Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thoughts on Crowdfunding: PledgeCents.com

Crowdfunding has become more popular in educational circles recently, so I decided to review a website called https://www.pledgecents.com/. Their goal is to improve education for students by providing a method for people to invest in classrooms and create a link between education and the community. PledgeCents is providing some great opportunities:
  • Trade books for third graders
  • Computer software for a K-12 school
  • Maker materials for a technology program
  • Music equipment for 120 students
  • Field trips for high school freshmen
As a private school educator, I have often thought that sites like PledgeCents foster educational improvement for low-income schools. Yet, private schools rely on donations for many projects within their schools. I am intrigued by the ability to connect donations to specific items in schools. I think  that parents and other supporters are interested in knowing how they are helping education. I think PledgeCents also has great potential for schools with long-distance donors like grandparents.

On that note, I began to think of some ideas for private schools to consider:

  • Back-to-school supplies - Our church does a fundraiser for school supplies, but why not offer an on-line donation site as well?
  • Big projects - Do you have a great idea for your school that needs an alternative funding source?
  • Your ideas - How would you use PledgeCents?
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PledgeCents allows funding to be matched through the collaboration of other businesses. Educators are also able to keep their funds if they don't meet their goal. Are you using PledgeCents? Leave a comment with the link or share how you would put this site to use!

God's blessings on your week!