Four Lessons Learned by Fundraising Participants

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Let's take the pressure off parents and make the participants do the fundraising work! As a result, they might just learn one of these valuable lessons. 

Responsibility

It’s okay for mom and dad to help with a fundraiser, e.g. passing a flyer around their workplace, but like completing a class project, the onus needs to be on the participant to reach their fundraising goal (before the deadline) and to thank supporters for their contributions. 

Confidence

Approaching someone about supporting a fundraiser is not easy, even if the person is friend or family. But overcoming that fear - and the disappointment of hearing “no” a time or two - and having the courage to make another phone call or knock on another door instills great confidence.

Gumption

Kids and young adults are naturally imaginative, so let them brainstorm the best ways to promote their fundraiser and find supporters. They’ll likely suggest tapping into your family’s social circle, but they might also come up with clever, out-of-the-box ideas that you would never think of!

Accountability

It’s important for participants to understand not only “why” the group is fundraising, e.g. to fund a class trip or to purchase new sports equipment, but also how their “part” will contribute to the “whole”. In the end, if they don’t do any work, they can’t take any credit for the outcome.  

Kaylie O'Connor