Students can an untapped resource in your quest for making your fundraisers truly remarkable. You might be surprised at the energy and enthusiasm they'll bring to your next event.
So how do you tap into this magical resource? We're glad you asked! Read below for 3 tips on engaging with the next generation.
Make Your Goal Meaningful
Students want to care about what they are raising money for. Help connect your goal to something the students are also excited about. Keep in mind, they'll will know when you're trying to mislead them. Find ways to help them see how what you're raising funds for will impact their lives and the lives of those they care about.
Foster a Sense of Competition
Create fun ways to drive competition within your student body to engage your fundraisers. This can be done with mini-competitions, incentives, teacher "I Will" statements ("If you raise X, I will X"). You may be surprised to see how well these work. Even adults can get in the competitive spirit.
As you have a competition, make sure you're continuously motivating the students giving them multiple chances to succeed with weekly or daily goals.
Allow for Autonomy
Give your students the ability and freedom to help with creating the fundraiser. It's easy to think that they wouldn't know what is successful but I guarantee you they have a better pulse on what will get their classmates excited about your goals. Turn over important parts of the project to them and slip into the role of project manager. If you are able to do this well, you'll have no shortage of volunteers for the next fundraiser.
Tapping into the potential of your students is an enormous resource. Just make sure that you treat them with respect and you'll be up and running in no time.
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