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Frequently asked Dollar Per Child questions 

I work for Head Start, am I allowed to fundraise for DPC?

Yes! You are allowed to fundraise as long as it is not during your work hours and not using Head Start program resources.


How can I get started with a Dollar per Child fundraiser?

Getting started with a Dollar per Child fundraiser is made easy with our Dollar per Child Toolkit! Download this toolkit for step-by-step guidance on how to hold your first fundraiser. It contains information ranging from fundraising ideas and flyers to post around your community to how to organize your fundraiser and set fundraising goals.


Can staff help with the Dollar per Child fundraisers?

Absolutely! Programs and staff can participate as long as staff members are volunteering their time after program hours of operation. Don’t forget, if you need additional volunteers, you can reach out to your local high school or university.


What program resources can I use to for my DPC fundraisers?

No Head Start resources (e.g., facilities, equipment, etc.) can be used at any time, including when the Head Start program is closed. A noted exception is the de minimus use of office equipment to tabulate, record and track the contributions by staff during non-working hours.


How do we keep track of the funds we raise for Dollar per Child?

Individual programs may collect funds acquired by Dollar per Child Campaign activities as long as they are put into an unrestricted budget account and tracked as contributions for advocacy. They may not be co-mingled in an account with restricted federal funds.

If you prefer, you may send them directly to:

National Head Start Association
Attention: Dollar Per Child Campaign Coordinator
P.O. Box 829929
Philadelphia, PA 19182-9929


Why is Dollar per Child necessary?

NHSA's member dues - by law - cannot be used for lobbying, so Dollar per Child is the main source of funding for our advocacy work.