Class Bake Sale: Innovative Website Launched to Help Educators Raise Needed Funds

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Class Bake Sale uses proven crowdfunding techniques to help teachers, school groups, clubs and others raise funds to support educational projects and activities.

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An innovative fundraising site, Class Bake Sale, has been launched to provide proven crowdfunding techniques that help teachers, school administrators, PTAs, school groups, clubs and others raise funds to support education-based programs and activities.

The concept is based upon the proven “crowdfunding” processes used very successfully by such organizations as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. This simple, web-based technology equips any teacher or school group with tools to reach out for contributions. It’s extremely easy to set up a campaign, and Class Bake Sale provides all necessary support for success. Potential uses include teachers raising funds for classroom supplies instead of reaching into their own pockets, or a marching band can seek donations to underwrite a trip to a competition. School-affiliated groups or clubs, such as PTAs, also can utilize the program.

“Class Bake Sale is a tool we’re confident can have a positive impact on our educational system,” said Brad Bergeron, the site’s founder. “So many educational issues are rooted in a lack of available funding, which places an unneeded burden on teachers, administrators and parents. It’s important that we have a way to relieve this burden and refocus on the principles of sound education."

Americans believe a lack of financial support is the biggest problem currently facing public schools, according to the 44th annual Phil Delta Kappa International/Gallup poll of public attitudes toward public schools, released in mid-2012. Lack of funding far exceeded other issues, with 35 percent of those polled saying it is the biggest obstacle for public schools in their community. The next ranking problem was lack of discipline at 8 percent. Another recent study found that 26 states will spend less per pupil in 2013 than the previous year, further evidence of deteriorating financial support for schools in many areas.

According to Bergeron, the Class Bake Sale program works very simply and efficiently. For example, a teacher needs to raise $300 to purchase classroom supplies for the remainder of the school year. He or she can go to the Class Bake Sale site and provide the required information, which sets up and launches a campaign that utilizes the proven PayPal system to handle funds. The teacher can use various tools and approaches to reach parents, friends, family, school supporters and others who can offer donations in virtually any amount. When the campaign ends, the teacher receives all the funds raised for direct use, minus a 5% fee to Class Bake Sale to cover its operations.
Individuals must be 18 or older to use Class Bake Sale. However, students also can organize and run campaigns, but must have permission from a teacher or school official (minimum age is 13).

“We’re very pleased with the almost immediate utilization of Class Bake Sale,” said Bergeron. “It proves there is a definite need for a tool that helps raise much-needed funding for educational-related projects.”

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