The Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence has partnered with a daily deal website to increase donations.
Highline Schools Foundation gets help from daily deal startup
With the success of Groupon and other group buying daily deal websites, it is no wonder many have jumped on the bandwagon and attempted to create their own version.
Sharing Spree, a startup out of Portland since 2011, joins that list, but with a twist: they donate 10 to 15 percent of their proceeds to a non-profit chosen by their customers. The rest of the model is similar to daily deal sites in that you get a significant discount on products, services or dining as long as enough people buy into the deal.
The Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence is the first educational non-profit Sharing Spree has partnered with, according to Liz Kenny, who is in charge of coordinating with Seattle non-profits.
Highline Schools Foundation helps schools within the Highline School District.
As a side note, the Foundation is Sharing Spree’s featured non-profit until June 30. They get additional contributions during that time, and you can get more details at their website, http://www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org/
According to Kenny, customers sign up with Sharing Spree and decide which non-profit benefits when they purchase a daily deal. She said the list of available options is growing, and currently includes Autism Speaks Seattle, Make-a-Wish and more.
“The owners started almost two years ago in Portland,” Kenny said of Sharing Spree’s origin. “It’s a husband and wife who decided they wanted to give back and took this idea of a daily deal, added to it and said, ‘You know what, we are going to help out non-profits as well.’”
Kenny said they have donated $335,000 to non-profits (including Portland, Birmingham, Nashville and Seattle) since there inception, and the Seattle site started up in mid-February.