Tips to Help Your PTA Save $$$ and Time
I just got the student/family handbook for Kiddo's new school. I have mentioned she's entering Kindergarten, right? Yes, my baby will officially be a school kid in a matter of mere days...sniff. Anyway, I want to get involved, be a part of the school community as much as my Life allows. Fundraising committee? Community events group? At her preschool, I helped out with the newsletter and fundraising and learned a lot from the PTA gurus, moms and dads who had more than one kiddo and had been doing this "helping out the school thing" for a while.
-- If there aren't too many volunteers, concentrate on a few larger fundraisers rather than many small ones. Not only do you avoid volunteer burnout, but also small ones are usually don't bring in enough money to be worth the time and energy of those pitching in.
-- Think beyond the bake sale. Hold workshops for say $5 or $10 per head and invite speakers from your area to talk about things we all care about: a local tech guy who can discuss internet controls and settings for your family computer, a lawyer to discuss the ins and outs of making a will, a financial advisor who will chat about setting up college funds, even a fashion stylist about how to find your best colors or save money on your wardrobe. A great place to find these speakers: the parent body!
-- Approach businesses. Many local businesses want new and relatively cheap ways to reach new customers. Ask them if they would sponsor an event. They give a certain amount of money to help your organization throw a poker night or fun run. They get publicity and a tax write-off and you can then have all of the proceeds go to your PTA fund.
-- Treat the teachers simply. A little goes a long way for those men and women that do so much for our kids. A little gift bag with treats or seeds to plant is simple and cheap to do. Ask a local massage therapist to donate her time to give 15-minute mini massages to teachers who sign up for one day during lunch hours.
Do you help with your PTA? What are your best hints for a successful fundraiser?