The question of credibility has come up with me a lot lately. How much is credibility worth? A LOT! It’s everything to me. I have NEVER sold out or promoted a company in order to get some sort of “kick back.” To me, it just isn’t worth it. My whole reason for writing A Mom’s Guide to School Fundraising was to help other parents raise more money for their schools and show them an easier way with less stress.
Since the book was published, I have been approached by several fundraising companies (nope, I won’t embarrass them here) that have asked me to get involved with them and share their information with all of you. They suggested that for every person I refer who signs up, they will pay me X amount of money. Other groups have suggested a “partnership” where I endorse them in exchange for money….even if I don’t believe in the product.
I was shocked.
Now, maybe I’m too much of a goody goody or maybe I was raised with a different set of values (note that I am not judging those that do this — only that it is different from my experience). When I wrote the book, I didn’t ask for anything from the companies I wrote about in my book. It never would have crossed my mind to take payment for writing about a program that I whole-heartedly believe in. But I also could not imagine taking money to push someone’s product that I didn’t believe in — only to make a buck or two. It just doesn’t feel right, and for me, it never will. As I tried to explain this to the guy who pitched me his company and a possible “partnership,” I realized that for him, this was just the price of doing business.
For me, that price tag is just too high!
I’d rather close the door on a couple of trolls (yes, I know that’s a smurf in the picture) than sell my credibility down the river.
I make this promise to all of you now. If I share information about a fundraising program or idea, it will be coming from the heart. I may have used the program, or know people who have tried it with success, or just think it sounds like a great program that you should know about. You can be sure that I won’t be doing ANY of it to benefit my company or my wallet. That’s not who I am, nor whom I want to be — ever! Helping people raise money for their kids schools and programs is my passion, and I want to help you in any way I can. If at some point, I find a company I love and decide to become an affiliate, I will let you know. I will not sacrifice your fundraising for my bottom line!
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To your success!
Sarah has been fundraising for schools since 2008. She is the author of A Mom’s Guide to School Fundraising and has consulted for several schools and clubs. She has been featured on RetailMeNot.com, Scholastic: Parent & Child and The New York Times. She thinks all kids should be able to have a well-rounded education, team uniforms, instruments and support. Don’t you?