Fundraising Resources

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There are countless ways to fundraise, and let’s face it, some are better than others. The Alpine School District Foundation is here to help you figure out the best fundraising activities for you and your community.

Don’t hesitate to call us to discuss your ideas or any of the
many ideas on this page (801) 610-8425.

#1 NO-FUSS Fundraising

You don’t need to “sell” anything!

When you are doing INSPIRING STUFF, people will give if you

             1. educate them
             2. invite them to help you.

Our #1 recommendation for fundraising is a “no-fuss” fundraiser,
without any goods, products, or services being sold. This method
generally both raises AND nets more money for your cause. (And let’s
face it, they still have the frozen cookie dough in the freezer from the
last time…)

No Fuss Fundraising means making a plan to tell folks what you are
doing and why it matters and then inviting them to support it.

You can do this in part by highlighting the difference between what you
are asking them to do and what a traditional fundraising sale would do.

“In years past, we sold XXX for $20, but only $10 went to our program.
We decided this year we would just ask you for the $10 that was going
to our program or to give any amount you would like to help us reach
our goal and be able to….”

#2 Tie Your Fundraising to Educational Initiatives

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, and friends
would rather support your students in their education then in any thing
else.

That’s why we encourage you to consider fundraising activities that tie
directly to educational objectives you have in the classroom or school

Choose one of the following ideas and have students collect pledges of
support:

Read-a-thon: students read so many pages, books, or minutes/hours
and collect pledges to support their reading. Make it a classroom,
grade level, or school-wide event and celebrate reading while
collecting funds to support your cause.

Math-a-thon: dedicate time to achieving math success or focusing on
having student successful solve math equations with pledges to
support them.

Walk-a-thon: Get healthy and collect pledges for laps. Incentive the
kids and families and get volunteers involved to make it a special day
at the school.

STEM Fair/Science Fair: Ask for sponsors or donations in conjunction
with these events that support core curriculum.

Art Shows: Get everybody gussied up for an elegant evening of
strolling the pop-up art gallery in the school gym, cafeteria, or
hallways. When there is no entry fee required, but an invitation to
give instead, your folks may surprise you with how generous they
become. Allow patrons to “vote” with dollar bills on their favorite
pieces of art or perhaps they can donate in order to take the artwork
home with them.

Get Sponsors: Sponsors are not necessarily donors as they may want
their advertising out there for folks to see, but when sponsors are
willing to give larger amounts to support your programs, you can
make more money faster

Selling Ads/Banners: Banner and ad sales can bring some great
revenue to your programs, but please remember that in these cases
your supporters are purchasing ads and these should not be treated
as charitable contributions.

Carnival: When you have the volunteer and community support, you
can raise a nice amount of money by hosting a fair or carnival on the
school grounds. It takes a lot of work, but when you make it exciting,
you get folks out to support you and have fun.

Auctions: Auctions can also be a ton of work, and the key is in the
volunteer support and in getting items donated for the auction. If
your parents and volunteers are willing to put in the work and you
can get the items donated, you again can raise some real money
here.

Golf Tournaments: The key to a successful golf tournament fundraiser
is getting great sponsors who help. These are really fun for golfers
and take a fair amount of work and planning. If you have a history of
getting the sponsors and the public support, then keep that
momentum going. If you haven’t tried it yet, you might consider less
costly and labor-intensive ways of raising the same money.

Use the FREE Resources

  • Foundation’s Resources: When you register your fundraiser through the Alpine School District Foundation, you get access to additional resources to help you promote your fundraiser and make electronic giving even easier. Your donors can even choose to cover the transaction fees themselves, meaning more money coming to your program!

  • Avoid Expensive Vendors: Lots of companies out there tell you how great they are at promoting your campaign, but we believe that no one is better than YOU at promoting your campaign.

  • Tap Into Your Networks: Use the relevant social media accounts for your school or program, have those involved do the same with their channels, and use text and email where appropriate and where you have that information already.

  • Remember it is your relationships that lead to gifts, not some expensive technology or something you are selling.

Approved Fundraising Partners

DonorsChoose: DonorsChoose is a great way to leverage when a teacher needs supplies for the classroom, as many donors outside of your network, including large companies, support these projects. The Foundation will even use DonorsChoose in some granting opportunities.

Facebook Fundraiser:  Is an easy online fundraising,  but be sure to read the pros and cons before you decide.

Selling Stuff: If you’ve read through our Best Fundraising Ideas, you’ll note we encourage you to educate and invite your community to support you without sales or gimmicks.

*However, if you want to continue to do selling for fundraisers, we encourage you to find the best value for your efforts. Remember, many vendors set a minimum sales threshold to give their best deal on profit. And many won’t ever give you over 50% of the proceeds, so choose wisely!

District Fundraising Policy

Fundraising

Statement of Policy

The Board of Education maintains the position that public education is free and should be supported through revenues derived from statutory school finance programs and not by means of student and school fund-raising projects. In its application, this philosophy means that all basic educational programs shall receive the necessary financial support through district allocations. Where necessary, extracurricular activities which affect students on an individual basis and are not part of the basic program (such as athletics and clubs) shall be supported through individual student participation fees. It is the premise of the Board of Education, then, that public fundraising projects have only a nominal role in the operation of public education and should be restricted. 

GUIDELINES FOR ALL PUBLIC FUNDRAISING IN ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT  

    1. All fundraising projects shall be instituted for definite, predetermined and budgeted purposes which are in harmony with board philosophy and adopted policies. Funds must be receipted and expended through student body and/or school accounts and purchasing procedures.

       

       

    2. Prior to being instituted, all fundraising projects shall have the expressed consent of the principal.

       

       

    3. No fundraising project shall solicit funds outside of the school’s attendance area.

       

       

    4. Fund-raising projects shall not market commercial products or participate in national or regional fundraising schemes unless those projects are approved by the superintendent or his designee.

       

       

    5. The principals in each cluster shall coordinate the public fundraising projects in each community.

      GUIDELINES FOR SEPARATE LEVELS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION 

       

      1. At the elementary level, only one major fundraiser may be held each year. (Major fund-raiser is defined as that project which affects more than 50% of the students.) No elementary student shall solicit funds door-to-door.

         

        1.  Individual classes may not hold a public fund-raising project.

           

           

        2. At the junior high level, only one major fundraiser may be held each year. Students at this level may solicit door-to-door, but in the attendance area only. In addition, one department or extracurricular program may sponsor a fundraiser each year, on an alternating basis. No door-to-door soliciting shall take place for the departmental fundraiser.

           

           

        3. At the senior high level, only one major fundraiser may be held each year. Students may solicit door-to-door in school attendance area. Each department or extra-curricular program may hold two fundraising projects at the discretion of the principal. The written consent of the principal will be required for any additional extracurricular or departmental fundraising projects. 

         

       

Board Approvals

  • Board Approved: June 12, 1984; Reviewed: June 2005, June 2013

Procedures

No procedures have been established at this time.

 

Rules & Regulations

No rules & regulations have been established at this time.

 

For your convenience, you can find the
Alpine School District Fundraising Policy here.

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