Everyone loves money, but no one ever has enough. So what can you do to get more money? You can fundraise. Everyone has different opinions and experiences, but I’d like to share mine. Just keep in mind that that are plenty of other ways to go about fundraising.
So let’s start off going all the way back to my freshman year when I first joined DECA. Competition was coming up and I heard I was going to have to fundraise. I was pretty nervous just because I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. My chapter runs a school based enterprise (SBE) that’s one of our lunch lines. All I had to do was help in that lunch line a couple times. That was my fundraising for the year. It seems small, but that lunch line raises hundreds of dollars for my chapter every week.
Some other schools and districts might have different rules and regulations, but I’d highly recommend considering starting a food-based SBE if it’s allowed. Definitely talk to your advisor.
Anyways though, fast forward to sophomore year and I had to do quite a bit more fundraising; I had a campaign to fund. My chapter hosted nights at restaurants, reached out to local businesses, and sold candy. It worked like a charm and is what I’m going to do whenever I have to fundraise from now on. You have to find what works for you, and stick with it; you’ll only get better and better.
For me, fundraising turned from something I was scared of, to something I legitimately enjoy and am excited to do. Even if you don’t like it, fundraising is a part of DECA, and you might as well make the most of it.