Clip-and-save programs are a popular way to raise money for schools.
General Mills’ Box Top Program: Collect the designated pink box tops coupons from select brands and turn them in to your local school. Each Box Top earns 10 cents for the school, which will get checks throughout the year.
Earn virtual box tops, clip coupons, enter online sweepstakes and get in-store offers at www.boxtops4education.com.
Campbell’s Soup’s Labels for Education: Collect and submit designated UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from more than 2,500 participating products to earn your school points. Instead of receiving checks, schools redeem their points for arts, athletics and academics merchandise. Check out www.campbellsoup.com for coupons.
More tips: If you’re trying to raise money for your school or organization, here are a few best practices.
• Communicate key information in a variety of ways and often. Use email and Facebook, and go to school events. The beginning of the year means backpacks full of fliers with important information. Send notices throughout the year with updates on progress.
• Create incentive programs that inspire others to participate. Understand the audience and be creative with incentives. Pizza days or ice-cream parties are great for kids. Offer two weeks of covered lunch duty for the teacher.
• Teachers are very busy, and another fundraiser is just another thing on their To Do list. Make it easy to collect. Consider giving teachers designated bags or boxes.
• Keep students inspired with monthly or quarterly contests, and share results on a bulletin board or in a newsletter.
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