Initiate a Fund-a-Classroom Project Campaign – Resources for Educators

The Student Excellence Foundation, in partnership with the Wheaton-Warrenville PTA Council, offers the Fund-a-Classroom crowdfunding program to enhance education in more classrooms and Library Learning Centers (LLCs) in District 200.

To initiate a project campaign, click on this FoundationGive logo to register:   FoundationGIVE

  • “Select your Account Type” – Teacher/Staff
  • “Find Your Foundation” – select Student Excellence Foundation from the dropdown list
  • “Find Your School” – select your school from the dropdown list
  • Provide your contact information, verify everything is correct, and click Register

Once you register, we’ll verify your credentials. Then you’ll receive an email from FoundationGive inviting you to sign in. You will have 24 hours to create a password and sign in for the first time. When you sign in, you’ll automatically be taken to your “My Account” page and can begin using FoundationGive. After that, access your account from www.FoundationGive.com/login or from the Login on any page.

The deadline for submitting a Fall 2018 Fund-a-Classroom campaign is Monday, September 24, 2018 at midnight.

How Do I Initiate a Successful Fund-a-Classroom Campaign ?

Log in, then select Campaign from the top menu, then + New Campaign.  See detailed instructions here.

Your proposal gets sent electronically for approval by your principal, District administration, and the Student Excellence Foundation.  Before your project can be approved, you must submit a budget. We need to know what you plan to purchase if your campaign is funded, so that donors can be assured their funds are going toward the intended purposes.  Please download this budget template and email a completed copy to: FundaClassroom@StudentExcellenceFoundation.org.  

Once it has been approved, it is ready to go live!  Review this Social Media Guide to help you get your campaign started in the best way, and to market it to potential donors once it’s begun.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can create a campaign?  District 200 educators who work directly with students (teachers, LLC Directors, counselors, social workers, principals, etc.)

What can I ask for?  Any resource that’s needed to benefit students, not including teacher stipends/salaries, or anything covered within the normal school operating budget.

How much can I ask for?  There’s no specific amount, but most successful proposals range from $250-$1,500. The higher the price tag, the more compelling a proposal should be — you’ll need to attract more donors, or larger contributions, if your goal is higher.

What happens after I submit my Fund-a-Classroom proposal?  Your principal and the District central office will review your proposal for compliance with District policies.  After their approval, the Foundation will authorize your project to go live on FoundationGive.  You can then use the online tools at FoundationGive to attract potential donors via social media, and provide project updates to your donors.  Click here for a Social Media Guide to help market your proposal and seek funding from your network of classroom parents, relatives, friends, etc.

How long will it take for my proposal to be funded?  It varies, and it depends. Most successful Fund-a-Classroom projects are funded within several days to several weeks, though some see success over a longer period of time. When you submit a project request, you’ll be asked to establish start and end dates for your campaign fundraising.  Your end date should consider when you need the requested resources.  The more you’re able to market your project, the more likely it will get funded.

If a project reaches its deadline without being fully funded, the Foundation follows the procedure detailed here.

How is starting a Fund-a-Classroom campaign different from starting a project on Donors Choose, Adopt-a-Classroom, or other crowdfunding platforms?

Fund-a-Classroom campaigns are managed by the Student Excellence Foundation, and are focused on the District 200 community.  We promote these campaigns to the community and potential corporate donors. The FoundationGive platform provides unique resources to promote your project via social media, updates, and direct contact with donors. Other crowdfunding websites rely on donors finding your project on a national website, and don’t have the endorsement of your school or District 200, and often have large fees associated with them.  With FoundationGive, potential donors start on the Student Excellence Foundation website, and proceed to a list of projects in District 200.

If you have any questions about the Fund A Classroom program, feel free to contact us at FundaClassroom@StudentExcellenceFoundation.org. We’re happy to help!