All For Schools: How you can raise money for your school with just one click

AllForSchools1-1024x575-1Ask ANY teacher and they’ll tell you, a school’s success is dependent upon the collaboration between teachers, administrators and parents. Roughly 85% of schools rely on contributions from parents to supply classroom “extras” such as books, games, PE equipment and instruments. At JRB’s school, a portion of the money raised by the PTA subsidizes field trips, assemblies and enrichment programs so everyone can benefit. Fundraising for schools is important, but it’s also a financial burden and as much as I love contributing to our school’s multitude of fundraising efforts, I have all the wrapping paper, popcorn, magnets and t-shirts I could possibly need and all those $5, $10, and $25 donations add up….quickly.

But there’s good news: a solution to this ongoing issue that is pain-free and satisfying ~ smart and effective. It’s called All For Schools and it has recently arrived in the Chicago area. My friend Alison is working with them and she invited me to try out the program. I love the idea of making my dollars do double duty but am always skeptical when it involves techno-stuff such as “registering.” The good news? It’s pretty simple and takes less than 5 minutes to go from A (signing up) to B (shopping) and there is a nice built in security feature where you have to validate your registration via email, which always makes me feel better, knowing the site has my back. Here’s how it works:

Screenshot 2014-02-13 17.47.171. Get your school involved by asking your principal to sign-up (it’s FREE). Sounds daunting? Not to worry, AFS has a downloadable letter you can use to forward on to your principal.  



Screenshot 2014-02-13 17.23.582. Once your school is signed up ~ parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends can sign up for FREE. Just remind them to choose a school to benefit. For example, I chose Lydia Urban Academy for my trial run.



Screenshot 2014-02-14 13.03.34-23. Now comes the fun part, shopping! Go to the Shop and Earn menu and choose a retail option from the drop down menu; you can print coupons, purchase  Groupons,  shop Amazon or visit one of the AFS’ s many retail partners. That’s it.  

Every time you use the AFS portal to make purchases your school benefits.

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 11.12.35 AMThe hardest part is what I’m doing now which is getting the word out! But I imagine your school’s PTA would be happy to take that responsibility in lieu of organizing yet another fundraiser. The thing I like best is it helps my dollars do double duty. I get to buy the things I need (rather than anther coupon book for pizza and laser tag) and my favorite school benefits. REGISTER TODAY! All For Schools is active in Chicago and excited to meet parents, relatives, friends, alumni, faculty, and administrators.  Register today and start shopping, saving and raising funds for your child’s school. Click on this link to get started!

Live outside Chicago? Visit the site anyway, AFS is currently in Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin but they have plans to expand so let them know you’re interested and they will email YOU  when they come to your state. The moral of the story is AFS is a great idea, a win/win situation and way better than wrapping paper.

photo-102I was selected for this opportunity as a member of SoChic Blogger Society and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wondering what we bought via the AFS portal? Let’s just say we have a very happy 8-year-old who thinks AFS is amazing and airplane friendly!


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