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MANAGING YOUR PTA – Raise more with FundEd


Feedback from our subscribers


‘We signed up to FundEd in July 2017 because we were looking for new income generation avenues. As we are opening a new SEN secondary school later this year, we were especially interested in fi nding grants to fund the facilities and equipment required. Since signing up, we have mined FundEd’s extensive grants database to fi nd suitable opportunities to get funding for the required facilities and specialist equipment, which is crucial in ensuring our young people thrive in their education and community. We have applied for numerous grants, and are currently waiting to hear if we’ve been successful. As a Fundraising Manager who is passionate about building strong and long-lasting business relationships where both parties benefi t, I have found FundEd’s information on business partnerships extremely useful. This advice reassures me that I am approaching the business community in the right way, not only when it comes to fundraising, but also when trying to secure work-related opportunities for young people with learning disabilities. I wholeheartedly recommend FundEd to those looking for ways to raise money for their school. The magazine is a great tool when researching new ideas, and reading the success stories of other schools gives you the confi dence needed to try new things. The website is one of the fi rst things I open each day, as there is


always something new to read and digest. As a fundraising resource FundEd defi nitely offers great value for money; it is a valuable tool in the ever-competitive fundraising market.’ Liam Deacy, Fundraising Manager, Dorothy Goodman School, Hinckley, Leicestershire (205 pupils)


In September 2017, subscriber Mel Fane shared her fundraising success with us, having raised £88,500 in a year thanks to FundEd. This paid for a trim trail, playground resurfacing and a wildlife pond, and we’ve been back in touch to fi nd out how things have progressed: ‘We are now concentrating our


efforts on developing a wild, unused area at the back of the school into an eco hub and outside learning area. We have applied to Rampion Wind Farm, an offshore wind farm development, for a grant of £10,000 to fund this. We have been successful in getting through the fi rst round and will know more in June. We’re also waiting to fi nd out whether we’ve been successful with Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, and we will be applying to Learning Through Landscapes when the next round opens. These funds were found through the FundEd grants database. And the excellent guidance on completing a grant application has already helped us be successful and given us confi dence for the future.’ Mel Fane, PTA Trustee, Our Lady of Lourdes RC School, Brighton, East Sussex (199 pupils)


Expert guidance Can’t fi nd the advice


you’re looking for? Our experts offer members tailored guidance should you need it, available by email or phone.


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aimed at schools FundEd Magazine: a 60-page termly publication covering grants, crowdfunding, partnerships, etc. PTA+ Magazine: three issues a year covering day-to-day fundraising ideas and inspiration Grant funding advice: identifying funds and writing successful bids Crowdfunding advice: expert guidance to help schools run a successful campaign Partnerships advice: how to identify potential business partners and request support Funding alerts: half-termly email newsletters featuring grants, seasonal ideas, offers, etc. Knowledge bank: guidance on writing a fundraising strategy, step-by-step event-planning guides, supporter mind-mapping guide, crowdfunding support, letter templates, and more.


ensure you submit the strongest application possible. Community support:With a wide  the one that’s right for you to engage your parents and combat supporter apathy. Our guidance on looking to the wider community for support also includes how to identify and approach local businesses, helping you to forge relationships with those beyond the school. Whether you’re a well-practised


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to prepare an income generation strategy and the knowledge to give you the best chances of success.


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FundEd is a time-saving toolkit for PTA Chairs and school leaders that features the most comprehensive range of proven income-generation solutions available . An annual subscription costs just £90 (+VAT) a year. For this, up to ten users within your school can access the grants database, read expert guidance, receive half-termly funding alerts, and save time with ready-to-use templates. To sign up, call 01342 718679 or go to funded.org.uk/sign-up.


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