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

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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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How to Have A Successful School Fundraiser | Corona, CA

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In a time where our school budgets often only cover the basics, school fundraising is a wonderful way to help raise money for extracurricular actives and extra school supplies. Some of the latter include computers, sports supplies, music class, art programs and among more equipment. While fundraising is extremely helpful, it requires just the right amount of planning for it to successful. To help ensure that you have a successful school fundraiser, we have put together a list of our 5 top tips for a successful fundraiser.

  • Start the fundraising early. Starting your fundraiser early will help set you up for increased success. While it is important to organize your fundraiser early, it is equally as important to create a way where 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. For a lengthier school fundraiser, create a donation method that doesn’t requires anyone to be anywhere at a specify time. This can include school fundraisers that hosts 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, such as bake sells, as they 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.
  • Don’t restrict yourself. When it comes to school fundraising, people typically feel restricted by two things: time and physical space. As for time, many fundraisers are limited to the period of day or night of the actual fundraising event. This could lead to donors only having a few hours to donate and support your cause. The same applies to physical space, because the donor base replies on who attends the fundraiser. You can utilize online platforms, which in turn will be able to maximize the fundraising window and increase your audience, leading to increased donations for your school.

Here at West Coast Fundraising, we know that raising money can be tough, no matter what economy you’re facing. Good news is that raising money for a school is a very worthy cause to support. By utilizing the four tips listed above, you’re school fundraising efforts are bound to be successful!

If you’re interested in school fundraising and would like to obtain more information about our programs, contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today. Or visit www.westcoastfundraising.com for additional information regarding school fundraising.

Tips To Keep Your Children Heathy and Safe This Halloween | Corona, CA

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We always want to keep our children happy and safe simultaneously, and when it comes to Halloween most of us parents tend to let loose with the candy intake. Although we want out children to collect and eat as much candy as they want, we as parents still need to take their health and safety into consideration. According to a study, the average child consumes between 3,700 to 7,000 calories worth of Halloween treats. To help your child stay healthy and safe I have complies a list of tips you may want to take this Halloween.

Fill Up Before Going Out Trick-or-Treating. If your children are full before going out trick-or-treating, then they’ll likely eat fewer pieces of candy once they get back home. I would suggest that you feed your child a nutritious and filling meal before your Halloween outing so they aren’t as tempted to eat their candy afterwards.

Trick-or-Treat and Exercise. It’s always encouraged that parent’s make their children walk from house to house instead of driving them around. Parents can even encourage your children by having them wear pedometers to start a friendly competition for who can take the most steps or be the most active while collecting candy.

Keep The Favorite Candy and Hide The Rest. Many nutritionist suggest that a little goes along way and that you can offer your children to have 1-3 pieces of candy per day, starting with lunch, or after dinner as a treat. This only applies during the Halloween season, as the rest of the candy should go in the freezer so that it’s out of site and out of mind!

Or Give The Extra Candy Away. When your children get back home from trick-or-treating, have your kids put their candy into two piles: one they want to keep and one they don’t. You should consider donating the remain candy that they don’t want to eat. You could donate to a local senior citizen center, food pantry or children’s hospital.

We here at West Coast Fundraising hope both you and your family have a safe Halloween this year! If you’re interested in learning about the school fundraising programs we offer, contact West Coast Fundraising in Corona, CA at 800-500-3310 today. Or visit www.westcoastfundraising.com for additional information regarding school fundraising.

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