Fund-raising in the right way

Fund-raising in the right way

Edward Wang

Activities provide a better incentive to fund-raise compared to drives

The recent earthquake in Japan has done what many natural disasters do well: bring people together and spur them to create and support international relief efforts. 

It is now our job—the job of MVHS as a community of humanitarians—to rise to the occasion and contribute to the cause ourselves.

Activities, such as this chemistry presentation on the history of nuclear power, provide more incentive for students to donate to various relief efforts. This approach to fundraising should be imitated throughout MVHS. Photo by Edward Wang.The decision by the class of 2012 to give up junior prom favors and donate all proceeds to the American Red Cross for Japan relief is an exemplary step towards this goal. Instead of using part of each junior prom bid to buy small gifts such as picture frames, the class of 2012 donated three dollars per bid to the American Red Cross instead. 

This approach to fundraising deserves recognition and should be imitated in other school activities and events.

Raising money for a cause does not necessarily entail holding specific fundraising drives in which people simply donate money into an envelope or a jar. Though these drives are useful, including donations in tickets or admission fees is an even better way to provide students with even more incentive to donate. 

Such an approach to fundraising can be applied to almost any school event or activity from dances to social events. The possibilities are endless, especially at MVHS where clubs and classes hold a wide variety of events and activities frequently. So now, the future of Japan relief fundraising lies in the hands of event and activity planners. Will you continue with the old way of fundraising solely through drives, or will you maximize efficiency and make fundraising more satisfying by using every one’s favorite school activities as incentives for helping Japan?