Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Fundraising with your Students

Fundraising in your classroom?

I read a lot about fundraising FOR your classroom, but why not help your students create fundraising pages OUTSIDE your classroom.

A screenshot of a student made video

So much of school is doing an assignment for your teacher, reading a book for your teacher, giving a presentation for your teacher.

With the use of more technology, many teachers have students share their information outside the classroom via YouTube, or a blog. However, even then, the goal is often that the teacher likes it and it lines up well with the rubric.

An infographic created for a previous project
Pushing things outside of the classroom helps improve the motivation of students. They aren't doing things just for your class, but because they matter in the real world.

With crowdfunding, students have an authentic audience and a real life task. They get to research a charity, find appropriate graphics, and create a video. All of this is done with one goal: to persuade people to donate to their fund.

CrowdRise 101

Below is a list of the CrowdRise pages my students created. Before you check them out here's a quick CrowdRise101 on how to work the page:

  • You can confirm the charity the funds are going to (and click on the name for more information)
  • Read the text that the students have created which should quickly persuade you that the charity is a noble cause.
  • Under the picture you'll see grey circles. These tell you how many graphics or videos the CrowdRise page has. Click the arrows to scroll through. You can see different pictures and hopefully a video the student has shared!
  • Rather self explanatory, but the giant "Donate" button encourages you to make a donation. You can also leave a comment.
  • Questions? Issues? The service button in the bottom right should help.

Student Created CrowdRise Pages

Here are some finished copies. If you have a moment (and possibly $10) to spare, consider making a donation!

  • Families to Build a Miracle. 
    • Build a Miracle CrowdRise Page
      • This was one of the first pages to get a donation.The graphics include infographics students have made, and a rather informational video.
  • MDStudents Building a Miracle
    • Build a Miracle CrowdRise Page
      • As you can see Build A Miracle is a favorite charity with the students. These students have a habit to be very dramatic in their videos. I think you'll agree they are quite emotional!
  • L'Arche USA
    • L'arche USA CrowdRise Page
      • This is one of the most energetic groups I have ever had. I LOVE the video and the page is very clear on what their goals are. Plus, they pronounce L'arche much better than I have managed to do.
  • The Laboure Society
    •  Laboure Society CrowdRise Page 
      • Since I teach at a Catholic school, all of the charities had to be vetted. However, I wouldn't consider all of the charities as Catholic charities. This one however is. I was a little surprised that this group of three boys decided to raise money to help people become priests.   
  •  Divine Mercy Care
    • Divine Mercy Care CrowdRise Page 
      • This was the one group of students who decided to use an animation website (powtunes) to help them make their video. I do wish they would have done a voice over, but the information provided is all really good and I hope you take the time to read it. 
  •  Supporting Mary's Mercy Center
  • The Tomorrow Project 
    • The Tomorrow Project CrowdRise Page
      • I don't think I am supposed to admit this when it comes to a charity project like this, but this is my FAVORITE charity. See what the students have put together and decide whether or not it is your favorite too! Technically this charity is Catholic Charities, but as they do so much students decided to focus on The Tomorrow Project.
Share, Comment, Advise
If you were persuaded, but don't have an opportunity to donate, I'd encourage you to share your favorite page on Twitter or Facebook. Hashtag #CrusadersCrowdfund so my students will know that their pages are being shared and appreciated!

We would also appreciate any comments or advice.


  1. The facebook etc.thing blocks part uv the text and your banner pik haz a fade over the top line uv text.

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I haven't come across this yet, but it may be different depending on individual settings. Are you on your cell phone? PC? What browser are you using? I'll be sure to mess with it to see if I can improve it for other readers like yourself :)


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