Fundraising burnout. More and more, it’s becoming a reality at schools across the country. A survey done by the National Association of Elementary School Principals found that;

  • 76% of schools hold up to five fundraisers a year.
  • The same survey found that 20% of schools hold 5-10 fundraisers.

Looking at those numbers, it’s understandable that fundraising burnout is occurring.

Unfortunately fundraisers can’t be done away with even though 64% of those surveyed said they would stop holding fundraisers if they could. Schools need the extra money to pay for field trips, computer labs, art, music and other expenses that are no longer covered by state funding. The answer to this conundrum is finding ways to make fundraisers less intrusive and more profitable so fewer fundraisers can be held each year.

Created by parent, former teacher and school principal Stacey Boyd, Schoola has introduced a green way for schools to raise money without asking kids to go door to door selling anything. If you haven’t heard of Schoola yet, it’s an online store that sells quality used clothing at up to 70% off retail prices – and 40% of the proceeds benefit schools.

The premise is simple. Gently used kids and women’s clothing are donated to Schoola. People across the country shop on the Schoola website and 40% of the proceeds go directly to your school. No sales. No asking for money from friends and family. It’s a simple way to clean out your closet and benefit your school at the same time.

Young child holding Schoola fundraising check
Yick Wo’s Elementary School’s art budget for the year was $1.Partnering with Schoola, Yick Wo ran four clothing drives in one year. Preloved clothes got a second life while Yick Wo earned funds.Yick Wo earned $17,000 and counting, funding the art program.

Clothes can be donated to Schoola in two ways:

  1. You can request a postage-paid bag to be delivered to your home. You fill it with gently used clothes and hand it off to your local post office. Schoola handles everything from there, and your school receives 40% of the proceeds.
  2. You can set up a school-wide drive and collect clothes from all families that wish to donate. Schoola will help you set up the drive and coordinate getting the clothes shipped out. Your school will get 40% of the proceeds from online sales. All you have to do is fill out a short form on their website and they can get you set up in 2 weeks.

Even if you don’t have clothes to donate right now, Schoola is a great website to check out for back to school shopping. It’s a great place to get gently used clothing for your children at a good price.

Have you shopped or raised money for your school with Schoola? How was your experience?

Images provided by Schoola.

By Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.