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10 Fundraising Lessons for 2016 | No. 4: Use Social Media

Written by Brightspark Travel

 Nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States are on social media. If you’re running a school fundraiser, this means that many parents, students, community members and other potential donors are on social media. Managing social media profiles for school fundraisers is a great way to communicate with your audience, but it requires a unique approach. We share some of our top lessons on using social media for school fundraising.

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10 Fundraising Lessons for 2016 | No. 3: Be Creative

Written by Brightspark Travel

School fundraising is more popular than ever; in U.S. schools, 42% of students and parents participate in fundraisers. Unfortunately, this means increases in competition; when the math team and the football team are both selling candy bars during homecoming week, they’ll steal each other’s profits.

In order to stand out against a backdrop of bland bake sales and run-of-the-mill catalogues, get inspired by the third lesson in our series of fundraising lessons: be creative.

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10 Fundraising Lessons for 2016 | No. 2: Start Early

Written by Brightspark Travel

“I wish I could have started the planning on fundraising a little sooner.”

When we interviewed Kimberly Wall, a middle school teacher planning her first Disney dance tour, she expressed one of the most common fundraising-related sentiments we hear from teachers: Start planning early and know your timelines.

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10 Fundraising Lessons for 2016 | No. 1: Take Advantage of the Season

Written by Brightspark Travel

During 2015, we spoke with a variety of educators about their experiences heading school fundraisers. They shared their creative ideas, challenges and tips for overcoming these challenges. Over the next month, we’ll share the main lessons we’ve learned about fundraising in a new series: 10 Best Fundraising Lessons for 2016.

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6 Simple Steps to Raising Money With Guessing Jars

Written by Brightspark Travel

While teachers would prefer it if their students prepared for their tests, rather than just guess on them, they surely will not mind if these youths follow their instincts during a guessing jar fundraiser. This method of raising money for educational travel opportunities is easy to implement, and most of all, quite fun! Use these six steps as a guide for helping your guessing jar fundraising efforts.

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5 Ways Brightspark Helps You Fundraise

Written by Brightspark Travel

At Brightspark Travel, we know that school fundraising is a great way to make tours accessible to more students. That’s why we provide Group Leaders, parents and students with plenty of fundraising tools. Check out some of our favorites:

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Simplify School Fundraising With Our Strategy Template

Written by Brightspark Travel

School fundraisers have a lot of moving parts. Our school fundraising strategy template helps you plan your fundraiser like an expert. It sets up a framework for an overall plan, so you can define specific action items and a correlating timeline. Our school fundraising strategy template will help you think about:

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Get Inspired With Creative School Fundraising Ideas

Written by Brightspark Travel

School fundraisers are great for raising money for a student tour, a booster club or any other educational or performance-related goals. As their popularity increases, however, it takes more than a bland bake sale to attract donors. We wanted to give teachers and performance arts directors a step-by-step guide to executing a modern fundraiser. Our fundraising e-book will walk you through:

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Destination Inspiration: Unique Fundraisers Based on Tour Locales

Written by Brightspark Travel

Perhaps you’ve considered raising funds with bulk packs of candy bars and magazines offering fruitcakes, but these tired methods fail to evoke the excitement of student travel. You’re going to an awesome destination — so why not create a fundraiser influenced by that destination?

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4 Ways to Get Your Garage Sale Off the Ground

Written by Brightspark Travel

Sponsoring a garage sale at a school-friendly location, (e.g. a gymnasium or auditorium) is a great way to earn money for your Brightspark tour. By hosting your event in a public, indoor area, you’ll protect your fundraiser from bad weather and lack of visibility. Now is the time to make the community aware of your special trip and the ways in which they can support your group.

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