Schools need to look at unique, ongoing ways to bring in funds throughout the school year instead of executing a few separate campaigns.
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Hartford, CT (PRWEB) November 8, 2010
With the new academic year, many area schools are facing increased budget strains and cuts. As a result, PTA/PTO fundraising is being deemed necessary for essentials such as classroom equipment, technology, supplies, etc. to close the budget gaps says George Castineiras, president of a national school fundraising company.
"Schools need to look at unique, ongoing ways to bring in funds throughout the school year instead of executing a few separate campaigns," says Castineiras, founder of ArtStamps, which serves schools and groups throughout the nation. "An online fundraising campaign offers schools and groups efficiency and ease of administration and a continuous stream of funds."
ArtStamps, a unique patent-pending fundraising company, lets students and parents design their own US postage stamps using artwork as well as customize over 500 other products using photos and other images. The ArtStamps Express fundraiser is an online model that eliminates forms and administration allowing direct design, ordering and shipping of products.
"We love the ease and convenience of running our fundraiser through ArtStamps Express on the Web," says Tina Huelsman, fundraising coordinator for Vista Magnet Middle School in Vista, California. "It's great motivation for the students to see their artwork online and so much fun to personalized and purchase products and gift items online using the kids' designs."
Students, parents and other supporters get to choose from a wide variety of products and gifts that they design themselves using personal photos, artwork and other images that they keep in their own online art gallery. For increased profitability, ArtStamps Express encourages online purchasing for holidays and special occasions as opposed to one-time purchase fundraisers of the past.
"Online campaigns work well because the convenience and ease of making a purchase offers parents the ability to continue to buy and donate all year long," says Castineiras.
Based in the Hartford, Connecticut area, ArtStamps is a privately held company that believes in supporting the inherent creativity of youth by allowing them to experience school fundraising in unique and extraordinary way. Its patent-pending fundraising process lets schools conduct fundraising that is safe, healthy and creative by converting original student art into U.S. postage and applying photos or other images to stationery and an array of other products. ArtStamps supports schools nationwide who participate in their fundraising program. For more information go to http://www.ArtStamps.com or call (877) 4 A STAMP.