jsl11 wrote:Here is a better way to raise funds. I played in the band when I was in high school. We had a band/orchestra parents association. The parents asked their business acquaintances to put ads in our program book. Everyone has businesses they patronize. It could be your auto mechanic, your insurance agent, etc. If you are a good customer, it is hard for them to refuse you. Also, since it is real advertising, they get to deduct the expense on their taxes. This worked so well, that the parents never had to pay anything out of their own pockets to support the organization. We had plenty of expenses that were not covered by the school board, such as uniforms and travel expenses. The only things we had to sell were concert tickets and there was no requirement. Other than parents and grandparents, the tickets were almost impossible to sell anyway.
That's a good idea, one we used to use. With the economy in the tank most business have not been so generous lately and I completely understand.
We have not participated in any fundraisers that require selling of candy, popcorn, fruit, gift cards etc. We have been lucky to be able to pay our way. Now if we are having a show, hosting a meet, golf fundraiser we donate our time for all the events, that's just the way we prefer to give back.