Sue Scheff: Fundraisers that Offer Practical Products – Help Raise Money for Your Schools, Youth Programs and more

Let’s face it, many parents cringe when their child brings home that fundraising package. You know you will have to call in the family troops, knock on your neighbors doors and the dreaded, bring it to the office.

I don’t think there are many people that enjoy being approached to purchase items, whether it is for a good cause or not, today’s economy has left many people having to cut back. How much wrapping paper do you really need? Do they not realize that Dollar Stores now sell fancy gift bags for a buck?

During the National PTA Convention the Exhibitors Hall was filled with great fund raising ideas. With a range of percentages going to the schools, the attraction is truly what can people use today? Another words, if they are going to support a good cause like the PTA or their school, let’s sell practical products!

Here are the some great ideas for organizations to use for fundraisers and hopefully you will find the items useful.

At the top of the list has to be RightResponse Responsible Fundraising. These are First-Aid Collection Kits for everyone, including your pet! Whether you want to purchase a kit for your car, for your teen that is involved in sports, for those that love the outdoors, or even for your pet, RightResponse First-Aid packages are priceless for emergencies. You never know when you need a First-Aid Kit and these mini-travel size ones are perfect for fundraisers. Who doesn’t need an instant First-Aid Kit at some time of their life? If you have an organization and looking for a practical fundraiser, check out and see if they can help you grow!

Another practical fundraiser, especially for the younger kids, is Growums! Located right here in West Palm Beach, they offer a great line of gardening with their motto, “add a little character to your garden“. They mean that literally! Growums™ garden kits are a fun, simple learning tool that teaches children and adults alike the joys and benefits of growing their own food. The results bring more than just entertainment and a tasty harvest. No more candy, no more popcorn, time for healthy eating and growing your own healthy treats. Check out their interactive website that children can learn more about harvesting in the gardening playland.

Did you know that 82% of people drink coffee? With this, it is practical to offer friends, family, and those co-workers a product they will use. Ugly Mug Coffee is here for your fundraiser. With 82% of Americans drinking coffee, you don’t have to wonder who’s going to be interested in your fundraiser – it’s not seasonal and it’s not a fad. In fact, most households purchase coffee on a weekly basis.

These and many others were featured at this year’s National PTA Convention. Whether your kids are involved in sports, clubs or other organizations, if they get involved in fundraisers, encourage them to take a look at products the average person could actually use!

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