We all know that schools need money and supplies. As budgets get tighter in the near future, schools’ needs will rise. As a result, schools and parent associations need to get creative in ways to earn money for the school. Many schools have found that selling items (e.g., wrapping paper) directly is not a very sustainable way to raise money. What schools need are easy ways to raise money without requiring undue pressure or reliance on parents and friends of the school. The simpler the process, the more likely people will be to help.
Clip and Save
One easy way to help schools is through clip and save programs. Campbell’s Soup’s Labels for Education program allows parents to clip sections of the labels from Campbell’s products and send them into the school. The school can then redeem the points for merchandise the school needs. Product partners include such familiar names as Post cereals, Bic pens and Pepperidge Farms snacks.
A similar program is the Boxtops for Education program. As with the Campbell’s program, parents can clip box tops from certain products (like Land O’ Lakes butter and Progresso soups) which are worth 10 cents to the school when the school sends them in. Parents can also earn money for the school by shopping online through links at Boxtops for Education or by buying supplies for their teacher through the “My Class Essentials Registry.” This last option gives doubly, as it provides your child’s teacher with supplies and give the school a 2% rebate on your purchases.
Swipe and Save
If clipping labels and boxtops weren’t easy enough, parents and friends of a school can earn money simply by shopping and using their loyalty cards at various stores. Some national chains such as Food Lion offer programs whereby schools earn points based on the spending of registered shoppers. Food Lion’s MVP Classroom Rewards grants double points on the 10th of each month and allows the schools to redeem the points for great merchandise. Local grocers may also offer rewards programs, so be sure to check with all your area grocery stores.
Do you have a Target Red Card? Target’s Take Charge of Education program donates 1% of the charges at Target and Target.com for all registered cards. Best yet, Target gives the earnings back to the school as cash! There are no “points” to spend or worries that they will expire if not used. Schools can use the money toward whatever they need.
Other Ways to Save
Another easy way to earn money is through an online web search tool called Goodsearch. Goodsearch allows users to designate a charity–including a school–to which Goodsearch will donate money based on the number of searches done through the site. Goodsearch also has links to online stores that will donate a percentage of the sale to the school when you shop through the Goodsearch link. The results returned are provided by Yahoo! so you know they are of the highest quality.
There are many ways for parents to help earn money for their schools with little or no activity required by the parents. With a little ingenuity and some simple planning, you can earn significant rewards for your school, and there is no need to send your children out to sell unwanted supplies to your co-workers and neighbors!