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1
Jul
2019

Charter School Increases Its Jog-a-Thon Revenue by Five Times; Plans to Double That Amount in the Future!

When Rachel Hatch joined Urban Discovery Academy in 2017, she had ambitious plans for the big city charter school that started as a small gathering of families and grew into a diverse institution in the heart of San Diego. Hatch knew that charter schools only receive about 72 cents for every dollar a public school

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1
Jun
2019

Students Triple Their Average Jog-A-Thon Earnings using PledgeStar, Principal Shaves His Head At Recess As a Reward!

In the winter of 2018, Hope Elementary School Principal Richard Tubbs had a radical idea: he would shave his head if students raised over $40,000 during their next annual Jog-A-Thon. Even one dollar more than $40,000 and the clippers would come out, he promised. When they exceeded their goal with over $57,000 in revenue this

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1
May
2019

Los Angeles Elementary School Booster Club Uses PledgeStar, Dance Party and Teacher Prizes to Double Their Walk-a-Thon Earnings!

The Friends of Third Booster Club in Los Angeles held its second annual walk-a-thon and, with PledgeStar’s help, far exceeded its ambitious goal of $50,000 by $18,000 for a total of $68,000! They accomplished this by using creative and fun incentives for both the students and teachers. Booster club president, Patricia Alexander, thought that such

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1
Apr
2019

Aviara Oaks Volunteers Use PledgeStar Strategy and Advice to Make 2019 their Most Successful Year Yet!

After five successful years of using PledgeStar for their jog-a-thon fundraising, PTA members at southern California elementary school Aviara Oaks wanted to bring in more money than ever before. Thanks to the advice and help of the seasoned PledgeStar team, they were able to achieve just that! Since 2015, Aviara Oaks Elementary School has more

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7
Mar
2019

Deer Run Elementary learns valuable fundraising lessons with the help of PledgeStar!

The 2018 annual fundraiser at Deer Run Elementary school raised more money than students, teachers, and parent volunteers ever expected thanks to PledgeStar and some calculated planning. Parent volunteer Lauren Heft had her first experience with PledgeStar and organizing a fundraising event in 2017 for her school’s “Deer Run Run-A-Thon”. She was pleasantly surprised when

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7
Feb
2019

Welcome in the new year with PledgeStar!

If you’ve been thinking about using an online fundraising system for your Jog-A-Thon, Walk-A-Thon, Read-A-Thon or other pledge drive, take a look at our 2018 fundraising statistics to see why you should consider using PledgeStar: Participating children raised an average of $170 each. On average, PledgeStar customers kept 94% of what they raised. PledgeStar’s automatic

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3
Jul
2018

Randolph rockets past their goals!

After running Randolph Elementary’s annual walk-a-thon for the third year in a row, PTA President Kathy Hansen wanted to do something different to encourage her participants to raise more funds than ever before. Months earlier, her children had participated in the school’s annual magazine sale fundraiser, but they complained that they didn’t win any prizes

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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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3
May
2018

Socks Serve up Success at St. Hedwig School

St. Hedwig School in Los Alamitos, California used PledgeStar to help raise more money during the school’s inaugural Jog-a-Thon fundraiser. Co-Jog-a-Thon Chair and PA Board Member Erin de Lucia was first made aware of the PledgeStar online fundraising system after hearing rave reviews about the service from one of her friends at Lowell Elementary School

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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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