Hi All. I work for a heath charity and I'm looking to involve some schools in fundraising projects however I am interested to hear from you how other charities contact schools and try and get them to either choose them as charity of the year or take part in a non uniform day etc? Can anyone make any suggestions about what makes a school choose one charity over another?
Well, in our school, the School council put 5 charities to the vote of the rest of the school. They are usually local charities and sadly as has been in the last few years, charities that are close to our hearts because of students that have suffered or lost their lives.
Same here - majority of the time a charity is chosen because one of the pupils (or sometimes staff) has a close connection / reason for supporting them. They are chosen by school council too - same as ^
Thank you so much for your feedback. Is there a way to contact school councils? Do charities write to them at all?
I was wondering whether if a charity could offer someone to come in and do a talk and some educational activity whether that would be a draw.
I work for Stroke Association and I was wondering whether a non scary presentation on stroke and some interactivity such as taking blood pressures before and after running around and making healthier choices with food would be a draw?
Hmm, I'm not sure how you'd go about it. Maybe try and find out who the teacher in charge of School Council is?
I really don't know whether that would be something a school could factor in, it's quite specialist, if you see what I mean! We have many guest speakers for assemblies, but only things that are immediately relevant to our students, like road safety, local police, anti-bullying etc.
To be honest, it's probably not something we'd be looking at. It's a pretty narrow subject, and not something that would generally be relevant for many young students (I'm in a primary school). We've got three charities we already focus on and they are ones that are important to the students (we sponsor a school overseas, a cancer charity as one of our students was lost to it a few years ago, and another children's charity). That's in addition to any fundraising activities for our own school. We can't keep hammering parents with requests for donations for every charity that approaches us.