We all know that austerity measures have been forcing schools to explore alternative ways to fund resources, but when my husband, a secondary Maths Teacher, paid to have a box of glue sticks delivered to home, I knew that things had got serious.
We all know that austerity measures have been forcing schools to explore alternative ways to fund resources, but when my husband, a secondary Maths Teacher, paid to have a box of glue sticks delivered to home, I knew that things had got serious
My name is Nikki Burch and I’m the Programme Manager for FundEd, a new school fundraising association designed to help schools look at income generation more creatively. We do this by pulling together expert guidance and inspiration from other schools, backed up by the practical tools schools need to become confident and effective fundraisers.
Despite the doom and gloom you read in the press, schools are achieving amazing things, and we want to champion them, while helping them achieve even more!
When it comes to fundraising, many have already taken the bull by the horns and are raising money through methods that go far beyond the usual grants or events: £2,800 for 3D printing resources through crowdfunding, £2,000 towards cookery equipment through local sponsorship...
Yet when we attended The Education Show with YPO in March and a SBM conference a few weeks ago, it struck me that glue sticks are like a litmus test of how much money a school does (or doesn't) have.
'Do you have any glue sticks?' is still the question most asked and the most coveted item that school staff are keen to get their hands on at events!
Well no more asking for glue sticks! My mission is to help schools raise funds in a sustainable way. Income generation should be built into the School Improvement Plan, with specific goals agreed with key stakeholders, then broken down into manageable chunks that are divided between the various parties who have a vested interested in seeing these goals achieved – parents, governors, teaching and non-teaching staff.
Many businesses want to support their local schools, either because they are passionate about their sector and want to share that passion with the next generation; for Corporate Social Responsibility reasons; or because schools can offer a good marketing route to a targeted audience of local parents... But businesses don't know what schools need and schools often lack the confidence to know who or how to ask for support. FundEd provides inspiration and practical guidance on how to begin these conversations.
YPO is leading the way as an organisation that supports schools – not only because they offer the best value for money, but by helping us launch FundEd, YPO has enabled many schools to dream bigger and reach higher. So if you're still a school that needs to future-proof your finances, take a look at FundEd. And in the meantime, YPO has the best value glue sticks around!
Discover how FundEd could help your school raise money at http://welcometofunded.education.co.uk/