What is a donation drive?
A donation drive is a set period of time that you request students to raise money for a single cause. There is nothing to sell, just asking for funds to support your organization's cause. This greatly reduces the amount of help your organization will need. A donation drive also reduces the number of sponsors and lowers the start up costs you would have. This type of fundraiser is easy to get started, set up, and can have a quick turn around for your organization. I personally love being able to put on a cool event for the kids, but also fully understand it is hard to come by volunteers who can help set up, track laps, etc.
You can have a super simple event that you send out a request for parents to create a family donation page on Pledge Monster. Kids can still collect donations offline via pledge packets as well. The ability to track all donations online will simplify your reporting efforts and distribution of prizes.
Why would kids participate in a donation drive?
You can just offer incentives for kids to raise money for the cause. Kids love competition and offering a prize like a pizza party for the highest earning class is enough to get the kids excited. Offering one big prize for the highest earner in each grade level is also a great motivator. It makes the kids feel like they have a chance when competing with a smaller subset of peers vs the whole school. Offer prizes for getting a single donation of any amount, this encourages parents and kids alike to just ask for donations from co-workers, family, and friends.
How do we afford prizes?
You can find really low cost prizes in bulk on sites like Oriental Trading Company or Amazon.
- Partner with a local sponsor to provide prizes
- Purchase high volume low cost prizes
- Purchase a few higher priced prizes
- Look for items in bulk
- Search Amazon for lowest price items
- Look during big sale times for prizes like on Black Friday or Cyber Monday
The rewards could also include zero cost rewards like homework passes, a ride with a police officer, ride with firefighter, lunch with the principal, anything you can think of.
We are your fundraising partners!
We are happy to help with any type of fundraising event. Our main goal is to help your organization raise money to be able to do more for the kids in your programs. If you want the best reporting options and ways to advertise your sponsors we have you covered. Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions at all.