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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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