With the new school year starting in under two weeks, we would like to share our fundraising goals. We are still far from our goal. It has been challenging fundraising without a student body and/or volunteers, but we are looking forward to a productive year ahead.
NOTE: A copy of this post has been posted as a page on our website and we will update this information as money is raised.
Our main goal for our fundraising efforts, because it is the largest single expense for a new school, and an important part of student’s social interaction, is to raise enough money to build a playground. In addition to this, we have been working with Principal Hutton to determine other needs for the school such as additional gym supplies, books, electronics and learning tools which we will also direct funds to as needed. Once the school opens, field trips and extra programs such as swimming, in-line skating, artist in residence etc…are also often funded, at least in part, by a school’s fundraising society such as us.
Below is a graph depicting our current goal (based on the estimated cost of a playground to support a school of 600 students) and what we have raised in the last year towards it.
While there are many grants and donation possibilities, including a casino, that we will be taking advantage of to help raise funds for this playground, fundraisers such as our bottle drives, silent auction and other ongoing events are very important to add to our goal as well as to meet some of the matching fund requirements of the grants.
Without the help of volunteers, our effectiveness as a fundraising group, and in turn, the amount of resources and programs we can fund for the school, is limited.
We understand that people are busy, that they have other priorities and volunteering your time can be very difficult. Without volunteer help, however, we can not be successful in reaching our goals. More volunteers means:
- Ability to run more and/or larger fundraisers with the result being more funds to go directly to the school in a shorter time.
- Less time commitment per person resulting in increased likelihood of volunteer and board member retention. This, in turn, results in a much more effective and efficient group.
- Teaches children about the importance of giving back and working towards a common goal.
With the opening of the new school in a few weeks, we strongly encourage you to consider volunteering for our fundraising events. We typically only require an hour or two of your time and if you help us recruit your friends and family, that amount can be reduced to even less. Let’s make this school the best that it can be and provide these kids with the best tools and programs to supplement their learning.
To sign up for our volunteer list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also post volunteer requests on our social media sites as needs become available.