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NO-SALE FUNDRAISER FAQ

What is the No-Sale Fundraiser?
The No-Sale Fundraiser is our largest fundraiser of the year. It is the most efficient way to support every student and teacher at Hale and Field schools – and the best part is, neither you nor your students will have to go door-to-door selling calendars, cookie dough or wrapping paper. 100% of the donations go straight to our PTAs to fund important school programs.

Why do we need to raise money for public schools?
  School budgets are tight, and can’t cover all the supplies needed by teachers and staff to assure our kids are getting the best education we can give them. In fact, the district budget for supplies was significantly less for this school year than in the past – barely enough to cover the copy paper used by Hale or Field in a year, let alone other necessary items.

How much of our fundraising budget is raised during the No-Sale Fundraiser?
Approximately 40% of our fundraising efforts are done through the No-Sale Fundraiser.

How much was raised last year (Give to the Max 2014)?
Last year, we raised $30,250 for Hale and Field through the No-Sale Fundraiser, between direct donations and employer matching gifts. Our grand total, which included $2,500 in prize money won for placing fourth on the small non-profit leader board, was a grand total of $32,750.

How do the two schools split the money raised?
Although the No-Sale Fundraiser is hosted by Nathan Hale PTA, the campaign is promoted to both Hale and Field families and funds raised help support both Hale and Field schools. Families select the school they want to support at the time of donation, either by selecting the Hale or Field No-Sale Fundraiser project page on GiveMN or in the memo line of their check. At the end of the campaign, the Hale PTA will write a check to Field for the amount raised on their behalf.

How much should my family donate?
We appreciate any level of financial support you can offer – every little bit counts. When you give to the No-Sale Fundraiser, you are helping improve the quality of education for each child! That said, we count on every Hale and Field family that is able to contribute to give the requested donation per student per year. Please use the sliding scale fee to help you determine the amount to donate.

Annual Salary

Requested Donation

Examples of what this donation provides

Up to $45,000

$10

First in Math access for 2 students

$45,001 - $75,000

$35

Science supplies to help students learn through experimentation

$75,001 - $100,000

$75

Scholastic readers/magazines for 12 students

$100,001 - $150,000

$100

BrainPOP for 13 students

$150,000 +

$150

Field Trip Transportation trip bus for 2.5 hours

 

How do I donate?
You can donate to the No-Sale Fundraiser a couple of different ways:

  1. Donate individually at through one of the No-Sale Fundraising pages on GiveMN – don’t forget to share the link with your network!
    • Hale Families: https://givemn.org/project/2016-hale-no-sale-fundraiser5814dcaf2c697
    • Field Families: https://givemn.org/project/2016-field-no-sale-fundraiser5814e6d67ab60
  2. Send a check made payable to “Hale PTA” to Hale School, 1220 East 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55417, or dropped off at the Hale or Field school offices.

What are the benefits of donating through GiveMN.org for individual donors?

  • Instant email tax receipt for your donation
  • A FREE account for you to track, organize, and retrieve donation information and your tax receipts at any time
  • The option to make a donation anonymously
  • An option to setup recurring donations to any nonprofit – cancel anytime
  • FREE fundraising pages with video or picture options – no setup or subscription fees.
  • A way to keep costs low for our PTA - online fundraising is a fraction of the cost of traditional fundraising
  • Fun and powerful ways for us to promote our fundraiser
  • A safe and secure, PCI compliant platform that protects your information

 

What are the benefits of donating through GiveMN.org for Hale/Field?
There are many benefits to using GiveMN as our PTA’s main fundraising tool:

  • Donation reports are easy to track in a single format
  • We can monitor our campaign progress in real-time, right from our inbox – notifications are emailed each time a donation is made!
  • Families can set up their own fundraising pages for our schools and easily share with their networks. GiveMN estimates that individuals who use GiveMN to help raise funds for their favorite charity bring in an average of $500.

 

What are the costs of donating through GiveMN.org?
There is no fee for the individual or nonprofit/charitable organization to create an account or a page. GiveMN is a nonprofit website for nonprofits and schools. Donations are 100% tax deductible and a very reasonable flat 4.9% transaction fee is deducted from each donation.

Can I give before Give to the Max Day?
Yes, all donations received from November 1 to November 11 will be transacted on the Give to the Max Day – November 12th.  These donations will be released throughout the day to assure that bandwidth can keep up with the demand.  These will also be eligible for the GIVEMN Golden Ticket prize incentives throughout the day.  All scheduled donations are also eligible for a Super Golden Ticket of $10,000. 

Can I still give a gift, even though I missed Give to the Max Day?
Absolutely! Although we are focusing on raising as much of our No-Sale Fundraiser donations on Give to the Max day, to take advantage of the opportunities to raise more money through Golden Tickets and Leader Board rankings, Hale and Field PTAs will accept your donations any time throughout the month – and anytime during the entire year. Anytime you donate to Hale and Field PTA through GiveMN, you help support our students and our community.

Can I still write a check?
Although the Hale and Field PTAs prefer that families donate through the GiveMN website because of the ease and efficiency in tracking donations, checks are always welcome. Simply make your checks payable to “Hale PTA” and send to Hale School, 1220 East 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55417, or dropped off at the Hale or Field school offices.

 

Where does the money go?
Here are a few examples:

  • The Hale PTA was able to use funds from last year’s No Sale Fundraiser to fund the licensing for the First in Math program (approximately $1,500) for our third and fourth graders, covering the cost of this valuable program after the district could no longer afford it. If the PTA had not stepped in, parents would have had to pay an additional fee and collection process would have been time consuming and cumbersome.
  • Did you know that Hale and Field each go through between two and four boxes of paper a week? The school does not receive enough administrative support/”school supply” money from the district to cover the paper needs of our teachers and staff. One box of paper at Staples retails about $44.
  • Bullying prevention resources at Field
  • Items for specialists at both schools, including clay and glaze, chairs for band students, soccer balls
  • Landscaping supplies for both Hale and Field
  • The Field PTA was able to use funds from last year’s No Sale Fundraiser to provide some additional assistance needed for the Field Playground Renovation. 
  • The average school teacher spends nearly $500 of his or her personal funds on classroom supplies each year. Our PTA’s support teachers by providing stipends that can be used for things like books, supplies and enrichment materials – even rugs! – needed in their classrooms for your children.  At Field, the stipends are $4000 and are given to each grade and an additional $4000 stipend to the specialists. 
  • Additional funds raised through Hale were saved over the course of several years in the PTA’s “Capital Improvement” budget, and were put to great use in Fall 2014 with the improvement of Hale’s playground. Improvements included three new pieces of age-appropriate equipment.

 

More explanation of programs supported by PTA funds: 

Art Adventure: Art Adventure is a program of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts that introduces K-6 students to works of art from a variety of cultures. Trained school volunteers visit classrooms with posters of art relating to a common theme, such as animals, celebrations, or relationships.

BrainPOP: BrainPOP® is an online tool that uses animated, curricular content to engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Their award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr.® (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. In traditional, blended, and "flipped" learning settings, BrainPOP supports individual, team, and whole-class learning. At school and in informal learning environments, their characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts. BrainPOP Jr. is used by Hale’s K-2nd graders.

First in Math: First in Math is an online math-skills tutorial currently used by Hale’s 3rd and 4th graders*. It is a progression-based, interactive environment where new skills are acquired and improvement is continually recognized. First In Math online provides immediate feedback so practice is meaningful and engaging. Improvement is self-directed and new habits replace old, unproductive habits—driving success in every academic area.

*The fourth grade team is considering switching to a different online math program – which would also be supported through PTA funds.

Field Playground Improvement: The recent grant request submitted to the district from Field for an improved playground included expected donations from the community, including any additional funds raised via the No-Sale Fundraiser. Approximately $5,000 needs to be raised this way by 2016 to meet this commitment.

Scholastic Weekly Readers/Magazines: Scholastic Classroom Magazines align with Common Core Standards and bring new nonfiction into classroom lessons with every issue. They are used at least through 7th grade at both Hale and Field. 

On-Site Field Trips: An investment of just $550 or less can bring field trip experiences to Hale – a significant saving over the high cost of buses and admission fees. Examples of potential on-site field trips include exhibits and experiences from the Science Museum of MN, Reptile Zoo, magicians, Teddy Bear band and Mad Science.

Field Trip Bus Transportation: An investment of approximately $800 is the cost to transport students to Field Trips.  Although, parents are asked to pay for Field Trips, often times, these costs are reduced due to PTA donations that can be used to lower the cost from the parents.