Tips for Helping Your Child with Their FundraiserTim Ahern | April 9, 2019
Fundraising can be a great opportunity for children to learn valuable lessons they’ll use later in life. Through their fundraising activities, youth have the opportunity to market a product to others, set goals and work toward achieving them and track the money they’ve earned along the way. But even older children will need a little help from the adults in their lives. The key is to guide them so that they learn and gain independence while working hard toward the group’s goals.
Providing that help while still promoting independence is the key. Here are a few tips that can help during your child’s next fundraiser.
Let Your Child Lead the Way
The key to success when you’re helping your child is that you, in fact, serve as the helper. Let your child dictate the terms of how you’ll help. At the start of the fundraiser, encourage your child to sit down and set goals, then come up with a plan to achieve those goals. From this, you’ll also be able to see areas where you can help.
Resist the Urge to Buy
When your child has a very specific reward attached to reaching a goal, it can be tempting to buy all or some of the items yourself. You may even pass the sales sheet around at work in the hopes of getting a bunch of sales. While there’s nothing wrong with buying a few things for yourself, it’s important that your child does the majority of the work. Even if you reach out on social media to friends and relatives, let your kid do the actual strategizing and posting, as well as responding to any questions and making sure those orders go through.
Focus on Educating
From start to finish, you serve a valuable role as a teacher. This starts with helping your child fully understand the purpose of the fundraiser, as well as the items being sold. Your child will likely need to repeatedly sell the products to someone else, so it’s important to fully understand how to create a good pitch and follow it through to closing. This often starts with identifying the problem each product will solve and stressing its individual benefits and features.
By the end of the fundraiser, your child should have gained independence and feel personally attached to the accomplished goals. If the money funds an upcoming activity, your child will enjoy it much more due to the work he or she put into making it happen. At the conclusion of the campaign, sit down together and discuss what worked well and what can be improved with the next fundraiser. Gradually, your child will be able to take charge of planning and goal-setting for future fundraisers, perhaps even teaching you a few things.
Fundraising can be a great learning opportunity for your children. Although it’s important to make sure they stay safe and have guidance when they need it, it’s even more important to ensure they’re able to get something out of the experience. With the right approach, you’ll reach your fundraising goals and have fun doing it.