Imagine Learning Gives Back–in a Flash

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If you had to raise over $20,000 in just two and a half hours, could you do it?

During a recent flash fundraiser held on July 11, 2016, Imagine Learning employees did just that, benefitting four noteworthy charities in the process.

The four beneficiaries chosen by Imagine Learning employees were:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), Habitat for Humanity – Utah County, and the Imagine Kids Foundation.

All four organizations were chosen for their ability to help children and families throughout the world. Read more »

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Classroom Funding Follow-up: Promoting Your Project

Donating hands for fundraiserIn our previous blog post, we talked about how teachers can fund larger classroom projects through sites like Donors Choose. Perhaps by now, you’ve already created a project listing. That’s great!

But after you finish your listing, you’re only halfway done. Remember, your chances of being funded increase exponentially with each personal contact you make and every e-mail you send.

So, to expedite the funding process, you need a good promotion plan. Read more »

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Classroom Funding Spotlight: Donors Choose

According to the NEA, teachers annually spend almost $2,000 out of pocket for their classrooms. And most of that money goes for supplies.

However, when teachers need to fund a larger project—for anything from a school fieldtrip to technology updates—they generally need outside help. And that help may seem hard to come by, especially in disadvantaged areas.

Fortunately, today’s educators can turn to online crowdfunding as a strategy. And Donors Choose is one of the best crowdfunding organizations out there for teachers.

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Background Info

Donors Choose began when a Bronx, NY high school history teacher launched a philanthropic website dedicated to teachers’ project requests.

Once celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert got on board, the site really went into overdrive. The Gates Foundation also offered support.

To date, Donors Choose has helped teachers fund well over half a million projects in all fifty states. Read more »

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Can’t Afford New Classroom Computers? Try This

You’ve trimmed your technology budget again. Meanwhile, some of your schools still put up with computers from the Stone Age, and something has to give. You just hope that ‘something’ isn’t another aging computer.

Cartoon version of computer with Imagine Learning on screenMeanwhile, each school’s computer lab serves an increasing number of special-needs and English language learners every day. And therein lies the problem.

Where can a busy administrator find affordable–maybe even free–computers for classrooms? Read more »

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Grants for elementary schools: Here’s the free help you’ll want every month

Grants are great–especially in today’s economy.

Don’t get me wrong–I like bake sales too. I love a good bundt cake as much as the next parent.

But how many bundt cakes, muffins, cookies and streusels would it take to raise $1,000? Or $5,000? Or $20,000?

That’s why grants are lifesavers for many schools and districts. Grants for those amounts are very possible.

But to be awarded those dollars, grant writers need to know two things:

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