How do you handle asking your co-workers to buy from your child's fundraiser? Growing up, when I sold Girl Scout cookies my mom would take a form to work and send an email around telling people that she had an order form and my dad would put one up in the teacher's lounge at the school where he taught (and I attended). My husband thinks it would be inappropriate to send an email to his coworkers about our daughter's school fundraiser.

asked 28 Aug '10, 19:02

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Good question. I think I've seen the same change in the workplace. Very early I remember people doing this (when I worked at a company of about 20 people), but in larger companies it seems frowned upon. If you have 100 co-workers, you can't buy everyone's cookies every year. :)

(29 Aug '10, 11:32) Scott ♦♦

I still come across this in the workplace. People will simply leave pledge/order forms in a main area (usually with a receptionist/secretary) or send around an email within our department (which would limit the number of people within the organization). It was always said in a way suggesting that the forms where available but there was no pressure to purchase or donate.

answered 29 Aug '10, 13:45

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Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable asking my friends or coworkers to donate to my kid's activities, unless they were very close friends who actually knew my kid or maybe had participated in those events (e.g. gone to the soccer games, went on a hike with the scouts, etc.).

I think a lot of parents handle this dilemma by simply not doing it. A legitimate point of view is that the fact that it's a touchy etiquette problem is a good clue that it's kind of fishy to begin with. You really don't want to pressure your coworkers to donate money, especially if you have any kind of authority in the workplace.


answered 01 Sep '10, 06:26

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I think it depends on the precedent in your workplace. In our office people regularly post emails or pass round forms for fundraising, but they are largely limited to the team. If there isn't that kind of culture in your workplace then I'd be reluctant to start.

In general I'd avoid distributing to people you don't know well. Perhaps a way to look at it is to only ask people to whom you would happily return the favour.


answered 03 Sep '10, 10:03

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