dallin May 10th, 2011
For the last three months, Luke and I have been working on a new project. It’s called SchoolBuy. The concept is simple. Schools need more funds. People want to help, but don’t have time, money or motivation. SchoolBuy allows you to help, without any of the hassle. How? Through online shopping.
We’ve partnered with hundreds of online stores, each of which will make a contribution to your school with each purchase. These are products, brands and stores that you would be using anyway, at the prices you would normally pay. Places like Apple, Dell, Optus, Virgin, Vodafone and lots more! It doesn’t make any difference to you, but it adds up to a big difference for your school!
The process is simple
- Visit SchoolBuy
- Search for the school you want to support
- Find a partner merchant and go shopping!
If you use Firefox, it can be even easier. Just download our Firefox Plugin, found at the top of the page where you select a merchant. Then you can just go about your business shopping online and any purchases from SchoolBuy partners will automatically make a contribution for you school! We’re working on similar plugins for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari (and maybe even Opera), so check back for updates on that (or sign up for our e-mail newsletter…)
So why are you still reading this? Shouldn’t you be shopping by now?
There is more that you can do, though! We’re working hard to get schools involved with this so they can promote within their community, but it’s often hard to reach the right person at a school who can do something about it. Feel free to pass this on to any teachers, principals, Parents & Friends committee members or anyone else you know who is involved in a school community. You can also give them my e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’d love to hear from them. We expect people to have questions, and we’re here to answer them!
If you have a blog or a website, we’d also be very appreciative of you linking to us. We’ve created a set of ‘badges’ with cut and paste html code for you to add to your site, on our marketing page. I put one on my blog, so you can too! If you’re a graphic designer, feel free to make a better one, too! You can also link directly to your school’s page on SchoolBuy – click the marketing link at the bottom of your school’s page, and then the code for the badges will automatically link directly to your school. Magic!
Finally, you can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We’d also love for you to sign up for our e-mail newsletter (promise not to spam you!) – there are forms for that at various places on the site.
This site has the potential to do amazing things. We’d love for you to help us on the way there!