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PTA Fundraising

We raise money to buy items for the school and sponsor activities for the children that aren’t covered by school budgets. Last year much of our fund raising was for the school’s ICT fund.  Some recent examples of funding that the PTA has provided:

  • 20 laptops for the ICT suite
  • Projector for the school hall
  • 4 classroom projectors
  • Teacher training in ICT
  • Contributions toward school-wide WIFI
  • Outdoor play equipment
  • Classroom learning resources
  • A welcome present for every reception child
  • A leaving present for every Year 6 leaver
  • Theatre trips and performances
  • Snacks and drinks for class Christmas parties and end of year parties

Easy ways you can help the PTA to raise funds for our school:

Easyfundraising
easyfundraising.org.uk is a great way to raise money for our school.  Register TODAY and start shopping with www.easyfundraising.org.uk/waterbeachsch. Each time you shop on-line with over 2,700 of the UK’s best retailers, your purchase will earn a donation for the school at no extra cost to you.

1. Start at easyfundraising.org.uk
Let’s say you want to buy a book from Amazon. Instead of going to amazon.co.uk, you go to easyfundraising.org.uk first – or you can use the easyfundraising toolbar.

2. Make a purchase
You click from the easyfundraising website through to Amazon to make your purchase. The price of the book is exactly the same as if you’d visited Amazon directly.

3. Get a donation
After you have bought your book, Amazon will make a donation to the PTA as a thank you for shopping with them. easyfundraising collect these donations for us, and it costs nothing!

4. Get the easyfundraising Donation Reminder
You can skip steps 1 and 2 with the easyfundraising Donation Reminder. Just click the reminder when you shop to receive any eligible donations. You’ll never forget a free donation again!

Secondhand clothing collections

We receive £0.50/kg for your unwanted secondhand clothing and accessories. In the bag provided or in your own bags, we kindly ask you to donate:

  • Men’s, Ladies and Children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Bags
  • Scarves and ties
  • Jewellery
  • Lingerie
  • Belts
  • Soft toys

See the PTA Events Calendar for our next collection.

Foreign coins collection – The PTA can earn money for the school from your unwanted foreign coins and notes. Please leave donations in our ‘Coins for Computers’ jar in the school office.

Shop with Yellow Moon – The school will earn cash-back on every purchase of crafts, toys and gifts from Yellow Moon if you quote our source code SWA1128. (We earn even more if you shop at Yellow Moon using Easyfundraising!) www.yellowmoon.co.uk

Second-hand school uniforms – All donations of second-hand school uniforms are gratefully received. Please leave at the school office. Uniform sales are held throughout the year.

Employer matched-funding schemes – Many companies offer matched-funding schemes for employee volunteers and fund raisers. Please ask if your workplace offers matched- funding or matched- giving schemes and we’ll work out ways you can help us double our profits!  Read on for further information.

Matched – Funding

Matched- funding (or matched- giving) is a simple way of maximising funds raised. Matched funding is a corporate arrangement where companies pledge to donate a sum relating to the amount their employee donates to or raises for an organisation.

For example, a parent who works for a company that offers matched funding volunteers to work on the refreshment stall at the PTA winter fair. The profit made by the stall is £200. The parent’s employer will then match this amount with a further £200 (assuming they offer a £ for £ match).

Alternatively, a parent may opt to make a cash donation to the PTA or do a sponsored fund raiser, which again could be matched by their employer.  Organisations match fund in a variety of ways:

  • Time donated by their staff for voluntary work
  • A donation made to the charity
  • The matching of funds raised from a sponsored event such as a marathon or sky dive
  • The matching of funds raised through a specific activity e.g. staffing a stall at a PTA event

Companies may also be happy to consider gifts in kind such as donating equipment or services like in-house printing. If the gift is appropriate, this can actually be far more valuable than a cash donation.

How do I know if my company offers this?  Most employers expect their employee to talk to them in the first instance. To find out if your company offers this scheme, approach your line manager, HR department or community relations manager.

It is important to ‘sell’ the value of supporting the PTA. Explain why the PTA needs funds and what you do for your school community.  Once the company has agreed to a match fund, ask them to put their pledge in writing to Waterbeach PTA including details of any agreed limit as we need this confirmed.  Thank you!

To discuss match funding schemes, please email waterbeachpta@gmail.com