Fundraising, Management Issues/Excess funds distribution


We have fund raisers for each class in our school for Prom, Senior Trip and after graduation lockup. We have some classes that have money left over when everything is paid for. What should we do with the money? Can it be distributed among the graduating seniors or should it be passed down to another class?

Thanks for your inquiry, Scott.

Either of your suggestions is acceptable. Another option is for students to vote. Whatever you do, it should be communicated to students and donors before fundraising begins. The best solution is to have written directions for distributing unspent funds. Directions could be written by student leaders, advisors, or the administrative unit of the school under which class fundraisers are supervised. With written directions, things would not have to be decided (or made up) each year.

Best wishes for lots of successes.  

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Wayne E. Groner


I can answer questions regarding annual funds, capital campaigns, endowment programs, asking for the major gift, volunteers, board development, nonprofit management, church fundraising, prospect research, prospect cultivation, and fundraising techniques.


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