Crowdfunding – online philanthropy – DIY fundraising – 21st century funding. Why the hype and how can it help your classroom? Oftentimes we hear buzzwords and are quick to shy away from them. Avoidance may be because we either associate them with passing fads or because we are embarrassed to admit that we don’t really know what they mean.
Crowdfunding is a term that pops up everywhere nowadays. Yet, how many of us really understand the concept? We’d like to use today’s post as an opportunity to break this buzzword down from jargon into plain language. See for yourself how educators use this turn-key tool to acquire classroom resources!
“Teamwork divides the tasks and multiplies the success.” ~author unknown
Crowdfunding is rather straightforward…
The concept of crowd funding is straightforward. It simply means raising money from a large number of people to fund a project or venture. This do-it-yourself method of fundraising capitalizes on the Internet, taps into a larger audience, and ideally, decreases the per-person contribution.
There are plenty of benefits to crowdfunding…
The plusses of an online fundraising platform include:
- Connect with larger numbers of people
- Increase the reach of a campaign beyond the local community
- Easily share requests with friends, coworkers, family
- Gain access to funding within weeks of starting a campaign
With greater demands for increasingly limited federal, state, and local education funding, educators are turning to crowdfunding and setting up their own online fundraising drives for class supplies and projects.
Here at The Walking Classroom, we strive to boost the physical, mental, and academic wellbeing of as many children nationwide as possible. To attain this goal, we constantly seek out new ways to increase access to TWC materials.
Crowdfunding platforms can decrease both the wait time and the number of teachers on the TWC wait list. With a little creativity and minimal effort, you can create and post a request for donations to purchase a class set of Walking Classroom materials. Good luck as you embark on your quest! Check back in two weeks! The next post in our Friday Funding Tips series will highlight crowdfunding resources.