How it works

Schools Funding Network (SFN) has been developed by a team of leading professional fundraisers. Designed specifically for the needs of schools and their supporters. The service enables educational establishments to fundraise for any project, large or small, and interact with major donors, charitable trusts, foundations, parents and other potential funders.

Aspects such as automated Gift Aid, crowd-funding and donor stewardship have all been incorporated. 

The Schools Funding Network platform offers three major ways to connect Schools with Individual Donors and Major Donors.

1. Schools can create Fundraising Activities and take donations


A School can use the SFN Platform to publish their Fundraising Activities, via their School Profile page. They can request donations in the form of money, items or volunteered skills for any cause they wish. The platform gives them a single place to manage all their fundraising, which they can promote easily and effectively.

2. Major Donors can make Offers to Schools


If a donor has something of significant value (typically in excess of £2000) to donate to one or more Schools, they can become a Major Donor and use the platform to manage their donation. This has a number of benefits, such as allowing the Major Donor to control and track how their donation has been used and what benefit it has had on those receiving it.

3. Major Donors can make Challenges to Schools


'Challenges' are a unique and exciting feature of the SFN Platform. They allow major donors to make their offers conditional on Schools raising money towards a certain fundraising target. This is a great way to bring major donors and individual donors together - If a school meets their fundraising target then they 'unlock' the Challenge donation, making their fundraising even more successful. Look out for these  icons around the site. If you donate towards a Challenge, your donation could be worth much more to a School!