When it comes to fundraising ideas like selling cookie dough, wrapping paper or magazine subscription fundraisers, your child is competing with every other student in town to raise much-needed money for his school. And let’s be honest: Mom and Dad are often than not the ones peddling the goods to co-workers and relatives. If you’re over the same old, same old, bypass the door-to-door fundraisers by employing one of these digitally savvy options. (Your co-workers will thank you, trust us!)
Think of your favorite office supply store, then add a modern dose of social responsibility and community awareness. ChalkFly offers the full gamut of office supplies and kicks back 5 percent of profits to teachers and schools. Get your family, friends and you’re your employer to purchase office needs on ChalkFly, and earn your school ChalkFly Cash to go towards classroom projects. Offerings aren’t just limited to humdrum pens and paper—we love ChalkFly’s selection of household products, too.
Schoola helps outgrown clothes wield influence from depths of the closet clutter all the way to the classroom. This web marketplace allows users to post pre-loved duds for sale, and 40 percent of the proceeds go to the school of their choice. Working with Schoola is as easy as cleaning out closets and shipping items in a pre-paid package. If you’re in the market for some gently used, pre-loved clothes, be sure to check out the amazing prices on kids’ outwear, pants, shirts and the like.
Proximity doesn’t have to limit your school fundraising efforts. DonorsChoose allows educators and parents to reach a national audience by registering a project online, and anyone, anywhere can donate. Designed with public schools in mind, educators create detailed postings, and DonorsChoose verifies each posting is legitimate. This platform maximizes shareability and lessens the communication legwork for parents.
An Amazon-style marketplace that includes everything from dollhouses to stemware, SwopBoard allows users to sell goods and determine a percentage to benefit their school. The minimum benefit is 10 percent, but parents and schools are encouraged to collaborate and work toward higher earning goals. SwopBoard even provides an archive of pre-made digital communication tools to get the word out quickly and effectively.
Leading the charge as a user-friendly, crowdfunding titan, StayClassy is the platform of choice for organizations like Invisible Children and OxFam. A star-studded list of clients doesn’t mean it’s inaccessible to schools. StayClassy offers online fundraising management to connect with new donors and establish recurring donors. Planning an upcoming benefit concert or silent auction? StayClassy can create a customized event page that includes a ticketing system and money-tracking services.
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