Fundraising - Why We Fundraise

To put it simply, the PAC raises funds for two primary reasons: stuff we want and stuff we need.   In a perfect world, we would only need to fundraise for stuff we want, like field trips or guest speakers. The reality is that we must also fundraise to supplement things we need, like art supplies, library books, technology (computers, SmartBoards, iPads), playground equipment, and additional educational support materials.   One major challenge with fundraising – we don't want our fundraising activities to be seen as, or felt like, a 'parent tax.' Let's not saddle our children with the chore of selling useless products to their families, trying to reach sales goals for incentive rewards. Unfortunately, many easy fundraising initiatives rely on students selling various products. In the last few years, Bayview has limited the number of fundraising activities, focusing on adult events like the Spring Fundraiser ("An Evening in Wonderland" in 2011 and "Life's a Beach Party" in 2012 theme) and on fun student activities like the Dance-A-Thon. Moving forward, this year we will be looking at ways to raise funds via the larger community. Hopefully, we can distribute the load and also broaden the pool of potential contributors. Our hope is to raise more money, so the things we need are met. Then we can focus on how we want to transform Bayview, to help it become everything we want for our kids. This year, we're also introducing a "Donor Bill of Rights" to share with donors and potential donors. It is intended to demonstrate how much we appreciate their efforts, and also how seriously we take our job. Have a hot fundraising idea?  Got an opinion on fundraising?  Want to help raise funds?  Need more information? Contact us...