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School Fundraising with Sixpence

By Sarah Taylor

Classrooms need more than just tables, chairs, and books. They need a variety of supplies, decor, and other items to create an environment that fosters learning and creativity. 

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At Sixpence, we value teachers and realize they often spend much of their own income on items for their classrooms. In fact, the average teacher annually spends nearly $500 of their own income on their classroom! While this is a commendable and selfless gesture, we want to create a way for teachers to raise funds for their classrooms and harness the power of community to enhance education.

This shouldn't be a burden placed on the shoulders of teachers who are already often underpaid. Communities should be ready to help lighten the load, but we need creative ways to maximize the affordability of doing so.

Product fundraising has been a decent filler. For decades, it's been a go-to fundraising method in American schools. In fact, each year product fundraisers raise nearly $1.5B for American schools. However, they're incredible time-consuming, they typically take 50%-60% of funds raised, and most contributors donate because they want to support the school (not because they actually want the product).

Sixpence provides an alternative to such inefficient fundraising methods by allowing users to donate through roundups on everyday purchases. Instead of buying things in special fundraisers to support a class, extracurricular, school, or PTO, parents and community members can just support these things with a little bit of change on top of the things they already by.

By utilizing Sixpence, teachers can create a campaign that provides the funds to stock their classrooms. Sixpence campaigns allow parents and other community members to donate to local classrooms and make a difference everyday!

To create a Sixpence campaign, first download the app for your mobile device. From there you can follow the link to start your own roundup crowdfunding campaign. In your Cause description, you can note that the funds will be used to benefit your students and any other pertinent details. This is your chance to tell your fundraising story and appeal to parents and other potential supporters! You can then share your Sixpence campaign with your student’s parents, as well as your own friends, family, and extended network. There is no limit to how many supporters you can have!

Quick tip: Be sure not to fall into the "Post and Forget" trap. We give money to the people and things that we personally care about. That care is triggered most strongly by 1-to-1 relationships.
Sure, post your campaign on Facebook, but be sure to send personal appeals over Facebook Messenger to those who you actually think may care to donate.

You can download the app and get started today by following this link. Together, through Sixpence and roundup crowdfunding, we can make a difference in the lives of teachers across the country! 

Tags: Community, school fundraising

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