Launch of Charitable Public School Organization Helps Schools Get Needed Funding by Making Fundraising Part of Everyday Purchases

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Create Excitement for Public Schools Initiative creates affiliate partnerships to redirect percentage of everyday purchases to public schools, helping support students and much-needed programs.

This is a wonderful, easy way to provide the extras in our district through our innovative grants.

As government funding decreases nationwide, cuts are being made across the board — but perhaps most dangerously in public schools. Schools and students who desperately need funding have had to struggle to get even basic school supplies. The good news is that with this month’s launch of the Create Excitement for Public Schools Initiative (CE4PS), it’s as easy and effortless to help a local school as it is to splurge on a manicure. Create Excitement for Public Schools is a program that’s helping local school districts through their school foundations, by directing a percentage of everyday purchases to public schools.

The CE4PS Initiative was launched through the school foundations of three districts in suburban Chicago – Oak Grove in Libertyville, Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, and District 54 in Schaumburg. Within two weeks, more than 1,000 people registered and are now able to make fundraising effortless through this innovative opportunity to simply re-direct the way that they are currently shopping to support much-needed programs and opportunities for students.

“This is a wonderful, easy way to provide the extras in our district through our innovative grants", says Kim Moody, President of the Oak Grove School Education Foundation. "We hope that people throughout our community, local businesses, and Oak Grove alumni will all want to work with us on this program.”

Due to nationwide budget cuts, most states’ public schools are funded at pre-recession levels. In Illinois, the average amount spent per student will decrease by $318, about a 13% decrease from the 2010-11 school year. While it’s clear from the budget cuts that schools are in desperate need of money, until now fundraising was often challenging for schools to continue to implement.

Create Excitement for Public Schools has entered into affiliate partnerships with Groupon, Amazon, and several additional merchants including Identity Direct, which offers unique personalized items for children, to capitalize on existing local daily deals and special deals designed specifically for parents and children. Through the affiliate partnership, each company pays a percentage of sales back to the school district through the foundation. The email that people receive each day now not only contains information about daily deals and specials but information on how each foundation is helping students. Community members of each district can sign up at http://www.ce4psdeals.com to receive the daily email that includes the Groupon offering for your location.

In addition to the standard daily deal, local school districts are working with area merchants to create special Premier Deals—limited-time offers created specifically for each community that give a larger percentage back to the schools and showcase businesses as school supporters.

Create Excitement for Public Schools is a national initiative designed to bring attention and financial support to public schools. By aligning with affiliate partners like Groupon and Amazon that participate in the program, proceeds are directed back to local school foundations, making it easy for parents and the community to raise necessary money to support public schools and further children’s education.

Those who live in any of these communities currently enrolled in the initiative can help their local schools by signing up at http://www.ce4psdeals.com. Alumni of any of these districts can also register and receive the Groupon for their current location. Any school district interested in participating can visit the Create Excitement for Public Schools Website or email support(at)ce4psdeals(dot)com for more information.

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