A big thank you to James and Damien at SchooliP, which recently made a very generous donation to Romero Academy. We’ve asked them to share their ideas on how to promote your project to businesses and how to secure money from outside of your immediate community.
1. How did you find out about the Rocket Fund project that you sponsored?
Romero Multi-Academy Trust is one of our customers, with whom we have a good working relationship. We follow Romero on Twitter, so when their tweet popped up about their Rocket Fund campaign, it piqued our interest and we decided it was definitely a project we could get behind!
2. Why did you choose this project in particular to sponsor?
We are always on the lookout for worthwhile projects to support. We chose this one because we really liked the synergy between our business and the focus of Rocket Fund in getting tech into classrooms around the country.
3. Why do you think donating through Rocket Fund is a good way of making a donation?
It has a certain immediacy to it which we really liked. We also like the idea that we are contributing to a bigger project and able to have a bigger impact.
The fact that the projects are also itemised and broken down into X amount of pounds means that there is a great sense of transparency, it’s a much better feeling than giving money to an organisation and not really knowing what it’s being used for.
4. Do you have any tips for other schools looking to attract donations from businesses or alumni?
It’s a two-way dialogue – the worst someone can say is no. I would encourage people to reach out, if you don’t ask you’ll never know! Twitter worked well for us, perhaps it would for others too?
5. What impact do you hope your donation will have?
We hope the resource will inspire students for a number of years. That’s why we were keen to put our donation towards a product which can be used across the school.
6. What would you say to other businesses looking to donate, who aren’t quite sure?
Just do it! It’s assisting students, so it’s a no-brainer.
7. Why do you think it’s important to support schools in the UK?
In the current climate of budget cuts and limited funds for public services, it makes a lot of sense to help out in schools, where we know the money will go directly to help the children. We know that these products will have a huge impact in the classroom and, due to our business, we are very aware of the constraints that schools work under.
8. Why do you think it’s important to support EdTech in schools in the UK?
There is a growing move to use technology in the classroom, which we are acutely aware of. With a focus on STEM and computing more widely, you’re educating students for the future, a future where tech will be central to everything they do.