The purpose of this page is to guide you through the following stages of your project application:
We hope the information provided addresses any questions you might have. If you need further information please contact us directly at: info@MyClassNeeds.ca
Short answer: Almost any project that has a positive impact on K-12 classroom learning, as long as it meets our eligibility guidelines.
Long answer: The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. This can include projects that take place outside of the physical classroom or school, as well as extra-curricular programs, provided that there is a clear, positive and demonstrable impact on the K-12 students’ learning environment.
Requested project materials can include anything from reading materials to school trips and all possibilities in between. If your class would benefit from lab materials, manipulatives or a guest lecturer – we want to help. (Please note that certain partner initiatives may have different eligibility requirements and restrictions on requested materials)
Our goal is to make fundraising simpler and easier for you. We help cost out and post the projects you identify, supplement your project promotion, and ensure donors receive tax receipts.
Once a project is fully funded, MCN purchases and coordinates delivery to your school (be it books or admission to a museum). With your help, we make sure that donors are kept abreast of the project success. We support your fundraising effort so you can concentrate on what you do best – helping students achieve their learning goals.
There are few instances where MCN is not able to help you fundraise:
There are three elements. Teachers post. Donors give. Students succeed.
Teachers complete a simple application process. We validate the applications to ensure the projects positively impact student learning. The criteria for validation is outlined below in the ‘Stage1: Application’ section. The application is short but comprehensive.
A successful application is costed and your project is posted to MyClassNeeds.ca. Each project has its own dedicated page, with a maximum posting of 150 calendar days to complete the funding goal. Depending on your fundraising goal you may choose to have a condensed project time (to a minimum of 30 calendar days).
Teachers are permitted 2 concurrent project postings on the website. Once your project has been successfully funded, you must complete a report and donor ‘Thank You’ package. If, unfortunately, your project has not received full funding, you can apply with a different project.
Once your project is posted, MCN manages the administrative aspects of the donation process, including issuing tax receipts, while you promote your project.
When a project achieves full-funding, MCN coordinates the purchase and delivery of your resource(s) to your class as soon as possible. We inform you and the donors of the success.
Once you’ve had the opportunity to use resource(s) in your classroom, MCN supports your completion of the report and donor ‘Thank You’ package. .
While we won’t try to dissuade you from proposing larger projects, we do want you to keep in mind the feasibility of smaller requests. They generally have a better chance of being funded. Whatever the size of your ask, our support doesn’t change. Don’t forget there is a limit on first-time projects.
Be sure to address specific learning goals in your project description. This information is part of our eligibility requirements and resonates with donors as it lays out the potential impact of their donation.
Your application will become your project page on MyClassNeeds.ca. Your writing should be clear and compelling. It should capture the attention and imagination of potential donors. Looking for tips on how to create a compelling post? Click here.
You are your best salesperson! When you promote your MyClassNeeds project within your networks and community, you increase your chances at success. For ideas and tools to help you promote your project, see the Promote Your Project page
The application process involves completing an online form.
Once you have started, you will be able to save and return to your application before you submit. MCN recommends teachers download this Offline Template to organize their responses. You will need the following information to complete your application:.
For tips on writing an effective, attention-grabbing project posting click here.
For tips on taking an effective picture, see our Photo Guidelines.
NOTE: Should you choose to use your students in your photo, written permission from a parent or guardian (for students under 18) is required. Download the Photo Release Form..
Unrecognizable/unidentifiable (e.g. student is only visible from the back, the photo is a close-up of the student’s hand, etc.) student images do not require the same permission.
MCN validates each project to ensure they meet our eligibility guidelines, identify learning goals and have a clear strategy for achieving those goals.
The validation is NOT intended to measure your creativity or to reject experimental approaches. We review every application with an unbiased and open-mind.
MCN verifies the full cost of each project. The project costing includes:
Donors are encouraged to donate to the costs of running the MyClassNeeds program. Donors are not obligated to contribute to these costs, but this donation offsets the costs of running a charitable organization (from office space to paper clips).
Once the costs are fully verified, the project is posted on the website
Once the project is posted on MyClassNeeds.ca, visitors to the website donate and share the project with their social networks.
Additional information on how to engage donors can be found on the Promote Your Project page.
We process all donations using a secure online donation platform. We use an industry-standard credit-card processing service that ensures secure donation process for donors.
At checkout, donors are given the option to include an optional donation to the running of the MyClassNeeds program. Donors are not obligated to contribute this amount.
Every donor is issued a tax receipt which is delivered to the donor via email and donors who contribute more than $50 receive a handwritten thank you card from the class (should the project receive full funding.)
We encourage donors to sign up for notifications of projects that match their interest (based on previous donations).
MCN is committed to raising awareness about the projects we support. However, some projects do not receive full funding. In these instances, we allow donors to reallocate their donation(s). When a project expires, donors are provided 21 days to choose one of three available options
Congratulations! Your project is fully funded. As your project has reached its funding goal we initiate the purchase of the requested resource(s) and arranging a delivery to your classroom.
Once the resource is delivered to your school we ask that you complete a project report and ‘Thank You’ package for the donors who contributed $50 or more to your project. The package consists of hand-written “Thank You” notes from you and your students and images of the project resources in use. Thank You cards and a return envelope (for sending the cards back to MCN) will be sent to you, once all of your resources (or majority of them) have been delivered. Once we receive the cards back from you, we forward them to your donors.
A project is closed when the report and ‘Thank You’ package have been delivered. Teachers must complete these items before they can post additional project(s).
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