Two new internet portals are making it easy for schools to earn money for technology and other purchases.
A+America’s Technology4Kids.com and independently run Schoolpop.com have created similar fundraising programs.
Both work roughly the same way: Log onto on of their web sites, register the school you wish to support, and follow links to some of the internet’s most popular eCommerce merchants. Buy what you’d like, and your school of choice automatically gets credit for the purchase, between 5 percent and 12.5 percent through Technology4Kids and as much as 20 percent through Schoolpop.
The Technology4Kids web site is set up like a internet “mall,” with links to over a dozen of popular internet retailers.
At Schoolpop.com, consumers again select the school they want to support and use the site’s home page to access links to eCommerce sites. Schools later get a rebate check for whatever proceeds they have earned. Schoolpop.com also provides promotional materials to schools to help them spread the word about the program.