Our First Fundraising Experience

My third-grader signed up for something new last week: softball. We also signed up for something else new: required fundraising.

 

Anna was equally excited about her new uniform and the discount cards for area businesses that she needed to sell. While I buy something or donate money to pretty much every school fundraiser that lands on our doorstep, I wasn’t exactly comfortable with asking my neighbors to buy from my daughter. Anna was more than confortable asking and wanted to start going around the neighborhood the minute we got home from her registration night.

 

In preparation for her new sales career, we practiced what she would say when a potential buyer answered the door. We also practiced how Anna could answer common questions people might have. We practiced multiple times, and then Anna excitedly set out to sell.

 

Anna only needed to sell three discount cards (along with our family purchasing one) to cover the cost of the cards we were required to purchase at registration. We targeted three neighborhood families who were friends of ours, and all three were kind enough to buy cards. Anna was super excited and wanted to get more discount cards to sell. When I asked her why she wanted to sell more, she said it was fun and a good experience for her. She’s right about it being a good experience in building her confidence and learning how to make a sale – and maybe part of the experience should have been hearing a few no’s – but I was just relieved to be finished with our fundraising. And I know which house three neighbors will target for their kids’ future fundraisers.

 

~ Stacy

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