In the spring 2014, Oso Grande Elementary moved from a paper-based Jog-a-Thon to an online program with a dedicated website through AccelRaise. Our Jog-a-Thon website was customized to our school and provided critical program enhancements: 1.Because each child has their own webpage, parents/friends/relatives are able to visit any student’s page and make a donation directly in that child’s name. This allows for increased donations because each student is able to reach a much broader base of donors via the Internet. 2. AccelRaise worked with our school to customize privacy parameters to protect every child’s identity. 3. Real-time donation tracking
Equally impressive to the enormous financial success of the program is the level of customer service Chris Cordero and his staff at AccelRaise provide throughout the entire fundraiser. They find ways to meet and exceed our expectations on all requests and their can-do attitude make it a joy to collaborate with them on our school’s Jog-a-Thon. AccelRaise is personally vested in our success and work very hard to ensure our goals are met.
To be honest, we knew we were taking a gamble aiming high to achieve $30,000 again for second year in row. We are a very low income family school and we normally bring in $19,000-21,000 yearly. I’ve been at this school for 7 years and never saw these numbers until we went with AccelRaise last year. Being able to hit the world with one click is what we needed. Again thank you guys for all the help & support!
For years we have been running our annual Timberwolf Classic Golf Tournament the old fashioned way – by snail mail, and word of mouth. When we were approached by AccelRaise we were attracted to the thought of having everything online so we went ahead and pulled the trigger. Three years later and we continue to beat our goal year after year. Now, not only do we have our golf tournament running through AccelRaise, but this year we just integrated our silent auction, a helicopter golf ball drop, and sponsorships which helped tremendously to have everything in one place for all our participants. With AccelRaise we now are able to fund the programs we thought we’d have to cut, and for that we are super grateful.