Congrats! You Are Now the Leader of the Free PTA | Corona,CA

happy childrenThe ballots have been cast and the winner has been announced – and YOU are the next head chair of the PTA. Now what? Yes, it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, finding your bearings in a new position. But whether you are an experienced leader or not, there are some steps every good leader should take at the beginning of their term:

Make them feel welcome. The most important step to being a great PTA chair is to start off with a great attitude about your position. This is best done with an enthusiastic welcome letter to all involved. Get parents excited about the upcoming term with a fun go get ‘em letter. They will be more apt to volunteer when they know they’re going to have a great time doing so.

Be organized. Organization is key when it comes to fundraising and planning events. Make sure you have everything you need to stay organized. So, have a plan of attack and make sure your team is aware of their roles. Being unsure you have everything ready is more stressful than event turnout.

Availability is key. You were elected because people like you. Make sure you are always available to hear out questions, concerns and ideas with everyone in the community. Be there for parents as well as staff – the more you are there for them, the more they’ll want to be there for you. And they are intricate to making sure events go off without a hitch.

If you have any other questions regarding being the head chair of your PTA, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

West Coast Fundraising proudly serves Corona, Norco, Chino, Riverside, Yorba Linda and all surrounding areas.

Ways to Recruit the Troops | Corona, CA

Do you find yourself getting stuck doing an abundance of work so your fundraiser goes off without a hitch? Do you see the same volunteers at every event? Want to find a simple solution for all of this? Then it’s time to recruit the troops! And by troops, we mean parents. Here are tips to try to drum up more parent involvement:

Get social. The easiest way to get volunteers for upcoming events is to utilize social media outlets to easily engage with parents online, create a page to publicize an event, and send group messages.

Serve up the opportunities. Create a listing of volunteer opportunities at the first meeting of the year to allow parents to pick and choose the opportunities that best meet their schedules, comfort levels, and unique talents.

Send volunteers home. Working parents are often hesitant to volunteer. Make sure parents know that they can be active without being at the school.

Offer prizes. Consider giving parents an incentive to participate in PTO events. For example, if parents offer to help organize and staff the book fair, give them a free book or bag for their efforts.

Ask. Send home notices, use email and social media to announce opportunities. A personal request can help bring new volunteers to your group.

Promote your work. Publicity can lead to involvement, so make sure you advertise in local outlets.

It’s a family affair. Create an atmosphere where not just parents and students are welcome but siblings and extended family are, too.

If you have any other questions regarding parent recruitment, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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So Many Fundraisers, So Little Clue Where to Begin | Corona, CA

happy childrenWhen it comes to raising money for your school, one of the toughest issues for the PTA is deciding on which fundraising idea to choose. Sure, you have a few fundraisers in a school year, but there are so many ideas to choose from, it’s difficult to narrow it down to those few. The first step is to take a moment to evaluate what exactly the task is you are taking on. Consider your needs, your assets, your volunteer manpower, and an idea tailored towards your school community. Here are a few questions to ask yourselves when narrowing down your options:

How much money do we need to raise? Your PTA needs to create a plan for the year that aligns with your group’s mission, and a budget. Your fundraising goal will allow you to evaluate your fundraising options. A budget helps track the funds in order to prevent any issues as the year progresses.

How soon do you need the money? If you need the money within a month or two, you’ll want to select a fundraiser that can be executed quickly. Simple product sales will be your best bet here, as other types of fundraisers (box top or label collection, etc.) need more time to execute.

How much volunteer support can you expect? If you have a squad of volunteers, a more complex fundraiser is possible. However, if you can only recruit one or two volunteers, you’ll want to commit to a project that can be successful with just a little help.

If you have any other questions regarding school fundraisers, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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There’s Just Something about a Classic | Corona, CA

Group of school best friendsIn this day and age, everyone feels the need to get bigger and better in order to dominate the competition. Bells and whistles are generally the crowd favorites, but how “all the rage” is your school’s PTA fundraiser if another school is doing the same thing? We’ve been introducing a lot of newer, tech-based solutions to help spice up future PTA events, but what about bringing back the classics? Reinvent your school’s event by bringing back a classic. In fact, they’re called classics for a reason: they never go out of style!

To refresh your memory, some of the most classic PTA fundraisers include:

  • Auctions
  • Bake sales
  • Brick fundraisers
  • Candle fundraisers
  • Candy bar sales
  • Car washes
  • Carnivals
  • Coupon book fundraisers
  • Flower fundraisers
  • Garage sales
  • Pizza sales
  • Student artwork sales
  • T-shirt fundraisers
  • Ticket raffles
  • Tupperware sales
  • The list of school fundraising ideas goes on…

Go traditional with the idea, then get PTA member suggestions to put a spin on it to bring it into the 21st century! If you’re going to sell product, look into hosting it on a crowdfunding platform eliminating any excess inventory, and accepting donations right away by simply sharing the crowdfunding link through their email or social media sites. In fact, there are lots of ways to turn a classic fundraiser into a 2.0 version of itself. Just because a fundraiser has been done since the beginning of time doesn’t mean that you can’t spice it up a little and raise more for your school than ever before.

If you have any other questions regarding school fundraisers, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Let Us Help You with Your Fundraising | Corona, CA

When it comes to fundraising, it is difficult to come up with an idea that is different enough to get people excited enough to support, but also simple enough to make a substantial profit. Because there are only so many funds to go around within a community. So, the smarter you plan out your fundraising schedule, the more successful you will be.

So now is the hard part – what are you going to do to raise those funds for your school? In order to succeed, you may need to differentiate yourself from other organizations that may be running similar fundraisers near you. The key to differentiation is diversity in offerings. That’s where we come in. Here at West Coast Fundraising has a variety of different fundraising opportunities available in order to choose the best possible product lineup for your community and set goals.

Our 2017 offerings are very diverse. We offer fundraising packages that include:

  • Gift wrap, magazine, and holiday item catalogs
  • Non-frozen gourmet sweet catalogs
  • Delicious chocolate catalogs
  • Tumblers for hot and cold drinks
  • And more!

While many of our fundraising opportunities use traditional product sales (where kids and parents sell products with a percentage of sales going to the organization), we also provide assistance in ‘color-a-thon’ fundraisers, where we assist you throwing a party to transform your school into a color of your choosing, while earning money and building community spirit. These types of fundraisers not only bring communities together in a fun event, but gets the community into the giving spirit at the same time.

If you have any other questions regarding school fundraisers, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Help Your Staff Get Involved with Fundraising | Corona, CA

school fundraisingAs most of us know, teachers play a big role in the educational system. They’re the ones who are directly teach and influence our children on a regular basis. Since they are on the front lines, they can be a helpful resource for school fundraising. Because it isn’t required, encouraging teachers to participate in school fundraising can be a little tricky. Teachers are typically over-worked and oftentimes under paid, making it understandable why school fundraising isn’t on the top of their to-do-lists.

As stated before, teachers are a great resource, part of their job is to know how to motivate both students and teachers to engage in the education process. Most times, teachers realize the need for fundraising and can be enlisted to help, as long as you make it simple and invite them to join. Try these tips:

Make them feel involved. Teachers typically have a lot of experience getting successful projects together and may have beneficial insight on which products to sell, how to handle orders or just ways to improve the overall fundraising.

Make it simple. Don’t expect teachers to carry the brunt of the workload; that’s what volunteers are for. Make sure you have enough announcements if your staff if expected to send literature home.

Make it worth their time. Committed teachers often stock their classroom supplies out of pocket because they want to provide more learning opportunities for their students. If the incentives to get involved are meaningful and educational, teachers are much more likely to stand behind your fundraising efforts.

If you have any other questions regarding school fundraisers, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Local Business Are the Keys to Fundraising | Corona, CA

461210251While we all depend on the support of families and friends to make our task of raising funds a success, the business community is an excellent source of support. The main strategy is coming up with a proper way to entice the business into offering their support. Here are just a few tips to get your neighborhood businesses involved:

Identify businesses in your community. An easy way to find out what is around you is to ask the Chamber of Commerce in your city. Narrow it down to businesses that employ your loyal volunteers and families, you purchase goods or services, and those happy to donate to the community. These are your familiar targets, and will be easier to approach.

Time to design your approach. Asking for funds from businesses isn’t just walking up with your hand out. First, you decide how to inform the business of the fundraiser and what they’ll be used for. Posters and flyers are simple ways to advertise your event. If you have the resources, spread things to ads in the paper or radio. The larger the net is cast, the more chance of supporters.

Now comes the footwork. Visit businesses personally to ask for funds. You can get more flies with honey than vinegar, so add a personal touch. Before you go, learn as much as you can about the company – their services, their donating history. Anything you can to make them feel like part of your event, and “family”.

If they help, send a personal thank you note afterwards. Cultivating business donors is a long-term ongoing process. Good luck!

If you have any other questions regarding fundraising with local businesses, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Why Fundraising Supports Your Child’s Giving Spirit | Corona, CA

452351751There is just something special about helping out your fellow man, especially during this time of year. The season of giving is definitely the overall theme of these days, not only as an adult, but as an entire family. Making your family a giving one will benefit not only your community, but your child’s self-esteem. So, when you child returns to school after this winter break and a fundraiser is about to begin, make sure they participate. Children that participate in fundraising gain skills for future success at young age that they’re able to expand as they grow older. Learning skills such as customer service, goal setting and the value of a dollar can all be soaked up by children while they participate in school fundraisers.

Teamwork. An important part of school fundraising is working in teams towards a common goal. This teaches children to compromise in group situations, and act appropriately in leadership and team roles.

Goal-Setting. Schools and organizations typically set a target amount for each child to raise in order to reach their end goal. Your child may not realize at the time, but breaking down their end goal into smaller, more manageable goals along the way will help them develop important tool that they’ll need throughout life. Learning the importance of decision making, marketing and responsibility are all things goal-setting can teach your child.

Value of Money. Many parents know their children do not understand the value of a dollar. After all, children rely on their parents to provide them with what they want or need. With fundraising, they will not only be able to count money, but understand that in order to spend money you must earn it first, learning to value the effort it takes to earn a dollar, and also what it can really buy you in today’s market.

Giving Back to their Community. Most importantly, children are taught to care about others and to the concept of improving their surroundings for the benefit of the community. Your child’s fundraising efforts may last longer after they leave their school, helping teach children about the value of community and charity. And isn’t that the most important lesson of all?

If you have any other questions regarding fundraising services we offer, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com. Or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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Add Some Color to Your Fundraiser! | Corona, CA

Finish LineTis the season to give back to your fellow man, and while many school are not in session during the holidays, we need to start brainstorming next year’s fundraising events. One of the latest trends has been the Color-A-Thon. Featured on a lot of TV shows, like Duck Dynasty, a Color-A-Thon is a fun way to get the community together to support your local school. But aside from raising money, there are many other benefits that stem from this school fundraising event. Not only can a Color-A-Thon raise money for your school, but is can also help bring the entire community together for a fun-filled day.

Now I know there are a lot of folks thinking, but I’m not exactly prepared to do any sort of marathon work to raise money. I won’t be able to raise a dime! But worry not – if you can’t or aren’t into running, that’s A-OK! You can jog, walk or even crawl your way to the finish line during a Color-A-Thon. Color-A-Thons are not meant to be competitive, but a colorful event that brings joy and the feeling of accomplishment to everyone.

Wow. This sounds like a lot of fun…so, how does it work? In most cases, a course is laid out with 3 to 5 color stations with various packages of colored powder. This powder will be thrown on the participants as they run through the color station.  Two to four volunteers per station is helpful to have. Similar to the water folks that pass out water to marathon runners, these volunteers throw colored powder on racers as they pass.

I know it may sound simple, but there is a process to throwing colored powder! Some choose to use small dixie cups to dunk in the color powder and throw on the participants. The other is to use condiment squeeze bottles filled with powder to squeeze as the runners go by.

Here are some tips to make sure your Color-A-Thon fundraiser is a complete success:

  • Make sure to wear your brightest white shirt to show off the colors
  • Make sure to stretch before you start the Color-A-Thon
  • Positively encourage everyone participating in the Color-A-Thon
  • Choose a fun theme for the Color-A-Thon everyone will love
  • Encourage everyone participating to wear fun, bright accessories, like tutus and funny wigs

While Color-A-Thons are fun all on their own, as you can see there are always ways to enhance the fun! If you’re looking for an enjoyable school fundraising event that can bring your entire community together, a Color-A-Thon may be the perfect choice!

If you have any other questions regarding Color-A-Thons and/or other fundraising services we offer, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com. Or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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School Fundraising FAQ | Corona, CA

school fundraising

When it comes to school fundraising, many participants and donors find themselves having several unanswered questions. Fortunately, we here at West Coast Fundraising love to keep both participates and donors informed every step of the way. I’ve compiled a list of a few frequently asked questions about our online portal with West Coast Fundraising, which include the following:

How do I purchase items online?

  • Simply go online to kidsarefirst.com and click on Online Ordering. Once you’ve filled your cart, click Checkout and follow the instructions.

How do we direct friends and family to shop your site?

  • After you register your student, you can give them your child’s SELLER ID so they can start shopping online.

What is the SELLER ID?

  • The SELLER ID is a unique number given to each student after they register online. You will need The Seller ID to shop online. Contact the student if you do not have the seller ID.

Will I have to pay for shipping?

  • Yes, if your order is less than $60 you will have to pay shipping.

How do I know how many items my son/daughter earned from online sales?

  • To check sales status please click here to access our online portal.

If you have any other questions regarding school fundraising and the services we offer, feel free to visit our website at www.westcoastfundraising.com. Or contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today.

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