- Create classroom gifts for staff and administrators as a "thank you" for helping them reach their school fundraising goals
- Have a school-wide playground clean-up day in anticipation of your upcoming outdoor event
Instilling charitable values in our children creates adolescents and adults who are compassionate, giving people who seek to bring about positive change in the world. Just like the pebble in the pond, sometimes great, future impact starts with one small step. That step could be your next fundraiser.