Five thousand donors, £200,000 and 300 projects - we update you on Rocket Fund two years in.
When Rocket Fund set out, we had a big idea born from a clearly identifiable gap in the market and from a genuine desire to level the playing field of opportunity for children in the UK.
Skip forward two years and we are now working with schools across the UK, with teachers, headteachers and parent-teacher associations (PTAs) to help modernise their fundraising, increase their budgets and ultimately fuel imagination in the classroom.
We're proud of our achievements over the last 24.6 lunar cycles so we thought we’d share some key points.
Since December 2016, we have helped schools raise a total of £220,000. That money has been raised by over 300 Rocket Fund projects, from all over the UK.
We have a good spread of schools, as shown in the map below, but are still looking to grow our reach across the UK.
Of the £220,000 raised, £35,000 was match funding and £185,000 was from individual donations. So match funding leveraged five times more money from the school's own fundraising efforts (from parents, local businesses and alumni).
Some interesting donor stats:
In Scotland, Hyndland primary school had a great time raising funds with Rocket Fund. They raised £4,000 with the help of a very generous local business owner and alumni.
In South London, Fairlawn school raised funds to hold a whole day hackathon, an inspiring day for all involved!
And digital leaders up and down the country are showing us how it's done:
But we are just getting started! We want to widen our reach and connect more schools with more donors. We are excited about the impact we can have on classrooms up and down the country.
Great, it’s easy to do. Just share our spring term match funding campaign with friends, family and your networks - anyone you know who works in a school.
Please share this on social media, in your newsletter or over a cup of tea with your neighbour.
£10,000 match funding available this term
Rocket Fund is a new way to help schools modernise their fundraising.
This term they have £250 available to the first 40 schools who raise £250!
Visit www.rocket.fund to get involved.