School is right around the corner, and that means ensuring you will have all the equipment and supplies needed for your classroom, not to mention enough money to fund special projects. With so many budget cuts at schools, it isn’t surprising that many teachers often spend their own money on classroom necessities. Why not end the summer by setting up a fundraiser to encourage donations for things you need in the new school year? Check out these and other fundraising ideas on our site.
Benefits of Online Fundraising
Crowdfunding is a powerful tool that can be used to your best advantage with today’s technology and the ability to spread the word so quickly through email and social media channels. With an online fundraiser, you can drum up support from your community for donations that can go toward classroom supplies, field trips, projects, technology updates, books and other essentials. Online fundraising also helps prevent you from spending additional money out of your own pocket, asking your students to pay, or resorting to other less-effective ways to raise funds.
- Easily share your fundraiser through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter or email directly from your fundraiser to help raise awareness of your campaign and gain support.
- Receive donations directly to your bank account from your fundraiser; this is fast and organized as opposed to a receiving cash or checks with traditional fundraising.
- Tie in your fundraising events with your online fundraiser by promoting on your campaign page and through social media, and by accepting donations from the events online.
Six Great Fundraising Ideas for Teachers
- Organize a walkathon for your students and their families, and anyone else in the school who would like to join. The students can get “sponsors” and then donations can be made to your online fundraiser in order to participate.
- A class car wash is a great way to get your students together and raise funds. Ask that everyone who would like to have their car washed make a set donation online to your fundraiser.
- Flyers can help generate awareness about your campaign. Ask students to design something creative, write a brief description, and add your fundraiser URL so it can be found online. Make copies of the flyers and then pass them out to local businesses.
- Have a yummy pancake breakfast in your school cafeteria or gymnasium before class one day. Ask your school faculty to make an announcement to all of the students, and request that breakfast be purchased with a donation to your fundraiser.
- Put together a live auction with items being sold for the highest bid and all donations being made to your online campaign. Ask parents, faculty members and local businesses if they are willing to donate goods for your event.
- Hold a teacher charity game. This will generate excitement among students about attending a fun sports game with teams made up of their teachers. Make it a serious game or something comical, and sell tickets to attend through your online fundraiser.
Tips for a Successful Fundraiser
- Share your fundraiser daily across social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email. This is vital to your fundraiser’s success as it will help you to gain recognition, support and donations.
- Tell your story! Talk about your classroom, your students and the passion you have for teaching. Explain what you are raising donations for and why. This shows transparency and honesty and people always appreciate that when giving money.
- Keep your campaign duration short. This expresses a sense of urgency (school is about to start!) and informs donors of the time frame you have for meeting your goal.
- Ask your school to post your fundraiser on the school’s website and Facebook page if they have one. This will help you gain the maximum amount of exposure and donations for your campaign.
Ready to raise money for your classroom? Start today by creating a campaign on YouCaring.