How To Start A Supply Drive

It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

A little planning will go a long way. 
Here’s some help to get you going.

For any assistance, please contact
backtoschooldrive@agiftforteaching.org

STEP 1: CREATE!

PICK A DATE. Create a sense of urgency by selecting an end date for your drive so people know when their last chance is to participate. Then remind them!

MAKE A GOAL. Set a realistic number of supplies you want to collect or funds you want to raise for your supply drive. Donations made online can be applied to a specific drive.

DESIGNATE A COLLECTION POINT. Make dropping off supplies and making an online donation quick and easy. Drives collecting physical supplies should schedule a donation drop-off before July 29 to be counted towards our final report.

STEP 2: COLLECT!                                                                                  

TELL EVERYONE. Promote your drive by putting up flyers, sending emails, and sharing it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us @AGiftForTeaching on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

MAKE IT FUN. Start a little friendly competition or provide incentives to encourage people to donate supplies or funds to your supply drive.

GIVE OPTIONS. For those unable to donate physical supplies, suggest making a donation online and applying it to your registered supply drive.

STEP 3: COUNT!

COUNT YOUR SUPPLIES. See if you met your goal with the official tally sheet! Counting the supplies you’ve collected can serve as a great team-building activity to celebrate the end of your drive.

DROP OFF YOUR DONATION. Include a copy of the official tally sheet and label your donation bags/boxes with your company name before scheduling a donation drop-off at A Gift For Teaching.

GIVE THANKS. Don’t forget to thank everyone who supported your supply drive to make a difference in the lives of local students and teachers!

Fun Supply Drive Ideas

Think outside the box and invite families, friends, and your network to get involved!

  • Part of a large company? See which department can provide the most supplies to win year-long bragging rights! Designate one team captain for each department to register a supply drive (For example: ABC Company – Sales and ABC Company – IT) and see who will reach their goal first.
  • Want to show your clients that you care about the community? Offer complimentary or discounted services/products when they make a donation to your drive!
  • Looking for remote or in-office team-building activities? Organize a “Jeans Day” or a “Virtual Happy Hour” as a Friday activity for team members to donate to participate!
  • Love to try new things? Set up a group meal or activity for people to donate to experience, have a good time, and make a difference together!

Sample Messages To Share

  • [Organization name] is teaming up with @AGiftForTeaching to be a part of Central Florida's LARGEST school supply drive! They provide free supplies to teachers for their students so learning can occur for ALL - at no cost to their families or teachers. Join me in making a difference! Donate to our supply drive here: [Team page link]
     
  • [Organization name] is proud to be hosting a Back-to-School supply drive for @AGiftForTeaching. You can help make a difference, too! Enjoy [incentive] when you make a donation to our supply drive in-person or online at [Team page link].
     
  • Did you know @AGiftForTeaching is a local nonprofit that provides free supplies to teachers for their students? [Organization name] is running a supply drive through [End date] to collect supplies for those who need them most so ALL students can be successful this school year! You can help by making a donation at [Team page link].

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my donation tax-deductible? A Gift For Teaching (AGFT) is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to AGFT are tax-deductible, Please consult a tax professional for further details and questions. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 59-3515162.

What’s better? School supplies or financial donations? BOTH are important! A Gift For Teaching is open for teacher shopping throughout the entire school year, and the Back-to-School Drive provides one-third of the annual distribution of supplies. Community drives and fundraisers help ensure store shelves are ready to reopen in the new school year and stay stocked with educational resources.

How do I donate to a virtual supply drive? Easy! Click "Make A Donation" at the top of this page to donate to a specific supply drive or leave blank to support the overall Back-to-School Drive goal. Don't forget to let us know if your company matches employee contributions. Your donation could go further with a matching gift from your employer!

How do I register my company/organization to host a supply drive? Designate one team captain to create and manage the supply drive. Then click “Start A Drive” at the top of this page and complete the registration form. Once registered, you can customize the team page and share the URL link with the rest of your teammates to make a donation straight on the team page!

Will I know what my company has donated online? When you share the supply drive URL link to your team page, all donations made on that page will be applied to your team goal. Team Captains can keep up-to-date on who has donated and everyone can see the total donated on the goal thermometer.

Are you accepting physical supply drive donations? Yes! Make sure to count your supplies with the official tally sheet and that all your donation bags/boxes are labeled with your company name. Schedule a donation drop-off at A Gift For Teaching before July 29 to be counted towards our final report. Once the supplies have been processed and sorted, we will add the donated value from the physical supplies to your team page total.

Where can I drop off my physical supply donations? Please count your supplies with the official tally sheet and label your donation bags/boxes with your company name before scheduling a donation drop-off at A Gift For Teaching or dropping it off at a local Addition Financial branch. A Gift For Teaching does not have the capacity to pick up donations.

Is there anything else I can do to help? Follow us on social media for other ways to get involved. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday (July 25 – August 7) to stock up on back-to-school supplies!

From July 20 – 31, visit any Publix Super Market in Orange or Osceola County to give a contribution of $5 or more at the register towards "Tools for Back to School" to benefit A Gift For Teaching.

Broadcasting August 18, don't miss the Back-to-School Drive Telethon on WKMG News 6. Financial donations received through the Telethon will be DOUBLED thanks to generous matching funders!