Cash-strapped teachers know that grants can bring much needed monies into the classroom to enhance learning experiences and engage students. But teachers often lack the time to prepare and write grant applications. Incorporating the grant application process into your classroom is a viable solution. Continue Reading
Schools experience many benefits by working with community organizations to accomplish projects and programs that support students. Here are ways community partnerships benefit both schools and communities. Continue Reading
Finding grants for private or parochial schools can be a challenge. Many funders give only to public schools or do not give to faith-based organizations. However, there are funders seeking to specifically fund private or parochial schools. Outlined below are five ways to uncover funding as a private or parochial school. Continue Reading
Small fundraisers and donations are a great way to raise money, but most organizations need major donors to thrive. Finding donors is about building relationships that connect people to your school or organization. Here are six ways to build stronger relationships with your donors. Continue Reading
A foundation’s guidelines may not specifically mention technology, but that doesn’t mean technology cannot be purchased as part of the proposed program or project. Funders are often more interested in supporting innovative projects enabled by technology rather than solely supporting technology purchases, equipment, or materials needed for success.
Effective proposals go beyond the purchase of equipment by pinpointing why certain technology is needed and how it will empower students. We’ve gathered several success stories illustrating real-life examples of how grants that did not focus specifically on technology were used to support technology purchases. Continue Reading
Rural school districts need all the help they can get when it comes to fundraising. I’m not a big advocate of typical fundraising approaches used in school districts across the nation, such as bake sales and car washes. These tactics take up a lot of time and yield minimal results. Instead, I advocate fundraising approaches used in state colleges, universities, and private schools.
Rural districts need not be at a disadvantage when it comes to raising outside monies. In every community in America— large or small—there are people who can afford to give a major gift to your school or school district. You just have to find these people and involve them in your schools. Encourage them to become strong advocates and supporters of the schools. There is no better cause than public education.
There are a number of questions that you should consider as you think about updating and enhancing your K-12 fundraising program. Here they are:
While summer is a time for relaxation and fun, that doesn’t mean it has to be a time of learning loss. A strong body of research confirms that students lose months of the skills they learned during the school year over the summer break. With budgets getting tighter, schools and educators have turned to federal, state, and local funding sources to finance important summer learning programs. Continue Reading
If your district’s needs are like so many others across the country, learning how to connect with major donors is critical if you want your share of the fundraising pie. Connecting with these donors in human terms and making them friends of the schools is one of the major tasks of public school fundraisers in the 21st century.
When approaching potential major donors, you are making a human connection that hopefully leads to a desired gift. Here are 12 ways to connect: