With the advent of the internet, school bake sales might become a relic of the past. Shopforschool.com is the latest in a fast-growing trend of web sites that aim to transform the idea of the school fundraiser by tying it to online sales of merchandise.
At Shopforschool.com, teachers, parents, and family members can purchase books, clothing, music, computers, gift certificates, and more from some of the leading online brand-name merchants. Up to 25 percent of each purchase is donated to the school of the buyer’s choice.
The site’s partners include Barnes & Noble, Gap, IBM, CDNOW, Lands’ End, and OfficeMax. Schools that team up with shopforschool.com are served by a local account manager who can answer questions and help them to promote the program in their community.
“Our goal is to make it easier and safer for the more than 106,000 U.S. schools and 51 million students to raise the additional funds they need for everything from playground equipment to computer labs,” said Gary Blackford, the site’s chief executive. “Parents can continue their everyday habits of online shopping and benefit their children’s school at the same time.”
Shopforschool.com can be found on the web at http://www.shopforschool.com.