Avoiding Family Fundraising Fatigue

Avoiding Family Fundraising Fatigue
Tips for putting the FUN back in School Fundraising this season!

school fundraisingFall feels like a never-ending cycle of school fundraisers. To complicate matters, room parents are the ones called on to organize the class’ participation in these events – school carnival booths, auction baskets, book fair, greeting card, wrapping paper and cookie dough sales.

These fundraisers are important – our schools are cash-strapped and need parent support to fund technology, field trips, art supplies and playground equipment. While most parents genuinely want to help, fundraisers can stress family budgets and quickly become overwhelming. Here are some simple strategies for avoiding family fundraising fatigue, supporting your school, and having more fun with your family in the process!

6 Budget-Conscious Tips for Avoiding Family Fundraising Fatigue

Pick and Choose

Call a family meeting and make a list of all your upcoming fundraisers and volunteering demands — from school and the other activities your kids are involved in (sports, Scouts, etc.). Set a budget for your family (or per child) then pick and choose the activities you want to support.  For groups like schools that have several fundraisers coming up, think more in terms of your family’s overall giving goals than participating in every single activity. Let your kids know ahead of time that you’re sitting out the cookie dough sale this time, but will be participating in the school carnival and walk-a-thon.

Gifts beyond Money

If supporting your school with a check isn’t in the cards this year, that’s okay! You’re already sharing your time, talents and coordination skills as the room mom!

Get Connected

Carnival, sporting events and auction planning teams are always looking for creative donations.  Do any of your friends or family have extra sports and event tickets that can be auctioned or raffled off?  Do you have connections at local restaurants, spas or merchants who may be able to offer in-kind donations?

Go Big on FUNdraisers

Participate generously in your school and team community-building activities like carnivals, walk-a-thons, and BINGO and movie nights. The more the merrier! Invite your neighbors and friends to join you and consider buying extra tickets for families who may not be able to afford it.  Not only will your whole family have a ton-of-fun, you’ll be helping raise money for a worthy cause!

Be Bold – Organize!

Offer to coordinate the event volunteers and use VolunteerSpot as your secret weapon to save time and sanity in the process. VolunteerSpot is a free and easy online signup sheet tool that makes it a snap to schedule, sign up and remind volunteers. It can be used for almost anything — school carnivals, walk-a-thons, concession stands, book fairs, and holiday boutiques – and no one has to know how easy it was for you to set it up!

Share and Share a Like

As fall passes, fundraising obligations may slow down, but they won’t go away; as long as budgets stay tight there will be more needs in the spring and next year as well. Talk to parents at other schools and other communities about their most successful fundraisers and share ideas with your groups.


Whether you choose to buy three tubes of wrapping paper, attend the school carnival with your family, or organize the book fair, have fun this year and know your efforts are appreciated and make a difference to your school and community!


You may also like:

Fresh Fundraising Ideas on VolunteerSpot’s Blog

Free eBook: Kid-Friendly Fundraising Ideas from A-Z

Free Top Bid Auction Item Guide from Red Apple Auctions

Top School Fundraisers

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