Raising Money For Your Children
Financial help for schools and communities to purchase anti-bullying, youth guidance and life skill materials
Win Free Programs
We are pleased to announce that through the generous support of Our Funders, we will be giving away sets of free programs to schools participating in our Stepping On Up Student Essay Writing contest.
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Financial Help for Schools
Stepping On Up incorporates an wide range of topics and approaches and schools can use funds from a variety of sources to bring the programs to their classrooms. To search for funding to support using Stepping On Up, use the following key words:
Anti-Bullying, On-line Safety, Cyber-Bullying, Drug and Violence Prevention, Character Education, Life Skills, Social Emotional Learning, Media Literacy, Funds for Safe and Healthy Students
The Office of Safe and Healthy Students
There have been changes in federal funding for these programs as outlined here:
Recently the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and its programs were moved into a new Office of Safe and Healthy Students within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). This change was effective on September 26, 2011, and will provide new opportunities for staff from OESE and OSDFS to work together to improve school environments and support children’s learning, health, and well-being. The contents of the new OSHS (formerly OSDFS) Web pages were relocated to OESE’s homepage and is available at www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/oshs/index.html.
The Office of Safe and Healty Students (formerly OSDFS) administers, coordinates, and recommends policy for improving quality and excellence of programs and activities that are designed to:
- Provide financial assistance for drug and violence prevention activities and activities that promote the health and well being of students in elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. Activities may be carried out by State and local educational agencies and by other public and private nonprofit organizations.
- Participate in the formulation and development of ED program policy and legislative proposals and in overall Administration policies related to violence and drug prevention; drafting program regulations.
- Participate in interagency committees, groups, and partnerships related to drug and violence prevention, coordinating with other Federal agencies on issues related to comprehensive school health, and advising the Secretary on the formulation of comprehensive school health education policy.
- Participate with other Federal agencies in the development of a national research agenda for drug and violence prevention.
- Administer the Department’s programs relating to character and civics education.
The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is under the supervision of the Assistant Deputy Secretary who reports to the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary on policy and program administration matters. The Immediate Office of the Assistant Deputy Secretary provides overall direction, coordination, and leadership to the following major elements:
- Health, Mental Health, Environmental Health, and Physical Education
- Drug-Violence Prevention – State Programs
- Drug-Violence Prevention – National Programs
- Character and Civic Education
- Policy and Cross-Cutting Programs
To learn more about these government grants, check out http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/om/fs_po/oese/safehealth.html
Other government and private sources for funding and financial help for schools:
- Title I (Improving Basic Programs)
- Title II (Teacher and Principal Training)
- Title IV (Office of Safe and Healty Students)
- Title V (Innovative Programs).
- County government discretionary funds
- Governor’s special council funds for child abuse prevention
- Mental health funds
- District and school safety funds
- School enhancement dollars
- Mayor’s office or municipal government
- Police departments
- Violence prevention organizations
- Medical clinics
- Parent-Teacher Associations
- Banking institutions
- Faith-based institutions
- Private foundations
Local Sources of Funding and Financial Help for Schools
Donations from Individuals
Bullying and cyber bullying has become an area of concern for many people across the country, including many philanthropically-minded individuals. Seek out the financial support of individuals in your community in order to purchase Stepping On Up and other useful programs for your school. Donations to public schools, non-profit independent schools and religious schools are generally tax deductible.
Many large national corporations have programs to support employee and community-based programs wherever they have a store, factory, warehouse, or office complex. They can be a good source of funds for purchases of this size.
Business partners are another source of funds. Department stores, big box retailers, supermarkets, restaurant chains, real estate companies, law firms, banks, medical facilities, doctors and dentists, telephone and utility companies are good sources of local funding.
Another source of local funding are civic organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanis and Veterans’ organizations. Many are already involved in anti-bullying campaigns and often fund lower cost programs such as Stepping On Up.
Parent Teacher Organizations
PTOs or PTAs often have funds for classroom materials or can initiates fundraising programs to do so. Several of our other programs have been purchased in this way.
Churches and Religious Organizations
Religious organizations all over the country are involved in youth development projects and could be good partners for after-school programs on issues of bullying, cyber bullying and character education.
Local Government, Law Enforcement, Juvenile Justice and Continuation Schools
Bullying does not just take place at school and with it spread through cyber bullying, whole communities are impacted. Check with your local officials to see if they have any sources of funds and/or programs you could access to make your community safer and violence free and help both the victims and perpetrators of bullying.
Special Education Funds
Your district special education department may be a good partner. Often the target of bullies, special needs kids benefit tremendously when caring and inclusive community values are encouraged as they are in Stepping On Up.
Foundations and Other Grant Sources
Working with a local non-profit foundation opens up a broad range of funding sources. Here are some links to foundations with an education focus. Many more sources can be found at www.foundationcenter.org
Other Foundations with an Education
- American Educational Research Association
- Annenburg Foundation — Public Education for K-12, Early Childhood Education, Child Development
- ATT Foundation
- William Bingham Foundation
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund — Science Education
- The Charles A. Dana Foundation
- Arthur Vining Davis Foundation — Secondary Education
- William H. Donner Foundation
- Ford Foundation
- General Electric Fund — Science, Engineering and Management Higher Education, Precollege Education
- The Heinz Endowments
- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation — K-12 Education (Bay Area)
- Hewlett Packard Education Grants
- IBM International Foundation
- W.K.Kellogg Foundation
- John S. and James Knight Foundation — Educational reform
- George Lucas Educational Foundation
- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
- James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation — Strengthen Secondary School teaching of the Principals, Framing, and Development of the U.S. Constitution
- The James S. McDonnell Foundation — Research and Innovation in Education
- The Andrew Mellon Foundation
- MetLife Foundation — Precollege Education, Business and Economic Education, Higher Education, emphasis on Minorities
- The Milken Family Foundation
- The Millipore Foundation
- Charles Stewart Mott Foundation — Improving Education, Education in South Africa
- The Karl E. Mundt Foundation
- National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering(NAE), Institute of Medicine(IOM), National Research Council (NRC)
- NEC Foundation of America — Science and Technology Education (principally on the secondary level)
- Open Society Institute (SOROS Foundations Network)
- David and Lucille Packard Foundation
- The Prudential Foundation
- The Rockfeller Foundation — School Reform
- The Rockefeller Brothers Fund
- Rotary’s Foundation — Fellowships for University Teachers to teach in developing countries
- The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
- Sprint Foundation
- Sun Microsystems Foundation, Inc.
- Toyota USA — K-12 Education
- The US-Japan Foundation — Precollege Education
- Verizon Foundation — Mathematics and Science Education
Other Web Sites of Interest
Check back periodically to see new sources of financial help for schools and communities added to these pages.