August Is All About Family Fun | Corona, CA

As we begin to wrap up our summers, we find ourselves looking for those wonderful family memories before the next school year begins. Did you know this is the perfect time to do so? August marks Family Fun Month, an entire month to think up creative ways to have fun with your entire family. Summer is the perfect time for families to enjoy each other’s company, while engaging in fun activities. It is a great way to get your family together for some quality bonding and some summer fun. Be sure that you choose the activities together as a family to ensure that everyone has a blast creating new memories. Make the most of this month with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime:

  • Cook a yummy meal together
  • Go hiking and explore nature
  • Go on a camping trip somewhere new
  • Visit an aquarium or a zoo to learn about all the animals
  • Go to the beach and collect seashells
  • Plan a backyard movie night
  • Go to an amusement park for the day
  • Plant a garden
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Build a giant slip and slide
  • Throw a family pool party
  • Go bike riding down at the beach
  • Have a paint party with large canvases
  • Go zip lining locally
  • Explore your local national forest
  • Have a picnic at your local national park
  • Camp in your backyard
  • Take a trip to your local lake
  • Go whale watching
  • Build a backyard campfire and tell ghost stories

If you have any other questions regarding Family Fun Month activities, 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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Teach Your Child Valuable Life Lessons with Fundraising | Corona, CA

Group of school best friendsMore than just a monetary gain, school fundraising has an educational value that your child may not typically receive at such a young age. Most children that participate in school fundraisers learn tools that they can apply well into their adulthood for future success. Skills such as customer service, goal setting and the value of a dollar are all things your child can learn while participating in school fundraising programs.

Customer service. The development of social skills with people your child is unfamiliar with can lead to timeliness, responsibility and several other important social skills your child will need as they grow. This will also allow the skills they pick up to develop over the years. By the time they reach higher education and a career, it will be second nature.

Goals. Typically, a school will set a monetary target for each child to raise in order to reach their end goal. Learning the importance of decision making, marketing and responsibility when handling money are all things goal-setting can teach your child.

Monetary value. Many modern parents believe that their children don’t fully understand the value of money. Aside from being able to count money and understanding that in order to spend it you must first earn it, children rely on their parents to provide them with what they desire. Developing your child’s understanding of this as they grow will help prepare them for the real world and become ready for financial responsibility.

If you have any other questions regarding school fundraising, 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.

Make Your Fundraiser a Complete Success | Corona, CA

school fundraisingOne of the most important responsibilities as parents is your children’s education. Unfortunately, many times our school budgets only cover the basics. In this case, school fundraising is a wonderful way to help raise money for extracurricular actives and extra school supplies, like computers, sports supplies and art programs. To help ensure your school fundraiser is a success, here’s a list of tips for a successful fundraiser:

Start the fundraising early. While it is important to organize your fundraiser early, it is equally important to create a way the donors can start donating. If you’re planning on having a physical event, spread the word early so that more of your community hears about the fundraiser. Create a donation method that doesn’t requires anyone to be anywhere at a specify time, like online purchases.

Keep the fundraiser manageable. Many school fundraising programs rely on the efforts of the parents, who can become burnt out if they’re always being asked to donate their time. Consider cutting some or all of the smaller fundraising efforts that usually require too much work from the parents.

Reach out to your networks. There are two major networks that you should focus on during your school fundraiser, the parents and students. The parents of the students will end up representing most of the donor base. Parents can reach out though social media to their close family and friends, this can increase your fundraisers donor base exponentially. As for the students, they are likely to be your most passionate force in raising donations.

If you have any other questions regarding school fundraising, 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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Keep Your Little One’s Busy with These Fun Activities | Corona, CA

Summer may be time to relax, but as parents, we always want our energetic children’s summer to be fun and full of memories. And that requires some creative twists on your average weekend. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of fun summer activities that will help keep your child from being bored and will create memories they’ll have for a lifetime!

  • Bake cookies to make ice-cream sandwiches.
  • Take a trip to the beach and collect seashells.
  • Have a picnic at your local state park.
  • Have a backyard campfire and make s’mores.
  • Put up a tent and camp in your backyard.
  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Plant a garden of fruits and veggies.
  • Invites friends and family for a backyard luau.
  • Throw a themed pool party.
  • Build a birdhouse out of popsicle sticks.
  • Take a day to go zip lining.
  • Visit the zoo and learn about the animals.
  • Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights.
  • Shop at an ethnic grocery store and make a kid-friendly meal.
  • Take a day to go hiking and explore the wilderness.
  • Take a camping trip with your family.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter or nature center.
  • Throw an outdoor painting party with large canvases.
  • Learn about stargazing and try to identify as many constellations as possible.
  • Pretend to be pirates for a day, dress up, plan a treasure hunt and talk like a pirate.

Don’t let your summer go to waste. Take advantage of the warm summer days and nights with some family fun!

 

How to Raise Funds: Social Media Edition | Corona, CA

If there’s anything we know in the fundraising game, it’s that it isn’t the easiest thing to do. You may have a great cause your need to raise money for, but it takes a lot of organization and volunteer work to get the word out enough to reach your monetary goal.

Promoting fundraising on social media has the ability to spread the word and gain high returns if it is done correctly. But, before you decide to promote your fundraiser on social media, be sure to read the following do’s and don’ts regarding your presence on social media with your fundraising posts:

  • Don’t overshare to your social media follower. You want to entice them to participate – keep it fun and easy.
  • Do create a posting schedule and only share 1-3 posts a week. Sharing more may cause people to unfriend or unfollow.
  • Don’t share your fundraiser across all social media networks.
  • Do share them with the top social media networks, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as they have the highest opportunity to receive further engagements and donations.
  • Don’t just post a link to your fundraiser’s site.
  • Do post a link explaining the cause and story behind your fundraising efforts. This will help show your friends and followers that you are passionate about your fundraiser, which allows potential donors to better connect with you.

Social media can be used in several ways to help promote your school fundraiser. Just be sure to keep in mind that there is a right and wrong way to go about doing so.

If you have any other questions regarding social media fundraising, 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.

Springtime Is Delightful for Fundraising | Corona, CA

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Spring is such a wonderful time of the year; nature’s colors are blooming bright and the weather is absolutely beautiful! That’s what makes it the best time to get started with some fundraising planning. Springtime is the perfect time of year where being outdoors is incredibly enjoyable, which is why many people are hosting more barbeques outdoors and tending to their gardens. Everyone is in great spirits and willing to contribute to a great cause. Many of the items that West Coast Fundraising offers in our Spring Fundraising Catalog are great for just that.

If you’re interested in gardening, Spring Delights have items such as:

  • Stargazer Lily
  • Mixed Glads
  • Bufferfly Garden Seed Mat
  • Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden
  • Cherry Tomato Kit
  • Organic Vertical Gardens

For those that are hosting barbeques or get-togethers with family and friends:

  • BBQ Party Kabob Skewers
  • Stainless Basting Brush and Sauce Pan
  • Golf Club BBQ Spatula
  • 13 Piece Appetizer Set

For those hot spring days:

  • Tye Dye Flexible Popsicle Maker/Snack Holders
  • Freeze Pop D-I-Y Kit
  • Pitcher with Ice Bar
  • Tritan Tumblers holds 22 oz. of hot and cold drinks

Items for the Kitchen, Home & Garden

  • New! Natural Soy Candles

These are just a few items that are featured in our Spring Delights catalog. Not only are these items great for spring, but for as summer as well! Springtime Delights can be combined with other brochures to bring affordable prices, a huge selection and top quality products.

If you have any other questions regarding Spring Delights fundraising catalog, 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.

Make Sure Your PTA Fundraiser Is a Success | Corona, CA

happy childrenWe know that creating a successful PTA fundraiser is a lot of work. And when the fundraiser is going to be used to drum up monetary support for a new or budget-cut school program, or when your child’s school needs something the budget doesn’t seem to support, it is imperative to so anything possible to make sure it’s a success. But how? We’ve put together some tips on just that!

Keep it manageable. The outcome of a fundraiser relies a lot on the effort of parents. So, if parents feel overwhelmed a fundraiser could be a flop. Break down levels of support so parents that can’t participate physically can still feel like they aren’t helping. It’s important to make sure that everyone at the school feels like they can be involved in making a difference.

Make it easy and affordable. Look for ways to make money for the school that people can work into their daily lives and it don’t cost much. For instance, a $5 raffle ticket is something everyone can participate in.

Auctions. An auction can be a lot of work but can yield a lot of profit. It is also a way to get your community involved as well. If you’ve got the manpower to pull this off, go for it!

We know that raising money is hard work, no matter what economy you may be facing. The positive news is, when you’re raising money for a school you have a worthy cause to promote. By utilizing these tips you’re bound to have a successful fundraiser.

If you have any other questions regarding PTA event planning, 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.

Family Fun Night: The Outdoor Movie Experience | Corona, CA

girl smilingWhen the night start to get warmer, we all love to be outside. Nothing beats sitting in the backyard, grilling up some food with your loved ones on a warm spring night. When it comes to fundraising, having events that also take advantage of this lovely time of year and get your PTA families together for a family fun event – a outdoor movie night.

When deciding to throw this type of event, there are a few things you need to consider:

Location. It is important to remember when throwing a movie event, comfort is key. We watch movies with snacks, so a concession stand or potluck will provide enough for everyone to enjoy. Go with a seasonal theme and plan snacks around that theme or movie. The more “authentic” the movie experience is for your audience, the more successful your fundraising will be. If you are using a park or field, seating isn’t necessary as the grass is natural cushion. If in a parking lot or courtyard, seating may be necessary. If bathrooms aren’t available, you will need to budget in port-a-potty rental.

Equipment. The key to an outdoor movie event is having some great equipment. You’ll need a screen, a projector and a sound system. Next, decide on a movie. Pick a movie that your entire audience will enjoy. And you know those FBI warnings at the beginning? That means you will need a movie license to show it. If possible, hiring a professional movie event planner to bypass all the red tape.

If you have any other questions regarding PTA event planning, 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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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.

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