If you work at a school, serve on the PTA board or are involved with a school foundation, you know funding often can’t cover expenses for the district’s needs. Available funds often aren’t enough to cover new building enhancements, recreational activities and school supplies for students.
By the numbers:
The need is great, but many fundraising efforts fall flat. Why? Often it’s because not all students—as well as the community, alumni and parents—will directly see the difference their contribution makes.
For a fundraiser to be successful, it needs:
We have a personalized program designed to create excitement, collaboration and a common goal for your next fundraiser.
What if the school, its students and the community had an exciting, unique goal to rally their efforts around?
Exceed your next fundraising goal with help from Milano Monuments. We create personalized pieces of art that embody the spirit of a school and its community. These projects can take on many forms, and that’s the best part. Together, let’s create something entirely unique and personal that excites the community and its desire to support the school.
Click here to see how we worked with Rocky River High School during a recent campus renovation. The renovation stands as one of the largest known publicly funded school projects in the state.
Every important decision starts with why. In this case, what do your students, faculty or staff need? If there is a $10,000 to $50,000 fundraiser the school needs, it could benefit from more school spirit, greater community involvement or a notable person, event or achievement to rally around.
Once you know what is needed—and often this is what has been needed for years—ballpark how much you need to fund that project.
From there, we can help your school see it through.
To get started on this journey to raising $10,000 to $50,000+, decide what will get people excited and also fit the scope of your project. Milano Monuments has three recommended impressive pieces of art that will be personalized to your school’s audience, goals and interests.
Some ideas to support your brainstorming:
To further help your brainstorming process, Milano Monuments offers the following pieces of art, each of which will be personalized according to the school and situation. Costs can vary, but generally plaques are the least expensive, followed by benches and then statues or sculptures.
Tailor your fundraiser to the school and community with a personalized plaque.
Honor, commemorate or celebrate the life or achievements of a student, administrator, teacher, team or other group with a granite, aluminum or bronze plaque.
Ideas for plaques:
Talk with our team of experienced and creative designers to see how we can personalize a plaque with special lettering, inscriptions or images.
Add a lasting tribute to your fundraiser with an attractive and functional addition to the landscape.
A staple of any school building or campus, benches can be personalized to honor, celebrate or commemorate in a similar way to a plaque.
Benches can be created with or without a seatback, and come in a variety of granite colors, sizes and finishes. Work with our designers to personalize the work with beautifully etched and engraved elements to make your memorial bench a one-of-a-kind tribute to something so important to your community.
Statue or Sculpture
An impressive and fun way to attract community interest is with a unique, personalized statue that embodies the spirit of a school and community.
We can create a statue or sculpture of:
For other schools, these statues have become a staple of the community. The community embraces its unveiling, the students take pictures with it and younger kids love seeing it.
We’ve designed and crafted statues since 1969. The statues and sculptures we’ve created cover a vast range—from pirates to football players. We embrace the opportunity to work with you to create something entirely unique for your school.
Our past plaques, benches and statues may have planted an idea in your head, but you don’t have to have all the answers. We’re experienced professionals who excel at collaborating with individuals and groups to design the art that fits their situation.
Questions to consider:
Seeing is believing and by working with us, you’ll get to see a sketch or detailed digital drawing of the final product you want created. Use a mockup of the piece to build up excitement during the fundraiser.
Our collaborative process will involve conversations around your goals, potential creative pieces and information related to cost.
With the end goal in mind, you’re now armed with an exciting tool to generate buzz among the community, students, parents and other potential donors! The plaque, bench or statue you envisioned with the help of a creative Milano Monuments professional should invoke a unique aspect of the school or community.
Consider the following tools to begin your fundraising:
No matter the tactics employed, each fundraising activity can connect back to the unified goal and capitalize on the excitement the unique piece of art brings the students, parents and community.
Once you’ve met or exceeded your goal, our team of experienced craftspeople will bring your idea to life. See regular updates on the piece’s progress until it is delivered to its spot on your campus. Hold an event unveiling the piece at a football game or other community event, bringing everyone together to celebrate the culmination of a successful, important endeavor.
Contact Milano Monuments for a no-risk consultation, where a member of our team will personally work with you to design something amazing and unique. The opportunities are endless. Reach out today.