Supporting schools one book at a time.

Read for My School empowers you to create high impact, high value school fundraisers that work for your community.

We are excited to announce a public software beta program and would love for your school to participate!

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Welcome to Read for My School!

Public BETA Program Invitation

Hello,

Read for My School is excited to announce an invitation to our public software beta program.

Designed around a mobile-first approachRead for My School provides an education-based fundraising solution for schools, classrooms, and community groups to promote large or small-sized read-a-thons directly from your mobile device! Fast to setup, easy to manage, and simple to useRead for My School provides a dynamic fundraising approach that is fun and engaging requiring minimal volunteer resources to support.

To learn more about how your school can participate in the Read for My School public beta program, please check out our help center or download our program overview. If you would like a RFMS representative to contact you and assist with getting your fundraiser off the ground, please click here.

We are extremely excited to share this opportunity and look forward to working with you in support of your PTA community commitment to raising funds to promote new school programs.

Sincerely,

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Got Questions?

Need additional support to understand the benefits of working with Read for My School? Check out some frequently asked questions below.

What is Read for My School?

Read for My School ("RFMS") is a complete peer-to-peer digital fundraising solution that empowers communities everywhere to create and promote high impact, high value read-a-thons that delivers results!

Designed around a mobile-first approach, RFMS offers you a way to track, market, and support large or small-sized read-a-thons directly from your mobile device.

Free to setup, easy to manage, and simple to use, RFMS provides an innovative fundraising approach that is fun and engaging to students with minimal volunteer resources required to support.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

Why education-based fundraising?

RFMS believes that building a fundraising solution focused on what’s already being taught in the classroom is much more important than selling cookie dough to friends and family.

By focusing our efforts on education, we believe we offer an innovative approach to school fundraising that not only creates a deeper community connection, but also a fun and engaging way to improve the lives of children you love!

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

What is peer-to-peer fundraising?

Peer-to-peer ("P2P") fundraising has completely transformed how non-profits, 4-profits, schools, and individuals are reaching donors and supporters. In today's technology-connected world, P2P fundraising has replaced traditional methods with automated solutions that connect friends and family instantly through digital applications such as email, social media, and mobile devices.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How do you create a RFMS fundraiser?

Creating a RFMS fundraiser is free and simple to setup. To get started, click on the Get started button on the RFMS home page or the link provided below. RFMS will then walk you through a series of easy steps to get your read-a-thon ready to go. It’s that easy!

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

What services does RFMS provide for my read-a-thon?

RFMS provides a suite of digital reading and fundraising services that empowers you to create, manage, and promote your own read-a-thon!

Promoting a safe and secure digital marketplace, RFMS delivers the results you need requiring minimal school or community resources to support your reading and fundraising goals.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How much does it cost to create a RFMS fundraiser?

There is NO SETUP FEE to create your RFMS fundraiser. Once you’ve successfully setup and scheduled when you want to promote your RFMS fundraiser, you will have full access to the RFMS platform features throughout the duration of your read-a-thon.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How do we raise money?

You raise money by marketing your read-a-thon to donors who care about your cause. Whether through email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, or Messenger, RFMS provides the social fundraising tools so that teacher, parents, and students can instantly reach out to friends and family for donation support.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How much money can we raise?

Well, that answer is up to you, but here’s a simple model to follow:

  1. Figure out a fundraising goal for your read-a-thon (example: 10,000 USD)
  2. Determine total # of students in your read-a-thon (500 students). Then forecast a participation rate (55%) who will meet their student pledge goal (500 x 55% = 275 students)
  3. Then, calculate how much a student would have to raise based on your forecasted participation level.
    • $10,000 fundraising goal/275 students = $36.36 per student donation goal

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How does RFMS make money?

RFMS applies a service fee associated with on all payments collected through the RFMS web app. The fee covers the variety of marketplace services we are providing to you to support your read-a-thon throughout the duration of your fundraiser. RFMS only makes money when you start receiving donations from your donors and supporters! That's right, we only start making money when you do!

As a special promotion for our public beta, we are giving a 25% cash back discount from our normal 20% service fee to only 15% until June 1,2017! Starting March 6, 2017, your school can earn 85% of all pledge donation revenues received from your RFMS fundraiser! That’s more money back to your school!!!!

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How does RFMS handle payment processing of pledge donations for my read-a-thon?

All pledge donations collected from your read-a-thon through the RFMS web app are managed through our fulfillment partner, Stripe. Stripe is fully integrated into our RFMS solution providing a white label fulfillment processing approach that is seamless for you and your read-a-thon donors.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

What is Stripe Connect and how does it work?

Stripe is a 3rd party credit card processing company that provides the all of the financial services connected to the RFMS digital fundraising marketplace.

RFMS is extremely excited to offer the Stripe Connect marketplace service to manage and support payment processing for your read-a-thon experience. RFMS chose Stripe Connect for its secure integration and safe handling of pledge donations through the RFMS marketplace and believe it provides all of the services you will need to make your read-a-thon the best it can be.

The best part is that you don’t have to worry about how Stripe Connect will impact your bottom line! RFMS believes in providing this on all payments collected out of our service fee because we want the best solution for you!

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How do I get setup with Stripe Connect?

Stripe is a 3rd party credit card processing company that provides the all of the financial services connected to the RFMS digital fundraising marketplace.

Getting connected with Stripe Connect is simple and fast to setup. Once you have created your RFMS fundraiser, go to your settings page and select the payment link. Then, click on Connect with Stripe. Stripe will walk you through connecting your bank account to your RFMS fundraiser so that all pledge donation funds are directly transferred to your bank account every time a donation pledge is made to your read-a-thon.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How and when do I receive payments from Stripe?

Stripe is a 3rd party credit card processing company that provides the all of the financial services connected to the RFMS digital fundraising marketplace.

Once you setup and connect your bank account to Stripe through the RFMS web app, all payments collected throughout the term of your read-a-thon minus the RFMS service fee will instantly be wired to your bank account at the time of the transaction from your donors.

That's right, once connected you can just watch all your pledge donations come in without any hassle of waiting for the end of your fundraiser to collect. RFMS provides you with a white label payment processing solution that is easy to setup and support so you can focus on more important things - like reading!!

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

Does RFMS handle offline pledge donation payments?

RFMS provides an online fundraising marketplace solution for our customers so RFMS does not manage offline fulfillment of your read-a-thon - paper checks and cash payments.

That said, RFMS provides best practices on how best to transition offline donations into online payments through the RFMS web app so everything aligns to the goals you’ve set for your read-a-thon. It’s super easy so please access your toolkit for additional resources on how best to manage your offline donation requests.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

What type of read-a-thons can I create on RFMS?

Whether you are looking to promote a large school or small classroom read-a-thon, RFMS offers a flexible solution that scale to meet your community needs! When you create an RFMS fundraiser, you will be prompted to choose from either a school or classroom fundraiser. It’s that easy!

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How long does a RFMS fundraiser last?

Well, that’s up to you! Scheduling when and for how long you want to promote your read-a-thon is a simple step when you create your fundraiser on the RFMS web app.

We do recommend that you take some time to think what your goals - reading and fundraising - are so that what you create works for you! Whether it's one week or one month, RFMS provides the tools to schedule your read-a-thon based on your community needs.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

Is there a limit to how many people can join my RFMS fundraiser?

NO WAY! That's up to you! With years of software experience under our belts, we believe we have designed and developed a solution that can scale to meet your largest reading and fundraising needs. That said, don’t just take our word for it. Creating a fundraiser is FREE so try it out and invite people to join in on the fun!

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

What type of sign-in methods does RFMS support?

RFMS supports a variety of sign-in methods to give our customers options to choose from, including Facebook, Twitter, Google GSuite/Gmail, and email. Just choose the one that works for you and RFMS will get you ready to go!

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

Why does RFMS provide an extra layer of security for customers using email sign-in method?

Our mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for your community so for users requesting our email sign-in method, RFMS has added an extra layer of security so we know that the user signing in is actually you! RFMS will send a verification email message with secure registration link to all users using the email sign-in method to complete the RFMS registration process.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

Is RFMS COPPA compliant?

RFMS takes pride in being 100% COPPA compliant. RFMS displays only the reader’s user name and does not ask for personal information from anyone under the age of 13. RFMS also requires that all users who register confirm that the user over the age of 13.

We highly recommend to all registered user to create user profiles that do not contain first and last name. Examples of good user profile names are first name/first letter of your last name. (example: DaveS).

To understand more about COPPA, please visit https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform-proceedings/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

How do I reset my RFMS password?

If you can’t remember your email password, select reset password from sign-in screen and RFMS will send you an email link to change your password. If you’ve signed in through one of our supported methods of registration – Facebook, Twitter, Google Suite – please make sure that you are currently connected to these accounts before signing into your RFMS account.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

Is there more information you can provide me about how best to get started?

Absolutely! Below are some downloadable guides that provide a quick “to do” list based on what you are looking to achieve. Each one is specifically designed to assist you as you look to design, manage, and promote your read-a-thon.

You can access these guides in your RFMS toolkit:

  • Get Started Guide – Event Administrator
  • Get Started Guide – Teacher
  • Get Started Guide – Parent/Reader

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

What books should our readers choose when participating in a RFMS fundraiser?

RFMS is all about promoting reading for pleasure as well as any book that makes a child interested in reading. Whether it is a swashbuckling adventure or a spine-tingling mystery, RFMS allows you to choose the books that works for your read-a-thon requirements.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

Do you have some helpful tips for promoting an RFMS fundraiser?

Promoting a successful fundraiser is a team effort so making sure everyone who is participating are ready to go becomes a critical piece in planning out your read-a-thon.

Here’s the RFMS recommended 14 day communication plan:

  • 7 to 14 days before you launch you read-a-thon, make sure you get all of your fundraising team leaders (teachers) registered and ready to go. To get teachers signed up, click Send Invites and send each of your participating teachers an email to register and setup their fundraising teams.
  • 3 to 7 days before launch, setup a team leader meeting to discuss your read-a-thon goals. The meeting should focus on overall fundraising objectives as well as reading goals that can be set and managed within the RFMS web app.
  • 1 to 3 days before launch, send home a RFMS flyer and parent letter to parents outlining your objectives and goals as well as when you would like them to sign up for your read-a-thon.
  • Day of Launch start promoting to all students your read-a-thon objectives, goals, and benefits to drive excitement and participation.
  • More importantly - HAVE FUN, READ, AND START FUNDRAISING!

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

Can I upload my teacher or reader invite list?

Yes! You can download/upload a spreadsheet of names easily through the RFMS web app. Just click on invite teachers (event administrators) or invite readers (teachers) to get started.

Quick Tip: Once all of your teachers are registered and teams set, parents and students can join their respective fundraising teams directly through the RFMS website. Just tell them to click Get Started and Join Fundraiser. RFMS will walk them through the steps to get them instantly connected to their teams with minimal support.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

What are considered reading and fundraising “goals” and how do I create and manage them for my RFMS Fundraiser?

Customizing your read-a-thon goals is a simple way to drive excitement as well as to motivate your fundraising teams and readers to achieve milestones that you set.. Creating goals is extremely easy and fast to set up! First, your RFMS administrator will set school-wide reading and fundraising goals. The goals set by the administrator will determine when students will unlock achievement badges and prizes throughout the span of your read-a-thon. Next, your team leaders will create goals for their individual teams focused on minutes and number of books read.

For example, your Team Administrator may create a school-wide fundraising goal of $10,000 for a school with 500 students. If estimated participation is 45% or 225 students, the fundraising goal would be set at $45/student to reach the school-wide goal. Likewise your Team Leader or Teacher may set a goal for students to read 400 minutes (or 20 minutes/day) during the course of the read-a-thon. As the readers participate and progress towards the goal, the teachers, parents, and students will be able to track progress and celebrate their achievements in real-time.

The best part is, It is is extremely easy to set up, track, and edit your goals based on your community needs. Just click on Settings to insert your targeted goals for or school or classroom fundraising team.

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!

What are RFMS achievement badges and what do they mean?

RFMS offers a fun and engaging way for students to participate in your read-a-thon through achievement badges.

Each time a student reaches a reading or fundraising goal that you set in your read-a-thon, they unlock one of these six (6) achievement badges

Big Piggy Achievement Badge – First pledge donation
Social Rockstar Achievement Badge - First social sharing
Eager Reader Achievement Badge – First reading recorded
The Ultimate Bookworm Achievement Badge – 100% of individual books read goal
The Giving Tree Achievement Badge – 100% of individual fundraising goal
The Reading Superstar Achievement Badge – 100% of individual reading minutes

For additional support, please contact a RFMS representative so we can assist you on making your read-a-thon the best it can be!