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Cash Please! PTA's new fundraising technique goes viral


Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 04/09/2015. Cash Please! PTA's new fundraising technique goes viralTags: Parenting


A Texan mother posted this humourously spot-on fundraising letter on her Facebook page with the caption "I love that our school PTA has a great sense of humor. This form came home with our 7th grader yesterday."

The PTA, which is at a school in Texas, requests parents not to bake, volunteer or do any form of physical exertion but to simply donate the cash they would have spent if they were to do these things. The letter explains:

"This fundraiser is in lieu of sending students home with the task of selling door-to-door, collecting money, and delivering goods. Please help us avoid that by supporting our PTA with your donations, and helping us achieve our goals to support our students and faculty."

The letter lists a number of options such as making a donation of $15 if "I do not want to bake, so here is the money I would have spent on those cupcakes" or a $100 bribe donation if "I really wouldn't have helped anyway, so here is $100 to forget my name." Other options include:

  • $25 - I do not want to hit up friends, family and co-workers, so here is the money I would have spent buying wrapping paper.

  • $50 - I do not want to walk, swim or run in any acitvity that thas the word "thon' in it. Here is the money I would have spent on my child's "free" t-shirt.

  • $75 - I don't want to attend any fancy balls, so here is the money I would have spent on a new outfit

  • $100 - I really wouldn't have helped anyway, so here is $100 to forget my name.

  • $__ - I am making this donation to express my appreciation for having noting to buy, sell, or do except fill out this form

The post has since gone viral with over 230,000 shares and with big names like CNN and Good Morning America writing articles and requesting interviews with the mother of three who originally posted it.

It is unclear whether the letter was actually sent home by the PTA of the school but it's success on the internet may spark some changes in the way PTA's organise their fundraisers from now on!

What do you think parents? Would you prefer to give money rather than volunteer? Let us know in the comments!


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