Sunday, February 5, 2012

No Cost PTO Donations....

While there are many tools available to non-profits to help them raise funds, the Sparhawk School PTO currently is active with 3 of them.  They are programs that have no end user costs associated to them.  Instead, the programs donate a percentage of your purchase to the PTO.  They are simple to use and can generate much needed dollars to help us fund some of the enrichment needs of our students.  For more information on the PTO use of each program, click on the header link and you will be brought to the  PTO web page which has the details.

Scrip -purchase gift cards thru our Scrip coordinator

Purchase gift cards to stores you regularly shop at from our PTO Scrip coordinator.  Use the gift cards instead of cash...or as a different form of plastic.  For each card you purchase, a percentage of you purchase price is donated back to the PTO.  Below are earnings offered by just a few of the retail participants:

RetailerPercentage Donated
Dunkin' Donuts4%
99 Restaurant13%

Check out our Scrip flyer which has even more details, or go directly to our order form which has the participating retailers.  Fill out the form and drop it at any of the Sparhawk school main offices by Feb 13th  to be included in our next order.

GoodSearch/GooodShop/GoodDining - generate pennies and dollars thru your searches and purchases

With GoodSearch, once you designate SparhawkPTO as you charity choice, each search you do using the GoodSearch search engine (which is just Yahoo!) generates a penny for the PTO.  GoodShop is a way to generate dollars for the PTO with the online purchases you are already doing.  You go to the GoodShop link and designate SparhawkPTO as your charity (if you did it for GoodSearch you dont need to do it again).  Then as long as you to go your favorite online ordering site by selecting it from the GoodShop list, a percentage of everything you buy at the site is donated to the PTO. You dont need to create a GoodSearch account, but if you do you can track how both your searches and your purchases add up for the PTO.  Get your family/friends to use GoodSearch and select the SparhawkPTO as their charity choice...anyone can use it.

GoodDining is a program that local registered restaurants participate in.  You register your credit card with GoodDining then when you dine at a participating restaurant (in or out depending on the restaurant) a percentage of your meal order goes to the PTO.

For information specific to each one, visit

Stop and Shop A+ - purchase A+ designated items to generate points

We started late with this fact we started our registrations only 3 weeks ago.  So far we have 18 cards registered.  As of this writing, no funds have been generated but we still have until the end of March to make qualified purchases.  Qualified purchases are those items designated with the A+ school rewards symbol:Earn points for the Sparhawk PTO when you purchase any A+ designated products.  To see the latest number of designations and our earnings go to our A+ School Account Totals page.  If you have friends/family members who us a Stop and Shop card and dont currently have a school designation, ask them to support Sparhawk....all with Stop and Shop cards can participate.

The PTO is very grateful for all you do to help us help our children.  If you have questions on any of these programs, please give me a call (get the number from the school) or send me an email at

Rhonda McDonough
Sparhawk PTO President

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