How do I run a donation-based fundraising event?
How do I get started?
pledge-drives are simple to start. You just go to our contact page and fill our the form. The sign up process is easy to follow.
Do we need to have computers?
Our program is an online fundraising tool. But don’t let that scare you. Any device with internet access can be used. Our entire site is extremely mobile friendly. The fact of the matter is that more than 90% of the people in the United States have internet access either by using a computer at home or work, via a mobile phone or by using a tablet or other device.
When should I hold a donation drive?
The great thing about our program is that you can hold an event any time of the year.
How do we raise money?
You raise money from sponsors who support your reading efforts. Sponsors are people like friends and family who care about your education. You get the most sponsors by using our free tools that include tutorials, email campaigns, Facebook, and other social media.
How much money can we raise?
There is really no limit to how much you can raise. But let’s use as an example a 1,000 student elementary school. If each student participates and gets 3 people to donate the historic average donation of $29.80 then the school would raise $89,400.
Is there a limit to the number of participants we have?
Pledge-Drive was set up to accommodate the needs of an entire school so there is no limit to the number of students who can participate in your fundraiser.
Can I upload my participant list?
You can enter your readers individually or you can upload them all at one time using an Excel spreadsheet and our new upload tool. Just follow our simple instructions..
What Do I Need to Know About Sponsors?
How do we find sponsors?
We offer all the tools you need to recruit sponsors including social media tools, email campaigns and print materials. Students and Parents share their page and use our easy buttons. Potential sponsors include parents, grand parents, aunts & uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors and more. Unlike most fundraisers our program allows you to recruit sponsors anywhere in the world.
Do sponsors need to pay online?
Our system requires that sponsors pay online using a credit or debit card, or PayPal so that we can track donations. That’s necessary for all of our reporting tools to work accurately and for us to be able to offer prizes and incentives for your readers to get as many sponsors as possible. Cash and check envelopes can be provided for a small printing fee.
Most parents, group leaders and principals prefer our online donation system so that children are not collecting nor handling money.
Is there a minimum donation?
Unfortuately there is a $10 minimum for online donations. We are forced to have a minimum so that we can maintain high profit percentages for our groups. Online donations, especially small ones, can be costly. Processors charge around $.30 per transaction and up to 5% depending on the type of credit card. That means fees alone would run 11% of a $5 donation.
Are there tips for holding a great pledge-drive?
Should we offer prizes for our readers?
We believe readers need to have the incentive to read so we offer awesome pledge wristbands. Bands are given to the students daily. Most successful programs assign a special event to each wristband to keep things exciting!
Fun kick off meeting
We currently provide a fun Kick Off Video to play or LIVE presentation for your students on the first day of your campaign.
Utilize all promotional tools
Make sure your readers utilize all of the tools available to them to gather the largest number of sponsors. The tools include email campaigns, facebook, and other social media.
Check reporting functions regularly
In your admin dashboard you will be able to see any students/classrooms that are not fully participating. You should identify those people and do your best to get them started. The higher your participation rate the better your results will be.