Fundraising and Kids: Too Much or Just Right?

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If there is one thing I didn’t expect it when having children it was the number of fundraisers associated with these little humans.  From the time my kiddos entered school we have been asked to purchase things or requested to sell things to raise money for various organizations. This has continued as they've grown; anytime we join a new organization it seems there will be a fundraising goal attached.

There are the things my kids are expected to sell: wrapping paper, cookies, cookie dough, knick knacks, reusable grocery bags, soda (which they aren’t even allowed to drink) . . . and the list goes on and on and on.

And when we aren’t asked to sell, we are asked to buy: cookies and cookie dough and wrapping paper and so much more.

I do get it. I know organizations need funding in order to provide services, activities, and opportunities for our children, which will, in turn, help them become giving, caring people. I'm happy to support organizations as much as I can, but that's where I run into the problem. There's only so much one family can do and afford to buy – and that goes for me as well as my neighbors, families, and friends.

Maybe it's because I’m not a door to door salesperson type of gal. I don’t like asking people to give me money for products when I don’t know the customer’s financial situation or I feel I've already asked once before and shouldn't ask again. Not everyone has money to give, even if they want to donate; and I know how disappointing it could be to someone who wants to help, does not want to devastate a child, but really can’t afford $20 worth of sweets they won't eat because they are on a diet for the New Year.

Yes, we can hit up our families for a box of cookies or some wrapping paper, but how often? Once a year, perhaps, but every few months? Eventually they will stop answering our calls.

Choosing not to sell has its consequences. In general, kids that sell the most earn rewards, while those who don’t sell enough do not. While a baseball cap may not sound like a big deal to me, to my daughters it might be everything that day, especially if they are one of the few in a particular group that don’t get one.

I’m a mother who would rather donate something to an organization than head out to sell, but I have friends who love fundraising and really do well with it.  

What do you think? Do you feel bombarded by fundraising or do you feel we need these activities in order to raise money for the wonderful organizations that teach and provide healthy activities for our children? Are you comfortable with the selling process, or do you tend to shy away from it?

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Fundraising and Kids: Too Much or Just Right?

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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  1. I worked retail for years but I HATE direct sales. I hate asking people for money for the same reasons you listed, and I DREAD the days when I’ll have to face this. Right now my son is still happily lounging in my belly so I still have time to decide how to handle this situation. I know that when my brother was in middle school they tried to get all the kids to sell these coupon books and he BEGGED my dad to buy one. He learned a valuable lesson that day; selling stuff to people who don’t want it or can’t afford it isn’t easy. Dad said he was welcome to try, but that he was on his own. My brother gave up after twenty minutes of going to a few houses close by. The "prizes" just weren’t worth it to him anymore; it was easier for him to just get a paper route and buy his own things, and later get a job at a fish & chips restaurant that he’s now managing and making really good money at. So maybe my son will have the same mindset as his uncle and his dad and choose to ignore the "fundraising" and instead earn some money for himself when he’s older. Anything that keeps me from having to explain why mommy doesn’t feel like going door to door to sell candy 😉

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