That is the question confronting public school students and their parents...
What if parents channeled all their fundraising time and energy into organizing to demand that public education be publicly funded?
For organizing ideas, read my article in today's Crosscut.
Here is the first in a series of quick posts re: raising $:
Weird Fundraisers: What Worked, and Why
Weird Fundraiser #1: “Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is”
When my dentist replaces a patient’s crown, she saves it. When she has a bunch of crowns (that’s a technical term), she sells them to a refinery and donates the money to the local food bank. When last I checked, she had donated almost $1000 in used-crown money over the course of the year.
Why it worked: It required almost no work, time, or monetary investment.
Weird Fundraiser #2: “Evil Ex Raffle”
At a Valentine’s Day-themed fundraising event (that I helped organize), attendees were asked to bring unwanted (but usable) gifts (in good condition) from their ex-partners. People brought jewelry, art, furniture and other valuable items, which were used as prizes of the event’s raffle and prominently displayed.
Why it worked: 1) Lots of raffle tickets were sold. 2) The raffle (and prizes) made for great entertainment. 3) No expenses were incurred.
Tomorrow - Weird Fundraiser #3: The Reject Gift Drive