One of the biggest complaints we see on PTA forums is the struggles that small schools have raising funds. Let’s face it the more students a school has the more parents will sign up to help. So what can a small school do to raise money?
Create a family atmosphere
One of the problems that BIG school PTA groups have is getting parents to want to step up to the plate and help out. So, both large and small elementary schools face a common problem — Getting parents involved.
When every parent feels needed and appreciated they will bend over backwards to help their students. A great example of this is the Maple PTA Covid response.
The term “synergy” means:
the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
What does this mean?
One parent can work very hard and make an impact. However they only have so many hours in the day. Furthermore, they only look at things from one angle or perspective.
However, when you add 2 or more others to this group you now have a PTA MASTERMIND.
What is a PTA mastermind?
Napolean Hill, the author of “Think and Grow Rich” made the term “mastermind” very popular.
To improve your professional and personal talents, mastermind groups combine creativity, education, peer responsibility, and support. You and the other members of your mastermind group can succeed together with the aid of the group. Members push one another to create challenging but, more importantly, successful goals.
When you make a safe place for every member to participate and be heard you can create awesome ideas that one person by themselves could never do.
By bouncing ideas off each other a simple idea can become an amazing idea!
Here are some ideas to get your PTA started…
Start with these simple PTA fundraisers that are very popular. Then brainstorm to find ways to make it unique and work for your small school PTA.
1. Have a parent night out at a local restaurant or bar. Ask the business owner if they will donate a percentage of the proceeds from sales during the event back to your school.
2. Have an auction, silent or otherwise. This is a great way to bring in money and parents can donate items.
3. Have a bake sale. This is a classic and it always works to raise funds for your PTA
4. Have a school carnival or fair. A lot of schools do this as an annual event but if you haven’t done one in awhile, try it!
5. Have a dance party. This is great for the kids and parents.