Recent news reports have focused on an elementary school
fundraiser where a private organization that was running the event took 50 percent of
the contributions. Comments from
watchdog groups have questioned whether or not the "take" was excessive, but should
volunteer groups use professional fundraisers to do work that contributors may
believe that they are doing.
Should children be used to raise money even if it
will benefit them? As for the first, one article noted that professional
fundraisers made it much easier on the volunteers. Who said that volunteering
should be easy? Hospitals, arts organizations, museums and PTA's have thousands
of wonderful people who contribute their time, expertise, and labor to support
their causes and children.
public organizations, with universities at the head of the list, hire people to
help them raise money, it should never be at the expense of volunteerism. As
for using children, I have purchased many things, and eaten lots of
donuts, because a child made a pitch with eyes that could not be denied. Here is
the greatest caution! Even if for a good cause, beware of pressure placed on
both the buyer and the seller when little ones are involved.