School Fundraising Resource Hub

Everything your school needs to lead and succeed in online and virtual fundraising

Why Virtual Fundraising is More Important Than Ever For Schools

The events of 2020 have forced us to rethink the way that we deliver programming.  They’ve also forced us to reconsider how we fundraise.  For many schools, the traditional gala, live auction, or other in-person event is no longer feasible.  That’s left many nonprofit fundraising developers wondering what’s next.

The fundraising professionals at GiveSmart have teamed up with nonprofit fundraising professionals across the country to answer that question. On this page, you’ll find virtual fundraising resources specifically created for schools like you, including:

So take advantage of the knowledge, insights, encouragement, and opportunities that we see from working with fundraising developers every day on the GiveSmart virtual fundraising platform.  For more information about GiveSmart, or to schedule a demo of our fundraising software, visit us here. 

Fundraising Success Webinars

There’s a new way forward with fundraising and plenty of options to meet your donors where they are and connect with them all year round. This sampling of school-related success webinars dives into all those things.

Hear your peers share success stories on:

How they grew their reach

Exceeded their targets

Applied creativity to their virtual fundraising

Communicated with donors

Ultimate School Fundraising Study Guide

At GiveSmart we are focused on providing plenty of resources for our partners to be successful in their endeavors. The Ultimate Study Guide for School Fundraising provides access tips and tricks to ace your upcoming fundraising events and efforts.

Here are a few of the items included:

Fundraising event checklist

Go Big or Go Home: Event Enhancements

Unique items for school auctions

Four Tips for your Auction and Fund-the-Need

How to incorporate students in your fundraiser

How to Re-Engage your Alumni

Keeping them Hooked

Your Virtual Fundraising Checklist

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy

Remember, opportunity still exists, but your original plan might not be the one to help get you there. During these unpredictable times, you and your team will face challenges, new situations, and tricky obstacles. You will, however, emerge stronger and more resilient than before. Additionally, there will be lessons picked up along the way that will help grow your mission that may not have surfaced otherwise. Your pivot to virtual fundraising checklist will walk you from taking a deep breath to assessing your fundraising opportunities and risks, and gearing up to run fundraisers virtually. Read the virtual fundraising checklist.

Virtual Fundraising Examples

Get Virtual Fundraising Ideas from Real Life Campaigns

Customers and partners have reached out to GiveSmart for examples or ideas of how to fundraise virtually. Virtual fundraising campaigns are the new normal for fundraising and every organization is trying to figure out how this fits in their fundraising strategies.

We’ve pulled together 40+ inspiring examples of virtual fundraising from real-life campaigns.  Each of these remarkable organizations has worked with GiveSmart to meet and even exceed their fundraising goals.

Should we be fundraising today?

One of the questions that our nonprofit partners are asking is whether this is the right time to be making an ask of their donors. Our answer is, there has never been a better time to ask. The need has never been greater for the communities that you serve. For millions of people who’s lives have been disrupted, this opportunity to strengthen and sustain the causes that they care about is a great way to to encourage them, and to show them what’s possible when we work together. Our own Diane Kleiber, VP of sales at GiveSmart, sat down with Ron Russino from Russino’s fundraising professionals to discuss this very question.

Fundraising Success Webinars

September 10, 2020

#OutsideTheRoom Webinar Series: Episode 13 – PENCIL

The PENCIL Foundation takes us through its Impact Breakfast, sponsor relationships, and the importance of…

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August 27, 2020

#OutsideTheRoom Webinar Series: Episode 12 – St. Mary’s School

St. Mary’s School shows us their plans behind their virtual dance competitions, sign-up parties, and…

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August 6, 2020

#OutsideTheRoom Webinar Series: Episode 10 – Crossnore School and Children’s Home

How Crossnore School Adapted Their Annual Events for Contactless Fundraising Crossnore School and Children’s Home…

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April 14, 2020

Webinar: Your School’s Pivot to a Virtual Fundraising Event

You CAN do this. We can help.  Silver lining: Your peers have been hitting targets…

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Together with a nationwide community of fundraisers, we've put together:

  • School Fundraising Guides and Resources
  • Virtual Fundraising Webinars 
  • Virtual Fundraising Success Stories

We’d love to help you reach your goals.

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