FAQs

Why should we choose Race for Education rather than one of your competitors?

Why do you use a combined digital and paper program?

What do you charge for your services?

What does the the contract involve?

Can students walk rather than run? Do we need to have access to a track?

Can you take on schools outside your region?

Will the results of our school's Race for Education likely match those of other schools?

What do we need to ensure a successful event?

Can a Race be scheduled for either the fall or spring?

How did Race for Education get started?

Where is Dillsburg, Pennsylvania?

 

Why should we choose Race for Education rather than one of your competitors?

  • We offer school parents the flexibility of an online platform for secure, electronic donations by credit card and self-mailers that parents/students can hand out or mail to potential donors who might prefer to contribute by check. 
  • Our commission is affordable, all-inclusive (no hidden costs), and lower than that of others. There is no cost to the school for materials.  We even pick up the transaction cost for credit card donations.
  • Our streamlined approach delivers efficiency by saving considerable time for steering committee members, teachers, and parents. For example, we prepare emails that can be sent to school families to promote and remind them about your Race for Education. And we even provide all the content for insertion in your school's website. 
  • And we, who support your Race, have decades of experience, and are available to provide answers and advice at times that are convenient for you.

Why do you use a combined digital and paper program?

School parents deserve options. Some may want to connect with family and friends through emails and/or social media and give them a link to their student’s online donation page. Others know that our self-mailer works for those who don’t use computers and/or prefer to write a check.

What do you charge for your services?

Our commission for a one-time fundraising event is 14% of the total funds received for your event, and excludes monies raised by the faculty and staff. Should the 14% commission equal less than $750, schools agree to pay a set fee of $750 for Race for Education services. To incentivize schools to raise as much money as possible through the event, Race for Education caps its commission at $5,000.

What does the contract involve?

It is a simple contract that details our charges, the length of the agreement, and your responsibility not to copy or share with other schools our copyrighted materials without permission.

Can students walk rather than run? Do we need to have access to a track?

Some of our clients call the event a jog-a-thon, others call it a walk-a-thon. No, you don't need a track. If you are in a city, for example, students can walk around the school on the sidewalk or around the school property for one hour.

Can you take on schools outside your region?

Definitely. Race for Education jog-a-thons have been held at schools throughout the United States.

Will the results for our school’s Race for Education likely match those of other schools?

While there are never guarantees, we have found among the scores of Race for Education events we have conducted for private and public schools that the average amount raised per participating student is over $75.  The amount your school raises will vary in proportion to volunteer commitment, adherence to the Race for Education process, and the amount of enthusiasm among students, teachers, parents, and other supporters.

What do we need to ensure a successful event?

  • A Race Coordinator available for training and managing the program.
  • A Race Committee comprising parent volunteers skilled in turning details into results.
  • No other fundraisers held during the 10 weeks prior to the date of the Race, with some minor exceptions.
  • Scheduling the Race for Education during weekday school hours.
  • Allowing sufficient time prior to the event: a minimum of eight weeks from the time we receive the contract until Race Day.

Can a Race be scheduled for either the fall or spring?

Yes. Students must be in school at least six weeks prior to a fall Race for Education, and for a spring event they must be in school a minimum of two weeks following the Race for Education.

How did Race for Education get started?

During his 25 years as a school principal, Jim Cole knew the financial challenges that schools face and the difficulty of meeting those challenges through repeated, exhausting fundraisers. In 1984, he conceived and tested out the idea of a simple, easily managed and fun event, calling it Race for Education, that could be held only once a year and yet generate a significant amount of funding for a school’s critical educational needs. That concept was perfected over time into a model that any school could use successfully -- a model that, in 1996, was copyrighted and shared with schools throughout the US.

Where is Dillsburg, Pennsylvania?

Race for Education’s Dillsburg office is located just outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We are within an easy drive to locations throughout the mid-Atlantic area. And, most important, we are a digital connection away from anywhere in the U.S.