Corporate Giving - the logistical challenge of giving to schools

Date: July 20, 2012 Author: Kevin Maynard Categories: default-import-blog-type-1

Many large Canadian corporations would love to give more to schools, even on a national level, but have been handcuffed by the labyrinthine logistics. Without a single mechanism to manage school giving, companies have to deal with the unique administrations of 270 different school boards, or deal directly with more than 15,000 schools across the country.

Most companies can’t dedicate the time needed to leap all the administrative hurdles of our school system. Many simply shrug their shoulders, and move along to another large national charity - one that makes giving easy, and has a national profile as well.

Sometimes, Corporate Canada will choose to work with a single school board. And they may have a good experience – and appreciate that they’ve made a difference to the schools in that board. Then they try to replicate this success, only to discover a completely new set of rules apply. They could be asked to prove environmental responsibility, or fair trade practices – things even their stockholders don’t typically ask. Or they may not qualify for giving to the schools in some districts because they have an international parent company.

Isn’t it time we made it easy for corporations – and everyone else - to give to schools? Scholmark is here to make that happen.



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