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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Spark*Learning?

Spark*Learning is a citywide fundraising campaign with an emphasis on giving locally to San Francisco public schools. Aligned with SFUSD’s Digital District Plan and designed centrally by the district’s newly-formed fund development team, the campaign will focus on funding technology in San Francisco public schools and highlight how San Francisco public school teachers impact learning, enrich experiences and improve student outcomes by leveraging technology in the classroom.

What is Tilt?

Tilt is a San-Francisco-based company that offers an online fundraising platform. Many San Francisco public school communities are fundraising and using a wide variety of platforms which they need to manage. SFUSD has partnered with Tilt to host our Spark*Learning campaign so that over time all SF schools can use this centrally managed opt-in platform to share the unique needs and goals of each school community.

Why would SFUSD use Tilt and why should donors care?

  • Ease of use. School pages are simple to create and centrally managed so school leaders and teachers spend no time on administrative tasks. Donors will have a consistent, easy way to give across all San Francisco public schools.
  • Consistent communication. A single platform will give donors a clear understanding of how school goals align and integrate with district vision, pathways and programs and of where their money is going.
  • Affordability. No upfront cost to launch, no criteria for teachers or schools to meet, and much lower fees than other fundraising platforms. Modern social networking makes reaching out simple and virtually free.

Which schools have fundraising pages?

In the first phase, SFUSD is launching a pilot program with a shortlist of elementary, middle and high schools that have opted in to engage in the development and proofing process. In the second phase, the platform will be opened up to all schools on an opt-in basis with the goal to have all schools represented on the platform by fall 2015.