Showing posts with label fund raising. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fund raising. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MSN Offers for Schools - A New Way to Fundraise

MSN Offers for Schools offers a new way for school groups to conduct fundraising operations. Rather than trying to sell wrapping paper, candy, or other things that people really don't want fundraising with MSN Offers for Schools takes the approach of encouraging people to shop at local businesses. Here how it works, the school registers with MSN Offers for Schools, local businesses offer special deals, then when someone takes advantage of that deal the school gets a percentage of the sale. The video below provides an overview of the process.

MSN Offers for Schools Introduction from MSN Offers for Schools on Vimeo.
Applications for Education
I once counted the number of fundraisers run by groups in my school district. I can't remember the exact number, but it was well over one hundred for the year. In our small community, that's what we call market saturation. Really, how many rolls of overpriced wrapping paper can one person buy? MSN Offers for Schools could be a good alternative way to fundraise without having to convince a saturated market to buy more wrapping paper, candles, or other random trinkets.

Another alternative fundraiser you might want to investigate is iGive's fundraising program.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Smore - A Slick Tool for Creating Online Flyers and Pages

Smore is a service for quickly creating great-looking webpages. Smore markets itself as a service for creating online flyers, but it's a little bit more than that. To me "flyer" implies that you're creating a single-use PDF and posting it online. Smore's flyers are dynamic and changeable, they're not single-use PDFs. Your Smore flyers can include many types of media including videos. Deleting or adding elements to your Smore flyer is as simple as dragging and dropping them on or off your page. Watch the one minute video below for an overview of Smore in action.

A Cupcake Story from Smore on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Smore could be a great way for extracurricular clubs, teams, or PTAs to build simple announcement pages and call to action pages for group fundraisers.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Scenes From a Ruined Boulevard - Interactive Photo Essay

The New York Times has an interactive photo essay about post-earthquake Haiti. Scenes From a Ruined Boulevard is a long series of photos taken on a quarter-mile stretch
of Boulevard Jean-Jacques Dessalines
. Boulevard Jean-Jacques Dessalines is one of the busiest streets in Port-au-Prince. Strung together the images give viewers a good sense of the destruction caused by the earthquake in Haiti. Viewers can explore the images by using a horizontal scroll bar or by selecting one of the five chapters. Scenes From a Ruined Boulevard provides some text in the photo essay to help explain what is recorded in the images.

Applications for Education
In my school all seniors are required to do some type of public service project before graduation. Some of our students are doing fundraisers for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Those students could share with others a visual reference, like Scenes From a Ruined Boulevard, to raise awareness of the need for aid.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

iGive - Fundraising Through Shopping

Fundraising activities for PTAs, sports teams, and extracurricular clubs come in many forms. One of the most common fundraising activities in my area is selling things like gift wrap, snacks, and various trinketts. Unfortunately, if your school has a lot of clubs trying to raise money, the market for gift wrap gets saturated quickly. Fundraising through iGive is different, you're not required to sell anything that your local community wouldn't normally purchase.

To raise money through iGive register your non-profit group. Then tell people to do their online shopping through iGive. A percentage of everything your referrals purchase through iGive is given to your organization. There are more than 700 online merchants in the iGive network. The list of merchants includes well-known retailers like Cabela's, Gap, and Barnes & Noble.

Applications for Education
iGive could be a good fundraising source for your PTA or extracurricular club. Fundraising through iGive explands your market because you can reach friends and relatives around the world without having to sell or ship products yourself.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: A Free Fundraising Idea

Pikistore lets users create, for free, an online tee-shirt store. Pikistore collects a small commission on each tee-shirt sale, but otherwise charges users nothing. If your store doesn't sell any tee-shirts your cost is nothing for having a Pikistore store. Pikistore could be a great way to run a school fund raiser without having to purchase products in advance. Users of the Pikistore service can design their own tee-shirts for sale in their own Pikistore. This could be a great way to design and sell a tee-shirt for a specific school event like homecoming or class trip.