You offer to sell them over-priced crap they really don’t need, they write you a check, they regret the purchase, and there’s absolutely no good-will built up for building your community going forward.
Basically, you just conducted a very unsatisfying business transaction in order to make money for your school.
That seems to me like a very hollow and short-sighted fundraising strategy.
How much do the companies that sell this garbage really care about how well your school families get along with each other or how often they volunteer to help out?
The answer is that they don’t. Not one bit.
For them, it’s all about making a profit for themselves.
Your job, as a school fundraiser, is not only to raise money but also to develop a community that is responsive to the school’s needs and is willing to work together to meet those needs. That’s a very human way of interacting. Therefore, your fundraising activities have to provide ways for people to interact on that important human level.
Selling items out of some glossy catalog may make a few dollars, but it falls miserably short on community and relationship building.
Any corner grocery store can sell you a tub of cookie dough. Only your child’s school can give you the joy that comes from working together for a noble cause.
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