Streamlining #EdTech Fundraising with PledgeCents

Wednesday, August 24, 20167:38 PM

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller

This quote is a part of a recent posting from PledgeCents, and really stood out to me. I often write about the value of collaboration, with the mantra: All of us are smarter than one of us. And this quote from Keller really hits home with me and speaks towards the new PledgeCents Preferred Partners program that I’m going to plug today.

I’d be happy to promote PledgeCents anytime but it helps that this new program is really cool and directly involves helping teachers and students access licenses to powerful edtech tools. In my experience, PledgeCents supports educators. They are generous sponsors of both the 2015 and 2016 #EdcampMville and my district #EdcampOHS. It’s hard to find sponsors to financially support these events but PledgeCents generously jumped at the chance, and for that I’m thankful. I also wrote about their #Pledge2Win campaign in an article here.

Click here for more information about the Preferred Partners Program and here for a list of partners.

The Preferred Partners Program

We all want new edtech, right? This program is geared specifically at making it easier for teachers to create campaigns to fund these purchases for our students and classrooms. And the list of the partners is great. Pear Deck and Nearpod are two great ones that stand out for me.

Basically, the Preferred Partners Program makes it easier to get those campaigns started by populating your cause with all of the information about the product you select. Start a Code Monkey campaign, select your intended plan/license, and it does the rest. And when your campaign succeeds, PledgeCents makes the purchase for you, eliminating the bureaucracy that so often comes with this kind of fundraising. Click here for more information about the Preferred Partners Program and here for a list of partners.

It’s also worth noting that the next 100 causes on the site will receive a Facebook Matching Campaign, investing $1 for every 1 Facebook share a cause receives.

Kevon O'Rear, Director of Partnerships, PledgeCents, writes on the website,“The Preferred Partner Program stems from our belief that a lack of funding should never be the reason why students don’t have access to quality software.”

I love the idea of helping teachers fundraise for important classroom causes and access to educational technology is a valuable and timely issue. Thanks PledgeCents for your focus on the power of crowdsourcing, fundraising, and collaboration so we use technology to transform learning for our students.

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