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My Top Five Software Tools for School Fundraising

As the head of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), I have had years of experience with different fundraising methods, from bake sales to charity auctions. However, in recent years, I have noticed a significant shift towards online fundraising tools. In particular, fundraising software has become a game-changer for PTAs looking to raise funds effectively and efficiently. In this blog post, I'll be sharing my top five fundraising software tools that I recommend to fellow PTAs.

  1. Schoolfundr (www.schoolfundr.org) - Schoolfundr is an all-in-one fundraising platform made specific for school fundraising. It offers an easy-to-use interface, and its functionalities are designed to help PTAs raise money more efficiently. It enables PTAs to create customizable donation pages and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns that make it easy for supporters to give to the cause. What's more, Givebutter also an amazing a-thon feature that help me run a great read-a-thon. Besides being made specifically for schools, Schoolfundr is ABSOLUTELY free to the school. I would highly recommend for teachers, PTA leaders, and coaches.

  2. Fundly Fundly is another fundraising software that allows PTAs to create customizable fundraising campaigns. The platform has a user-friendly interface that enables PTAs to easily create campaigns, share them on social media, and track donations in real-time. Fundly also has a feature that enables PTAs to create donation tiers that offer different perks to donors, which can motivate donors to give more. Fundly does charge a small fee, but I have had good experiences

  3. Bonfire If your PTA is looking to create custom t-shirts or merchandise as part of your fundraising strategy, Bonfire is the perfect tool for you. The platform enables PTAs to design custom t-shirts or other items, set a price, and promote the products to supporters. Bonfire also handles the entire sales process, from payment processing to shipping, making it a convenient option for PTAs looking to simplify their fundraising efforts.

  4. Donately Donately is a donation platform that enables organizations to create customizable donation pages that can be embedded on their website. It offers a simple and secure way for supporters to give to the cause and has features such as recurring donations, donor management, and peer-to-peer fundraising. The platform also integrates with various other software tools, such as Salesforce and Mailchimp, which can streamline PTA's donor management and communication efforts.

  5. GoFundme is a the most well known fundraising platform, but to be honest I feel strange using it for my schools.

In conclusion, fundraising software has become an essential tool for PTAs looking to raise funds effectively and efficiently. The five fundraising software tools mentioned above are just some of the options available to PTAs, but they offer a range of functionalities that can help PTAs reach their fundraising goals. When choosing a fundraising software, it is essential to consider factors such as user-friendliness, customization options, and integration capabilities. By selecting the right fundraising software tool, PTAs can streamline their fundraising efforts, attract more donors, and raise more money to support their schools and communities.




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