In an era of shrinking school budgets, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for schools to purchase even the most basic student supplies. Rather than despair, ever-resourceful teachers are finding creative ways to fund their classroom projects. Although car washes and bake-offs work, they’re time consuming and take teachers away from what they do best: teach. That’s one reason many of us have started using online fundraising sites.
Funding classroom projects: 3 online fundraising sites for teachers
Bonfire is a t-shirt fundraising site. They create the design, print the shirts and take care of fulfillment. All you have to do is generate enough excitement to fund at least 50 shirts and Bonfire will take care of everything else.
Here’s how it works:
- Prior to launching, you set a donation amount that will be tied to each shirt your fund sells.
- Supporters can also make additional donations when buying your shirts or even make a donation without purchasing a shirt.
- You always have instant access to your donations.
- If you are not able to sell a minimum of 50 shirts, your fund ends; no one is charged and no money is exchanged.
- Supporters aren’t charged until a minimum of 50 shirts are sold.
Wish list uses a more conventional approach to online fundraising. Here’s how it works:
- You create a wish list.
- ClassWish spreads the word through social media.
- Donors review and select items from your wish list.
- ClassWish has the supplies sent to your school.
Digital Wish is passionate about technology—so passionate, in fact, that they have placed over $12 million dollars in technology into the hands of teachers.
Start an online fundraiser for new classroom technology in just a few mouse clicks and share it via e-mail, social media, or customized printable flyers to encourage donations.
Funds will be automatically deposited into the beneficiary's Digital Wish account at the end of the fundraiser and can be immediately used towards the purchase of new classroom technology on Digital Wish.