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Many families across the United States decide to home-school their children for various reasons.

While each family is different, there’s one thing in common: the need for funds. You’ll need to raise funds from learning materials and supplies to the curriculum to help with homeschooling costs.

Unfortunately, like any other fundraiser, home-school fundraising can be tricky. Without the right strategies and ideas, you can easily miss out on potential donors and fall short of your fundraising goal. Finding new and engaging ideas to motivate your target audience to donate can be difficult and time-consuming.

However, this shouldn’t discourage you from raising funds to help your children learn at home. Raising funds is the best way to ensure your students receive a high-quality education, whether you home-school as a parent or are part of a neighborhood home school.

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So, how can you raise money for home-school?

There are numerous ways to fundraise for home-school, but the best strategies engage your prospects, tell a story, and entertain. Some effective home-school fundraising ideas include:

  • Product fundraiser: Involves selling products such as baked goods, t-shirts, and pencils to donors.
  • Event fundraiser: Involves hosting an innovative event, where you sell tickets to raise money or have supporters donate to your cause.
  • Online fundraiser: Involving a shareable fundraising page for friends and family makes it easy for supporters to donate virtually.

It’s essential to note that online fundraisers can take various forms, including email campaigns, crowdfunding, text-to-give, and peer-to-peer fundraisers. The difference comes in the upfront costs, profits, and fundraising method. For instance, some online fundraisers require you to sell products to receive a percentage of each purchase, while others only require you to persuade your prospects to donate by telling a unique story.

Ultimately, whatever you choose depends on your home-school fundraising goals and needs.

Classful fundraising

If you want to raise money online for home-school, you might want to consider Classful fundraising. As a teacher fundraising platform, Classful allows teachers and schools to receive donations from local supporters in a simple 3-step process.

All you need to do is sign up to create an account that lets donors in your area find you. This way, they can contribute to your cause, allowing you to receive donations immediately. Alternatively, you can let your home school fundraise on your behalf. Start your search to find your school on Classful and claim it.

Either way, you’re guaranteed to get the funding you deserve and connect with other educators and parents.

With Classful fundraising, you don’t have to worry about platform fees as we charge 0%, ensuring you receive the full amount. Additionally, you get to communicate with donors via messaging to keep them updated while showing appreciation for their donations.

Why online fundraising?

Online fundraising through platforms such as Classful offers numerous benefits. These include:

1. It’s easy to set up

It’s no secret that home-school fundraising requires a lot of time and effort to set up, from organizing and planning to manage teams. Luckily, online fundraisers eliminate this hassle, allowing you to focus more on engaging with your supporters and raising money.

To set up, you need to create a fundraising page and sit back to watch as donations flourish. For more success, sharing your fundraising page with friends, family, and local prospects is wise.

2. It’s inexpensive

The costs for setting up an online home-school fundraiser are incredibly affordable. You don’t need to cater lunch for your fundraising committee or book a venue for your event. Most online fundraising ideas, including Classful, are low-cost and fully rely on technology.

3. It can reach more audiences

Although most supporters come from your local community, you can expand your reach across the globe with an online home-school fundraiser. This allows you to receive donations from everywhere, increasing your ROI.

Home-school costs to consider

When organizing your home-school fundraiser, it’s wise to document the costs required to run the school. This way, you can create a fundraising goal to meet all your home-school expenses.

Some of the home-school costs to consider include:

1. Curriculum

There’s a wide range of home-school curricula to choose from, depending on your child’s needs and educational goals. However, expect to pay anything between $300 and $1000.

2. School supplies

As your child’s primary educator, you’re responsible for purchasing all their home-school supplies. This includes textbooks, workbooks, technology, software, planners, poster boards, and art supplies. Unfortunately, these costs can quickly pile up, especially if you homeschool more than one kid in different grades.

Ask other parents or supporters to donate their used books or borrow them from the local library when fundraising.

3. Field trips

Field trips are a significant part of home-school, allowing students to experience opportunities outside the home. Therefore, consider the costs of going on a field trip every year. On average, families spend about $220 for field trips yearly, but this varies depending on the type and frequency of the field trips.

4. Extracurricular activities

Home-school students must participate in extracurricular activities to explore their creativity, discover their passions, and meet new friends. You may have to purchase equipment associated with your child’s extracurricular activity, e.g., special art supplies or sports equipment. So, factor in these items when raising funds.

5. Hidden costs

Home-school programs often come with hidden costs that first-timers normally don’t expect. These include tutoring expenses, gas money, groceries, lost income, and high utility costs. Consider these hidden costs to supplement your home-school resources when planning a home-school fundraiser.

Are you ready to get started with your home-school fundraiser? Sign up on Classful today to get the funding you deserve.