Getting donations - PTA Great Idea Bank 2011-06-15T12:32:11Z http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/forum/topics/getting-donations?feed=yes&xn_auth=no Try www.MyMissionConnection.c… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-05-06:2919887:Comment:36335 2011-05-06T18:12:06.365Z MyMissionConnection.com http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/MyMissionConnectioncom Try <a href="http://www.MyMissionConnection.com" target="_blank">www.MyMissionConnection.com</a> - a powerful direct donation fundraising administration tool that allows you to have advertisers pay to link to your site.  The advertiser can customize their link so the constituents giving to your fundraiser can print coupons, etc., that work at the place of business advertising.  MyMissionConnection.com is a win-win for both the business and organization doing the fundraising!  It's easy to get… Try <a href="http://www.MyMissionConnection.com" target="_blank">www.MyMissionConnection.com</a> - a powerful direct donation fundraising administration tool that allows you to have advertisers pay to link to your site.  The advertiser can customize their link so the constituents giving to your fundraiser can print coupons, etc., that work at the place of business advertising.  MyMissionConnection.com is a win-win for both the business and organization doing the fundraising!  It's easy to get started! We've started an open, crowd-… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-04-19:2919887:Comment:35025 2011-04-19T17:23:54.571Z Roger Devine http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/RogerDevine <p>We've started an open, crowd-sourcing project to compile a database of national and regional companies that have public web-forms or mailing addresses for their donation requests.  This is free to browse, and free to contribute to, and everyone here is invited to participate at whatever level they choose:</p> <p> </p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pto.schoolauction.net/crowdsourcing">http://pto.schoolauction.net/crowdsourcing</a></p> <p> </p> <p>Best,</p> <p> </p> <p>Roger</p> <p>We've started an open, crowd-sourcing project to compile a database of national and regional companies that have public web-forms or mailing addresses for their donation requests.  This is free to browse, and free to contribute to, and everyone here is invited to participate at whatever level they choose:</p> <p> </p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://pto.schoolauction.net/crowdsourcing">http://pto.schoolauction.net/crowdsourcing</a></p> <p> </p> <p>Best,</p> <p> </p> <p>Roger</p> Peggy,   I completely agree w… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-02-28:2919887:Comment:29723 2011-02-28T21:20:24.375Z Gina Fisher http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/GinaFisher <p>Peggy,</p> <p> </p> <p>I completely agree with you about NOT being able to allow business advertisements in our Newsletter, but I can't remember where I read that rule. Can you please quide me to that rule again. That would be great!</p> <p>Peggy,</p> <p> </p> <p>I completely agree with you about NOT being able to allow business advertisements in our Newsletter, but I can't remember where I read that rule. Can you please quide me to that rule again. That would be great!</p> For all kinds of advice on fu… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-10-20:2919887:Comment:8561 2009-10-20T18:22:15.000Z Mary Anne Reitebach http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/MaryAnneReitebach For all kinds of advice on fundraising auctions, I recommend two books by the Winters offered as inexpensive ebooks on their webiste<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.charityauctionhelp.com/store.php">http://www.charityauctionhelp.com/store.php</a><br /> <br /> They can be downloaded and re-printed as often as you wish and handed out to all committee members. the books cover everything from start to finish and I have used both books at several very successful auctions For all kinds of advice on fundraising auctions, I recommend two books by the Winters offered as inexpensive ebooks on their webiste<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.charityauctionhelp.com/store.php">http://www.charityauctionhelp.com/store.php</a><br /> <br /> They can be downloaded and re-printed as often as you wish and handed out to all committee members. the books cover everything from start to finish and I have used both books at several very successful auctions If you go with a web based ne… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-09-12:2919887:Comment:7131 2009-09-12T04:25:29.000Z Tim Fitzpatrick http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/TimFitzpatrick If you go with a web based newsletter it won't be a factor. Plus, web stats can show the businesses how many views they are getting and if they make their ad clickable they can measure response that way as well. The web also gives businesses many more options for advertising layout and graphics. If you go with a web based newsletter it won't be a factor. Plus, web stats can show the businesses how many views they are getting and if they make their ad clickable they can measure response that way as well. The web also gives businesses many more options for advertising layout and graphics. We don't mail our newsletter,… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-09-04:2919887:Comment:6037 2009-09-04T18:25:20.000Z Carissa Dollar http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/CarissaDollar We don't mail our newsletter, but I'm curious why that would not be allowed? We don't mail our newsletter, but I'm curious why that would not be allowed? Remember, you are not allowed… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-09-04:2919887:Comment:6033 2009-09-04T17:37:00.000Z Peggy Buckles http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/PeggyBuckles Remember, you are not allowed to have businesses advertise in your newsletter if you mail it out through the post office. But, you are allowed to thank people for sponsoring events and every PTA should be doing that in their newsletter. Then I would drop off a copy to the store manager. Remember, you are not allowed to have businesses advertise in your newsletter if you mail it out through the post office. But, you are allowed to thank people for sponsoring events and every PTA should be doing that in their newsletter. Then I would drop off a copy to the store manager. My suggestions for donations… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-31:2919887:Comment:5675 2009-08-31T18:42:55.000Z Heather Marie Paladino http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/HeatherMariePaladino My suggestions for donations this year is environemental and useful to people than the traditional gift wrap and magazine drives. You could sell seeds to plant flowers, fruits and vegetables and seedlings of trees. You could sell CFL's or programable thermostats to rain barrels. I am currently working on a project that needs a home, a give back to the community, particularly schools by a recycle program where each school collects aluminum and it gets picked up and delivered to Wise recycling… My suggestions for donations this year is environemental and useful to people than the traditional gift wrap and magazine drives. You could sell seeds to plant flowers, fruits and vegetables and seedlings of trees. You could sell CFL's or programable thermostats to rain barrels. I am currently working on a project that needs a home, a give back to the community, particularly schools by a recycle program where each school collects aluminum and it gets picked up and delivered to Wise recycling and the monies collected go back to the schools for supplies for teachers and students in need.<br /> There could be a also a "Goodwill" function where your items that aren't in use could be someone else's treasure. The monies collected go back into the school.<br /> Bottom line thinking new for the future and the concept of Reduce; Reuse and Recycle.<br /> Any thoughts?<br /> Thank-you,<br /> Heather Paladino We are very structured in how… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-31:2919887:Comment:5672 2009-08-31T17:39:57.000Z Walkathon Guide http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/LeeGarverick We are very structured in how we do this so we don't bombard them with requests. We seek out donations for:<br /> - Our annual fundraising campaign for our school foundation<br /> - Our walkathon (see my blog, <a href="http://walkathonguide.com">http://walkathonguide.com</a>)<br /> - Our printed directory<br /> - Our auction<br /> <br /> In all cases, donors get as much visibility as we can possibly give them. For the annual campaign, they go on a giant banner. For walkathons, they go on the backs of the T Shirts and on a banner.… We are very structured in how we do this so we don't bombard them with requests. We seek out donations for:<br /> - Our annual fundraising campaign for our school foundation<br /> - Our walkathon (see my blog, <a href="http://walkathonguide.com">http://walkathonguide.com</a>)<br /> - Our printed directory<br /> - Our auction<br /> <br /> In all cases, donors get as much visibility as we can possibly give them. For the annual campaign, they go on a giant banner. For walkathons, they go on the backs of the T Shirts and on a banner. For the printed directory, they purchase space in the back, at various prices for various sizes of space.<br /> <br /> They get a formal letter requesting their help and explaining the business opportunity, then we publicize via flyers in our school newsletter. Many school families like the publicity they get. Afterwords they donors get a thank you letter with Tax ID. We keep track year to year so we are sure to re-invite donors from previous years.<br /> <br /> In particular bear in mind that being on the back of kids T Shirts is extremely valuable for local businesses. They can become part of a wardrobe essential worn for years! It's a really nice way to raise visibility without being too pushy with other families from the school, for a family with kids in the school and a local business. We have found it very effecti… tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2009-08-07:2919887:Comment:4104 2009-08-07T19:31:45.000Z Jamie J Andersn http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/JamieJAndersn We have found it very effective to have a Business Partner Liaison on our PTA Board. Someone who is willing to approach local business merchants for PTA incentives. We have also used the internet to contact various business owners and have found it very successful. While you are out and about with your family doing various summer activities talk to the manager/business owner of the establishment. Many businesses will donate dinner certificates, movie tickets, a free round of mini golf/lazer tag… We have found it very effective to have a Business Partner Liaison on our PTA Board. Someone who is willing to approach local business merchants for PTA incentives. We have also used the internet to contact various business owners and have found it very successful. While you are out and about with your family doing various summer activities talk to the manager/business owner of the establishment. Many businesses will donate dinner certificates, movie tickets, a free round of mini golf/lazer tag etc ... We also send out a marketing letter to many of our local merchants. I've attached a copy for your reference ... Dear Merchant; As a representative of the (school name) PTA we are approaching local business merchants in the area for school donations in support of various school programs and activities for the 2009-2010 calendar year. Some of the programs this will include are Red Ribbon Week, Health and Safety Week, Reflections, School Walk-a-thon, Teacher Appreciation and our Early Morning Reading Recovery/Literacy Program. We are also currently looking for sponsors to provide incentives and prizes for our PTA membership enrollment from August 15 through September 30th and for our first annual 5K Community Fun Run fundraiser on September 26th. We are asking for incentives in the form of merchandise, gift cards/certificates, discount coupons, honorary memberships and/or monetary contributions/sponsorship. (School name) currently enrolls 950 students which consist of 35 classes in 7 grade levels. With each incentive we hope to provide a wonderful marketing tool/opportunity for many of our local business partners. We invite your organization to help support the (school name) PTA 2009-2010 calendar school year. Please feel free to contact me for additional information or questions. Thank you for your consideration. Respectfully,