Common Core Ain’t Cheap
this supplement, you will find many tools to help districts transition to
common core standards. Some are free; most are not. We thought it would be
helpful to share some funding tips from a recent survey conducted by the Digital Wish Foundation.
The study revealed some surprising
results, the biggest being that schools may be overlooking some easy ways to
increase their budgets. Here is
a sampling of these results:
Only 14% of schools
report “re-budgeting” as a major source of technology funding, however it’s the
most viable and immediately available strategy.
half of schools are not applying for grants. Respondents shared that this is
one of their most effective sources of funding, and over a quarter of schools
who apply are raising over $20,000 per year.
schools do not make an immediate connection between raising community
engagement and sustainability..
is frequently viewed as “something the PTA does.” However, successful schools
integrate fundraising into every school event. One in five schools who
fundraised actually raised over $20,000 each year.
The study also included some helpful tips when approaching potential
• “Hit up the engineers in your town. They rarely are approached for donations and they love it when you can put their name on something they
have donated. The lawyers in the community love to donate as well. I've also
had great luck with the dentists because these groups are not typically
approached for funding.”
estate agents and banks will donate because a good school raises the property
value in the region.”
• “Sometimesyou just have to ask
and you shall receive. Asking the right person is the most challenging
• “Contacts in
the ‘right’ places really help. This is not something always attainable but we
ask parents and companies for referrals.”
Download the full study here: http://bit.ly/St1ShN
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