It’s not too difficult to find sources of support. In fact, a quick search of the internet yields a number of crowdfunding resources available to help you obtain your class set of Walking Classroom materials.
Check out these crowdfunding platforms and guides touted by educators to obtain classroom gear . . .
- Donorschoose.org is a nonprofit started in 2000 by a high school teacher from the Bronx. It is dedicated to granting classroom requests.
- public schools only; campaigns can last up to four months; no fees for teachers
- Classwish.org is a nonprofit committed to versatility by allowing any type of support to any K-12 school or educator within the United States!
- no fees; for public/private k-12 schools, day care centers, after-school programs, community colleges; teachers, student teachers, administrators, librarians, guidance counselors and more
- Adoptaclassroom.org is a nonprofit aimed at filling the resource gap in classrooms that is, in many cases, being filled by the teachers themselves.
- easy to navigate; no fees
- Gofundme.com is a for-profit online fundraising tool suited for individuals, groups and organizations. It offers an education-specific category!
- widely used; good support; fees deducted from donations; permits schools to spend funds as soon as received; no deadlines or goal requirement
- Education World article, Raise Money with Crowdfunding: Top 9 Tips for Schools
- provides guidance for getting the most from 21st century funding
- incorporates teacher success stories
a recent article in the Associated Press, “education campaigns on GoFundMe and DonorsChoose have skyrocketed, collectively increasing from $31.2 million in 2010 to $140 million in 2015. In the last 12 months alone, DonorsChoose saw more than 50,000 campaigns live on the site, while GoFundMe raised $58 million.”
This is simply a start . . .
Explore these and other options. Be sure to do your research. Fees and features can change!
Therefore, why wait? Determine which platform you would like to use and get your project started. In no time, you and your students will be walking, listening, and learning with The Walking Classroom. Be sure to check back in two weeks! The next post in our Friday Funding Tips series will highlight the ABC’s of Crowdfunding.