Local crowd-funding hub for schools, Beaverton’s Choice
In the fall of 2017, the Beaverton Education Foundation launched its own crowd-funding hub, Beaverton’s Choice, to connect our community with our classrooms. The site enables Beaverton School District Staff to post innovative projects they would like to implement in their classrooms and ask for support from the community. Projects can be searched by school or topic, such as music or art, so people can find those which are meaningful to them and contribute in a direct and specific way. In less than two years, BEF’s Beaverton’s Choice has funded 139 projects impacting over 31,000 kids, totaling over $160,000!
“I was actually pretty surprised how quickly my BEF project was funded,” explained Andrea Herinckx, music specialist at Springville K-8. “$20 here and $50 there added up quickly. Some community members saw my personal post and shared it. That also helped. A few days later our PTO sent out an email that included my link and project. Within hours of that email going out, the grant was funded. Our community really supports our music program so it was so exciting to see it all come together so quickly.”
Executive Director of Beaverton Education Foundation, Kristine Baggett, commented, “I’ve spoken to so many community members and business owners who want to contribute in some way to the overall educational experience for Beaverton students. Beaverton’s Choice is an ideal way for them to match their interest in donating time, money, or resources to projects that are personally meaningful to them.”
Founded in 1988, the Beaverton Education Foundation raises money to provide hands-on innovative academic enrichment and advancement programs & projects that go beyond normal school funding at all 53 Beaverton public schools and is a 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofit organization. BEF mobilizes community resources to fund innovative classroom, summer and after-school programs.
New projects are added Beaverton’s Choice regularly. Check for the latest projects here – https://www.beavertonedfoundation.org/beavertons-choice/