Fun Fundraising Ideas to Help You Reach Your Goals Quickly

Fun Fundraising Ideas

Organizing a fundraiser to raise money for a good cause can be a fun learning experience for all involved! Whether you are running a fundraiser alone or are working as a team, fundraising can be very worthwhile. You will most likely form stronger bonds with the people you work with and will make new connections that could even help you out in the future. Of course, for the fundraiser to be a success, you must think carefully about how to set it up and what to sell. Here are some helpful, fun fundraising ideas:

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Tips For A Successful Gift Wrap Fundraiser


Timing is Essential

Although gift wrap is used throughout the year for various holidays and birthdays, it is most closely associated with the Holiday season. By planning the event in the early autumn and then having the sale in October – early November, you can have the holiday gift paper, bags and ribbon ready for delivery to your customers in December.

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Back to School: Healthy Lunch Ideas

Back to School: Healthy Lunch Ideas, Mixed Bag Designs

Kids are back in school for the year. As you get them ready for their day and pack up those lunches, don’t forget food safety. Packing lunch can present some food safety risks that can be avoided with these simple lunch-packing tips, from washing reusable bags to food preparation tips. Learn the safe way to prepare school lunches. Continue reading

School PTA and PTO Groups

Back to School: Parent-Teacher Groups, Mixed Bag Designs

What comes to mind when the word “PTA” is mentioned? Some may picture a group of local moms who gather to plan bake sales now and then, but in truth, these organizations have a huge influence on students and the education system both locally and nationally throughout the country. Parents of students in school and members of these groups can get a fresh start this back-to-school season by remembering the vision, mission, and purposes that started PTA and PTO groups. Teachers, staff, and community members can spend this back-to-school season by reviewing the mission and goals of their PTO or PTA groups, including how they handle topics like education and school fundraising.

What is a PTA or PTO group’s mission and purpose?

Parent groups exist to facilitate students in reaching their learning potential by representing them as well as providing a source of support to parents and the community. They advocate for a child’s well-being, and their education. Historically, the PTA was founded to promote the welfare of children in the home, school, and community. It sought to make the home/school relationship stronger and help parents and teachers work together. These PTA goals are still relevant today. Parent groups advocate for students and solve problems, and often end up handling the many school fundraisers that help provide educational and extracurricular activities to students.

How do parent groups run?

Generally, a PTA group elects a board and set of officers for a term of office. Officers and members work together to write and approve budgets and are recognized by the government as a tax-exempt group. Any money raised through school fundraisers belongs to the PTA and can be used only for purposes approved by its members.It is important to remember that parent groups are not just a funding resource for the school. They do not replace government funding, and they don’t work for the school. They work on behalf of the children and families.

What is the difference between a PTO and PTA group?

Schools that do not have PTA affiliations often develop separate groups like booster clubs and parent groups that end up with many of the same responsibilities as a PTA group. They are often called PTO groups, or “parent teacher organizations.” They are considered independent groups not officially linked to the state. These groups might choose this  independence for monetary reasons, or to separate themselves from the rules and regulations set forth by the national PTA. There is now a National PTO Network (NPN) that provides benefits similar to those available to PTA groups.

Mixed Bag Designs Teams up with Local School

Go Green with Mixed Bag DesignsStainbridge Academy, a local not-for-profit private school in San Mateo, CA serving students with mild to moderate learning differences, has recently teamed up with school fundraising company Mixed Bag Designs in a 13th year internship program.

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Teacher Appreciation Week Starts Today

Teacher Appreciation Mixed Bag Designs

As a school fundraising company, Mixed Bag Designs knows how important teachers and educators are to the well-being of our kids and community. We can’t thank school teachers enough for all they do, but we can certainly try, and we want to use Teacher Appreciation Week to show our gratitude for the extra time, love, and effort they put into teaching and guiding students on their learning journey. Whether it be with a small gift or just a thank you note, take time to reach out to the teachers by helping your child express how thankful he or she is! Here are some tips for coming up with a gift for Teacher Appreciation week that will show your gratitude. Or, check out our cute reusable bags and lunch totes: they make a great eco-friendly gift for that special teacher. Continue reading