How We Raise Money
As in most schools, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Some of our most popular events are the Summer Fete, Christmas Fayre, Family Bingo nights and Family Race nights. In the past we have held Happys Circus, which was a very popular event, Children’s Animal man, Adult Quiz Night and a Family Disco. We had “Kids on the Catwalk” fashion show; which was great success, the children taking part thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as did parents and friends watching the show. We have printed calendars, tea towels and produced Christmas Cards.
We hold regular uniform sales in school. Committee members have also been seen in the playground, dressed strangely, promoting events.
So you can see, there is always something going on! We always try and respond to the children’s requests for events and it is truly the icing on the cake to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of new equipment that the PTA has donated.
We are fortunate however to have other opportunities open to us to raise money.
Donations are extremely important. These can be time, money, items for sale, donations for raffles or offers of services and skills etc.
As our PTA is a Registered Charity, we are able to raise money through Gift Aid and Charity Matching Schemes.
Charity Matched Giving
Charity matching is a very simple practice. Companies or businesses pledge to donate to a charity such as ourselves an amount of money relating to the amount that an employee(s) donates or fundraises for us. There are several benefits to both the company and ourselves involved.
- The company benefits from having charitable donations writen off against taxable profits.
- The company can endeavour to get publicity for their giving.
- Our PTA benefits from receiving perhaps double what we have raised at an event.
If you think that your employer has a matched giving scheme already in operation, or if you would like some more information about charity matching or setting up a scheme in your workplace, please talk to one of the PTA committee. We know the following companies that are already involved with this scheme include: Boots PLC, Tesco, Debenhams, Sainsburys, BAA, and major Banks and Building Societies.