In addition to being educators, teachers and admin have the never-ending task of hand wringing and scrounging to provide the simplest school needs. But the effort it takes is sometimes not worth the payoff. One of the easiest and most effective ways to increase school donations is to raise money online.
Online giving has proven to increase donation amounts by about 30%. Parents can make a one-time donation or set up recurring payment plans. An online system allows parents to use a debit or credit card, which typically increases donation amounts and set-up is easy through either your school web store or by adding a “Donate Now??? button directly to your site. It provides individuals a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational needs and raise money online.
Another great fundraising tool for schools is DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. It connects public school teachers with people who want to support classroom learning.
Public school teachers from across America can post classroom project requests; anything from pencils for a poetry writing contest to instruments for a school recital, balls for P.E. class, or iPads for online book access. Donors can then browse project requests by location or subject, or even search for a particular school, and give any amount to the one that inspires them. Once a project reaches its funding goal, Donorschoose.org delivers the materials to the school.
Fundraising does not have to be a time consuming, shake-down job. There are tools available to help you raise money online!