On Tuesday, Texas mother, Dee Heinz, shared a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) form that gave parents options to donate money in lieu of participating in school events.
Beside each of the listed donation amounts was a humourous reason why the parent chose it.
For example, a donation of $15 tells the school: “I do not want to bake so here is the money I would have spent on those cupcakes.”
Another donation – for $100 – says: “I really wouldn’t have helped out anyway, so here is $100 to forget my name."
On Facebook, the “Alternative Fundraiser” got a positive response from amused parents, who shared the post over 165,000 times.
One mother wrote: “I was wondering about such options when my daughter came home with her first fundraiser the second week of school. I'd have much rather seen these options.”
Another commented: “I bet they raise a TON more money this way.”
Heinz, who originally posted the note, told CNN that the alternative fundraiser made the school year less overwhelming, especially for parents with more than one child.
“When you have three children and extracurriculars and homework, one simple fundraiser is never just one simple fundraiser,” Heinz said.
“It's usually three and we can't approach the same family members for all three of them.”