I was walking around a local fall festival and noticed two teens carrying boxes of chocolates they were selling. Within 15 minutes, they were sold out. I smiled to myself thinking how these teens learned to capitalize on the large crowd of people in a small area.  

Many parents and even children push fundraising materials aside.  They would rather give a donation, than take the time to participate in fundraisers. Yes, it is easier to donate money, but youths learn so much from raising the funds themselves.

First, children of any age need to learn that if they want something - a trip, uniforms, or even a prize - they need to work toward that goal. Unless a person or family is independently wealthy, and most are not, trips, events, and possessions need to be earned.

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Youths also learn how to set a goal. They need to decide how much they need or are willing to raise and develop a plan to reach those goals. This is essentially teaching children how to make a “business” plan and execute it.

Probably the greatest skill learned is communication. Young people and many adults hate asking for support. They get uncomfortable or flustered when speaking about their cause or what they are trying to accomplish. After a few patient customers, even the most awkward child can perfect a “sales” pitch.

Any fundraiser involves collecting and handling money, whether cash, check or online payment. Learning to handle, count and budget money are necessary skills everyone needs regardless of the career and life you want.

The best part of any fundraiser is the feeling of accomplishment and success a child gets in the end. Nothing feels better than the satisfaction of a job well done.