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Five alternative and inclusive school fundraising ideas

Schools must avoid piling too much fundraising pressure onto families living in poverty and struggling with the cost of living. Craig Watson offers five alternative fundraising ideas


Given the current funding challenges facing schools, fundraising activities are becoming more and more important.

Whether this be via the PTA or led by the school directly, whether this be to subsidise a residential trip for the students, or whether it is raising money for a local charity, schools put on these activities with the best of intentions.

However, in my time as a teacher, my time at Children North East as the a poverty-proofing coordinator, and from the almost 10 years of poverty-proofing experience in the charity, we have seen the pressure that can be put on families from fundraising requests.

This could be direct pressure, financially, to contribute, or socially to feel that they have to contribute in order to “fit in”. Just consider these comments from families we have worked with.

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