With the start of a new school year upon us, this is a great opportunity to start thinking about your fundraising plans for the year ahead. 

After more than 20 years offering fundraising projects, we have helped to raise over £4.7m for schools around the UK.  With that in mind, here are our top Fundraising tips, to help you get the most out of your project:

Fundraising projects tend to be at their most successful when the art coordinator, the teachers and the PTA are involved from the start, to ensure that the children get the most out of their art endeavours, and the school maximises funds.

If parents expect it, they are more likely to support you.  Plan for the year ahead with different artwork projects (such as T-shirts, bags, mugs, Yearbooks, occasion cards as well as Christmas cards) to help generate funds throughout the year, and ensure that each project builds the children’s individual artistic skills.  

Here on our website you will find a number of resources and blogs to inspire creativity and provide ideas on how to bring these projects to life for children.  Start with our curriculum based art lesson resources, you can find them here.

Don’t forget to communicate fundraising targets, detailing what the funds will be used for, and providing regular updates on funds raised, all of this encourages greater school community support.

Children take great pleasure in seeing their artwork in print or on everyday items that they and their parents use, so it is important to ensure that the quality of the end product shows off the artwork to the highest quality.  Why not create exhibitions of the work in school, so that everyone can admire the artwork?

Try to avoid any last minute panics at busy times of year, by ensuring everyone is aware of the project and any deadline dates.  We will always do our best to help you.

Plan projects that will show the children’s artistic skills and development throughout primary schooling.  The Christmas Card project is a lovely example of how parents can engage in these artistic journeys from the outset.

And last but not least, communicate the importance of art projects to your school communities, not only for raising funds, but in supporting children’s development – their ability to learn, express themselves creatively and importantly, to build their self esteem through creativity.

We would love to hear your Top Tips if you currently run fundraising projects for your schools?  For further information and free samples of each of our projects click here.