Crowdfunding for a Missionary Catholic School – The Dominican School of Angeles City, Philippines
A WonderWe Feature Story
Angeles City has been called the “entertainment capital” of the Philippines—a lot of prostitution, a lot of human trafficking.
The city is the previous home of Clark Air Force Base, which once provided a positive economic base to local families. But when the American base closed several years ago, the local industry disappeared too, so the city, which was already poor, went from bad to worse.
The Adrian Dominican Sisters, long established in the community, quickly saw a great need for Catholic education and so they opened a school, the Dominican School of Angeles City, in 2010, starting with just three students.
Today the student body has grown to nearly 300, creating a need to raise money for their Catholic school expansion.
The Adrian Dominican Sisters are headquartered in Adrian, Michigan, in the United States, but about 40 sisters are ministering in the Philippines – with several running the growing school.
“Local families have enormous interest in private Catholic education despite their poverty,” said Amy Palmer, Director of Development. “Having been established for several years now, the school has to accommodate the forecasted growth of the student body. In short, we need a new building.”
The new structure will enable the Sisters to house additional needed classrooms, accept more students and add two grade levels. The now Kindergarten through 10th grade school will be complete with 11th and 12th grade classes.
“By adding 11th and 12th grades, we will be eligible for ongoing government funding and that will meet our need for sustainability,” Palmer said. “A successful crowdfunding campaign will launch us to a whole new level and a reliable funding stream that will keep the school going forward and help us to build a resilient community.”
“When we decided to launch this campaign for our school, we looked at several charity fundraising websites,” she said.
“Our primary goal is to reach new donors, but the crowdfunding sites we reviewed were either really expensive or didn’t have the social media components we were looking for,” Palmer added.
“We were getting ready to go with one that would have cost us $7k and we were not happy about it,” she said. “Then our communications director got an email from the Catholic Press Association about WonderWe’s free online fundraising and we thought, ‘no, this is too good to be true.’ ”
“After investigating the site,” Palmer said “we realized it had everything that we needed and so it’s been a real blessing for us, quite frankly, and exactly what we’ve been looking for.”
A Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Opportunity
Now that the Sisters have established their crowdfunding campaign with WonderWe and money is being raised, they’re ready to take the next step by enhancing the campaign with Peer-to-Peer tools, which empower supporters to run their own mini-fundraisers and increase donations for the main fundraiser.
“We will begin promoting Peer-to-Peer very soon, with some of our Sisters even joining the crowdfunding effort. It’s great because it will put our campaign in front of many more supporters,” Palmer said.
“The Adrian Dominican Sisters have existed for hundreds of years, and we’ve been in the Philippines for a long time,” she said. “As a Congregation, we are putting resources—financial, human, any kind of resources—that we can to carry on our mission there to turn an impoverished community into a thriving, resilient one. It’s what we do!”
To view or donate to this campaign, please visit www.wonderwe.com/adsdomschool.
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