Corporate Proceeds and Equipment
Businesses have a lot of resources and are often willing to get involved with their local schools. Work with the companies in your community to secure donations for your school. Corporate sales donations, goods and services are a good option for your school if:
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Example: MS 245M contributed the idea of working with Pizzeria Uno to raise money. Pizzeria Uno provided the school with vouchers to give to the families, and 20% of purchases made with vouchers will be donated to the school. They have a website and package available explaining this deal. Approximately 70 families participated from MS 245.
In Kind Donations
To get a percentage of sales donated to your school on a long term basis, visit the websites listed below for ideas and programs:
www.scrip.com and www.scripadvantage.com - Scrip is a national fundraising program. Schools, teams or parent associations can buy gift certificates to local stores at a discounted price (5%-10% off). The group then sells the gift certificates to the community at face value to use at these stores. This is a popular idea, because it requires nothing on the part of the donor – they are still shopping at their usual stores and buying their usual products, but they are now helping the school earn money. Both of these programs, among others, sell scrips to a number of businesses that operate in the city. This website will walk you through the process.
– General Mills runs a program in which the school community can clip the box tops off of General Mills products, send them to the school and the school mails them to General Mills. General Mills will pay the school 10 cents for every box top sent in. More details and participating brands can be found at the Box Tops for Education website. To register your school, ask your school principal or administrator to enroll in the program by calling 1-888-799-2444, , seven days a week. Put a box in the school hallway or have teachers collect box tops from students to send in bulk.
www.schoolpop.com – If your school community is Internet savvy and shops online, this site will be valuable to you. Schools can register at www.schoolpop.com and then encourage parents and community members to shop through this site. Schoolpop partners with popular merchants and has links to their sites on the Schoolpop website. When a supporter starts shopping at Schoolpop, they can link to these merchants and a percentage of their purchase’s profits are donated back to their school. The advantage here is similar to the Scrip idea above – people are still shopping with their regular online merchants and buying the same products, but now they are also helping the school fundraise. Visit the website for details.
Verizon Long Distance Extra Credit – Your school can sign up with Verizon to take part in the Verizon Long Distance Extra Credit program. Any Verizon Long Distance user can enroll online or call Verizon at 1-877-X-CREDIT and have Verizon donate 5% of the user’s bill back to your school. There is no cost to the Verizon user. Each quarter a check is automatically sent to your school with all the donations from your school community.
Visit http://www22.verizon.com/longdistance/extracredit/overview.jsp for more details, to sign up your school, and to let your parents and school community know how to have 5% of their bill automatically donated back to your school.
Target School Fundraising Program – Similar to the Verizon program, your school can also sign up with Target to get 1% back on purchases made at Target with a Target guestcard or Target Visa, and a .5% donation for purchases made anywhere with a Target Visa. Visit http://target.com/target_group/schools/search_school.jhtml for more information and to sign up your school.
WaMoola for Schools – WaMoola for Schools is a program by Washington Mutual to support public schools. Every time a customer uses a Washington Mutual Visa Check card for any purchase, they earn points. At the end of every year, Washington Mutual donates cash based on the number of points to the school designated by the customer. The school can use the money for anything it needs. The customer pays nothing to enroll or belong to the program and there is no limit on the number of points that can be earned. Visit http://www.wamoolaforschools.com/ for more information, and to learn how to have your school community sign up for this program.