This page details the three ways to connect with Penny Harvest schools: Register on The Organization Finder, reconnect with schools that have funded you before, and expand your organization’s existing relationship with schools.
Read below to find tips to help create an appealing profile on The Organization Finder. Students search this database to find organizations to fund. Your profile does not have to say everything about your organization; instead try to pique student interest enough to contact you to learn more in person.
The fields you will fill in are listed below with tips to make each section stand out.
Keep this short. Don’t just copy and paste your mission statement. Focus on one or two programs or services that students will identify with. Remember that your audience is aged 4-14, so you have to explain jargon or complex vocabulary. Our best advice: focus on issues of fairness and justice, as kids always say “That’s not fair!”
Take the mission of Common Cents as an example:
|Common Cents, creator of the Penny Harvest, nurtures a new generation of caring and capable young people between the ages of four and 24 by enabling them to strengthen their communities through philanthropy and service-learning.||It’s not fair that kids have so many ideas about how they would make the world a better place, but it’s hard for them to show it because they don’t have the chance. Common Cents believes that all kids can make a difference if given the chance. Each year, Common Cents helps students in 800 schools gather pennies, make grants to organizations that help people, places, and animals in need, and help out with their hands. Each student becomes a philanthropist – that is, giving of their time, talent, and treasure to help others!|
Students want to know how to spend their Penny Harvest funds – down to the last penny. Each roundtable has a budget of $1,000. Some split up their funds among many organizations, and some choose only one. Try to give a few examples of what different sums could purchase.
A children’s hospital may list:
Students often prefer organizations that have service opportunities listed. Service doesn’t have to be complicated, doesn’t have to cost money, and can be done in addition to or in place of a cash grant. See the Preserve page for more ideas on service.
Notice how the above cash grant examples can easily be converted into service projects:
Students want to know about you and why you’re involved in your organization. Briefly explain what you do at your organization and what you like about your job.
Ready to get started with your profile?
Fill out the form located under the help section (press the (!) icon on the top right) located here.
Lost your username and password or have questions? Contact Grantees@PennyHarvest.org.
Let students know that your organization still has needs! Keep a record of which schools have funded you in the past and continue your relationship with them. Call the Penny Harvest Coach or send a mailing to the roundtable. If you haven’t kept track of this information, contact Grantees@PennyHarvest.org.
Many organizations, including hospitals, senior centers, and youth programs already have relationships with schools. If your organization has connections to an elementary or middle school in New York City, chances are they participate in the Penny Harvest. Try to find out who the Penny Harvest Coach is and offer to present to the roundtable.