12 Ways Schools Can Earn Money Without Fundraising...


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Schools are experiencing budget cuts and shortfalls. School fundraising can certainly make a big difference in combating 'less', however, there are things that can be done to help beyond fundraising.

Think improvements to school infrastructure, building and improvements inside the classroom. Think one-time expenses that return financial savings over time. Think recycling and supporting technology.

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12 Ways Schools Can Earn Money Without Fundraising...

  1. 1. Wasteful Schools12 Ways Schools Can Earn MoneyWithout Fundraising...I don’t believe schools are wasteful, but I dothink every school has room for improvementwhen it comes to lowering expenses, gainingefficiencies via technology and getting greener.Here are a few ideas that schools can use toearn cash back over time. A BelieveJay Presentation
  2. 2. 1) Electric Hand DryersGet some that won’t burn kids andyou will reduce your paper cost bya ton.
  3. 3. 2) Automatic Sinks & Soap DispensersIf you’ve not got them yet, you aresurely wasting money.
  4. 4. 3) A Heating & Cooling TimerPutting an intelligent thermostatin will allow temperatures to creepup after school and overnight, butreturn to perfect the next morning.
  5. 5. 4) Go PaperlessBased on what I’ve seen, this is abiggie! Every school can reduce thepaper they use and rely more oncomputers. Keep records from adistrict level down digital! Many businessestoday have made the switch to paperlessquite successfully and you can too!
  6. 6. 5) LightingImproving lighting is a big deal inschools! Schools can put intelligentswitches on lights that turn on whensomeone enters a room and off wheneveryone’s gone. Helpful Hint Paying attention to lighting design and using new energy-efficient lighting can save money as well!
  7. 7. 6) RecycleWhile not a money saver in aconventional sense, recycling doesencourage schools to use whatthey need. It’s a reminder not to bewasteful and that creates savings. Helpful Hint Re-using everyday products such as cardboard boxes, glass jars and other materials can reduce art supply cost.
  8. 8. 7) UnplugRemind faculty to unplug thingsthat are not used regularly.If there are printers, calculators,etc. on all the time that are rarelyused, they are storing and usingenergy. Although not a majorconsideration perhaps, it’s stillmoney in the bank.
  9. 9. 8) SolarSolar power is a bit expensive inthe short-term, but long-term gainsare outstanding. Outdoor lightingand signage can be solar poweredand school roofs allow ample directsunlight for even bigger efforts.
  10. 10. 9) Invest in TechnologySmart Boards, iPads andcomputers limit the need for paperand conventional printing. Use anemail broadcast instead of a printednewsletter and you save thousandsof sheets of paper a year!When schools embrace technology, the business world takes notice producing even better, moreapplicable technology. You have to support technology in schools if you want technology tosupport you!
  11. 11. 10) Ebooks instead of TextbooksThere is a change coming. Atransition from paper textbooksto electronic versions. There’s noneed to have a printed book exceptperhaps in cases of early childhoodeducation and even that is goingdigital!
  12. 12. 11) Be a Community HubConsider offering areas of theschool to the business and publicsector for the sake of thecommunity.Rent out your baseball fields, host seminars and other events, provide your parking lot to theannual clothing sale for a donation. As long as it passes the legal test and is a benefit to theschool and the community, you should consider it.
  13. 13. 12) Offer Summer School, Study and Play GroupsScience camps, band camps, artcamps, educational and fun groupscan be a boom to the finances of aschool while offering a communitybenefit.If these are third-party providers, they will rent the location. If they are your own program, theschool benefits from all the income. Hosting events when the school is not in session may justbe a way to earn more while providing a service. As your school gets more embedded into thecommunity, it holds more power and prestige. This adds credibility, comfort and people becomeused to going there for various events and activities. As people think of your school as a benefitto the community, it becomes more important in the eyes of the community.
  14. 14. Wasteful SchoolsSo, with that you have a community hub thatsaves money by being green, investing intechnology and reusable energy. In settingup your own plan, look to building efficienciesfirst, then look inside the classroom and finallylook to the community. There’s certainly a lotof ways to make an impact.Now, go do something good! A BelieveJay Presentation