Adjust Text Size

How to contribute to school fundraisers without breaking the bank

Written by ecannon - 26 Comments

Bank Deal: Earn 1.00% APY on an FDIC-insured savings account at Barclays Bank.

This post comes from Cathy at our partner site

It’s Back to School season, and that means it’s also time for school fundraisers to start. Most schools have at least a few fundraisers. And many schools have an overwhelming number of fundraisers. Here are some tips on how to handle those (seemingly endless) requests for money:

Know how much you can give.

The very first thing you need to decide is how much money you can give to your child’s school, or your friends’ children’s schools. Keep in mind that many contributions will be tax-deductible, and that you may want to balance your giving to other charitable organizations. For example, I’ve shifted most of our family’s giving to our children’s school, and am giving much less to other charities that I used to support – the need at our schools is just so great right now.

Decide which fundraisers you want to participate in.

Some fundraisers offer a bigger bang for the buck to the school. This is because the school only gets a percentage of your purchase when you buy wrapping paper or candy, but it gets all of your contribution if you make a direct donation. I know some families that refuse to make a direct contribution, and will only make a purchase; I know other families that do the exact opposite. Some families don’t have a lot of money to give or spend, but are good at selling to their extended family, friends and coworkers.

If you’re new to the school and don’t know exactly what’s in store, ask someone who does know. Most of the office staff and parents who are active in the school’s fundraising activities should be able to give you a preview of what to expect throughout the year.

Have a “no, thank you” script prepared.

It’s hard to graciously refuse to participate in a fundraiser if you feel you’re being put on the spot. So having a mental script ready for such situations can be a huge help. If the fundraiser you’re saying no to is from your own child’s school, it’s easy enough to say something like, “We’ve already participated in [or will be participating in] Fundraiser X, so we’re sitting this one out.”

If it’s a fundraiser for someone else’s school and you’re just not interested in contributing, you could say, “I’m sorry but my giving funds have already been distributed to other organizations. Maybe next time.” If you’re being asked to purchase something but aren’t comfortable with a flat-out refusal, you can explain that you don’t need what’s being offered, but would like to make a direct donation. The amount you donate will depend on the situation, since a $1 donation to a candy bar sale seems reasonable, but a $20 donation might be more appropriate if it’s a client who’s asking.

Above all, if it’s a fundraiser for your own child’s school, participate in at least one. It helps your child feel a part of the school community, and family participation in school activities like fundraisers makes every school a better place.

More stories from Quizzle:

Saving money and raising children

What to do when your children receive money

Having trouble saving? Probably because you didn’t start before age 7

Published on September 6th, 2013 - 26 Comments
Filed under: Charity,Family & Life

About the author: is the founder and editor-in-chief of this site. He's a thirty-something family man who has been writing about personal finance since 2005, and guess what? He's on Twitter!

Related articles...

Was this article useful? Please sign up to receive our content via e-mail:

You will receive only the daily updates, and can unsubscribe at anytime.

Comments (scroll down to add your own):

  1. I’d say that it’s most important to support your own kids (or nieces/nephews) schools first and then your friends and/or coworkers kids.

    I do have a soft spot for cheap fundraisers though, like chocolate bars and donuts. Who doesn’t want chocolate bars and donuts? So I always participate in those!

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 6th 2013 @ 2:00 pm
  2. Hi, I want to subscribe for this website to take latest updates, therefore where can i do it please assist.

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 16th 2013 @ 10:37 am
  3. Hello there, You have done an incredible job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I am confident they will be benefited from this site.

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 16th 2013 @ 5:42 pm
  4. This information is worth everyone’s attention.
    How can I find out more?

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 18th 2013 @ 2:33 am
  5. Hi! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me off my old roomm mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 18th 2013 @ 3:36 am
  6. Thanks for finally writing about >How to contribute to school fundraisers without breaking the bank
    <Liked it!

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 18th 2013 @ 10:11 pm
  7. Hi there very cool web site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Wonderful ..

    I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds also? I’m happy to
    seek out a lot of useful info here within the put up, we’d like develop extra strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing.
    . . . . .

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 19th 2013 @ 9:59 am
  8. Hi everyone, it’s my first pay a visit at this website,
    and article is genuinely fruitful in support of me, keep up posting such posts.

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 19th 2013 @ 10:01 am
  9. You actually make it seem really easy along with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be really something that
    I think I might by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very wide for me.

    I’m having a look ahead on your next put up, I’ll attempt to
    get the cling of it!

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 20th 2013 @ 12:15 pm
  10. Hi there to every one, the contents present at this website are truly amazing for people knowledge, well, keep
    up the good work fellows.

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 22nd 2013 @ 3:30 am
  11. Great goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just too great. I actually like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it sensible. I cant wait to read much more from you. This is really a great site.

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 22nd 2013 @ 4:41 am
  12. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my blog so i came to “return the favor”.I am
    attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use
    a few of your ideas!!

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 22nd 2013 @ 9:15 am
  13. Hello There. I found your blog using msn.
    This is a really well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to
    read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post.
    I will definitely comeback.

    Comment by Anonymous — Sep 23rd 2013 @ 2:39 pm
  14. I quite like looking through an article that will make men and women think.
    Also, thanks for allowing for me to comment!

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 3rd 2013 @ 9:42 am
  15. Nice answers in return of this question with genuine arguments and describing the whole thing about that.

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 5th 2013 @ 9:30 pm
  16. I have been previously taking a look at this web site and I am impressed!

    Very valuable advice, am really going to bookmark your web site and promote it in a near future article, thanks a lot

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 7th 2013 @ 9:13 pm
  17. Every weekend i used to go to see this site, as i want enjoyment, for the reason that this this web site conations in fact good
    funny data too.

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 19th 2013 @ 6:19 pm
  18. Computer worms are similar to viruses because they can replicate themselves to damage the infected computer and other
    computers in the network. This includes tasks as assigning storage quota, email types and handling and whether you want them to be stored on the server or downloaded once
    accessed. It functions in a manner similar to ZIP compression
    software. The advantage of R4 SDHC is that it is able to take micro SDHC with memory of upto 32GB, hence its name.
    By using advanced search algorithm, multiple-core CPUs
    and NVIDIA-GPU acceleration, this RAR password recovery tool
    enables you enjoy faster recovery speed than
    other similar programs.

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 20th 2013 @ 10:32 am
  19. They will listen to what you have to say if you can relate to
    them in a way that makes sense. that Lady Gaga, the most followed Twitter celebrity has nearly 33 million followers.
    Yet, just like any type of home fitness equipment, price is
    not always the determining factor of quality. To give you a comparison, say you
    post a tweet and have 20 followers. During the Iranian protests
    in 2009, many foreign-based Green Movement supporters spread disinformation over Twitter
    to mislead foreign observers.

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 20th 2013 @ 10:45 am
  20. I pay a quick visit each day some websites and blogs to read posts, except this website gives quality based articles.

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 21st 2013 @ 5:28 am
  21. Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.
    I will remember to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back sometime soon.
    I want to encourage that you continue your
    great work, have a nice holiday weekend!

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 22nd 2013 @ 10:37 am
  22. Thanks for the good writeup. It if truth be told was a leisure
    account it. Look advanced to more brought agreeable
    from you! However, how could we keep up a correspondence?

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 23rd 2013 @ 5:42 am
  23. Hi, I read your blogs regularly. Your story-telling style is
    awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 28th 2013 @ 2:03 pm
  24. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board annd I in findinhg It really
    helpful & it helped me out much. I am hoping to present something again andd helkp others such as you aided

    Comment by Anonymous — Nov 1st 2013 @ 12:15 pm
  25. Hi there, You’ve done a great job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I’m confident they will be benefited from this site.

    Comment by Anonymous — Jan 2nd 2014 @ 4:58 pm
  26. With warm bread and dessert, this crunchy salad becomes
    dinner. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.
    Firstly, the greens or leaves should be spread over
    a salad bowl.

    Comment by Anonymous — Jan 7th 2014 @ 3:27 pm

Leave a comment

Because rates and offers from advertisers shown on this website change frequently, please visit referenced sites for current information. This website may be compensated by companies mentioned through advertising, affiliate programs or otherwise.