3
May
2018

Spring Fundraising Wrap-Up

As another school year draws to a close, we look back on a record-breaking year, and forward to new features designed to make your 2018-19 school-year fundraiser your best one yet! This year, we helped schools and other youth organizations raise more than $20 million, with kids raising an average of $140 each. PledgeStar’s automated

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28
Feb
2018

Crocker Highlands Elementary Fights Back Against Budget Cuts With Help From PledgeStar

Crocker Highlands Elementary in Oakland, California has used the PledgeStar system for the past two years. This year, they raised over $122,000; more than double the amount the school earned in the same event without PledgeStar. PTA member Colleen Orfuss researched several online fundraising platforms before last year’s Walk-A-Thon. She wanted a system that was

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24
Jan
2018

Happy New Year From PledgeStar!

Last year, 745 schools and other organizations who added the PledgeStar online fundraising system to their pledge drives raised over $20 million. That’s 50% more than they raised before adding PledgeStar! Why not raise 50% more for your school or group? Thanks to feedback provided by PledgeStar customers in our post-event survey, we’ve added several

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22
Dec
2017

Helping you work less and raise more!

PledgeStar is always looking for ways to improve your fundraising experience, so you can work less and raise more. That’s why we tested two new innovative features this fall: text message pledge requests, and online address book importing. The results are in and we’re excited to report that over 100 schools raised 15% more than they

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30
Oct
2017

PledgeStar Perfect For Papillion Elementary

For the past three years, Rumsey Station Elementary in Papillion, Nebraska has used Boosterthon, a full service fundraising company, for its annual Rumsey Run Jog-a-Thon event. However, after parents began voicing concerns over Boosterthon’s high fees, PTA member Kristi Waszak knew it was time for a change. “Raising almost $33,000 and then writing a check to Boosterthon for

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8
Sep
2017

Supercharge School Fundraising with PledgeStar

Now that school’s begun, it’s time to get serious about fundraising, and PledgeStar is the simplest, least expensive, and most effective way to squeeze every last dollar from your Jog-A-Thon, Walk-A-Thon, Read-A-Thon, or any other pledge drive. PledgeStar is an online fundraising system that helps raise 50% more from your group’s pledge drive by making

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31
May
2017

PledgeStar Revolutionizes Corona Del Mar High School Sports Fundraising

Several Corona Del Mar High School sports teams raised hundreds of thousands of dollars using the PledgeStar fundraising system. It all started in 2015, when Assistant Football Coach Kevin Hettig utilized PledgeStar for his team’s Lift-A-Thon. In the past, team members sent handwritten letters to family and friends asking for donations to pay for everything

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27
Mar
2017

Long Beach Cub Scouts Smash Fundraising Goals With PledgeStar

Tom Renger became familiar with the PledgeStar fundraising system during his time as Kettering Elementary School’s PTA Treasurer. Their Fit Fest Fundraiser was a massive success, prompting Renger to apply PledgeStar’s services to his Cub Scout Pack’s annual Poinsettia Fundraiser. In years past, Cub Scout Pack members would go door to door in their community, seeking

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5
Jan
2017

SUMAC Elementary Nearly Doubles Their Fundraising Goal

In 2015, SUMAC Elementary School raised close to $40,000 at their annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser. Unfortunately, the school ended up keeping only half of those funds. The full-service fundraising company they hired to run their Jog-A-Thon charged fifty percent of all earnings – in this case, around $20,000! The next year, parent volunteer Megan Glynn said

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16
May
2016

Groveland Elementary School’s Inaugural Read-A-Thon A Great Success!

For their fall fundraiser, Groveland Elementary volunteers wanted to do something unique and unprecedented in their school’s history. Not only did they want to raise money for their academic programs, but they also wanted to incorporate a learning initiative in the fundraising process. The result was a highly successful month-long Read-A-Thon, a fun and educational

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10
Jun
2015

Del Mar Schools Education Foundation Fills Gaps Left By State Budget Cuts

Fifteen years ago, when the State of California budget cuts threatened to limit K-12 students’ access to extra-curricular subjects like music and art, a group of concerned parents decided they wanted more for their children. Along with the Del Mar Union School District, the parents worked to establish the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF),

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3
Jun
2015

Small Elementary School Fires Big-Name Fundraising Company; Doubles its Profits at a Fraction of the Cost

Chestnut Charter Elementary School has been holding its annual “Fun Run” fundraiser for several years, but was never able to keep much of its profits, or raise much money at all — until now. In the past, the small school hired a big-name fundraising company, Boosterthon, to put on their fun run. In return, Boosterthon

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28
May
2015

Title I School Uses PledgeStar for Jog-A-Thon Fundraising; Exceeds $30,000 Goal

With the help of PledgeStar, students at San Juan Elementary, a Title I Spanish Immersion School in San Juan Capistrano, exceeded their ambitious fundraising goal of $30,000 at their annual Jog-A-Thon in November, bringing in a total of over $37,000. As a Title I School, over 40% of the student’s families qualify for reduced price

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27
May
2015

With PledgeStar, Wagon Wheel Elementary only needs one fundraiser

In 2013, Wagon Wheel Elementary’s fundraising consisted of gift wrap sales, See’s Candy sales and a Jog-A-Thon that raised about $18,000 in donations from parents, family and friends using a traditional cash and check collection system. In the Spring of 2014, PTA President Kim Bernabe added PledgeStar’s online fundraising system to their Jog-A-Thon “just to

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9
Feb
2015

Oregon School Doubles its Previous Years’ Earnings, Raises Over $110,000 Using PledgeStar

Findley Elementary School volunteer Leslie Hmura used some creative marketing techniques along with PledgeStar online fundraising to double last year’s earnings for her school’s jog-a-thon, raising over $110,000 in one fell swoop. The “Dragon Dash,” as the jog-a-thon has been named, consisted of over 800 grade K-5 runners taking turns running around the school’s track

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