5 Ways to Increase Teacher Involvement in School Fundraisers

on September 24, 2020

When it comes to fundraising, everyone focuses on the students and the parents. The big kickoff event is to get students excited while the information packets are to inform parents about the particulars of the fundraiser. But what about the teachers?

School fundraisers that include teachers as part of their marketing strategy are more likely to succeed than ones that don’t. During the school year, teachers are the only ones who see students as often as their parents, so they have the perfect opportunity to remind students to fundraise. The people behind the Butter Braid® brand know how important teachers are when it comes to fundraising. So, we’re giving you 5 simple and easy ways to increase teacher involvement in your school’s next fundraiser.

  1. Have an informational get-together just for teachers

Taking the time to sit down and talk with teachers about your upcoming fundraising efforts is very important. It allows you time to explain all the particulars of the fundraiser: what program you’re using, what your goal is, and how the money will benefit the school. This also gives the teachers an opportunity to ask questions.

  1. Use some of the profits to ease the financial strain on teachers

According to a poll done by the New York Times, over 90% of teachers use their own money to help purchase school supplies. This is happening all over the United States, and it puts teachers in a very difficult financial situation. So why not alleviate the burden by sharing your fundraising profits with the teachers? Show them their contributions haven’t gone unnoticed.

  1. Don’t overburden them with excess tasks

Teachers are very busy, and they often don’t have time to take on a lot of extra tasks. Let them know that the most important thing they can do during the fundraiser is give their kids a daily reminder to sell. Some teachers may come up with more creative ways to encourage their kids, like a classroom BINGO. Just keep these duties to a minimum, and let the teachers know you respect their time.

  1. Include teacher incentives in your program

During your informational fundraising meeting, let your teachers know that you are also providing them with a chance to earn prizes. Teachers may be more willing to get involved if they know they will also get something in return. For example, give the teacher with the highest classroom sales a gift card or reward the one with the highest participation rate a day of PTO.

  1. Show your gratitude

Most teachers are already aware of why fundraising is important and how students and the school benefit. So, they already want to do anything they can to help. The easiest thing you can do to increase teacher involvement is let them know you appreciate everything they’ve already done and are very grateful for any extra help they’re willing to offer.

Teachers are the backbone of our schools. Their hard work and dedication keep their school running. Which is why they can also be the most important part of your school’s fundraising efforts. If the teachers are excited about something, they share that enthusiasm with their students. So, if you want to increase student participation in your next fundraiser, you should focus on first getting your teachers involved. With their help, you can go above and beyond your fundraising goals.   

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Dealership Spotlight: First Choice Fundraising

on September 18, 2020

As we enter September, the first red and yellow leaves of autumn are appearing which can only mean one thing: it’s time for another “Dealership Spotlight” post. This month we’re featuring First Choice Fundraising. They are an exclusive dealership that has been selling Butter Braid® pastries for over 15 years. The team at First Choice Fundraising loves the work they do, and they hope to continue helping groups make their dreams happen for decades to come.


First Choice Fundraising was originally owned and operated by Julie Baumann. When she retired, two of her team members, Kim Reynolds and Callie Ann Haas, decided this was the perfect opportunity for them to begin their own business venture. According to Callie Ann, “We loved the idea of a business that would be great for our families, and one that would help people achieve their goals by fundraising.” The two began running First Choice Fundraising in College Station, TX in 2015.

Changes to the Dealership

Transitioning to an ownership role was a learning experience of Kim and Callie Ann. During that time, they updated many areas of the business to streamline processes and make their fundraising programs as simple and seamless as possible. For example, every order now comes pre-packed. This saves time during deliveries and simplifies the pick-up process. The two also updated the dealership’s website, created automated reminder and response emails for customers, and improved information for group leaders. These are just a few of the many things Callie Ann and Kim have added and continually improved upon over the years, all to help make the fundraising process easier for their customers.

Fundraising Groups

There’s nothing more fulfilling to Callie Ann, Kim, and their team than making their groups’ dreams come true. Whether it be funding a trip, buying new uniforms or equipment, or contributing to charity funds, First Choice Fundraising always goes above and beyond the call of duty to help its groups achieve their fundraising goals. This dedication to their work is how First Choice Fundraising has helped raise over $3.5 million for groups across Texas.

The Future of First Choice Fundraising

After five years of owning First Choice Fundraising, Callie Ann and Kim say that, while taking on a new business isn’t easy, the journey makes everything worth it. The two continue to reinvent themselves and their business in order to stay current with the times and the needs of their customers. Callie Ann says she and Kim are excited about the future of First Choice Fundraising, and they look forward to growing their business even more in the years to come.

Everyone at the Butter Braid brand is also excited to see what the future has in store for First Choice Fundraising. If you are looking for a great team to run a fundraiser with, contact Kim or Callie Ann today! They’ll get your group on the fast track to turning their dreams into reality.  

Connect with First Choice Fundraising today!

Website: http://firstchoicefr.com/index.php

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firstchoicefr

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