Originally Posted by momtoS
So my questions are: if you volunteer at your dc school, why do you do it?
IF you fundraise....why do you do it?
If you don't volunteer why don't you?
If you don't fundraise why don't you?
I hope to figure out how to encourage more parents to take an interest but it is really tough.
I do not fundraise, and I do volunteer.
I will start with the fundraising.
.I do not fund raise, because I:
-do not know where the money is going
-do not like where the money is going (they want something I do not see as the best use of the money)
-feel they are wasteful (they want something insanely expensive, when a more moderate model will do)
I generally feel like a human wallet in most fundraising scenarios... I have no say what the fundraising is for or how the money is to be spent, but I am expected to give, give, give.
I also hate asking kids/families to fundraise. More selling of chocolate bars or overpriced wrapping paper to already highly tapped out friends and relatives??? Some years I am asked to buy something on a near monthly basis. It gets really old. Oh - and selling contests and prizes!!! Gah. I hate them - they are no more than popularity contests (who has the most family and friends with disposable income they can sell to)
I am also aware of how little of the money fundraised goes to the organisation. 20$ of cookie dough I do not want for the school to get 5 bucks.
I do, on occasion, write checks directly to the organisation if I think the cause is worthy. It avoids all the messiness of the above scenarios.
I do volunteer. I can choose where to put my volunteering effort (I have more control) whereas with fundraising I feel like part of a fundraising machine, and I feel like nothing more than a wallet.
I know all of the above is negative - but I really dislike most fundraising. Hopefully you will be able to use some of the above to figure out how to be more effective in what you are doing.
I will say I prefer fundraising events (such as fairs, silent auctions) to fundraising sales. I also vastly prefer one or two big fundraisers a year to many mini ones. I am more likely to fundraise if i know what the money is going to be spent on, and that it is being spent wisely. I really like having a bit of a say in how it is spent. I do not expect all the say, but I do expect parental voices to be heard in a real way. While I do not like fundraising, I am more inclined to support it if I know I will not have to do it again for 6 months! And no overpriced chocolate, wrapping paper or popcorn!!!
Edited by purslaine - 11/22/10 at 7:55am