Anyone with a kid in school knows all too well that fundraisers will play a part in the year and whether it’s for a class trip or sports equipment, you know you’ll be roped into buying something you don’t need, having to ask family and co-workers to buy, or baking batches of brownies for a bake sale that will yield very little in sales.
One elementary school PTA knows the struggle is all too real for many parents and so they decided on the most straight-forward approach to fundraising ever. It also might just be the most hilarious. They passed out a form designated as an “Alternative Fundraiser,” which included a number of options for parents to select.
Their approach was pretty genius, trampling on all of the usual fundraising activities everyone hates and asking for cash straight up without all of the effort. It’s something that most families could get on board with.
The fundraising form explained: “This fundraiser is in lieu of sending students home with the task of selling door-to-door, collecting money, and delivering goods. Please help us avoid that by supporting our PTA with your donations, and helping us achieve our goals to support our students and faculty.”
That opening alone had everyone’s attention, but the options for donations brought a bit of levity to simply asking people to contribute money.
One option was for a $15 donation, reading: “I do not want to bake, so here is the money I would have spent on cupcakes.”
For $25 you get out of pestering friends and family to buy something, as the form explained: “I do not want to hit up friends, family, and co-workers, so here is the money I would have spent on wrapping paper.”
A $50 donation covered the following: “I do not want walk, swim or run in any activity that has the word ‘thon’ in it. Here is the money I would have spent on my child’s ‘FREE’ T-shirt.”
Feeling generous? The $100 donation option explained: “I really wouldn’t have helped anyway, so here is $100 to forget my name.”
There was also a write-in option of any amount of your choosing, with the explanation: “I am making this donation to express my appreciation for having nothing to buy, sell or do except fill out this form.”
A picture of the form was posted on Reddit, where people chimed in with comments, including one person who said: “This is genius. So would prefer to do this over buying sh*t that I don’t need, like crap wrapping paper or four gallon tubs of cookie dough.”
Another commenter noted that the direct appeal approach can be a very successful way to raise money, writing: “A school near me did something like this. Their campaign was ‘just write a check.’ It was their most successful one ever.”
One person was definitely won over the clever PTA form, writing: “And yeah, we’re normally tight on cash, but I made a $20 donation when I got this. I refuse to have my kid pester people to buy overpriced wrapping paper, but you send out something funny and blatantly honest like this? You bet your ass I’ll make a donation! (Helping support the school is an added bonus.)”