A mum in the US has shared a letter sent home by her child’s school allowing parents the option of not participating in fundraisers.

Briana Leggett Woods posted the letter on her Facebook page.

The letter addressed to parents from Auburn High School and is called an ‘Opt Out’ Fundraiser – “Don’t want to sell anything, bake anything, buy anything or generally avoid fundraising of ANY kind? We feel the same way!!”

It continues, “This year, you can OPT OUT of traditional fundraiser by making a donation that will 100% directly benefit Auburn High School and help us achieve our goals of helping students and teachers at Auburn High school.”

The options include:

1. “I love this school, and are happy to help…You can still email me”.

2. “We are so busy (or lazy) and wouldn’t have responded to any phone calls, emails, or sign up genius lists all year, please enjoy my $25 donation”.

3. “Here’s $50 or MORE to forget my name & my face and not ask me anything else all year except to complete this form!”

Her post has been shared over 36,000 times. Parents are loving it!

Love it! Everything is too serious these days.

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  • This seemed like a fun idea at first but now it runs me the wrong way. Not every family is able to donate and if I received a form like this I’d be mad as it’s worded to make you feel like you have to give instead of being voluntary. I think it’s sad and frustrating the amount of fundraising schools have to do these days. My eldest is in primary and we receive notes about fundraisers etc several times a term. Not feasible for our family given that we are getting by on one wage.


  • Some people would be happier making cash donations and being able to claim them on their tax return when they can afford them. If is often the same people who put in all the hard work. I have been to quiz night where you pay a sum of money to attend and they expect you to buy a lot of raffle tickets during the night too. Not all parents can afford that, especially if they have 2 or more children. Bear in mind the children are often not taken to the quiz nights which means finding somebody to mind their child/children as well or one parent missing out on the event.


  • I’m for this, but wished they included it was non compulsory as some would feel uneasy reading it


  • I’ve seen similar before, and I know a LOT of people who’d appreciate it.


  • A novel idea. I like fundraisers, but I also understand those that don’t.


  • Having been involved in Parents and Friends groups and junior sporting groups I think this is great. Fundraising etc is hard work for those that put in and they often get resentful of those that get the benefits yet do NOTHING.


  • That’s a great idea! Lots of people are time poor and it’s puts them under extreme pressure to be involved in every fundraiser


  • Great idea ! The only thing I miss on this form is the option not to give. Giving to fundraisers should be free, not compulsory


  • Great idea and one that many parents would prefer.


  • Whatever works for everyone some people don’t have time and are happy to pay a premium some people want to be involved.

    • I agree – as long schools receive community support in some way. Schools and any organisations run with community support and involvement. Children love parents being involved too in some capacity.


  • I have seen something like this many years ago when my now 13 year old daughter was at kinder. It was used more for if you didn’t want to purchase things like raffle tickets, picture plates etc.


  • Ha ha ,some people like to do things in a different way.


  • Being involved with school is a wonderful thing – giving and participating.


  • oh dear looks like the teacher was having a bad day.


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