How to create your own "schooliety"
Schooliety stands for "School + Society" coming together for a greater good. Schooliety is just a concept at its heart. It's up to your local school community to make it what you want it to be to help raise funds for your school.
Based on our personal experience, here are our recommendations for creating your own "Schooliety":
Step 1: School approval Share the www.schooliety.org website link with your school principal and governors to seek their engagement and support of the proposals. (We have a PDF pitch document we can send you if you would prefer to make a formal pitch).
(a) Note: For your school to agree to fully support a local Schooliety campaign, we recommend that you should check if the school would like to avoid any association with any particular types of businesses. We would typically not expect this to be an issue, but it may be important depending on the school's values and principles.
(b) School bank account/PayPal account: Ideally the school should advise you of a dedicated Schooliety bank account/PayPal account that businessescan pay donations (i.e. commissions) to. Where appropriate, these donations can also be "gift aided" to further benefit the school.
(c) Any questions? Please feel welcome to contact us should you or the school have any questions about the proposals.
Step 2: Seek Engagement: Ideally though a school newsletter or personal engagement with other parents of the school, invite all the parents to send in details of their business - whether it is an offer of goods or services to other parents, or it might be they work for a business that could buy goods or services from local businesses.
(a) Business owners should also ideally disclose what portion of their turnover they would be prepared to donate to the school from any Schooliety referrals.
Step 3: Email List Off the back of this, create a newsletter email list of all those parents in the school who would like to hear about other parents' business offers, and/or who are operators of local businesses.
Step 4: Business List Compile a database list of all the different business profiles and offers that parents have sent in.
(a) Other businesses: If you want, parents and friends of the school can also approach other local businesses and even larger national businesses (like electricity, gas, internet service providers, insurance companies etc) to see if they would like to offer donations to your school in exchange for your school community agreeing to do business with them. (e.g. You could agree that a large number of families in your school might agree to use only one home insurance company etc).
Step 5: Email Updates You should then aim to periodically send an email to your school community (e.g. once a month) to profile those businesses who might have special offers running, and to share the latest version of the business list template.
(a) If your local Schooliety wishes to create its own social media groups (such as on Facebook) then this will be entirely at your discretion.
Step 6: Trade WIth Your Schooliety Parents can then look to direct as much as possible of their family consumption to all "Schooliety" businesses.
Step 7: Monitoring The Schooliety team for your school should periodically monitor the levels of Schooliety "generated" donations to the school; both to celebrate any successes but also to generally monitor that donations are being paid as agreed etc.
Step 8: Enhance Your School If all goes to plan, your school should find its levels of donated funding support should increase from its Schooliety community. The hope is that these extra funds can support an improved education for each of the students at your school.
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