#1 The Classic Fundraising Thermometer
As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. There’s nothing more simple and to the point than the classic thermometer to track your fundraising progress.
Pro to the thermometer: It’s a clear illustration for all ages and quickly communicates where you are on your fundraising journey.
Con to the thermometer: It’s a bit overused and could be overlooked for its simplicity.
Our opinion: If it works for your school, use it. If you’re finding that you need to get a tad flashier to grab the attention of your students, try something new.
If you choose the former and decide the thermometer is right for you, here are a few places where you should feature either a cut-out thermometer or a digitized version for viewing online:
- PTO Website
- PTO Bulletin Board
- PTO Social Media
- Email or Letter Updates to Parents
#3 Leverage Incentives
Want to keep kids motivated to bring in donations? Here’s a hint: Use incentives! Whether they are physical items or amazing experiences, student incentives have been proven to light a fire under your fundraising efforts. One way to help keep track of your fundraising progress is to leverage your student incentives.
Take, for example, McCleskey Middle School. Last Fall they promoted their Color Run by offering a pie throwing contest for students to give some of their teachers a face full of sweet (and messy) goodness.
One way McCleskey could have tracked their progress through leveraging their student incentives is by creating a large pie graph on the PTO bulletin board. As the school neared its goal, the pie would get filled in – illustrating the progress and tying it into the final prize for the entire school once they reached their goal!
Your Parent Group can implement a similar idea. Throwing a movie night if the school reaches its goal? Get popcorn bucket cut-outs and for each grade, class, or for the entire school, fill up each bucket with cut-outs of popcorn to illustrate your progress. Giving students an ice cream social if you reach your goal? Follow the same format but trade it out for ice cream cones and scoops for each monetary mile marker!
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