Crowdfunding in K-12: Developing a Vision That Informs Policy

Learn how crowdfunding works in schools, discover platforms that support it and develop a vision that informs your district-wide crowdfunding policy.

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Crowdfunding in K-12: Developing a Vision That Informs Policy
How it WorksUserWho is the primary K-12 user creating crowdfunding campaigns?
VerificationWhat verification requirements exist?
RequestWhat type of donation can a user request?
FulfillHow is the request fulfilled?
ReceiverWho receives the donation?
How it ManagesApproverWho approves the content of a campaign before it is published?
ReportWhat level of data is available to download in the form of a report?
How it HelpsExposureDoes the tool help a user expose their campaign to donors outside of their personal network?
AccessDoes the tool help a user regularly access more funding streams?
Administrator GoalMost Effective Platforms
I want a platform that is designed with K-12 educators in mind and that has been in operation for over 10 years.Adopt A Classroom
Donors Choose
I want a platform that provides full transparency about its organizational finances and that makes data about overall usage available.Donors Choose
I want to ensure that money raised through crowdfunding takes the form of goods delivered directly to the school or district to be received by verified teachers.Adopt A Classroom
ClassWallet
Donors Choose
I want to ensure that money raised through crowdfunding goes directly to the school or district, but that administrators can allow teachers to spend the money wherever they’d like in a secure and trackable way.ClassWallet
Livingtree Give
PledgeCents
I want to maximize district oversight by providing administrators with full reports for campaigns in the district and ensuring that all campaigns have been approved before they’re published.ClassWallet
Donors Choose
Livingtree Give
I want our teachers to expand their reach to donors beyond their personal network and have regular opportunities to access new funding streams.Donors Choose
I want our teachers to have access to robust funding initiatives designed to benefit schools serving low-income populations.Adopt A Classroom
Donors Choose

We developed a comprehensive set of criteria that administrators can use to evaluate how different crowdfunding platforms work and which platforms are appropriate for their schools and districts.

HOW IT WORKSHOW IT MANAGESHOW IT HELPS
UserVerificationRequestFulfillReceiverApproverReportExposureAccess
Who is the primary K-12 user creating crowdfunding campaigns?What verification requirements exist?What type of donation can a user request?How is the request fulfilled?Who receives the donation?Who reviews the content of a campaign before it is published?What level of data is available in the form of a report?Does the tool help a user expose their campaign to donors outside of their personal network?Does the tool help a user regularly access more funding streams?
Adopt A ClassroomTeachersUser account must be associated with a verified school/districtGoodsCredit for GoodsSchoolNot ApplicableTeacher, School, DistrictNoYes
ClassWalletTeachers, SchoolsUser account must be associated with a licensed districtMoney, GoodsCredit for Goods or MoneyDistrictSchool/DistrictTeacher, School, DistrictYesNo
Donors ChooseTeachers (Public only)User account must be associated with a verified school/district (Public only)GoodsDirect PurchaseSchoolPlatformTeacher, School, DistrictYesYes
FundlyTeachers, OrganizationsNot verifiedMoneyDirect DepositTeacher, OrganizationNot ApplicableTeacherNoNo
GoFundMeTeachers, OrganizationsNot verifiedMoneyDirect DepositTeacher, OrganizationNot ApplicableUnavailableNoNo
Livingtree GiveTeachers, SchoolsUser account must be associated with a licensed districtMoneyDirect DepositDistrictSchool/DistrictTeacher, School, DistrictYesNo
PledgeCentsTeachers, OrganizationsUser account must be associated with a verified school/districtMoney, ServicesCheck, Direct PurchaseSchool, Organization, VendorPlatformTeacherNoNo

The term “organization” refers to a group that is associated with a school, but not financially supported by the school such as an after-school program, a community group or a parent-teacher association. The term “teacher” refers to any school-based staff.

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This EdSurge Research project is made publicly available with support from Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan network of diverse state and district education leaders. EdSurge retains sole editorial control and responsibility for all content. This work is licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

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