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Giving With Kids: After-school Bake Sale Tips

February 15, 2016

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After-school bake sales are crazy popular at our school. The lines are long, the parents are generous and the kids are ecstatic to see treats. An all-around win! Host a bake sale at your school for a cause you care about. We recommend creating a Go Jane Give fundraising page so friends and family can donate to your cause even if they can’t stop by the sale. Hang on to the cash you collect at the sale, and use your credit/debit card to donate the amount you raised using your fundraising page. The money goes directly to the charity of your choice (no checks to mail), and you can share your page with contributors so they can see what they accomplished.

Here are 6 tips for hosting a school bake sale:

Choose your cause with the kids. Talk about different causes and decide on a charity you want to support together. We’ve curated a set of highly-effective charities that are meeting urgent needs around the world. Let the kids form a little “steering committee.”

Be flexible with the school administration. Tell the administration about your cause and ask if they can help with promotion. Many schools encourage giving as a part of the curriculum. Some schools don’t allow sales on campus, so perhaps you could set up right outside school grounds or ask a neighbor that lives by the school to lend her front yard. 

Pick foods that sell. Think simple and delicious foods that are easy to make and eat on the go. Cupcakes, anyone? Bags of popcorn? Cookies? It’s always good to have a few healthier and gluten free options if possible. 

Ask other parents to contribute. Can Madison’s dad drop off his famous cookies? Why not ask Kyle’s mom to bring her amazing muffins? Even the busiest parents want to see their kids engaged in good causes, so send out some texts and emails. People will be flattered you asked. 

Give local businesses a chance to help. Bakeries, coffee shops, the local grocery store all have items to donate or money to give. Let the kids make a thank-you sign listing the names of contributing businesses.

Enlist your the kids to help with selling. They’ll feel so grown up and hone those math skills counting change for customers.

When you’re all finished, share photos and tag your friends who were involved. You’ll inspire others to give! #gojanegive

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