81% of schools now need to raise more money than they did five years ago

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A new survey of over 250 schools and PTAs around the UK has revealed that 81% of schools now need to raise more money than they did five years ago, and despite the growth of new technology in schools, books and learning materials are still the top reason for raising funds. 

Although books and learning materials were the most essential reason for fundraising, 61% raise funds for technology such as iPads, and 36% need funding for computers.

With 74% of schools and PTAs needing to raise between £1,000 and £10,000 annually, the necessity for fundraising has never been more important. But with the survey differentiating between schools with and without PTAs, schools with PTAs perform much better in reaching their annual targets than those without.

79% meet or exceed their target, whereas 52% of schools operating without a PTA fall short of their fundraising goal. Only one school without a PTA exceeded their annual target.

Despite having growing fundraising targets to meet, 61% of schools believe it is now harder to raise funds than five years ago.  Both schools and PTAs cite less disposable income from parents and a lack of engagement with the school as reasons for this. They also identified a growing feeling of resentment towards fundraising on all sides, with the majority asking for donations at least once a term.

The survey was carried out by easyfundraising.org.uk

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