School fundraisers can be fun — and they serve a great purpose — but let’s face it, who has time to strap on an apron and whip up treats for a bake sale or solicit friends and neighbors to buy things they really don’t need? In hopes of giving busy moms and dads a much-needed out from all that family participation, one elementary school PTA team sent out an “alternative” — and totally hilarious — fundraiser form. And parents are loving it because it cuts out the fluff and gets right to the point.
Instead of sending students home with a task, like selling cookies door-to-door or collecting money and delivering goods, the PTA at this elementary school sent out an honest donation form with five fill-in-the-blank options (and the third one is, without a doubt, our favorite):
- $10: I do not want to bake, so here is the money I would have spent on cupcakes.
- $25: I do not want to hit up friends, family, and co-workers, so here is the money I would have spent on wrapping paper.
- $50: I do not want to walk, swim, or run in any activity that has the word “thon” in it. Here is the money I would have spent on my child’s “FREE” t-shirt.
- $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 nothing to buy, sell, or do, except fill out this form.
Shoutout to the PTA at my kids’ elementary school for the most hilariously honest fundraiser I’ve ever seen. from r/funny
One dad got such a kick out of the cheeky letter that he posted a photo of it on Reddit — it’s received more than 2,000 comments in just one day! As always, a few commenters weren’t thrilled with the idea, defending things like book fairs and popcorn sales — but many others thought the form was a work of PTA art.
“This is genius. So would prefer to do this over buying things that I don’t need, like wrapping paper or four-gallon tubs of cookie dough,” one commenter shared. “A school near me did something like this,” wrote another. “Their campaign was ‘Just write a check.’ It was their most successful one ever.”
Of course, not every fundraiser is a drag. Raising money for your child’s school is an important cause, and sometimes school-related events are the best way to get out and have a little fun with the family. But, come on — we’ve still got the wrapping paper from last year, and probably the year before, sitting in our closets. We’re glad at least one school is giving parents a break — and a laugh — instead of more items for their to-do lists!