by Deane Brengle, Editor of the Fundraising for Small Groups Newsletter
The last time they counted (2005- the last year for records) America's school kids,
scouts, sports teams and other nonprofit groups raised nearly 1.7 billion dollars
selling candy, gift wrap, candles and other fundraising products and services.
They are in the business of raising money and it is big business. What child
that you know doesn't have to raise funds for a group they belong to?
This sales force of primarily kids is present in every community, and we need
to be ever vigilant of their safety whenever they are fundraising. Take
fundraising safety seriously!
- Know the Rules
First and foremost, know what your group's rules are for fundraising and
follow them as a minimum guideline. Many groups, or their parent
organizations, have now banned door to door sales and other techniques that
they have identified as too risky. Other groups have no rules or guidelines
and you are left to determine what is right for your group.
- Safety Don'ts
Everybody wants to have a successful fundraising campaign, but not at the
cost of the safety of anyone involved. Stress safety above everything else!
Lay down the minimum do's and don'ts throughout the fundraising campaign.
Here are the generally accepted fundraising no-no's:
- Do not sell alone - ever!
- Do not sell door to door without a responsible adult present.
- Do not approach or talk to strangers.
- Do not enter anyone's house.
- Do not carry large amounts of cash.
- Do not sell in front of stores or malls without permission and
a responsible adult present.
- Do not sell at stop lights or street corners.
- Safety Do's
Incorporate these ideas into your fundraising campaign and safety rules:
- Stress common sense and safety.
- Follow all safety guidelines your group has established as
- Parents should be involved and supervise their child's
- Make sure mom and dad pre approve who their children ask.
- If a child does go door to door with a responsible adult, only
approach familiar houses.
- Never go out to sell after dark.
- Walk away from any dangerous or unfamiliar situations.
- Immediately notify your parent or teacher of any strange