2014 NO-SALE FUNDRAISER FAQ
What is the No-Sale Fundraiser?
The No-Sale Fundraiser is our largest fundraiser of the year. It is the most efficient way to support every student and teacher at Hale and Field schools – and the best part is, neither you nor your students will have to go door-to-door selling calendars, cookie dough or wrapping paper. 100% of the donations go straight to our PTAs to fund important school programs.
Why do we need to raise money for public schools?
School budgets are tight, and can’t cover all the supplies needed by teachers and staff to assure our kids are getting the best education we can give them. In fact, the district budget for supplies was significantly less for this school year than in the past – barely enough to cover the copy paper used by Hale or Field in a year, let alone other necessary items.
How much of our fundraising budget is raised during the No-Sale Fundraiser?
Approximately 40% of our fundraising efforts are done through the No-Sale Fundraiser.
How much was raised last year (2013-14)?
Last year, we raised $24,000 for Hale and $14,000 for Field through the No-Sale Fundraiser, between direct donations and employer matching gifts – for a total of $38,000. Our grand total, which included $7,500 in prize money won for placing second on the small non-profit leaderboard, was a whopping $45,500.
How do the two schools split the money raised?
Although the No-Sale Fundraiser is hosted by Nathan Hale PTA, the campaign is promoted to both Hale and Field families and funds raised help support both Hale and Field schools. Families select the school they want to support at the time of donation, either by selecting the Hale or Field No-Sale Fundraiser project page on GiveMN or in the memo line of their check. At the end of the campaign, the Hale PTA will write a check to Field for the amount raised on their behalf.
How much should my family donate?
We appreciate any level of financial support you can offer – every little bit counts. When you give to the No-Sale Fundraiser, you are helping improve the quality of education for each child! That said, we count on every Hale and Field family that is able to contribute to give the requested donation per student per year. Please use the sliding scale fee to help you determine the amount to donate.
Examples of what this donation provides
Up to $45,000
$10 per student
First in Math access for 2 students
$45,001 - $75,000
$35 per student
Rug cleaning for one classroom
$75,001 - $100,000
$60 per student
Scholastic readers/magazines for 11 students
$100,001 - $150,000
$75 per student
Mid-day field trip bus for 2 hours
$110 per student
BrainPOP for 15 students
How do I donate?
You can donate to the No-Sale Fundraiser a couple of different ways:
What are the benefits of donating through GiveMN.org for individual donors?
What are the benefits of donating through GiveMN.org for Hale/Field?
There are many benefits to using GiveMN as our PTA’s main fundraising tool:
What are the costs of donating through GiveMN.org?
There is no fee for the individual or nonprofit/charitable organization to create an account or a page. GiveMN is a nonprofit website for nonprofits and schools. Donations are 100% tax deductible and a very reasonable flat 4.9% transaction fee is deducted from each donation.
I heard there were issues with GiveMN’s website last year. Has anything changed?
Give to the Max Day is so popular that GiveMN’s technology host crashed last year – with significant downtime in the afternoon. As a result, GiveMN has selected a new partner for 2014, Kimbia, which has greater capacity to support the volume of giving that happens here in Minnesota. Additionally, GiveMN is limiting each charity to one important image – no video – on the giving page, to assure that bandwidth can keep up with demand. We are confident in this solution.
Can I still give a gift, even though I missed Give to the Max Day?
Absolutely! Although we are focusing on raising as much of our No-Sale Fundraiser donations on Give to the Max day, to take advantage of the opportunities to raise more money through Golden Tickets and Leaderboard rankings, Hale and Field PTAs will accept your donations any time throughout the month – and anytime during the entire year. Anytime you donate to Hale and Field PTA through GiveMN, you help support our students and our community.
Can I still write a check?
Although the Hale and Field PTAs prefer that families donate through the GiveMN website because of the ease and efficiency in tracking donations, checks are always welcome. Simply make your checks payable to “Hale PTA” and send to Hale School, 1220 East 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55417, or dropped off at the Hale or Field school offices.
Where does the money go?
Here are a few examples:
More explanation of programs supported by PTA funds:
Art Adventure: Art Adventure is a program of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that introduces K-6 students to works of art from a variety of cultures. Trained school volunteers visit classrooms with posters of art relating to a common theme, such as animals, celebrations, or relationships.
BrainPOP: BrainPOP® is an online tool that uses animated, curricular content to engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Their award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr.® (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español™, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL™. In traditional, blended, and "flipped" learning settings, BrainPOP supports individual, team, and whole-class learning. At school and in informal learning environments, their characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts. BrainPOP Jr. is used by Hale’s K-2nd graders.
First in Math: First in Math is an online math-skills tutorial currently used by Hale’s 3rd and 4th graders*. It is a progression-based, interactive environment where new skills are acquired and improvement is continually recognized. First In Math online provides immediate feedback so practice is meaningful and engaging. Improvement is self-directed and new habits replace old, unproductive habits—driving success in every academic area.
*The fourth grade team is considering switching to a different online math program – which would also be supported through PTA funds.
Field Playground Improvement: The recent grant request submitted to the district from Field for an improved playground included expected donations from the community, including any additional funds raised via the No-Sale Fundraiser. Approximately $5,000 needs to be raised this way by 2016 to meet this commitment.
Scholastic Weekly Readers/Magazines: Scholastic Classroom Magazines align with Common Core Standards and bring new nonfiction into classroom lessons with every issue. They are used at least through 7th grade at both Hale and Field.
On-Site Field Trips: An investment of just $550 or less can bring field trip experiences to Hale – a significant saving over the high cost of busses and admission fees. Examples of potential on-site field trips include exhibits and experiences from the Science Museum of MN, Reptile Zoo, magicians, Teddy Bear band and Mad Science.
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