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Does your school need funds… but you don’t know where to start?

FundEd is a time-saving toolkit for schools that provides a range of proven ideas and expert advice, helping School Business Managers generate extra income as quickly and effectively as possible.

FundEd does this by sharing knowledge, building confidence and providing time-saving tools to ensure that additional resources can be purchased, strategic partnerships are being maximised, and school improvement plans can be implemented.

Pressures on budgets mean schools need a new approach to funding. Local and national businesses are keen to help, but often don't know how. FundEd provides everything you need to communicate your requirements to potential sponsors and successfully tap into the money that's available.

Schools know that they need to be more innovative about income generation – FundEd demonstrates how to get started and helps you maximise every opportunity.

So how can FundEd help?

FundEd sparks creative thinking by sharing proven fundraising methods, draws on a team of experts to provide targeted advice, backed up by planning guides and templates to help schools raise £1,000s from the local community and access the millions of pounds available through foundations and corporate giving schemes.

FundEd:

  • Help schools galvanise support and secure investment from the local business community
  • Provide a dedicated list of grants specifically aimed at schools
  • Shares expert guidance to help schools source and submit successful grant applications, create eye-catching crowdfunding campaigns and run popular fundraising events
  • Works with philanthropists, entrepreneurs and organisations to develop further programmes to help inspire pupils

Magazine

Community Inspired is a specialist in the school fundraising sector, providing inspiration, ideas and advice to 20,000 schools through the PTA+ network. FundEd Magazine is distributed three times a year and is available both in print and digital formats. Each issue is packed with rich and relevant information, from powerful case studies showing how schools just like yours have managed to fulfil their specific fundraising ambitions, to practical advice on how to transform the way you carry out events and activities. FundEd Magazine empowers school leaders to confidently stretch their fundraising targets and inspires them with proven solutions.

Sign up to FundEd and you will also receive PTA+ Magazine three times a year – covering a wealth of day-to-day event fundraising ideas.

"At a time when austerity measures are hitting education hard, it is crucial that schools become proactive and source funding in order to enrich the school curriculum. FundEd is a one-stop shop that does just that!"

Lubna Khan,
Headteacher, Berrymede Junior School, London (376 pupils)

Fundraising events

Once you know exactly what you are fundraising for and you have a target amount to raise, you will need to agree a fundraising strategy. Grant donors in particular may ask you to demonstrate what efforts you have already undertaken to meet the costs of a project, therefore a multi-faceted approach to fundraising is needed. Events enable your parents and the wider community to support your school's fundraising efforts while having fun! But it's tricky deciding what events to run and understanding what it will take to pull it off successfully. From the traditional quiz night or school disco, to more ambitious initiatives such as music festivals or swishing nights, we have all the information you need. Whether you're a fundraising veteran or complete novice, our guidance ranges from quick and easy solutions to large-scale events and everything in between...

Campaigns Join us

"We raised a staggering £10,800 by entering a dragon boat race! As the top fundraising team, we also won another £450 from the event organisers. We went home with aching shoulders but the event was a success and we felt a real sense of achievement. A few events later and our new Ash Class was opened in January. Now, what will our next fundraising challenge be?"

David Mylroi,
PTA Chair, St Lawrence CofE Primary School, Sevenoaks, Kent (89 pupils)

Campaigns and competitions

Uncover the campaigns, competitions, programmes and special offers available for schools – great for free resources and pupil engagement. Are your pupils proficient at programming or savvy spellers? Fire up some competitive spirit with our run-down of national competitions. Many charity campaigns provide free resources or the chance for schools to take a share of funds raised. Sign up to FundEd and get the latest information on competitions, campaigns and offers.

Grants Join us

"Over 400 pupils took part in the British Heart Foundation's Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Skipping ropes and other resources were provided, including sponsor forms and a letter explaining that 80% of donations would go to BHF, 20% to the school. It was a fantastic activity for teachers and pupils and in total we raised £1,854 – including the Gift Aid we could claim, the school raised £442."

Jenny Hollies,
PTA Treasurer, Drighlington Primary School, Bradford (446 pupils)

Grants

The FundEd grants database highlights the funds available for the education sector. There are hundreds of grants available but researching whether you are eligible takes time. FundEd has done all the hard work for you, vetting each grant-giving trust we list to make sure it is relevant to schools and highlighting previously-funded projects. Many school leaders lack bid-writing experience and the result is that you are potentially missing out on thousands of pounds of investment. FundEd facilitates access to the right grants and provides expert guidance to help you successfully secure those funds.

Crowdfunding Join us

"What a brilliant resource FundEd is! For the first time, in one place, you can access numerous different ideas on how to gain extra resources for your school. The guide to crowdfunding is excellent. No need to go on a course to learn how to do it – just follow the step-by-step instructions. I also found it really inspiring to read about what other schools have fundraised for and how they achieved their goals. And what a great idea to ask a local business to fund your school’s FundEd membership. My life in these times of school funding austerity just got a whole lot easier – thank you FundEd!"

Jo Marchant,
Strategic Business Leader, Meadowfield School, Kent (242 pupils) and NASBM Fellow

Digital fundraising

Crowdfunding is a relatively new way for schools to promote fundraising projects to a wider audience. FundEd provides expert guidance on identifying potential donors, promoting your campaign and offering incentives to increase the amounts pledged. Once a campaign is set up, you can easily distribute links via email or social media, enabling parents, family, friends, local businesses and anyone in your local community to make a donation. Crowdfunding takes away the administrative burden of collecting cash and cheques – it is a simple gateway to the effortless management and promotion of your fundraising goals.

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Why sign up to FundEd?

With austerity measures affecting public sector funding, it is crucial that schools become proactive about exploring new income streams in order to maintain and enrich the school curriculum.

Most income generation services for schools are focussed on one or two areas, such as grant fundraising. But these aren't always appropriate, take time and effort to secure, are oversubscribed and often burden one person with the task of raising funds. Or they are generic and time is wasted pinning down the limited funds for which schools can apply. FundEd presents a wealth of accessible solutions that meet a wide variety of needs, whether that's £550 for a history workshop next month, or £15,000 for a new MUGA next year. FundEd aims to share the workload across everyone within the school community who wants to see new resources made available, supporting the novice fundraiser whilst also inspiring those with more experience.

How much does FundEd cost?

Access to FundEd costs just £90 for one year or £225 for three years (+ VAT). Read our guidance on working with local businesses and get someone to sponsor your school, giving you all the benefits of FundEd completely free of charge!

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