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This is the very second post in the series called “Ask a Leader Advice”. All you have to do is write in and I will answer your questions. If I have ideas, or have wrote other helpful tips about the topic they are below as well. If you have a question that needs answered, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also encourage other leaders to add their advice in the comments below. I am only one leader offering my advice from my perspective. I look forward to answering your questions each week and helping other leaders get their voices heard here as well.
Leader’s Question, There have been a number of variations to this question, but in the end what I am answering… HELP, I need fundraiser advice. Here is one version of the question.
“I have a couple of families who are low income. I’ve suggested to my co-leader that we raise our minimum of the fall products selling and cookies. She feels that the minimum is enough since during fall products that we’re competing with the school and asking parents to sell more is hard. We’ve done a bake sale before and not gotten what we’ve expected in funds. What else do you suggest?”
Advice from one leader to another….
There are a number of things that come to mind to get you started raising money for your troop beyond just selling the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookies.
Before I jump in, I will start by saying fundraisers are a touchy subject with Girl Scouts, and as we all know each council handles them differently. So before pursuing any of the following ideas please check with your council. I am basing my ideas on what I know my council will allow.
For over 100 ideas that could get your creative juices flowing checkout this book from Richard Black called The Fundraiser Guru: 100 All New Fundraising Ideas while some ideas wont work for Girl Scout Troops there are lots of ideas to get your girls thinking about Fundraiser they can do as group.
Another thing to check with you council. Sometimes they will not allow you to have other fundraisers going while the fall and cookie sales are going. Now my council would allow us to make our hoagie sales be parent run sales, which pretty much means they are a sale that does not go on the official books. Now that is my council so please check with yours before going in that direction.
Have you ever heard of scout cash? It is a great way to give your girls a incentive to participate in activities, help out at meeting, and other tasks you decide to use scout cash for. If you have issues getting girls to participate in fundraisers, I have found offering scout cash for every dollar they sell gets more girls selling and participating. I shared another post explaining how to use it, and also a free printable with your very own scout cash to use with your troop. Click here to learn more.
You can write me and ask for troop ideas, help dealing with issues with girls and parents, suggestions for fundraisers, service projects etc. I will answer the question sharing my experiences and give you my advice, and then comments are also open for other leaders to add their thoughts and advice. If you have a question that needs answered, email me at email@example.com. If I answer your question here on the blog I will email you and let you know the answer is live.