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BACK-TO-SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS The new school year may seem far away, but now is the time to start thinking about back-to-school fundraisers. Through these schemes, parents both new and old can help raise funds while buying everything their little ones need for the coming year. Cashback on uniform: Register your school with the Tesco or M&S (mandsyourschooluniform.com) school uniform schemes and receive a 5% cash donation. Alternatively, ask local school uniform embroidery companies whether they can support your school with a cashback scheme. Name badges: Help parents keep tabs on uniform by making sure everything is labelled! Stamptastic, Easy2Name, London Emblem and SnappyTag all provide fundraising schemes. Water bottles: Add your school logo to PTA Pitstop’s reusable water bottles and sell on to parents. At under £1 per bottle, you  Shopping affi liate:  in place, make sure everyone knows! Companies such as Give as you Live offer commission on purchases of around 3-4% when you buy through them. With no hidden charges or catches for parents or PTAs, it really is money for nothing on all those additional purchases of rucksacks, lunchboxes, etc! Have a look at our suppliers directory for a list of relevant fundraising suppliers: pta.co.uk/suppliers.


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Seasonal advice all year round!


There’s a lot to keep on top of when you’re a PTA member, and this is where our PTA+ email newsletters can help. Never forget an urgent planning job or be lost for ideas again! We handpick the best seasonal advice and send it straight to your inbox approximately once a fortnight, meaning you can spend less time searching for fundraising ideas, and more time executing them! If you’re already signed up but haven’t opened an email recently, you might fi nd we’ve removed you from our mailing list (we’ve had a GDPR-related tidy up!). Visit pta.co.uk/sign-up to guarantee your fi ll of PTA expertise!


Gingerbread welcome


Entice new volunteers – while supporting new parents and their little ones – by giving a sweet treat on the fi rst day of school. We came across this idea from Wyborne Primary School PFA in 2015: gingerbread men were handed to new starters on their fi rst day, featuring a poem to the children which encouraged them to tell their parents, ‘If your grown-ups want some new friends too, tell them to join the PFA – we’re a really friendly crew!’ Visit pta.co.uk to read the testimonial (including the full poem), as well as more ideas for welcoming new starters.


Do you need a licence for collection boxes?


We recently had a question on one of our PTA Facebook groups, asking whether a licence is required in order to place PTA collection boxes in local shops. This is what the Fundraising Regulator told us: ‘To place a static collection on a private site like a shop, you need to have permission in writing from the person who owns the site, or someone who has the authority to do so on their behalf. On occasion you might see a static collection box in a public space; to do this, you need to fi nd out if the site is private or public land. If it is public land, then it will be the local authority that can give permission to place the collection box (normally the local council or in some cases the local police). The full regulations are covered in the static collections section of the Code of Fundraising Practice: fundraisingregulator.org.uk/17-0-static-collections.’


pta.co.uk SUMMER 2018 9


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