While federal or state grants are a great source of dollars for worthwhile programs, they’re far from the only source of funds available to you.
Parent groups like your district’s PTA or PTO can be excellent partners in fundraising. Identify projects that need funding, then leverage these organizations to help you conduct fundraising events such as a trivia night, silent auction, or school carnival. Be creative in building relationships with other community groups such as local foundations, businesses, or nonprofits; they’re often eager to support school projects that align with their mission.
Thousands of schools nationwide are raising money for worthwhile ends through crowdfunding platforms such as DonorsChoose and Adopt A Classroom. You browse an online store such as School Specialty for the items you need, then tell your story to potential donors through the crowdfunding site and list the products you’ve chosen. This avenue gives total strangers the opportunity to help you, and their generosity can be heartwarming.
Celebrate Your Wins
When your funding drive succeeds, be sure to celebrate. This isn’t just for fun—it rewards those who’ve helped you make that positive outcome possible, and builds goodwill in the community so they’re more likely to assist again. A “thank you” can take many forms. You can send handwritten thank-you notes from you and your students to all who helped. Add pictures of the project their help made possible. Post the pictures to social media, and promote the success in district newsletters.
Find Out More
To learn about the many fundraising options you can choose from, visit https://corporate.schoolspecialty.com/brand-story/funding-for-education/grant-finder/