FundMonkey Helps Central Iowa Schools to Raise $240,000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/5/2016

CONTACT:
Shannon Godwin
Executive Director
515-371-7321
shannon@empowermentsolutions.net

FundMonkey™ partners with central Iowa schools to help PTO/PTA groups raise over $240,000 dollars.

Launched in 2012, FundMonkey is the second generation of campaign management software designed to help fundraising groups raise more money with event-based fundraisers such as Walks and Fun Runs.

Typical fundraisers consist of food and product sales where schools keep from 40 to 45% of the proceeds.  FundMonkey customers typically keep between 90 and 95% of their fundraising proceeds (after expenses) and usually double or triple their total fundraising revenue.  FundMonkey helps schools raise more money for technology, field trips and learning materials.

Shannon Godwin states, “The events by themselves, don’t raise money, it’s the fundraising campaign behind the event that raises money.”

“Parents and friends usually prefer to donate money rather than buy food and products from school children.  FundMonkey shows fundraising groups the process for raising money in a campaign with our proven software, social media, emails, in-person donations, a fundraising web page and tracking online donations by student, teacher and grade level.  PTO/PTA leaders can log into their management screen and see which classroom has raised the most money online and motivate students through prizes or special privileges”, Godwin concludes.

FundMonkey wants to thank all the parents and volunteers who invest their time and talents to help the children in their local schools.  FundMonkey was created for them.

 

School Fundraising Page Event Date
Norwalk Elementary Schools – Norwalk, IA http://warriordash.fundmonkey.com/ 9/20/2016 & 9/27/2016
Prairie Trail Elementary – Ankeny http://prairiedogdash.fundmonkey.com/ Wednesday – 10/5/2016
Webster Elementary – Urbandale, IA http://websterelementarypto.fundmonkey.com/ Thursday – 10/6/2016
Woodland Hills Elementary – West Des Moines, IA http://woodlandhills.fundmonkey.com/ Friday – 10/7/2016
Clive Learning Academy – Clive, IA http://cla.fundmonkey.com/ Friday – 10/7/2016
Grant Ragan Elementary – Waukee, IA http://grantragan.fundmonkey.com/ Friday – 10/14/2016
Woodward-Granger Elementary – Granger, IA http://wgpto.fundmonkey.com/ Friday – 10/14/2016

FundMonkey Celebrates Milestone

FundMonkey processed it’s ten thousandth online donation on October 4th, 2016 at exactly 9:50pm.

“10,000 individual donations just kind of snuck up on us”, stated Shannon Godwin. “It was only a few years ago we were testing the online donations and the credit card capability for the first time.  We would like to thank the PTO groups who spend their time and talents with their schools in supporting the children.  We are very humbled to play a part in your fundraising success.”

Assumption Celebrates 10th Anniversary Bike Ride

A little k-8 school in Granger with around 65 students held another successful Bike Ride Around Granger (B.R.A.G.), raising over $30,000 in total donations on what happened to be their 10th anniversary of the ride.

At FundMonkey, this was our first school, as a matter of fact, Cindy and I built the FundMonkey campaign management software after being on the B.R.A.G. committee in 2008 and hosting a successful fundraiser.  Somebody came to us and said, “we should find a way to help other schools do this”.  That encouraging phrase led to a startup software company Empowerment Solutions, LLC and FundMonkey was born.

In 2009 we beta tested our original platform at Assumption School and a few weeks later at Nodland-Sunnyside in Sioux City.  After a shaky start, we started seeing the true potential of our unique, campaign-management approach.  We learned several lessons from our own event and we continue to learn from our customers resulting in new upgrades every year that enhance our service and better serve our customers.

The most important lessons, however, were the following….

  1. The event is for fun and it’s the campaign that actually raises money with this formula… Communication + Motivation = Participation = Donation
  2. The event planning and the campaign management are TWO different activities.   Fundraising committees need to split into two teams, the event team and the campaign team and approach each of their respective duties with the end in mind – a fun interactive campaign followed by a fun event.
  3. Schools that switch from food and product based fundraising have been known to double and triple their fundraising proceeds – we continue to be blown way by your success.
  4. Schools that add FundMonkey to their existing fundraising event will make donating easier for donors and safer for participants while adding as much as 30% or more to their total fundraising proceeds.

So, congratulations to Assumption Elementary School in Granger, Iowa and thank you for being our inspiration, our initial “guinea pig” and for letting me be the DJ for the last 8th years of the bike ride.  It’s not everyday I get to play my favorite music outside on my loudest speakers, at full volume and get a thumbs up from the police officer controlling traffic at the intersection.   We’re very blessed here at FundMonkey!

Way to Go Pine Creek Elementary

A shout out to Pine Creek Elementary.  They added FundMonkey to their already successful Walk-a-thon and collected 30% of their total donations online through our secure transaction server.   Final count’s aren’t in yet, but rumor has it they will beat their goal.  Visit their fundraising website to see how they did it!