Recommended Fundraising Platforms
Not all crowdfunding platforms are suited for nonprofit or school fundraising. SPPS recommends sticking to this list. If you find a new platform that you would like to be included here, please contact the Grants Office.
Adopt a Classroom
Adopt a Classroom is a good choice for individual teachers or teacher teams seeking classroom supplies.
Teachers register with the platform, explaining what they need.
Donors can find and fund a classroom by searching for a teacher they know, a school they have a connection with, or a subject they’re passionate about. One hundred percent of the donor’s tax-deductible donation goes to the classroom. Once the funding is received, teachers purchase their supplies online at Adopt a Classroom.
Fees: None. One hundred percent of each individual donation goes to the teacher’s project. Corporate partners help defray the costs of running the platform.
DonorsChoose is a good choice for individual teachers or teacher teams seeking supplies or funds for class trips and class visitors.
Public school teachers post classroom project requests (for materials, class trips or class visitors) on this site, and donors can give any amount to the project. When a project reaches its funding goal, DonorsChoose ships the materials to the school. Teachers must provide photos of the project taking place and a letter with insight into how funds were spent. Gifts over $50 require hand-written thank you letters from the students.
Fees: None. Individual donors are asked to add 15% above their donation to help overhead, teacher outreach, maintenance and maintenance of the DonorsChoose.org website, but they may opt out. About a quarter reduce or eliminate the allocation.
GiveMN is an excellent choice for major school-focused projects.
Your school’s GiveMN page can be used to raise large or small amounts, in year-long campaigns or short-term projects. GiveMN is well-known as the state’s primary online funding site, due largely to its annual Give to the Max Day.
Fees: 6.9% of each donation goes to Give.MN (4.9% to cover credit card processing and the technology side of the platform, and 2.0% to support GiveMN programs). Donors have the option to cover those costs by paying the fee themselves, and according to GiveMN, 80% of donors opt to cover the fee.
Please see our recommendations on the use of GiveMN for more details on this platform.
Go Fund Me -- This is a personal fundraising site. At least one SPPS teacher has raised funds on this site to purchase materials he can take with him to his next teaching position.
Kickstarter -- This site is generally used for more commercial projects. The recommended sites are better-suited to reach your target audience.