Volunteer Fundraising Helps Prop Up Public School Education, But Should It?

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Many schools rely on volunteer support for fundraisers to meet basic needs, but a lack of data makes it unclear how much the efforts contribute overall financially to public schools.

While data is not formally collected around fundraising efforts, one survey in the ACT estimated that its 87 schools raised $5 million in one year, or $57,000 per school per year on average. There are inequalities evident between schools of low and high socio-economic indices (SEI), where by contrast some low SEI public schools struggle to raise $2000 in a year. The division of labour of volunteer hours is also not equal, with some parents reporting 100-500 hours of volunteer fundraising per year. Having data collected formally could help understand the role of fundraising across the nation and where schools are struggling.

Read the full article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-28/volunteer-fundraising-props-up-public-school-education/11993398

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