We held our second #PTAhour on Twitter this week, a chance to exchange ideas, ask questions and pick up tips from other PTAs across the country! If you’ve never done anything like this before, it’s really simple to join in. Just read our simple guide and take part in our regular discussions – you never know what you might learn!
The hot topic for this #PTAhour was event sponsorship, a fantastic potential income booster for your PTA that also offers local businesses the opportunity to advertise to the community – a win win situation!
Some PTAs told us that this is an avenue they still need to explore:
No, but we have our Centenary this year and are in the throes of planning a fundraising Ball, so finding out about sponsorship is on our To Do list— LCF Dorset (@LCFDorset) November 22, 2017
Whilst other PTAs have had success engaging sponsors for their events:
Local estate agents support events locally by producing boards advertising school fayres for parents to place outside their houses. This definitely works well to raise awareness— DianaTurner (@DianaTu00439854) November 22, 2017
We contact local business for prizes for our bingo and fates. Always well supported— richard scott (@rscotttrudy1) November 22, 2017
We asked for your top tips for engaging sponsors, and we had some very interesting replies!
We follow absolutely all our local businesses on Twitter, and make a point of liking and replying to their posts all the time (replying is more important). So when the day comes when I ring them up asking for something I already have them on side 😈😇 muhahahahaaaa— BLS PSCA (@BLS_PSCA) November 22, 2017
We send out a simple tick box questionnaire to all new year 7 intake parents... what they would be willing to contribute to our pta and if they have any links to local businesses etc...— BLS PSCA (@BLS_PSCA) November 22, 2017
We invite local businesses to hold a sales table at our Christmas and Summer fayres, for a small fee, this helps to create wider community engagement at the event as well as generating funds— DianaTurner (@DianaTu00439854) November 22, 2017
And it’s always nice to get positive feedback about our #PTAhour sessions! !
If your PTA already makes the most of event sponsors, you’ll love what we’ve built to make your life easier. Or maybe you’re new to this sponsorship malarkey, and want to learn more about how to get started. Either way, just drop our friendly team a quick note!
It won’t cost you a penny, but could reap huge rewards.
We’re feeling the love – thank you to all those who took part in #PTAhour! We’ll be holding regular sessions on Wednesday nights throughout the school year, our next planned topic in January is indoor fundraisers and finding/booking stallholders.
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