As we are kicking off our Low Carbon Schools Pilot Program we wanted to provide some tips for schools to fundraise. If you want to participate in the program, but feel you can’t afford it – don’t fret!

There are plenty of ways to raise money and help your school invest in a more sustainable future. Below are some of the top options.

P&C Fundraising Activities

The WA Council of State School Organisations (WACSSO) recently undertook an interesting study looking at community contributions and funding to schools. The report looked at the top fundraising activities and data around donations by over 100 P&C organisations. One of their findings showed that science and sustainability were in the top 3 programs supported by P&Cs, which is fantastic!

Top 6 Fundraising Activities

  1. Raffles
  2. Mothers/fathers day stall
  3. Disco
  4. Sausage sizzle
  5. Lap-a-thon/ spell-a-thon
  6. Chocolate/ cookie dough drive

Some Sustainability Considerations

With raffles and fundraisers, there are always the options to sell goods like Entertainment books, cookies or chocolates. But, there are also some amazing products that also support social enterprises. Why not replace the usual chocolate sale with some of these products?

  • Who Gives a Crap – Toilet paper made from recycled goods and for every purchase, funding is given to water sanitation projects in third world countries.
  • Keep Cup – Reusable cups to reduce waste.
  • Divine Chocolate – Social enterprise and farmer-owned chocolate company. (hint: curious about where other chocolate companies stack up in terms of ethics and sustainability? Check out this guide by Shop Ethical!)
  • Onya Enviro Bags – Reusable bags, backpacks and water bottles made from recycled plastic.

Supporting such causes is not only educational for students, but also helps build a socially and environmentally respectful culture at your school.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is now bigger than ever, and there are some incredible online platforms now available to help fundraise. These platforms work by promoting your cause online and people can pledge or donate. The donations accrue towards your set target and then the funds are transferred on completion. For example, you could use crowd-funding to help pay for your participation in the Low Carbon Schools Pilot Program. Most sites do take a small proportion of the funds raised to cover costs.

  • Chuffed and ‘Start some good’ are two examples of crowdfunding platforms specializing in social and environmental causes. On these platforms you create a campaign, upload any pictures and videos as well as some banking details for transfers, then promote promote promote. These online platforms can reach a wide range of parents, local businesses and anyone else interested in your cause.
Click here to see an example of a public school in Sydney whose P&C crowdfunded for wifi connection and tablets for students!

Some tips for crowdfunding

  • Many crowd-funding platforms ask for ‘prizes’ to give to donators. For schools, some prizes might include student artwork or planting a seedling for each donation, a ticket to an event, or a garden workday volunteer spot (yes, you can include volunteer opportunities as prizes!). Not all crowdfunding campaigns need to have a prize, but if you do have one linking the donation to the cause helps. What sustainability related prizes or rewards could your school give out?
  • Use pictures, videos and graphics to make your campaign visually appealing and tell the story of what you need the funding for.
  • Create a clear story that is that is interesting, people relate to and feel as though they are part of the cause…think about these two headlines:

We want to reduce the energy bill at our school

Or…

We want to put solar panels on our roof and generate our own renewable energy

  • Promote! The power of social media is incredible. Parents, staff, students, friends and local businesses can spread the word easily. Use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, emails, website and newsletters to promote your story.
  • Be clear and transparent in the goals and what the funding is used for.
  • Be realistic and clear with the amount you are fundraising, 10-50% of the total is where most crowd-funding campaigns fail so push through this time and you are more likely to reach your goal

If you’re interested in crowdfunding, get in touch with us and we can put you in contact with a crowdfunding specialist who can walk you through your campaign.

For further inspiration head to the WACSSO website for more fundraising tips submitted by P&Cs around WA. If you’re still uncertain about how your school can participate in the Low Carbon Schools program, please get in touch with us! We are always more than happy to discuss how we can help and what opportunities are available.