Have you heard the phrase Nothing succeeds like success? That is the reason Harvard Universitys endowment is well over a billion dollars. You can think of endless examples of this phenomenon. People want to be associated with worthy projects that are doing a good job and achieving goals. Everybody gets satisfaction from pointing to a success and saying I helped this project get underway.
So the basic rules of successful, ongoing fundraising are to: 1) start your school garden with the assistance of others, 2) share news about the project on a regular basis, and 3) give your contributors credit for their help.
There is a fourth important rule: be open to new ideas and change. School gardens should be dynamic, like all social constructs. The school garden team and your contributors will welcome the chance to see the idea of the garden evolve and expand to meet newly-formulated needs and fresh resources. Create a positive feedback loop around your school garden and the people and the money will come.
Getting funds to expand the garden
Obtaining funding to expand the garden and its programs is necessary. Tools, materials, expertise, and labor are all required to sustain a garden and its programs, and these items cost money.
The school garden team might enlist community help for fundraising in order to:
Create a wish list and then identify potential sources for those items. Each item on the list may be obtained by soliciting a donation from a separate source.
See Getting Funds & Supplies for more ideas and tips on locating funds and resources.