Fundraising can be a challenge for any group for many reason but an elementary school fundraising offers a special type of challenge, the students aren't old enough to do much of the work in order to raise the funds and they are not old enough to canvass the neighborhood without an adult to protect them and keep them safe. This leaves the fundraising work to be done by the parents and volunteers. On the other hand, elementary school fundraising has an advantage, not many people are going to tell those sweet little faces no.
There are some places that elementary-age children can safely be a part of the fundraiser. They can network within their church and their family. In addition, if the fundraiser is one that requires setting up sales in areas like shopping store sidewalks or offering a service such as car washing, the students can help without being in danger.
Team leaders who are asked to spearhead an elementary school fundraising project need to keep these traits in mind when choosing a project. The project should be one that is easy to promote and sell. This simply means choose a product that people will want to buy because they use it. Fun Pasta is one such fundraising project.
Fun Pasta is a pasta catalog sales fundraiser that offers pasta - a product that is found in practically every home, especially homes with elementary children who love macaroni and cheese. Fun Pasta's catalog highlights over two hundred fun pasta shapes, pasta salad, soups, chili kits, and even pasta gifts that are perfect for holiday giving. The price range of Fun Pasta - $6.50 to $11.00 is a point that potential customers will appreciate. This price point allows them to buy more than one product without breaking their budget in the process.
Parents will appreciate the simplicity of the project, simply circulate the brochure around friends and family and gather their orders. There is no product that mom and dad have to carry back and forth to work trying to sell and there are no weekend commitments to spend Saturday washing other people's cars.
Fun Pasta allows the elementary children to get involved in the project. They can take the catalog to Grandma, Grandpa, and even church on Sunday. They will feel a sense of accomplishment when they are able to gather orders on their own. Fun Pasta adds gift card incentives that team leaders can use as prizes - a motivational tool that works well with both children and adults.
Once the orders are turned in to the team leaders the process is simplified even more. Leaders can use Fun Pasta's website to submit the orders. This allows them to double check before they submit the order and also creates a listing of customers that can be used for future fundraisers.
Deliveries can be made by parents, volunteers after the products arrive, and if there are families or friends who live out of the local range Fun Pasta will drop ship their order to them. It's as simple as that.
Planning for elementary school fundraising can be a challenge. It takes a unique, new idea to catch the community's eye and be a success for the school. The project should be one that even the youngest students can participate in so that they feel like contributors to the school and to the project. This is important in helping them grow both socially and within themselves as their self-esteem is bolstered. Parents and volunteers know that they will bear the majority of the load in elementary fundraisers but when they see their little ones taking charge as well they will appreciate being a part of advancing their school and their child.