Tips for Running a Successful KidsKards Fundraiser
Organization is key to running a successful KidsKards fundraiser. Planning and preparation make any project easier and increase your chances for success. To help you in planning your next KidsKards fundraising event, here are three important tips to keep in mind.
Tip #1: Use a Theme
If you provide kids with a little direction, they will be more focused and motivated. Give kids an artwork theme for their note card project. The following are some suggestions:
- Holiday Cards (Christmas, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, Easter, Valentine’s Day)
- “Happy Birthday” cards
- Announcement or Invitation cards for First Communions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, etc.
- “Thank You” cards
- Cards to give as a gift to Mom/Dad for Mother’s/Father’s Day that they can use for any occasion
- Or, simply give the kids a theme for all purpose cards: flowers, kites, butterflies, rainbows, animals, sports, a sunny day, the ocean, mountains, friends, family, etc.
You may also want to consider giving parents the opportunity to choose which theme they would like for their child’s note cards. They will be more likely to make a purchase if the cards will be useful for them.
Tip #2: Schedule your Fundraiser Ahead of Time
Successful fundraisers start with early planning. Schools, as well as fundraising companies, have highly cyclical calendars that fill up quickly.
- Talk with teachers to reserve classroom time for artwork creation
- Fill out our online school fundraiser reservation form
- Send parent order forms home once artwork is completed
- Give parents a week to return their order forms – any longer and they may be lost or forgotten
Tip #3: Promote your KidsKards Fundraiser
As soon as you have decided when to run your KidsKards Fundraiser, promote it! Be sure to tell parents how the school intends to use the funds. Parents will feel more connected to the cause, and will be more motivated to participate. A well-promoted fundraiser will always raise more funds than one that is not. Use whatever communication vehicles your school already has available, such as:
- School website
- School calendars
- PTO newsletter
- Bulk school emails
- Posters in the school building
Finally, and most importantly, explain to the kids themselves how the fundraiser works. Get them excited that their artwork can help to raise money for some new playground equipment, computers, art supplies, or new library books, whatever it may be. If you get the kids excited, their parents will be excited too!