Many of us have been self-quarantined for almost a month now. And with no sure end date for staying home in sight, our way of life is quickly changing.
Now more than ever, those around you are needing extra funds in their lives. Maybe you want to raise money for an economically challenged student in your class to provide them with the technology they need to do their school work at home. Maybe your neighbor is one of the millions of individuals who are recently unemployed due to the economic downturn. Maybe you want to help a family member pay their medical bills after being hospitalized with the virus.
Though our Amazon orders have increased and our favorite restaurants only do curbside pickup now, we all still need a way to fund our projects and charitable aspirations. Now that the traditional ways of raising money by selling chocolate bars door-to-door or throwing big festivals at schools are outdated and unsafe, our way of fundraising is also quickly changing.
It’s important to note that our fundraising efforts have been in need of a makeover for a while now. Traditional fundraising has had so many downsides for years and it’s important that we address them.
Outrageous Quotas and Low Returns
For starters, how many boxes of cookie dough do you want me to sell? I remember when I was fourteen, I was on a volleyball team and we were required to sell forty boxes of cookie dough for a fundraiser. FORTY BOXES OF COOKIE DOUGH. I don’t even know that many people, let alone that many people who want to buy a box of cookie dough. Our team had about fifteen girls, so in order to raise the funds we needed, we needed to sell a total of 600 boxes of cookie dough. Why did we need to sell so many boxes? Because we only got about 40% of the profit from each box. This wasn’t a school fundraiser. This was a low-cost distribution model for a cookie dough company. It really wasn’t worth all the effort every girl (and their parents) had to put in in order to reach our lofty goal.
Shaming and Punishments
Which brings me to my next point: these types of fundraisers often come with built-in consequences or shame for individuals (often young students or team players) who do not reach these outrageous quotas. For this volleyball team, we would have to run an insane amount of laps after practice if we didn’t sell forty boxes of cookie dough. My parents thought this goal was also ridiculous, so instead of selling cookie dough, they just wrote a check in order to pay for my new uniform that we were trying to raise funds for. Guess what, my coaches still made me run those laps, even though 100% of that check would go straight towards my uniform, unlike the money from those cookie dough boxes.
I remember in elementary school, we were all given catalogues of items we were supposed to sell to raise money for the school. If each member of the class sold at least one item, the entire class got to go to the fundraising party. We had a poster board (provided by the fundraising company) that the teacher wrote each person’s name on. Once we showed our teacher that we sold one item, we got to put a big smiley face sticker over our name. This allowed the class to know exactly who’s fault it was if we didn’t get to go to the fundraising party. Inevitably, our teachers always bought several items on the last day of the fundraiser so those few kids who couldn’t sell anything wouldn’t be socially ostracized by the rest of the class.
Unsafe Selling Environments
Because the quotas are high and the pressure is even higher, young students and players may turn to selling door-to-door in order to sell enough product. Even before the self-quarantine and stay at home guidelines, this created a dangerous environment for students and players trying to raise money. Especially when their time could be better employed by doing their homework or participating in their extracurricular activities.
It Requires A Lot of Work From Parents
From making home goods for bake sales to volunteering at fundraising festivals, traditional fundraising efforts require a lot of time and energy from parents and teachers. Which can make juggling home and work life even more difficult. In order to support their children and help them avoid the built in shame and punishments that come with traditional fundraisers, parents are often stretched thin, whether by exhausting their resources and buying fundraising items themselves or begging their coworkers to.
Having considered all of these problems with the way that fundraising is currently done, a Good Cause has created a fundraising solution that addresses these concerns.
It’s our goal to have the highest payout for online fundraising, which is why our users get back 92% or more of the funds they raise for their campaigns. With such a high return, outrageous quotas are no longer necessary.
The aGoodCause platform doesn’t provide any incentives like cheap toys or parties for individuals who sell a lot of products. We don’t even have a product to sell! Our fundraising solution is simple and centered around getting you the funds you need; no fluff attached. When creating campaigns, teachers, coaches, and club advisors get to set their fundraising goals. With this flexibility, they can set realistic goals for their students and players, helping to eliminate shame that is normally associated with fundraising.
Our fundraising platform is entirely online, so there is no need for door-to-door selling or hosting big events. This is especially important during the current virus outbreak, when practicing social distancing and staying home is critical for everyone’s health. Families, schools, and teams can still raise the funds they need while following safe practices outlined by government and health officials.
Easy to Do
aGoodCause Fundraising was created with teachers, coaches, parents, students and players in mind. Our simple, easy to use fundraising solution saves everyone time. No more long hours baking cookies, knocking doors, and putting together prizes to auction off. Each student or player raising money can ask for donations from friends and families by simply texting or emailing a link to their fundraising campaign. There are no checks to collect, no inventory to deliver; everything is done online. Teachers, coaches, and families can post about their fundraisers on their social media, allowing more individuals to be reached with little effort.
It is our goal to help keep you safe while accessing the funds that you need. We want to eliminate outrageous quotas, punishments, and unsafe environments by providing a better fundraising solution. Click here and start your fundraising campaign today!
Author: Brindisi Olsen Bravo
Brindisi has been writing professionally for small business for almost four years. In college she studied Advertising and Women’s Studies. She has written for a variety of clients about a range of topics including marketing, technology, healthcare, career development, education, charity work, and more. Brindisi is passionate about helping businesses establish their digital presence online through written content and social media strategy.