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.
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.
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.
Headteacher, Berrymede Junior School, London (376 pupils)
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
PTA Chair, St Lawrence CofE Primary School, Sevenoaks, Kent (89 pupils)
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
PTA Treasurer, Drighlington Primary School, Bradford (446 pupils)
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
Strategic Business Leader, Meadowfield School, Kent (242 pupils) and NASBM Fellow
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.Community Join us
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.
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!