Contributing financially to The Exploris School is an investment in your student’s education. The Exploris School is a 501(c)(3) organization. Cash gifts are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Ways To Give
Exploris Passive Fundraising
As voted on in 2011-2012, the PTO has transferred the control of the Annual Pass the Hat Campaign directly to Exploris and is in need of other avenues to fund the PTO budget going forward. Luckily, we are fortunate to have multiple ways to earn money for Exploris just through our everyday shopping! A few programs in particular allow us to earn cash exceptionally fast and do not require you to re-register every school year. We call these our TOP 3. If you are short on time, these are the three passive fundraisers that we ask you to consider participating in. Passive Fundraising Checklist
Passive Fundraising TOP 3
#1 Kroger Cares Neighborhood Rewards
If you shop at Kroger, regularly or occasionally, you can help Exploris PTO earn easy money. By using a special re-loadable gift card every time you shop for groceries, gift cards, or gas, you will contribute to a 5% rebate to the Exploris PTO. This program works in conjunction with your Kroger Plus Reward loyalty card for discounts and fuel points so it has no impact on the current benefits you receive from these programs. Kroger Cares Information
#2 Target RedCard
Open a Target REDcard DEBIT or Credit card at Target and earn 5% rebates for yourself on all purchases and an additional 1% rebate for each transaction for Exploris! Link your card at www.target.com/redcard by selecting Learn More under Take Charge of Education. Select Exploris by location or by school ID – 115038.
#3 BoxTops for Education
Clip Box Tops AND boost earnings with eBoxTops by linking your Kroger Plus/Reward card. Students may send in Box Tops all year and place in specially marked boxes located in each classroom.
Cash gifts can be made as a one-time donation or may be paid in installments toward a pledge.
Gifts of Securities
Securities can be given in lieu of a cash gift. If the security has appreciated in value, you may avoid paying taxes on the gains by gifting the stock directly to the school. We recommend that donors consult their financial advisor before making financial decisions.
You may be able to double or even triple your gift to the school. Many employers will match gifts made by their current employees or retirees to non-profit organizations like Exploris Middle School. Your company’s human resource department will be able to provide more information regarding these types of gifts and can provide the form you need to easily increase your participation level at Exploris.
Some donors take the opportunity to give to the school by providing tangible items such as computers, office or athletic equipment, books or other items related to our educational program. The Parent-Teacher Organization can help you determine the acceptability of gifts.
You can remember Exploris by leaving a gift in your will or estate plan. Making a planned gift may allow you to give more than you ever thought possible and, at the same time, you may experience tax advantages or income for a number of years or life.
Multi-Year Pledges or Major Gifts
For larger gifts to the school, pledges can be paid over several years.
General Mills “Box Tops for Education”:
Take an extra minute to inspect your General Mills purchases and send their Box Tops in to the school where bins are located in each classroom.
How “Box Tops for Education” Works
The “Box Tops for Education” program allows you to earn cash for Exploris every time you buy groceries. Clip Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating General Mills products (click here for a full list), then send the clipped Box Tops to Exploris. General Mills will send Exploris a check worth 10¢ for each Box Tops coupon redeemed (up to a maximum of $20,000 annually). For more information and other ways to earn cash through the Box Tops program, click here. To earn eBoxTops as well, remember to link your Kroger Plus/Reward card: http://www.rewardyourschool.
GoodDining – 4% or more at select restaurants
If you dine out, you can earn donations for Exploris! As a member of GoodDining, you can earn donations by going to your choice of thousands of participating restaurants. Simply register your credit and/or debit cards online and select Exploris Middle School as your charity: https://www.goodsearch.com/
Help Exploris Through Everyday Shopping
Many programs exist that allow you to earn money for Exploris every time you shop. These programs start over each year, so you must designate Exploris as your “school of choice” every fall. Ask relatives and friends to link up, too.
Food Lion: Link your MVP card at http://www.foodlion.com by September 30.
Target: Link your Target debt card or credit card at http://www.target.com/redcard. Under Take Charge of Education click “Learn More”. Then, under have a Redcard, click “find a school”. Next, select EMS by Location, Zip-code or Target ID (ours is 115038). Click submit. Note: This does not impact the 5% rebate to you, but is an additional donation to our school.
Harris Teeter: Link your VIC card at http://www.harristeeter.com.
Exploris Middle School’s code is 3464.
Office Depot: Link your purchases at http://www.officedepot.com or at register when checking out at the store with Exploris Middle School’s school code 70062123
Labels for Education: Electronically collect 1 point for each participating Labels for Education® product purchased using your shopper card. Link your Kroger Plus/Rewards and Food Lion MVP cards to: http://www.
Staples has a variety of products that are FREE after rebate. Go to your local Staples store and check out the flyer for the free products. Stock up on them and donate them to your favorite school – EXPLORIS.
A search engine which donates 50% of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. They have developed a way to direct money to our school with every click. Go to http://www.goodsearch.com and designate EMS as your charity of choice.