I started early – as many parents do. My very first leap into school fundraising was as a freshly minted parent of a Kindergartener. They saw me coming, I guess, and hit me up to run the school auction. Many years, and auctions/raffles/bake sales/pancake breakfasts/wrapping paper, magazine, coupon book sales, later I am a worn out parent fund raiser. As, I know, a lot of you out there also are.
Most schools rely heavily on fundraising and many parents just don’t have a lot of time to commit to volunteering. That’s why I am so excited to tell you about this easy new way for communities to raise much needed money for local schools, by doing what you already do – de-cluttering the house!
Local start-up pro and power-Mom Natalie Angelillo (co-founder of Seattle’s award-winning Swink Style Bar) is unveiling a visionary look into buying, selling, wanting, and giving back with her all-new company SwopBoard, an online community marketplace. It provides a trusted network for families to buy and sell, with a portion of each transaction going directly to your schools.
Angelillo founded SwopBoard in 2013 when she needed to sell a large American Girl dollhouse and buy her son ski boots by the end of the week. She was inspired to build a place where users could put items for sale in front of people who actually need them, in their schools, neighborhoods, and cities and donate to their schools in the process.
SwopBoard is really simple to use:
Buy: After creating a SwopBoard account, users can access their marketplace and search for items in their school, neighborhood, and/or city. They can email sellers with questions via SwopBoard’s message system, share a listing on social media, and pay for the item on the secure site with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.
Sell: It is free to list an item and there are no shipping fees if users are selling to someone in their immediate community, which also eliminates interactions with strangers. SwopBoard serves as a powerful tool for users selling items that people in their community would want, like uniforms, furniture, textbooks, instruments, electronics, sports equipment, or clothes.
Want: If users are looking for something specific, they can ask their community by using the simple “I Want” function. If someone sells the item they listed on their Want list, they will be notified via email.
Now, I know a lot of people in this area are ski families. SwopBoard is hosting a special event this month just for you! They are giving users the chance to raise money for their schools by selling and buying much needed winter sports gear.
WHEN: November 11 – December 2, 2013
WHAT: With more than 25,000 local families and kids participating in their schools’ winter sports programs, the Ski-attle campaign offers a fast, easy way to sell outgrown winter sporting gear and buy affordable clothes and equipment, with a portion of each sale going toward a school of the seller’s choice. And, as a bonus, every school that gets at least 50 parents to list an item on SwopBoard will be entered to win an extra $1,000.
WHO: SwopBoard, a Seattle-based online community marketplace that allows users to sell things they no longer need, buy from people they trust, and give back to their schools.
WHY: Families already buy and sell winter gear each year for ski and snowboarding season; SwopBoard and Ski-attle offer a way to raise critical funds for local schools at the same time.