Double-whammy: PTA fundraising hit by Covid and cost-of-living crisis

The amount of money being raised by school PTAs continues to fall despite volunteers putting in more hours.

Figures published by Parentkind show that the impact of the pandemic on PTA fundraising and activities continues to be felt. Not only that, but PTAs are now being hit by the cost-of-living crisis, making it harder for families and well-wishers to donate.

Parentkind represents around 13,000 PTAs in schools across the country and its new figures – published in its PTA impact report 2022 – show that its members raised an estimated £60.8m in 2021. This compares to £79m in 2020 and £121m in pre-pandemic 2019.

The report estimates that PTAs lost, on average, £4,367 in income in the 2020/21 school year as traditional fundraising events were cancelled due to school closures and coronavirus restrictions.

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