Fundraising blues

May 31st, 2007 § 2

It seems like everywhere we turn, we’re being asked for money. I remember raising funds as a kid for special trips and such, but now it seems that every extracurriculur activity requires fundraising in addition to the often hefty fees we pay to take part, and the tremendous amount of time we expend in volunteering.

Here’s an actual excerpt from one of the pleas we recently received to engage us in the “collection” activities (organization withheld to protect the guilty):

“Use peer pressure, call them out in front of the other parents.”

In case that didn’t resonate, let me state it again:

“USE PEER PRESSURE, CALL THEM OUT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER PARENTS.”

This is perhaps the most explicit statement of what we have discovered is now common practice for much school and local extracurricular fundraising. Is the assumption that people who have the ability to give are just hoarding their money and need this kind of inducement/humiliation to be separated from it? Or is there that much lack of compassion for folks who don’t have the ability to give financially above and beyond what they are already?

WTF? Not to mention, are these the values we want to pass on to our children?

§ 2 Responses to “Fundraising blues”

  • andrew says:

    On a related note, if you’d like to help support shebazzle.com please contact andrew at shebazzle and I’ll let you know where to direct your funds.

    All your friends are doing it. You don’t want to be a loser, do you?

  • Marie says:

    We will so not miss this element of private school. The preschool the boys went to in NYC was hitting us up every week for something. Teacher Development, Notecards, Annual Fundraiser, Holiday Gifts, Book Fair, Rummage Sale, blah blah blah. It got really old. There were stories of parents pressured to bid thousands of dollars for a step stool the class had made for the fundraiser. Yeah, like I’m going to spend $2K on a step stool.

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