Schools are going to great lengths to support their students in these challenging times. Today we want to share with you how some schools are using assistance funds to help their students & families, not only during the COVID-19 pandemic but throughout the year as well.
Schools committed to ensuring that all students have equitable opportunities recognize that students need access to not only general education & extra-curricular activities, but also to basic necessities. Examples of support a family assistance fund can help provide for your community include funding for meals, clothing, transportation, school supplies, and other emergencies.
A great way to make it easy for people to learn about and donate to your family assistant fund is to set up an online donation page for your fund. For example, Verona Area School District in Verona, WI has set up a donation fundraiser on their Classmunity Platform to make it easy for their community to support their assistance fund.
By creating a professional, branded, secure online donation page, they can ensure that they are putting their best foot forward while making it easy for community members to give. An online page allows for donor anonymity, monthly recurring donations, automatic receipts and other features that help keep your donors happy and willing to give again.
Also, creating and promoting a district fundraiser can reduce opportunities for fraudsters. During a crisis, many community members are looking for a place to donate to help. Unfortunately, there are people out there who will take advantage of this increased giving and set up fraudulent fundraisers. They may claim to represent the school district or claim they intend to donate the funds to the school at the end of the fundraiser. The best way to prevent this from happening to your school is to create an official district sponsored fundraiser that community members understand is the correct place to donate at this time.
If you have any questions about how to set up a family assistance fund or other fundraiser, please reach out to our team. We would be happy to help you get started.