Fundraising is a necessary component to the success of any PTO, as it provides funding for much needed programs, and a large portion goes directly back to your child’s classroom for education supplies.
So why Boosterthon? Why are we partnering with this program for the third year in a row??
After many years of successful efforts using product sale companies and other great fundraisers, our school as a whole needed to change our approach to the way we went about raising money for BHE. Our school participation was consistently less than 50%. Although the funds came in and the budget was met, fundraising at BHE received a lot of negative feedback and required many unnecessary volunteer hours. Did you know that most product sale companies keep nearly 60% of the money raised? This required our school to fundraise multiple times a year, and we did not want families to feel the burden of constant fundraising.
The first year we made the switch from traditional fundraising to Boosterthon our school profit went from $9,000 to $28,000! That’s right; we more than doubled our money. We did one fundraiser, we did it right, and we were done for the year…AND we saw an increase in family participation!! This is the first and only fundraiser that we have found that includes all students no matter their financial contribution. Our students work together as “teams,” and classes receive rewards and incentives based on team goals.
Did you know that Boosterthon takes the lowest percentage of most fundraisers? Boosterthon takes about 50% and provides BHE with an entire team of members on our campus for 2 weeks visiting classes, filming morning announcements, encouraging students to live a healthy lifestyle, helping PTO with promotion, and even assisting our dedicated carline helpers!
This is also the only organization we have found with a “give-back” initiative. Each year, at a certain prize level, there is an initiative where profits are used to help children. One year, for each time a student received a certain prize level, the Boosterthon team went to local hospitals to give a sick child the same prize! Last year, the Boosterthon donated 5 meals to a family in need for every $5 per lap earned in pledges. This year, Boosterthon will donate to KidFit Salute, which provides scholarships to our military children hoping to play a sport. We have families at BHE who have actually benefitted from this very initiative!!
Thank you again for your generous support of this program. As a PTO, we take the responsibility of finding the “right” fundraiser for our school very seriously. Outside of needing the finances, we want one that involves all of our students, is healthy, and benefits our staff and volunteers as well. Over the last 2 years, Boosterthon has provided over $50,000 PROFIT to our school in the form of updated technology in every classroom and brand-new playground equipment. In addition, we also give a percentage of money collected straight back to your student’s classroom for needed education supplies. WOW!
Thank you again for all you do. Our school is so fortunate to have the incredible support of our families. We appreciate you!!!