Case study: getting the most out of PTA fundraising efforts

Parent and carer associations are a great way to build a strong sense of community and to help your school get the extra financial support it needs. See how one PTA raised over £20,000 in a term and share their ideas with your own PTA.

Last reviewed on 13 February 2023
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  1. This will work for you if…
  2. Make big fundraising events part of the school calendar
  3. Make smaller events ‘easy wins’
  4. Create a sense of belonging
  5. Use class reps to engage parents
  6. Get all your staff involved

Friends of Coldfall (FoC) is the parents and carers association for Coldfall Primary School in London. They’re a registered charity who aim to raise funds for the school by organising fun events that can be enjoyed by the whole school community.

In the autumn term of the 2022/23 academic year, they raised £21,348. This was an unusually large amount after a few years of limited fundraising due to the pandemic, but it shows the benefits of creating consistency and investing time in a supportive community.

Working more closely with your PTA and encouraging them to follow these practices could help you meet your fundraising goals.

This will work for you if…

You’re a larger school with lots of parents who are willing and able to get involved in fundraising and attend events. Coldfall is a 3-form-entry primary school, so has access to a large community of parents in a suburban setting.

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