How to get the Most Donations for your Wish List

by Witt on June 16, 2010

(Written by Witt Nicholson)

So you’ve heard about how Class Wish works and you want to get involved; we at Class Wish decided we’d put together a quick note on how to get the most out Class Wish. Making a list can be daunting, but it’s the first step to using Class Wish to make difference in the classroom.

Now that you’ve made the list comes the most important part: raising the money to get the products your class needs. With this in mind, we took some time to come up with Class Wish’s top 5 things to do now to start receiving donations.

Use your personal relationships

We all know the old adage that it’s not “what you know” but “who you know,” and the same is true when looking for donations. A great place to start is to create a list of friends, family, neighbors, parents, organizations and companies that might have an interest in helping your class. Try to think of the five biggest reasons your class needs help and explain what a difference each person would be making if they made even a small donation toward your cause. Try telling them a bit about the way Class Wish works and it’s always great to include an anecdote or two about the students in your class. If you have time, it’s great to personalize the email as much as possible. One final step can be asking all those emailed to forward your story and onto others who might help.

Online exposure

A really simple way to spread the word about your wish list is to share the link with your friends on face book. Try asking them all for a small, or large ; – ), donation and encourage them to forward the link to their friends. The more people who know about your wish list the better!


The first two options required some online savvy but another great way to get donations is a little more old school.  Printing the URL out for your wish list along with a quick blurb about your class and the program on some slips of paper and handing them out at church or community gatherings can be a great way to spread the word.

Reach out to local media

Some of us don’t realize how easy it is to just call the local newspaper and suggest a story, but this can be a great way to gain broad exposure for both your wish list and the national problem of underfunded schools. Try writing a letter to the editor about the issues in your classroom and talk about how people can help by visiting your wish list and making a donation.

Follow Up

The fist four options are a great way to start, but to get the full value from these avenues, it is really important to follow up. Try sending out friendly reminders to those you emailed. It’s also great to send updates on what your students are doing with the products purchased through your wish list. Remind donors of the difference they are making and they will be way more likely to donate again and encourage others to do so.

So there it is, Class Wish’s top 5 ways to start getting your donations now. We’re confident if you employ these tactics, we’ll all be able to make a difference in the lives of students across the US!