The safety of our children is priority #1. Many fundraisers require the selling of products to raise funds. It is essential that any fundraising activity which involves children use the highest level of supervision by both the parents and the community. Below is a list of fundraising safety tips compiled by Fruitoramma Fundraising, which helps ensure
1. Register your fundraiser with the school administration office. Any fundraiser which is run by any group affiliated with the school is recommended to have permission from the proper school administrators. The school principal and safety office should be notified and aware of all fundraising activity.
2. No door-to-door sales by children. While this used to be common practice for school fundraisers, times have changed. This is not a safe practice and is no longer recommended. If you would like to offer school fundraising products to neighbors, parents should be the ones to make the contact. Phone calls, emails and social networking are the preferred choice for fundraising solicitation. If possible, please limit the contact to family, friends and known associates.
3. Parental involvement in fundraising is a must. From phone calls, to events, to social networking, parents need to be involved every step of the way. At no point should children take the lead in fundraising solicitation. They can be part of the process, but direct supervision by the parents is essential. This is recommended for any fundraising activity online (such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) as well.
4. Never allow children to carry collected money unless accompanied by a responsible adult. Parents should be responsible for handling any funds collected and directly passing them to the school administrator in charge of the fundraiser. We discourage cash transactions and prefer that checks be the main form of payment, but we understand that this is not practical in every case (such as selling a $1 candy bar. Please keep all collected funds in a secure location and pass the funds to the school as quickly as possible.
5. Proper communication between the fundraising organizer and the fundraising participants is essential.
All fundraising logistics, especially the safety tips listed here, must be properly communicated. It is the fundraising organizer’s responsibility to properly convey the rules and guidelines of the fundraiser. There should be a clear step-by-step guideline of the fundraiser distributed to the parents. Parent letters, emails, phone calls and daily announcements help reinforce the safety regulations of the fundraiser. Do not rely on students to pass along the information to the parents. Parent should be directly communicated with on all matters regarding fundraisers.
We understand the importance of raising money for your school, but please fundraise in the safest way possible. Good luck!