fundraising will eat your soul

I’ve bought wrapping paper, cookie dough and magazines.

I’ve hawked gift cards, cinnamon rolls and candles.

In the name of parenthood, I’ve been to Chicj-Fil-A, Chuch-E-Cheese, bowling and roller skating.

With a string of tickets we’ve been to carnivals, fairs, festivals and food-offerings.

We let our kids beg friends and relatives to sponsor them for various events over the years. In turn, we’ve paid for enough kids to be arrested for solicited.

Three kids. Three different schools. You know how I feel about the PTO.

I’m ready to pay each of my kids a thousand bucks and tell them not to come to me about a single fundraiser all year. If they want to spend $100 on a $2 pen that is their choice. Just don’t tell me about it.

Yet, every week, a child comes to me, bleeding out of her eyes, with a packet showcasing some fantastic prize she can win if she sells 100 things!

We don’t even know 100 people in our city.

I actually do have a plan.

I’m going make a spreadsheet for each child of $200. Over the year they can pick and choose which fundraiser a they’d like to take part in. When they’re $$$ is gone, it’s gone!

Yeah?

Think it’ll work?

Maybe?

Fundraisers make me want to cry.

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  3. Dorice August 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM #

    Had to de-lurk to comment on this one. I despise all of the fundraising and am incredibly happy that my kids are all out of school. I would so much have rather written the school a check, or monthly checks rather than the endless fundraising.

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  4. Blondefabulous August 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM #

    AMEN Sister!!

    Over the last couple of years the schools here have had more food based fundraisers. That’s great & all, but I have 1 diabetic kid and 1 diabetic/celiac kid, so candy, cookie dough, pizza kits, and most other food items that aren’t gluten free are out of the question for us. Sigh….

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  5. Elizabeth Scott August 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM #

    As my children go back to school I am not looking forward to all the numerous fundraisers. I did recently meet a wonderful business owner that has a great fundraising option. Non-profits can sell wine tasting cards for some of the best wineries in the Northern California wine region. I will admit that is much more tempting to buy then frozen cookie dough or some trinket that I really don’t need.

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