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Harnessing Social Reciprocity Among Parents

  By Erica Pettis Gratitude-based philanthropy, a well-established concept in healthcare, can also be embraced and applied to schools through a “grateful parent” program. Whether a primary, secondary, single-sex, or co-ed school, parents are important members of any educational community. Opportunities to discuss “grateful parent” fundraising are driven by key moments in a family’s lifecycle

4 Proven Christian School Fundraiser Ideas to Help You Raise More Money

By Tim Grable When you are the organizer of a Christian school fundraiser, it might not always be clear how you can tailor Christian values to the age group you are addressing. How can you best entertain school kids, while also conveying the proper message and the best-fitting rhetoric? To address this inquiry, here’s a

3 Keys to Purchasing Athletic Gear for Your Team

By Travis Armideo As an athletic trainer or team coach, you only have so much in your budget to use on athletic equipment, and you have numerous players to outfit. But while the costs add up quickly, price tags shouldn’t be your only concern. Sure, spending $120 here for a pair of shoulder pads and

Is Variable Tuition Right for Your School?

In every school that I have partnered with, cost continues to be an issue among parents. When I conduct a parent survey, I can predict that affordability will be one of the lowest rated areas of satisfaction and tuition will be one of the least liked areas of the school. Cost is the most identified

4 Steps for Marketing Your Food Program

Marketing is one of the most overlooked areas in school food. As operators, we get so caught up in the rules that we forget who we are there to serve. People like to feel part of things. They like to be kept informed and in the know. They are drawn by excitement. Students are people,

Majority of Americans Support School Fundraising

Support for school and youth group fundraising is strong in the United States, according to findings from a recent national survey commissioned by the Association of Fund-Raising Distributors and Suppliers (AFRDS). Six out of 10 adult Americans purchased consumer items, such as gift wrap, food, magazine subscriptions, gift items and other products, to support a

7 Ways to Get a Jump-Start on Fall Fundraising

Fall may seem like a ways off, but when it comes to fundraising, it’s never too early to start the planning process. Finding ways to be proactive about your fundraising efforts is the best way to set your school up for future success. So, where do you begin? Consider these seven tips to help you

The 4 Stages of Major Gift Prospecting in Christian Schools

By Jeff Hensley While annual giving is the sustaining lifeblood of a typical non-profit or educational institution, major gifts can transform an organization, allow it to expand, or even endow its programs in perpetuity. Their size varies from organization to organization, depending on the organization’s size and average gift, but they represent gifts that dwarf

Playground Surfacing with Poured in Place Rubber

When it comes to recreation surfaces, durability is second only to safety. Poured in place rubber playground surface is a durable, permanent surface option—making it safe, long-lasting and virtually maintenance-free! The rubber playground surface material is highly customizable for depth, color, shape and design. The pour in place method allows for a recreational flooring surface

Private School Construction for K-12 Executives

Our private school construction series explores different facets of the private school construction process. It provides education executives and their teams high-level insights and tools to navigate their capital projects. Part one of our private school construction series explores how building your team early puts your capital project on track to deliver a facility that

Seven Stages of a Fundraiser

So, you’re set on having a fundraiser, eh? Before you jump in headfirst, check out the steps we’ve mapped out for you. If you take time to consider and work on each one, the fundraising process will go a lot smoother. You can’t go off to battle without a little training first, right? Okay, so

Building Your Dream Playground One Phase at a Time

By Eric Torrey If you have ever envisioned your dream playground, presented your ideas to a commercial playground design consultant, and then been shocked by the cost – you are not alone. Playgrounds can be expensive. When faced with this reality, many people amend their dreams and “settle” for what they can afford. This does

Secrets to Fundraising Success

1. Select the best fundraiser for your school. Decide which fundraiser will best meet your needs and goals. You will be successful if you choose wisely. Look for tips on choosing a fundraiser further below in this article. 2. Plan ahead. Start planning at least one month in advance. Select your fundraiser early to assure
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