Fundraising

Your preschool needs your help!

Because you’re an important part of our Preschool, we thought you’d want to know about our big plans for this year!

You may not be aware that we are a charity run school and rely solely on Grants, donations and fundraising. As you may have noticed we are making some changes to our preschool, some of these changes are big like the Nature area and some may be less noticeable like supplies or our much needed tech in the office. This year, St Michaels Preschool will be putting on a few events within the community and some smaller in house events to fund the work and resources we need to give your children the best education and experience possible.

There are lots of ways you can help raise funds for our preschool without even having to put your hand in your pocket and donate your hard earned cash. Below are a few  options that are quick and very easy to do.

EasyFundraising 

You will have received a few handouts regarding Easyfundraising. This is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite online store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website or the app and raise a donation for their school cause once a purchase is made. Donations can be up to 15% of the value of your purchase, depending on the retailer and the item purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, Tesco’s, John Lewis and more, making it one of the most effortless fundraising options for our school. You can even earn a £5 bonus donation every time someone successfully joins and raises £5 through your unique link. Plus, when you invite others to join easyfundraising before 30th November, our school will be entered into the prize draw to win a £500 donation.

Some employers have schemes for matching the funds raised at events, we will be sending out some more information with which companies participate.

As for the community and in house events we hope you will get involved. Theses will be either ticket based or suggested donation, so please join us for fun, memories and help make our Preschool the best it can be!

Amazon smile

We also have set up an amazon smile account. This works on the same principle as easyfundrasing, its completely  free to sign up to and the preschool receives 0.5% for every purchase through ‘smile amazon’

All you have to do it go to www.smile.amazon.co.uk and search for st michael’s pre school and link it you to your account. Then when shopping just go through www.smile.amazon.co.uk and shop as normal.

Match funding

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about the ‘Match Funding’ scheme and how a little bit of your time could raise double the funds for the pre-school. If you work for an organisation that has a match funding policy, any money you raise could be matched by your employer. Companies may match the fundraising total for an event, or for the stall that their employee is working on. Usually, the employee will need to supply them with a letter from the Committee detailing the date and nature of the event, together with the total raised. We understand that the high street banks, building societies, supermarkets and large corporations are likely to do match funding, but these schemes are not exclusive to the major corporate giants. If you work for an independent company, they may be interested in charitable giving through match funding too. We would be grateful if you could see if your employer has a match funding scheme, or if they are willing to match fund any of our events. If you cannot help out at this time, but you know the company you work for has a match funding policy, please let us know. This could be a really large source of income for the pre-school and help us raise money for all the resources and work needing to be carried out. If you are able to help us this way, please let Kiera know and we can discuss your companies’ requirements.

Please contact your Human Resources department to enquire if such a scheme exists. A number of overseas organisations also operate similar schemes, particularly those in the US. If you are interested in donating through the matching gift scheme, please contact your Human Resources department for a form, which needs to be completed and sent to us. By using this provision, you can make a huge difference for our Pre-school.

We have a list of the companies we have been told offer match fundraising, if you would like to see it please let us know.

Tank you for your support. The Committee