Addressing the Problems with Traditional School Fundraising Ideas
With diverse classrooms, strict state-wide curriculums, a strong parental voice in the PTO or PTA, and let’s not forget about free transportation, a public school education is an appealing option for many families. One of the few drawbacks, though, is that there isn’t a ton of funding at a public school’s disposal for special events, field trips, technology, new playground equipment, supplies for teachers, or any other expenses. So you’ve turned to fundraising.
Most of the time, one fundraiser is not enough to provide for the school’s needs. With so many groups within a school, like music, theater, and sports, fundraising can get to the point where it feels like you finish one, take a breather, and then turn around for another. It can seem like fundraising requests never end, and that means that parents are get burned out. You need a fundraiser where you can allocate funds and not have groups competing for time.
You’ve tried big event fundraisers, like pledging and attending a walk-a-thon or auction. These are time-consuming, take a lot of organization, and leave parents tired. The same is true for product fundraisers. Parents are bogged down by stress and the pressure to sell enough unwanted products. Nowadays, some parents have given up entirely on fundraisers and just send in money.
Give parents a break from the calorie-laden bake sales, the hours selling cookie dough, frozen pizzas, and candy. We know they don’t want to go door-to-door with magazines, wrapping paper, and candles anymore. When it comes down to the fundraising facts, there is a better option that fits with your lifestyle instead of fights with it: scrip.
What is Scrip Fundraising?
Scrip is fundraising while you shop. Here’s how it works: a family will buy a scrip gift card through your school’s scrip program. They'll pay the full face value, but they’ll earn an immediate rebate percentage that's typically between 3% and 15% depending on the retailer. Then they use that gift card on their normal purchases. You're not spending extra money, and there’s no selling involved— you're just earning for your school!
Benefits of Scrip Fundraising
- No extra time, money, or energy spent.
- No selling unwanted products to your family and friends.
- Earnings add up quickly— families can earn $1,000 or more per year.
- It’s a great budgeting tool, and it fits with every financial situation.
- We offer over 750 retailers, so you can use scrip for practically anything.
- Online ordering lets families buy and use eCards whenever they want.
- The funds you earn are immediately accessible.
- It’s habit forming— you’ll want to use scrip all year long.
Another great thing about scrip? Unlike other fundraisers where all of the earnings go toward a general fund scrip lets you share earnings with families. That way, families can decide whether to put their money toward field trips, art enrichment, or special projects.
Public School Fundraising Success Story
In over 20 years of business, we’ve helped more than 10,000 public schools raise money with scrip fundraising. Our PTO’s and PTA’s are our greatest advocates since they know how powerful scrip can be.
Just look at what Carol D., from Littleton, Colorado said about fundraising with scrip for her grandson’s school:
“I was so excited when I found out about this scrip program because I am always looking for ways to earn money for our school. The groceries and gas accumulate fast, so I would recommend using the scrip every time you shop for groceries. I can't believe how easy it was!”
Want to Start Your Program?
You’ve now learned about scrip as a great fundraising idea for your school. You understand the benefits of scrip, and you’ve seen how successful other public schools have been. Here’s more good news: you can start raising money almost immediately. All you have to do is enroll your school, invite families to join your program, and place your first order. Your school will earn rebates, and your families shop with scrip!
After placing your first few orders, you’ll be able to tailor your scrip program to fit your school’s needs. You’ll figure out how to set the order schedule to benefit families, and you’ll have a better idea of whether to offer online ordering to families or not. The important thing to keep in mind is that there’s no quota you have to meet. Scrip is fundraising on your own clock.