FUNDRAISING – Online giving

fees include Just Giving (justgiving. com) at £15 to £39 +VAT per month, and Localgiving ( at £80 +VAT per year.

Automatic donations ROUNDUPS ( This app enables users to donate their virtual spare change to good causes. It works by rounding up all card payments to a whole number (to the nearest 10p, 50p or £1) and donating the pennies to a charity of the user’s choice. Register as a good cause on its website to get started.

Lotteries YOUR SCHOOL LOTTERY ( Tickets cost £1 per week, and 40% of sales go to the school or PTA. A winner is guaranteed in every school community each week, with the prize amount depending on how many players you have. All players are also entered into a national draw for the chance to win £25,000. Your School Lottery draws and contacts the winners – all you have to do is promote it to your supporters.

100 CLUB If you’d rather run your own lottery, how about a 100 Club? Each month, supporters pay a fixed subscription for a number between one and 100 – often £2 per month. Purchased numbers are entered into a monthly draw, with a percentage of the profits going to the winner and the remainder into PTA funds. Payments can be made monthly or annually either by direct debit or your PTA’s online payment system.

Crowdfunding If you’re trying to raise a set amount

for a specific project over a fixed period, crowdfunding might be right for your PTA. Platforms such as Crowdfunder ( allow you to offer tiered rewards for different donation amounts. If possible, link the rewards to your fundraiser – for example, if you’re aiming to purchase a 3D printer, offer the donor a printed item of their choice. Be wary of ‘all or nothing’ platforms where you have to meet your goal to get the funds.

Online selling Many people have used the extra

time at home this year to have a clear out, but how can it benefit your PTA? Both you and your supporter base can participate in online selling to support your cause.

SCHOOL UNIFORM SALE A school uniform sale raises funds while providing a service to parents. Collect items safely, according to current measures; sort, wash and mend them and post images or a list online. Parents can pay online, with items delivered to their door.

SELL IT FOR SCHOOL ( This site sells donations of second- hand books, clothing, toys and more on your cause’s behalf. Donors send unwanted items to the company, which then arranges photographs, descriptions and prices to be uploaded to the chosen school’s shop. Once sold, they post out the item and donate 100% of the profit back to the donor’s chosen school.

EBAY FOR CHARITY ( EBay’s charity function allows users to donate a percentage of sales (from 10% to 100%) to a cause of their choice. To use the website, charities must register with the PayPal Giving Fund, which will collect the donation from the seller and also claim Gift Aid (if eligible).

VINTAGE GIVING ( Send collections of up to 30kg of old or vintage items via Freepost to Vintage Giving, which will donate their value to a charity of your choice. Donations can be sent via post or a Parcelforce home collection. Accepted items include costume jewellery, gold and silver, cameras, pens and old currency.

Shopping affiliates Shopping affiliate schemes are a

great way to raise money from online purchases at no extra cost to you or the shopper. Every time a supporter makes an online purchase through the fundraising website with which you’ve registered, your PTA earns commission – typically 3-4%. Sites such as Give As You Live ( and The Giving Machine (thegivingmachine. offer downloadable browser add-ons and dedicated apps, which remind users to activate their donations when shopping. Ask the school if they can use your chosen platform when shopping too. Individual businesses also offer

affiliate programmes. Label companies such as Stamptastic ( and Stikins ( pay around 15-30% commission on any sales you generate. Check if any organisations that are popular with your parent community provide an affiliate service and register your PTA in order to start reaping rewards.

Shout about it!

Online fundraising gives you potential access to a wide donor base, but it won’t get you very far if no-one knows about it. Use your usual channels such as the school website, emails and newsletters to get through to your immediate school community. To reach out further, make use of social media – not just your own PTA page, but also pages and groups that cover your local area. Could a local news

website promote your fundraisers? Online schemes are all simple to join, and the majority offer a benefit to the donor, so get the message out as far as possible for the best chance of success. With ongoing fundraisers such as regular giving or 100 clubs, ensure the awareness is continuous. Plug things more at certain times of the year, such as shopping affiliate schemes in the run-up to Black Friday and Christmas. AUTUMN 2020 33

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