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Digital Wish Administers Employee Matching Fund Programs For Corporations – Local Schools Benefit
Posted by Polly Davis at 05:15:16 PM Mon 06/30/2008
Sunderland, VT, May 16, 2008 – Digital Wish can set up employee matching fund programs for corporations wanting to give back to their local schools. There are no administrative fees, and Digital Wish will also donate an additional 2%-10% in funding, insuring that 102%-110% of the giver’s donation will be allocated directly to the school’s technology program to help modernize American classrooms. Recipients of a matching grant will first receive one donation from the employee, then a second matching donation from the corporate employer. Donated funds are instantly available to be spent on technology products for the classroom. Getting Started To set up a matching fund program, corporations simply provide Digital Wish with the following: • A list of qualifying employee names. • The corporate matching percentage. • The matching cap for each employee. • The total fund cap. Digital Wish administers the corporate matching funds according to the corporation’s guidelines, and regular reporting statements keep everyone abreast of donation levels. Many Ways to Give Corporate employees can donate in any of the following ways: • Make a cash donation to their favorite school. • Purchase items directly from a school’s wish list. • Target specific schools in a county and allocate a unique cash grant amount for each. • Enter a total sum and evenly distribute it across all the selected schools. For example, a $10,000 fund could be allocated evenly across all the schools in a local county. Targeting local or underserved schools is simply a matter of searching by region or county. Donor Recognition An acknowledgement of the donation, along with the corporate logo appears on the school’s page. Employee can also upload a photograph. Every donor can post a profile, linked from their donation listing. See example. http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/view_school?id=130707 Please Contact To have Digital Wish set up an employee matching fund for your business, please contact: Digital Wish, www.digitalwish.org Heather Chirtea, [email protected] P.O. Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255-1072 P: (802) 375-6721, F: (802) 375-6860 More information and printable flyers are available: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/matching_grant Grants can be set up at any financial level. Programs can be enacted with no administrative costs, and Digital Wish provide an additional 2%-10% premium on every funding dollar. All donations are tax-deductible and technology resources ship directly to the schools, so there is virtually no risk that funds can ever be misallocated. Make a Digital Wish come true! About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom’s story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up grant programs for schools. Visit www.digitalwish.org.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

Educational Grant Programs are Created with No Administrative Cost on Digital Wish
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 05:07:52 PM Mon 06/30/2008
Sunderland, VT, January 9, 2007 - Foundations wanting to give large numbers of technology grants to local schools, no longer have to bear the cost of creating a grant application, marketing their opportunity to schools, reviewing applications, and judging submission. Instead, Digital Wish allows foundations to select all the schools in a single region and give a technology grant to each. Schools use donated funds to purchase much-needed technology products for their classrooms. Digital Wish then matches every cash donation with an automatic 2%-10% rebate to the schools, insuring that 102%-110% of the giver’s funding will be allocated directly to the school’s technology program to help modernize American classrooms. Local Giving Priorities Like a wedding registry, schools use www.digitalwish.com to create a “wish list” of needed technology products for their classroom. Donors then visit Digital Wish and elect to buy items directly from the teacher’s wish lists, or donate money directly to local schools in need. Funding can be allocated to schools across any local region in the following ways: * Browse local teacher profiles, identify worthy classrooms, and award product grants by purchasing items from a school’s wish list. * Select all the schools in a county and allocate a unique cash grant amount for each. Schools then decide which wish list items to purchase. * Enter a total sum and evenly distribute it across all the selected schools. For example, a $22,000 fund could be allocated evenly across all the schools in a local county. Targeting local or underserved schools is simply a matter of searching by region or county. A single transaction can include any number of cash donations and/or product purchases, for any number of schools, in any local area. Creating A Competitive Grant Program If a foundation prefers to create a unique competitive grant program, Digital Wish can construct an entire program, at no cost to the philanthropic sponsor. Online grant applications can be created with fields for minority status, income levels, or new judging criteria based on any priorities set by the philanthropic giver. Judging can occur from any internet connection with three elimination rounds tailored to any foundation’s needs, or winners can be selected randomly. Digital Wish can even filter out the best applications, in order to narrow the field of candidates for the judges. Donors Are Recognized The corporate or foundational logo can appear on each school’s profile page where a grant is provided. Press release templates are automatically sent to schools, making it easy for the local press to acknowledge the philanthropic contributions. Printable templates encourage teachers to send newsletter updates to parents, community networks, and the press. Corporate donors benefit from cause-related marketing, foundational donors can easily widen their philanthropic reach, schools are modernized, fantastic press is garnered, and there is virtually no overhead cost to administer a wide scale grants program for a large numbers of schools. Larger donors will be publicized on the Digital Wish home page so that all schools are made aware of their contributions. About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom’s story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Donors Contributions All technology resources ship directly to the schools, so there is virtually no risk that grant funds will ever be misallocated. There is never any cost associated with making donations. Digital Wish also provides schools with cash-back manufacturer’s rebates on every product purchase, giving schools an additional cash award and insuring that 102%-105% of the donor’s funds benefit classroom teachers and their students. These rebates motivate schools to continue supporting their technology program, even after the donor’s award has been utilized. Call to Action Please contact Digital Wish to set up a cost-free educational giving program. We can: 1. Distribute funds to local schools and cost-free. 2. Create a competitive grant program for schools under your branding. Grants can be set up at any financial level. Programs can be accomplished with no administrative costs, and technology rebates provide an additional premium on every foundation’s funding dollar. Make a Digital Wish come true! About Digital Wish Digital Wish is a public charity with a mission to modernize American schools and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jon Gallup, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
(802) 375-6721 X-222

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