Free to Be You and Me

Free-To-Be-You-and-MeA big part of what makes our country so special is our diversity. It’s the weaving together of different backgrounds, experiences, talents and aspirations that make the American nationality a force to be reckoned with. Like a patchwork quilt, it’s together that we’re at our best.

We at BRAX Fundraising not only embrace what makes each of our team members unique, but also take great pride in offering a fundraiser that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

So as you celebrate the 4th of July this year, hug your loved ones a little tighter and thank your lucky stars for the freedom to be you and me.

SpiritCups NOT Sold in Stores

If you have school-age children, you’ve been there. The dread you feel selling door-to-door throughout your neighborhood…again. The shame you experience circulating yet another fundraising brochure around the office.

What if we told you that people actually get excited about our SpiritCups?

It’s true.

SpiritCups-NOT-Sold-In-StoresWe get multiple requests every day asking to purchase our cups, but lucky for you, they’re only available through a fundraiser. Those are fans in your community just waiting for the opportunity to score some exclusive SpiritCups in their favorite teams. Hello football season! That’s fundraising profit for your organization. Think about it and click here or give us a call at 888-825-9339 when you’re ready to raise some funds.

 

7 Steps to a Successful Fall Fundraiser

For many organizations, their fall fundraiser is the “biggie”, so they can’t afford to fall flat. After years of working closely with PTOs/PTAs, large football leagues and more, we have devised the following 7-step gameplan for a successful fall fundraiser.

  1. Identify a strong fundraising leader
  2. Pick a popular, but not over sold program
  3. Encourage the fundraising leader to recruit a team
  4. Specifically identify the “why” and monetary goals
  5. Encourage fundraising leads, participants and parents to work together
  6. Check in regularly to monitor performance
  7. Show appreciation for their efforts and your community’s support

Seems simple enough, right? Run a program with BRAX Fundraising and you’ll also get the one-on-one support from our fundraising experts!

Schools and football programs planning ahead for the fall, click the links below for special spring and summer offers.
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Made Tough, Made Proudly, Made in the USA

Memorial-Day-2016-SocialMemorial Day is a holiday to remember those fallen while serving in our armed forces. It’s also a time to reflect on what our country stands for, why we fight at all – freedom, family, prosperity, justice and so much more.

We offer SpiritCups in all five U.S. military branches in our fundraising line-up because a BRAX program is all about showing allegiance to your favorite “team” and who could be more deserving of our support than the brave men and women of our armed forces. In honor of them, we make SpiritCups tough, we make them proudly and we make them in the USA.

To soldiers past, present and future, we salute you and can’t thank you enough for your service.

Secrets to an Awesome Summer

Summer is coming, school is almost out, time for rest and relaxation!

Who am I kidding?? We’re parents and most of us have jobs outside of the house too. But that doesn’t mean we can’t and won’t have an awesome summer. So here are some ideas to help make the most of it with your family:

  • Camps – be it for overnight or just days, camps provide more entertainment and stimulation than most parents can muster! And there seems to be something out there for every family budget and every child’s interest, e.g. specific sports, music, science and nature, etc.
  • Play Dates – no matter the age of your children, planning activities with other families is a great tactic for the summer. The kids entertain one another and sometimes working parents can coordinate schedules to help one another out with childcare and transportation. Score!
  • Short, But Sweet Trips – Not every family can afford a big blowout vacation, but you can make equally special memories with day or weekend excursions or even being a tourist in your own town. Be on the lookout for attractions and hotels running specials and utilize other cost-saving techniques like packing your own lunches when possible!
  • Plan Ahead for Fall – while tempting to procrastinate, you’re better off starting sooner than later planning ahead for the fall. Think buying (and hiding) some new school clothes and pre-selecting a fall fundraiser. BRAX is offering $100 for schools and football teams who sign up to run a program by the end of 2016. What a deal!

Thanks Mom

IfYoureHappyAndYouKnowItThankYourMomWe all have good days and bad days, but for many of us, life is pretty sweet and we have a lot to be thankful for. And that happiness we owe in large part to our moms. Because whether you’re 4, 14 or 44, your mom plays – or has played – a big role in shaping your life.

  • She encouraged your dreams. From the silly fantasies as a child to picking a college major or a career, moms listen to your dreams and provide the support and guidance needed to make (most of) them a reality.
  • She taught you how to advocate for yourself.  Courage to face a bully (or an older sibling), the confidence to ask for a promotion and the wisdom to make smart decisions, moms teach their children to stand up for themselves and that ultimately only they are responsible for their own lives.
  • She showed you what it meant to love. The bond between a mother and child is like none other. And with your own loving mother as an example, you know how to be a better friend, partner and parent. It’s about sacrifice, support, seeing the good in others and loving someone else more than you love yourself.

For giving us the “tools” to build a happy life, we thank you, mom!

 

May is for Mom

Moms are the best, right? And while we certainly don’t need a holiday like Mother’s Day (May 8, 2016) to remind us of that, it sure is a nice excuse to tell her how we feel. Make her day with these special and unique Mother’s Day ideas:

PhotoMulti-Generational Photo Op – Being a mom isn’t just about raising your kids, but also laying a loving and supportive foundation for future generations. This photo op is a wonderful way to say “job well done”! Especially great for a mom who’s recently been promoted to grandma! (source: Huffington Post)

A Big Break – Being a mom is a lot of work without a whole lot of appreciation. Taking over mom’s typical duties for a day (or more!) provides not only a nice break for her, but also proves to everyone else that moms really are superwomen!

PoemPoem from the Heart – Not especially creative? No problem. An acrostic poem is easy for all ages and writing levels. Using the first letters in mom, mother, mama or mommy, give her words that describe what you think about her. Frame it so she’ll have it forever!

A New Outfit – So many moms don’t spend nearly enough time or money on themselves, so spoil her with some new spring duds (hello sundress and strappy sandals) to make her feel special.

TeacupTea Cup Candles – Because so many moms have antique dishes passed down from their own moms and grandmas and not nearly enough uses for them! Add a favorite scent to the candle for a special, aromatic treat! Learn how >

Pretty Potted Plant – Unlike a bouquet of flowers, a potted plant will last well beyond Mother’s Day. Pick a pretty pot and something that blooms to really make her smile!

Six Ways to Show Appreciation

Teacher-Appreciation-BlogThrough their love, dedication and encouragement, teachers provide an environment for our children to learn and grow. And for that we owe them everything! Here are just a few ways for parents to say “thank you” on Teacher Appreciation Day (May 3) and all during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-May 6).

  • Deliver takeout lunch from their favorite restaurant
  • Collect monetary donations from other parents for a spa or shopping gift card
  • Coordinate a class photo op and frame the best shot – a great keepsake!
  • Create a gift basket with all their “favorite things”
  • Send a handwritten card describing their impact on your family
  • Offer to help around the classroom to free up a few moments of their day

And be sure to follow BRAX Fundraising on Facebook for more Teacher Appreciation ideas!

Volunteers Make the World Go Round

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month and this week is National Volunteer Week (April 10-16)? From coaching, carpooling, classroom help, coordinating fundraisers and charity work, the world is a better place thanks to the selfless service of volunteers everywhere. Please join us in showing appreciation by thanking the volunteers in your community. A cup of coffee, flowers or just a hug will go a long way…

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