ERIC Number: ED357910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Supplemental Funding: Initiatives for Rural and Small Schools. ERIC Digest.
Rural and small schools face difficult financial times. Given long-term economic decline and eroding tax bases in rural areas, many rural and small schools may need supplemental funding just to preserve essential programs and services. A list of fundraising strategies provides options that should be feasible whatever the level of local expertise. School fundraising is often a short-term effort. A more stable and predictable source of income can be provided by development funds that target long-term goals, are ongoing in nature, and grow out of institutional planning and development. Grants are another possible source of funding for small and rural school districts, as foundations are trying harder to distribute awards on a more equitable geographic basis. Suggestions are offered for successful grantsmanship. Legal and ethical issues in fundraising include accounting and money-handling procedures, authorizing use of funds, making records open to the public, the use of children in fundraising, and relationships with donors. Six resources are listed for further information on fundraising and related activities. (SV)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Fund Raising, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Funds, School Support, Small Schools
ERIC/CRESS, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.