Raising Funds for Schools and Families
Each year our Co-op preschools contribute to a central scholarship fund to offer assistance to families in need. Many preschools undertake a fundraising drive to raise the money for their scholarship contribution as well as to supplement school resources.
Through this page you can find the following information:
- Fundraising Ideas for Your Co-op
- Contribute to the Scholarship Fund
- PAC Scholarship Fundraising Policy
Fundraising Ideas for Your Co-op
The following is a list of fundraising vendors/companies/ideas used by various co-op preschools to raise money for their individual preschools or PAC scholarship contribution. For current information on these companies please call or visit the website listed.
206-467-5044 ext 202
Chinook Book The Coupon Book for Healthy Living
Entertainment Book company
1-800-846-7698 (Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 10pm EST and Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm).
Most co-op members in the state buy books through Parenting Press, www.ParentingPress.com, (206) 364-2900, Ext. 101, which offers a Book Fair. Co-ops can use a cash rebate for fund-raising or a merchandise credit to buy books for co-op libraries.
Wrapping paper sales:
Sally Foster at www.Sallyfosterinc.com
Sally Foster, Inc, PO BOX 532017, Atlanta, GA 30353-2017
Phone number 1800 552 5875
There are some creative NON-commercial ideas at the following page that could be a lot of fun while still being a profitable fundraiser:
Wreath and Holiday Greens
Bacon’s Christmas Tree Farm
10709 12th Avenue E.
Tacoma, WA 98445
Sherwood Forest Farm Wreaths
2001 Sixth Ave Suite 2170, Seattle WA 98121
1800 767 7778
Ann Reid, 1-877-848-9891, email@example.com We make 33% of the sale and takes about 3 months turn around. Delivery charge depends on size of order. Call 1-3 weeks before school starts so you can get product before the holidays. “Parents really like this because they get a free magnet of their child’s artwork. Their products make wonderful gifts for family and friends.”
Contact 1-888-833-1486. www.flowerpowerfundraising.com Flower power fundraising, we make 50% of sales, no delivery charge. You can do one in the fall and another in the spring. Call the beginning of Sept. and they will send you everything you need. The orders need to be in by mid-October. Turn around about 2 weeks.
Educational books and toys
If you would like to host a book or toy party either at your home or during part of a school’s parent meeting contact Nancy or Andrea (see below). It is fun and more profitable to do this in the fall before the holidays.
Usborne Books Nancy Grinsell
Seek Direct Donations
Direct donations from individuals and companies are tax deductible. Many are willing to support local preschools. You might also consider seeking gifts from foundations, corporations, and local businesses like Windermere Realty
Matching gifts from employers
Many large employers offer to match your charitable donations. This can double the value of gifts and donations from co-op friends and family. Suggest that families who make donations to the PAC Scholarship Fund first check whether their employer will match their donation.
Garage and Rummage Sales
Parent’s Night Out
Flower Bulb Sales
These are very popular in spring and fall.
Sell Educational Musical Instruments
Have a Puppet Sale
(for finger puppets and other puppets)
Scrip programs / Rebates / Gift Card Sales
Visit these websites for information on gift card sales, scrip programs, and rebate programs.
PCC Natural Markets scrip program
Scrip cards are special gift certificates used like cash at any PCC Natural Market. See the PCC frequently asked questions
Information on Safeway and education can be found in this information brochure and on the web site
Project Fundraiser – Through this program, non-profit organizations may purchase Safeway gift cards in bulk quantities at a discount. In return, they resell at retail cost and keep the remaining profit for the organization.
Albertsons is proud to offer the Community Partners program, giving back for youth one shopping cart at a time! Earning money for youth and education is now easier than ever – we’ve linked the Community Partners Card to the Preferred Savings Card. Shoppers can earn money for their favorite schools or non-profit youth organizations – just by using their Preferred Savings Card.
Kroger (Fred Meyer, QFC, etc.)
Discounts on gift certificates (non-profit organizations purchase gift certificates at a discount, usually 5%, then resell them at face value with Kroger donating the discount amount); and Rebate programs (non-profit organizations receive a rebate based on sales, which are tracked by scan cards at time of purchase or by submitted register tapes).
PAC Scholarship Fundraising Policy
Information for PAC Representatives and Fundraisers at NSC Cooperative Preschools:
Starting from 2004-5 academic year, each co-op is responsible for supplying to the PAC scholarship fund an annual “minimum financial commitment” based on the number of families in that co-op.
The current amount is set at $25 per family. So, for example, a co-op of 20 families will owe $500 to this year’s PAC scholarship fund (due in March each year). Details of this policy are below.
PAC Fundraising Policy Memo
(April 12 2004, revised April 2005)
- Each year, PAC will vote at the April meeting to determine the minimum PAC scholarship financial commitment for each co-op for the following year. The assessment of the minimum obligation will be determined on the total number of enrolled students at the co-op on January 31st of the current school year.
- For the year 2005-6 this commitment will be $25 per student at the co-op. For example, a co-op with 20 students would have a total commitment of $500.
- Each co-op will determine how those funds will be raised. This commitment can be met by fee, donation, and/or fundraising. PAC will offer a fundraising opportunity which co-ops may choose to support or to opt out.
- PAC suggests that provisions are to be in place to allow an individual to meet their PAC commitment without a direct “out of pocket” expense (i.e., no required fee, but the opportunity to raise funds).
- Each co-op will have a line item for the minimum PAC scholarship fund in their annual budget.
- The scholarship financial support commitment is due to the PAC treasurer at the March PAC Meeting.
- Eligibility for PAC scholarships is dependent on the co-op meeting the designated PAC scholarship financial commitment and being active participants in PAC.
- If the changes have not already been made, co-ops will amend their by-laws and will add a clause to the parent contract, stating the agreement to meet the minimum PAC Scholarship financial obligation.