Start a Crowdfunding Page
StandUpKids has partnered with the non-profit DonorsChoose.org, the amazing public school crowdfunding organization where people, companies, and foundations can help fund your request.
If you are interested in financial support for standing desks for your classroom, one option is to post a request for standing desks on the Donors Choose site. They have a straight-forward process for posting and managing projects. When StandUpKids has funds available, we will support your project as will the millions of donors who support projects on Donors Choose.
Here’s an outline of the steps you’ll need to take to create a project on Donors Choose:
- Create an account and your teacher profile
- Choose a kids standing desk you like from one of the Donors Choose Preferred Vendors, Amazon Business, Nacso, Quill, School Outfitters, Teachers School Supply, & Staples all offer kids standing desks. If you are seeking more that 5-6 desks, you will need to reach out to the vendor directly to get a quote and upload it into your project.
- Create A Project – Your project is more likely to get funded IF YOU:
1. Give it a great title
2. Speak from the heart when you describe your project
3. Check your project essay for spelling and grammar
- Submit The Project
- Email a link to your project to [email protected] to be added to the StandUpKids Giving Page.
Tips for Success:
• Be Specific. Think about what your students need. Can you explain this in a way that’s vivid, compelling, and inspiring for potential donors?
• Be Strategic. Smaller requests are likely to get funded quickly. Are there some ways to lower your project cost, while still getting everything you need? Check out our tips and tricks for keeping costs low.
• Get inspiration. Use the search filters to find teachers similar to you and see what they’re requesting.
• Check out funding opportunities. View available funding opportunities from companies and foundations.
• Tell a story. Illustrate why and how the project will help your class. Here’s a great example: “We don’t have dictionaries, so my students can’t look up definitions of words they don’t understand when they are reading. Instead of being resourceful, my students get frustrated.”
• Beware of jargon. If you use acronyms like the name of a standardized test or “ELMO,” make sure you explain them. (Most donors will picture the Sesame Street character, not a useful document camera!)
• Double check spelling and grammar. It’s true, some donors won’t give to a project if they find a typo in it.
• Use your public profile. It’s a one-stop shop to showcase your efforts on DonorsChoose.org. Create a custom URL and share the link so your friends, family, and network can always see what your classroom is up to.
• Facebook, Facebook, Facebook! Log into your account to sign up for automatic Facebook updates.
• Email your friends and family. People want to know about the great work you’re doing! And many will be happy to spread the word for you. One teacher shared, “I was amazed at how quickly my project was funded, just by sending a few messages. We forget how eager our friends and family are to help out our classrooms. Plus, they love to hear about what we are accomplishing!”
• Tell your community. Organizations like rotary clubs, small businesses, local media, and school PTAs have supported teachers across the country. Ask your PTA if they will include a direct link to your project in their communications!