Here are a few ideas for funding a Make-A-Book Project or any goal your school may have, like a new garden or playground equipment. In the past, we have raised anywhere from $300 to over $2500 plus expenses.
Simple fundraiser: If your school or organization doesn’t want to create a book, perhaps you would like to organize a simple fundraiser with Scott’s five children’s books. The books make great gifts for friends and family. We’ll even donate a set to the school library. And, Scott could visit as a guest author to sign the books. Meeting Scott in person inspires students to dream, and help instill the faith that big dreams, like cycling around the world, are really possible.
The logistics: We can donate 40-55% of the cover price of all books sales, compared to Scholastic’s book drive, which pays as low as 25% for $2500 in sales. Of course, this event would take some organization with the parent-teacher committee, but I have personally seen the success. Assuming the event is well-organized and sells about 300 books (less than 1 book per family), we would earn enough money to fund a SMART Board for the classroom. The fundraiser could also include cupcakes (baked and donated by parents), raffle prizes and more. The best way to coordinate a fundraiser is with an existing event.
Supporting a book project at your school. If you DO want to organize and fund a book project, in addition to a book and bake sale, perhaps we could try social media fundraising. It’s fun and a great way to reach friends and friends of friends. Fundly.com and Kickstarter.com and donorschoose.org are a few examples. Social fundraising also supports a reward system; for example, donors could:
- Support naming a character; for example, at a $100 donation level
- Contributing a theme
- Purchase a book signed by all the student illustrators
- Or whatever fun reward we can create.
This isn’t just fundraising—your community can help co-create the book; in other words: it’s interactive!
Above The Cupcake Boy fundraiser, at Amy Belle Elementary during their Spring Fling. It was a big success! It makes me feel fulfilled to see all the proud young student illustrators. Special thanks to the custodian, Rochelle, who turns out to be Amy Belle’s own Cupcake Lady. She spent a week baking monster cupcakes, Despicable Me Minion cupcakes, Cinderella cupcakes and much more. And many more parents donated hundreds of cupcakes to the school bake sale. And thanks to Arma for helping to organize everything in her cupcake pajamas. The bake sale was so successful it helped fund the book and a lot more activities and supplies for the students.
Below Scott signs books at the Ruby the Red Worm ice cream social and book signing. This event drew over 1000 people. Thanks to the Waukesha STEM Academy for going way beyond the call of duty to organize this event, which is no easy job. They also included free ice cream for all the kids.