Deposit a Gift recently rolled-out a new fundraising platform and there are so many creative ways to use it! As the school year comes to a close, one idea that comes to mind is for a group gift approach to Teacher Appreciation Gifts.
Make It Easy For Busy Parents to Contribute Online:
This mom created a site as a group-gifting tool so that the parents could easily contribute to this teacher’s gift. They are pooling their money online to get their favorite teacher a group gift card — so much easier than having to go from parent to parent asking for and collecting the funds via cash or check.
Get the Word Out
Whether it’s offline via a flyer, or online via email, do what you can to let parents know that you’re raising money for a gift and who it’s for. Encourage them to check out the fundraising site where it’s easier to contribute money than sending your child to school with a check.
Create Specific Contributions
The great thing about crowdfunding is that the money you get can be used towards anything — think of it as breaking-up a big ticket item into accessible parts so that people can contribute at any level they are comfortable with. With a site like Deposit a Gift, you’re able to customize your fundraising site to show what you are raising money for and how you will use it. You can even give people the option to contribute to different items if you are raising money for more than one thing, whether it be tickets to a show or to fund part of a summer trip. Everyone likes to give personal, meaningful gifts and parents will feel great knowing that they are contributing towards something the teacher really wants, rather than another mug they don’t need.
Think Outside The Classroom.
These appreciation gifts aren’t just for teachers! They would be great for other faculty, administration, food services staff, and janitorial staff at your school. If there’s someone who has created a difference in the school and excelled in their work, then creating a fundraising page will help give them their well-deserved piece of gratitude.