School fundraisers are the worst ...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Chipper, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. Chipper

    Chipper Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    It seems like kids are doing 6-8 of these a year.

    If anything it teaches you to say no to your kids.

    Color me suspicious, but I wonder how much of this popcorn cost is actually going to the Raving for Rickets cause and how much is going towards "administrative costs".

    But it you sell 10k worth of stuff you get this sweet lava lamp.
  2. ISUKyro

    ISUKyro Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Houston, TX
    The school I work at just switched it to ONE fund for the entire year.
    Parents love it and the $$$ is rolling in.
  3. Cyclonepride

    Cyclonepride Thought Police
    Staff Member

    That's how it should be done. We get all the normal ones (too many already) but also one for every different sport and club. I usually do only one.
  4. cyflier

    cyflier Active Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    I just write the school a check. I think that is easier for everyone, plus the school doesn't have to split the money with the company of whatever junk they are selling.
  5. urb1

    urb1 Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Three kids and they had to sell magazines every year thru eighth grade. Always wanted them to say that the average take per kid was $X and we could instead donate that amount.
  6. clonedude

    clonedude Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2006
    Same here. I'd rather not have any of my $20 going to the candy bar company, and instead have all $20 going to the school.

    I don't make my kids go around and knock on doors. It's humiliating and I don't like bothering my neighbors like that. We just don't do them and give the school some money instead. Kids have become nothing more than little salesmen for the schools. It's gotten ridiculous.

    But you can't beat my one neighbor. They have a sign in their yard that says "No Soliciting", which is fine with me. But then they have their own kids running around the neighborhood all the time selling stuff. So it's not ok for other kids to try to sell them stuff, but it's ok for their own kids to do it to others. Classic stuff right there.
  7. Rabbuk

    Rabbuk Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    I think it's telling about our commitment to our schools funding wise that we even need to have these. I agree they are annoying though.
  8. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    One thing I really don't mind is a savings card for local restaurant/shops. I think they are usually $20 and its typically get an appetizer at Applebess with 2 entrees/buy a large specialty at Caseys get a free medium.
  9. im4cyclones

    im4cyclones Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    Ames, IA
    The school where my brother's kids go does a thing where you can buy out of school fundraisers. For something like $50 or $75, they promise to not approach you for any other fundraisers that year. I wish my kids school did that -- instead they have plant sales, butter braids, discount saver cards, popcorn.
  10. Cyclonepride

    Cyclonepride Thought Police
    Staff Member

    Does it come with an electric fence to keep other peoples kids out of your yard?
  11. cychhosis

    cychhosis Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2006
    Retired Teacher
    S.E. Iowa
    I agree with most of this, I often give kids money and say put all this towards you cause... I'm not interested in what you're selling. But my FFA sells fruit, and I always have customers call me wanting to order because no one contacted them. It's fresher than what you can get in the store and we don't take a full 50% mark up like many other fund raisers.
  12. Clonefan94

    Clonefan94 Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Graphic Designer
    Schaumburg, IL
    It's not even that. There are companies out there, who's sole business model is built around pushing their crap through school fundraisers. Now, I'm not opposed to companies making a buck and helping out schools, but a lot of them push it off like some kind of charity thing, when in reality they are making their 40 or 50% margin, then giving the school a buck for every $20 item sold. I worked for a design company who had a client who did this with stationary. Instead of charging the normal $20 for a set, they just charged $25 so they could still make their normal cut. The reason I don't like it, even though it's a fundraiser, they are basically getting a free sales force, in children none the less to push their garbage.

    Jeez, just look at the whole Girl Scout Cookie scam.
  13. im4cyclones

    im4cyclones Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    Ames, IA
    #13 im4cyclones, Nov 16, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2013
    Not sure. I will text him and ask. His kids go to a small private school in California. I just remember him saying it once (when my kids were hitting him up for a fundraiser).

    Sounds like you get a card that you can show and say that you have already donated. Doesn't keep them from asking. Just tries to relieve the guilt of not buying. They evidently explain to the kids that if someone has a card, to be polite and thank them for their donation.
  14. ImJustKCClone

    ImJustKCClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Professional Pongid Pundit
    traipsing thru the treetops
    Never got my door knocked on by other kids while we were still living in town. They didn't bother because they knew my kids were in band, chorus, debate, various sports and cheerleading (small schools). At that time the fundraisers were still selling fruits & specialty popped popcorn in great big cans, and candies that weren't available in stores, so I didn't mind. We bought a certain amount from our kids, but most of their selling was at our church in Ames. We had a kind of unspoken agreement with other parents (none of the other kids went to the same school as mine) - you buy a little from mine, and I'll buy a little from yours. Small town Iowa was literally flooded with these things. Never did one for the school outright - it was usually for extra-curriculars: band trips or new uniforms or debate state competition or the like. Now I get these things in the mail from my grandkids (all >100 miles away) 20 magazines and the school gets $$$ per subscription (more like pennies than dollars). I mail the entire thing back to their schools unopened with a check enclosed payable to the school (love being able to google school addresses!). The grandkid gets the credit, the school gets the financial support, and the magazines (which I would never read) and "fundrasing administrators" get nada.
  15. arganbright2

    arganbright2 Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2006
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  16. CascadeClone

    CascadeClone Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2009
    Agree with others, would much rather give you $10 cash to the cause, than give you $35 order for $10 worth of stale chocolate, of which the school gets $5 cut.
  17. BoxsterCy

    BoxsterCy Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2009
    Living the Dream
    At least Walt Kowalski was no hypocrite. You didn't seem him soliciting! :smile:

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  18. CyCy

    CyCy Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2006
    Kids learning their ABC's -- Always Be Closing
  19. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2012
    grundy center
    I went to a catholic school and we had fundraisers for our band trips and one school-wide fund raiser. For the all school fundraiser we had to bring in a minimum of $100 so I saved my allowance and bought all $100 worth of raffle tickets because I was so embarrassed to ask people for money. I never had a problem with the band fundraiser because that helped the less fortunate kids pay for their plane tickets, etc.
  20. brianhos

    brianhos Moderator
    Staff Member Bookie

    Jun 1, 2006
    Computer geek
    That $20 caseys card is awesome. It more than pays for itself.

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