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Crowdfunding Best Practices for School District Grants Officers

As crowdfunding becomes an increasingly popular and viable form of fundraising for K-12 schools, how can school district grant officers make sure they maximize the benefits, help their teachers leverage donations from outside their community, align with their districts' policies and guidelines, protect student privacy, and avoid any safety or legal concerns? Learn about the best practices for effective K-12 crowdfunding as published by organizations like AASA and NSBA, the questions you should ask before implementing a program in your district, success stories from peer grants officers, example policies and procedures to use in your district, and what resources, like, already exist to get you started. This presentation will feature a case study and firsthand experience from Stacey Smith, Director of Special Programs, Aldine ISD.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

At, Kirk is our crowdfunding expert and leads our work with school district administrators, state leaders, and education associations to help them leverage our platform to serve their educational priorities and bring the most support to their teachers and students. He previously spent 10 years managing corporate and foundation partnerships resulting in more than $50 million in funding for classroom projects. He joined in 2007, originally directing our Indiana statewide expansion. Kirk graduated with honors from Purdue with B.A. degrees in English Literature and Religious Studies, a B.S. in Management, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management. Coming from a long lineage of public school educators, he is honored to be helping thousands of teachers and students through

Stacey Smith, GPC holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of North Texas and a Master's Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. She served as President of the Southeast Texas GPA Chapter from 2015-2018. Stacey is a Board member of the Aldine Education Foundation and serves as Secretary.