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by Brittney Schrick - November 9, 2017
Families already face stressors in daily life. The addition of fundraising (especially
in a home with multiple children) can increase stress on already taxed families. Most
parents today are not comfortable with sending their children door-to-door, and, in
fact, most fundraising organizations advise against this practice. So what do kids
do instead? Often, they will send their forms to work with their parents, ask their
parents to post requests on social media, and hit up their extended family members
for donations or purchases. When a competitive layer is added to this such as prizes
that the child wants to achieve or pressure from an organization to raise a certain
amount of money or be left out of a trip or other event, it can cause stress for the
child and parents alike.
For example, two of my children attend the same school which means they have the same
fundraisers. They were both collecting for an organization, and they asked me to share
on social media. Because they each had their own fundraising pages with the organization,
I had to share everything twice. Some of the donors only saw one of the links. They
gave a few dollars to one child but none to the other. The one who didn’t receive donations was upset because the other had raised more money. In addition, asking grandparents or others to give to multiple fundraisers assumes
they will give everyone the same amount. So, they have to give each child $10 or risk
being seen as having a favorite.
This can lead to stress for those who may not be raising funds themselves but who
are constantly asked to make donations. Although most would love to support every
organization who asks, every family and individual must make very personal decisions
about their giving based on a variety of factors. How much can you afford? Did you
give to this organization somewhere else? Does your best friend’s child sell something
for that same organization? Is your own child selling something that you will need
to buy? At this time of year, it may feel as though everyone is selling something,
and constantly being approached, especially by people you don’t know well, can be
For more information:
UA Extension Managing Stress
UA Extension Parenting Resources
Family Life Friday Mindfulness for Parents