• Crowdfunding Policy Guidance & Best Practice for School Districts

    • by admin
    • December 13, 2019
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    • District Fundraising Resources
    • Crowdfunding provides enormous opportunities for today's classrooms and school programs to raise money because of it's efficiency. Organizers can create campaigns in no time, and share them with hundreds if not thousands of people online. However, these same opportunities also pose serious risks

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  • How to Make Crowdfunding Work in Your School District (A Step-By-Step Guide)

    • by admin
    • December 6, 2019
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    • District Fundraising Resources
    • As a growing number of school communities turn to crowdfunding and raise more money than ever before for their classrooms and programs, what should be celebrated as a victory has turned into a concern for school district administrators. The concept of online fundraising in K-12 schools has erupt

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  • School Districts can Pre-Approve ANY Fundraiser on Livingtree Give
  • School Districts Can Now Pre-Approve Fundraisers from Any Crowdfunding Site on Livingtree Give

    School Districts can Pre-Approve ANY Fundraiser on Livingtree Give
    • by admin
    • November 7, 2019
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    • New Features News
    • Livingtree Give’s new feature centralizes fundraising procedures and equips school districts with a comprehensive process to pre-approve fundraising requests from any programs or sites like DonorsChoose, GoFundMe, SnapRaise, and more AUSTIN, TX, October 7, 2019 – Livingtree, a fundraisi

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  • Livingtree Announces New North Dakota Partnership

    • by admin
    • October 28, 2019
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    • Family Engagement News
    • Livingtree introduces program in North Dakota focused on bringing families closer to their child(ren)’s learning experiences at school through innovative strategies and technology. AUSTIN, TEXAS -- OCTOBER 28, 2019 Schools across North Dakota have officially began a partnership with Living

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  • School Crowdfunding
  • Understanding and Managing Crowdfunding Risk

    School Crowdfunding
    • by admin
    • September 19, 2019
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    • District Fundraising
    • Teacher crowdfunding can bring important resources - tied to specific classroom needs, where government funding falls short. But it also opens educators up to substantial liabilities. It's crucial for school districts to understand how to manage the risks that are associated with crowdfunding campa

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  • Livingtree Partners with Cox to Enhance Family Engagement in Newport News Public Schools

    • by admin
    • August 21, 2019
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    • District Family Engagement News
    • District powered with new tech designed for measurable student growth this school year Austin, Texas (August 20, 2019) – Livingtree, Inc announced a partnership with the Newport News Public Schools and Cox to bring families closer to their child(ren)’s learning experiences at school. Through a

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  • New Livingtree Engage Updates – Tutorials, Translation, & Polling!

    • by admin
    • July 22, 2019
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    • New Features
    • Are you preparing to be a family engagement rockstar next year? We're here for you, and we've made some new feature updates on Livingtree Engage to make engaging families a little easier! We are constantly working on new features that benefit the Family Engagement process, and remove barriers for ed

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  • K-12 Crowdfunding Liabilities
  • The Liabilities of Crowdfunding for K-12 Districts

    K-12 Crowdfunding Liabilities
    • by admin
    • June 13, 2019
    • 2
    • District Fundraising
    • School districts across the country are faced with a new challenge when it comes to funding: managing the liabilities of crowdfunding (online fundraising). With the number of school teachers spending money out of pocket for classroom projects, and the after-school clubs and teams in need of addition

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  • Crowdfunding in K-12 Schools: Today’s Situation | Vlog Episode 3

    • by admin
    • May 23, 2019
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    • District Fundraising
    • https://youtu.be/WxyEuydR-SQ In this week's episode, Livingtree CEO Gary Hensley discusses the current situation in K-12 schools when it comes to crowdfunding and the risks that teachers, donors, and the district all face when it's not done right.   Hi everybody, welcome to this week’s editi

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  • taking a district-wide technology approach to family engagement
  • Livingtree, INC Launches The Family Efficacy Score™, A Major Advancement In Family Engagement

    taking a district-wide technology approach to family engagement
    • by admin
    • May 21, 2019
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    • New Features News
    • AUSTIN, TX — May 21, 2019 —Livingtree, Inc., today announced the launch of The Family Efficacy Score™ (FES). Creator of Livingtree Engage platform, the private, safe, and secure community for teachers and families to engage in support of better learning outcomes for children announces a major

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  • The Evolution of K-12 Fundraising | Vlog Episode 2

    • by admin
    • May 21, 2019
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    • Fundraising
    • https://youtu.be/_vVyMc71NMA "Why is it that I have to buy something in order to support my child?" is the question that Livingtree CEO Gary Hensley poses. Over the last decade, there has been a shift in the way that parents prefer to interact with school fundraising.   Hey everybody and welco

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  • How a School Program Saved Thousands by NOT Using Snap-Raise

    • by admin
    • May 9, 2019
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    • Fundraising Schools Testimonials
    • The Basha High School Air Force JROTC program recently launched a fundraiser that wasn't on Snap-Raise, and this move likely added an additional $4,000 to their bank account that they would have otherwise lost. The JROTC program had used the Snap-Raise fundraising program in previous years, but afte

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  • How School Districts are Funded | Vlog Episode 1

    • by admin
    • May 8, 2019
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    • District
    • https://youtu.be/0MSy-HFfutQ Do you know how school districts are funded? Livingtree CEO Gary Hensley took a moment in the first of our new vlog series to address the confusion of where districts receive their funding and the challenges they face. What are your thoughts? Hey everybody, my name

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  • The Beginning of Livingtree Give | CEO Gary Hensley

    • by admin
    • May 1, 2019
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    • Fundraising The Story
    • https://youtu.be/5pR0105g2K0 In this video, Livingtree CEO Gary Hensley talks about the beginning of Livingtree Give and why he originally started the company.  "I wanted to take an opportunity to talk a little bit about something that really was the beginning of Livingtree Give. The prod

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  • Crowdfunding: Some Districts Ban It, Others Embrace It

    • by admin
    • April 4, 2019
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    • District Fundraising
    • Sarah Schwartz’s Education Week blog follows the recent Crowdfunding Research Report published by EdSurge, and outlines many reasons why a multitude of school districts like Metro Nashville Public Schools are banning the use of crowdfunding sites like DonorsChoose.org. With the recent boom in educ

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  • EdSurge Crowdfunding Report Lists Livingtree District as “Paving the Way”

    • by admin
    • March 21, 2019
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    • District Fundraising News
    • Online fundraising is a growing area in K-12, and crowdfunding has exploded onto the scene over the last decade. While many students, families, teachers, and schools have embraced this new type of fundraising, school districts are facing unintended liabilities from these types of campaigns. EdSurge

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  • The Platform Built for Family Engagement

    • by admin
    • March 18, 2019
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    • District Family Engagement Schools Teacher
    • In our increasingly digital world, there’s an app (or a dozen) for every need and/or want we can imagine. Education technology is no different. Every week, it seems like there is a different app for behavior, communication, attendance - you name it. With limited direction from the school or distri

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  • Livingtree Give Leaderboard Fundraising Feature
  • Livingtree Give Launches “Leaderboard” Fundraising Feature

    Livingtree Give Leaderboard Fundraising Feature
    • by admin
    • March 13, 2019
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    • Fundraising New Features News
    • Livingtree Give just added a little competition to education fundraising… We’d like to introduce the “Leaderboard” Feature! The "Leaderboard" feature is an option that you can choose to set up when you are creating your online campaign, which allows you to create a "competition" for donatio

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  • taking a district-wide technology approach to family engagement
  • The Benefits of Taking a District-Wide Technology Approach to Family Engagement

    taking a district-wide technology approach to family engagement
    • by admin
    • January 10, 2019
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    • District Family Engagement
    • Based on what we know from sixty years of research, it’s not uncommon to see family engagement strategies incorporating things like Family Academic Socialization, Home Learning Support, Home Visits, Live Phone Calls, Parent-Family Conferences, Academic “Nights”, School Events, etc. A common mi

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  • can technology improve family engagement?
  • Can Technology Improve Family Engagement?

    can technology improve family engagement?
    • by admin
    • January 10, 2019
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    • District Family Engagement
    • Every model of reform in education has as a necessary component: the idea that families need to be connected to the process of learning. Family engagement then, is not a “nice to have,” but a “must have” if we are to once and for all meet the goals we have for all of our children. As leaders

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  • 2018-19 K-12 Mid-Year Crowdfunding Risk Report

    • by admin
    • January 4, 2019
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    • District Fundraising News
    • Crowdfunding has exploded in K-12 education. The number of campaign requests, as well as the number of donations towards these campaigns have significantly increased over the years. Data from one popular crowdfunding site for teachers showed that during the 2017-2018 school year, over 254,000 campai

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  • How A School District Raised Over $10,000 via Email

    • by admin
    • December 20, 2018
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    • District Fundraising
    • When you hear the word “homeless” the first image that comes to mind probably isn’t a child, is it? And yet there are more than 2,300 students in the Austin Independent School District that experience homelessness each year. The effects of that are something that no child should experience, es

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  • Is Your School’s PTA/PTO Ready for #GivingTuesday?

    • by admin
    • November 20, 2018
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    • Fundraising Schools
    • Every year on Livingtree Give, we see projects from outdoor gardens to programs for the arts. Every project has an outcome directly related to students. Where else can you have such an impact on the future of our country and the world to inspire a life-long journey of learning? One of the biggest p

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  • #GivingTuesday 2018 + Livingtree Give

    • by admin
    • November 14, 2018
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    • Fundraising Resources
    • Take part in this year's global day of giving! #GivingTuesday (11/27) + Livingtree Give What is #GivingTuesday and how is Livingtree Give involved? #GivingTuesday is a global movement where campaigns happen in almost every country in the world.  For the past two years, Livingtree Give (Form

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  • Livingtree Engage Fall 2018 Feature Updates

    • by admin
    • October 25, 2018
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    • New Features Resources
    • We've put together a feature recap from the Fall of 2018 for all of our Livingtree Engage users. Here are the updates that went live this fall: New “Share A Message” Design Sharing a post has a new look! At the start of the school year, we updated the design and feel for users sharing messag

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  • Livingtree: Always Growing

    • by admin
    • October 22, 2018
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    • General News The Story
    • Livingtree was created by a family in 2013 as a solution to keep families connected to the academic lives of their children through technology. As a company, we are on a mission to bring the best tech platforms and practices to schools and families, and believe that together we can bring out the bes

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  • why it's time to stop using social media in the classroom
  • Why it’s Time to Stop Using Social Media in the Classroom

    why it's time to stop using social media in the classroom
    • by admin
    • October 11, 2018
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    • Family Engagement Teacher
    • With the number of teachers and school administrators that have increasingly embraced social media as a way to better connect with parents and families, we must address why it’s time to STOP using social media in the classroom. Problem 1: App Overload The first problem goes back to the idea of f

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  • 5 Liabilities of Crowdfunding that Every K-12 District Should Know

    • by admin
    • September 25, 2018
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    • District Fundraising Resources
    • Over the years, there has been a growing spotlight on the education funding gap. The gap has become more of a problem for many K-12 school districts with recent statistics showing an increase in teacher spending on school supplies. Many schools and districts are finding that traditional fundraising

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  • Livingtree Hires Leading Expert in Family Engagement and Former Acting State Superintendent of Virginia: Dr. Steve Constantino

    • by LivingTree News
    • June 26, 2018
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    • Family Engagement News The Story
    •  AUSTIN, TX, June 27, 2018 -- As the leading engagement platform provider for K-12 schools, we are excited to announce the hiring of the nation's leading expert in family engagement and former Acting Virginia State Superintendent, Dr. Steve Constantino who joins Livingtree after an esteemed career

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  • LivingTree Education Sessions!

    • by admin
    • October 3, 2017
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    • Engagement in Education General Resources
    • We're thrilled to announce our participation in upcoming conference sessions. We're sharing best practices and frameworks based on millions of conversations and points of engagement. The focus of these sessions will be using technology to create positive and inclusive environments. We hope you'll jo

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  • Hurricane Relief

    • by Joni Carswell
    • September 12, 2017
    • 3
    • General News
    • When Hurricane Harvey came ashore August 25, 2017, an estimated $180 Billion in damage across 300 miles resulted. The damage included 200,000 homes and over 300 schools. As the school year progresses and the initial and incredible rush of support depletes, there are still many educators and families

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  • New Year – New Opportunity

  • LivingTree Announces Attendance Alert Capability

    • by LivingTree News
    • July 29, 2017
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    • News
    • LivingTree, a private social network for PK-12 family engagement, today announced the availability of attendance alerts, a new feature of its engagement platform. School and district administrators can now use LivingTree to quickly and easily share attendance alerts with families, extending the solu

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  • LivingTree Announces Third Round of Drako Grant Recipients

    • by LivingTree News
    • June 14, 2017
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    • News
    • LivingTree Announces Third Round of Drako Grant Recipients One Million Dollar Grant Helps PK-12 Schools Across the Country Deepen Family & Community Engagement via Tiered Social Network® AUSTIN, TX, June 15, 2017 – LivingTree today announced that it has awarded $500,000 in third round Dra

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  • LivingTree Announces Second Round of Drako Grant Recipients

    • by LivingTree News
    • May 22, 2017
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    • News
    • LivingTree Announces Second Round of Drako Grant Recipients One Million Dollar Grant Helps PK-12 Schools Across the Country Deepen Family & Community Engagement via Tiered Social Network® AUSTIN, TX, May 22, 2017 – LivingTree today announced that it has awarded $250,000 in second round Dr

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  • Nurture International School – “Go For It!”

    • by LivingTree News
    • May 8, 2017
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    • Schools Testimonials
    • Dr. Stella Pandhare, Principal of Nurture International School, says “Go for It” Nurture International School is in their second year using LivingTree. During this school year alone, Nurture International has shared 5600 posts, 440 files, 160 events, and 4800 photos. They are realizing their

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  • LivingTree Announces First Round of Drako Grant Recipients

    • by LivingTree News
    • May 3, 2017
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    • Engagement in Education News
    • LivingTree Announces First Round of Drako Grant Recipients One Million Dollar Grant Helps PK-12 Schools Across the Country Deepen Family & Community Engagement via Tiered Social NetworkR AUSTIN, TX, May 3, 2017 – LivingTree today announced that it has awarded $250,000 in first round Drako

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  • Drako $1,000,000 Family Engagement Grant for Schools