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CIE Funding: United States

Common CIE Funding Models

  • Public School Model

    • Funding source options: grants*, philanthropy, fund-raising, PD budget
    • Service provider options:
      • teachers (preferably with CIE professional development)
      • volunteers
      • For-profit providers
  • Private School Model

    • Fee-based programs paid by parents
    • Service provider options: For-profit or in-house
    • Self-sustaining funding model
  • Non-profit Service Provider Model (for organizations providing low cost or free CIE programs to schools)

    • Raising funds online for school education programs offers a variety of innovative and efficient options for non-profits. These strategies and platforms that can be particularly effective:

      [Source note: information on online platforms mentioned in the following section is sourced from Chat GPT 4.0 in 2024 and may need require additional validation.]

      1. Crowdfunding Platforms
      • GoFundMe: A user-friendly platform that’s great for individual and small-scale projects. It allows for emotional storytelling, making it easier to connect with potential donors.
      • Kickstarter: Best suited for projects with creative outcomes. It operates on an all-or-nothing funding model, which can encourage more donations to meet the goal.
      • Indiegogo: Offers flexibility with fixed (all-or-nothing) or flexible funding options. It’s also open to nonprofit fundraising.
      2. Social Media Campaigns
      • Utilize platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share your cause. These platforms offer tools specifically for nonprofits, including donation buttons and fundraising pages.
      • Facebook Fundraisers can be particularly effective, allowing both the organization and its supporters to create fundraising campaigns directly on the platform.
      3. Email Campaigns
      • Utilize email marketing tools like Mailchimp or Constant Contact to send out updates and direct appeals for donations. Personalized emails can be very effective in engaging potential donors.
      4. Matching Gift Programs
      • Encourage donors to check if their employers offer matching gift programs, potentially doubling their contributions. Platforms like Double the Donation can integrate with your website to make it easy for donors to search for matching gift opportunities.
      5. Grant Writing
      • Apply for grants from foundations, government entities, and corporations that support educational initiatives. Thorough research and compelling proposals are key to success in grant writing.
      • Use search engines or generative AI tools to find online directories of philanthropic organizations. Subscriptions for Foundation Online Directories (FDOs) can be expensive, but may also be accessible through libraries or state philanthropic organizations assisting non-profits to connect with grant providers. One example: Candid Foundation Directory.
      • Educational Grants with a Chess in Education (vs. competitive chess) focus. For funding of professional development, staffing, and supplies.
        • 21st Century Grants
        • Title 1 Funding
        • State Department of Education Funding (grants and/or budget line items)
        • Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) funding of teacher professional development.
      • Community Grants, Philanthropy, other fundraising – appropriate for funding chess clubs and competitive chess endeavors.
      6. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
      • Tools like Classy, Fundly, or Give Lively enable supporters to create personal fundraising pages on behalf of your cause, expanding your reach through their networks.
      7. Subscription-Based Support
      • Platforms like Patreon allow supporters to subscribe with a recurring donation. This model can build a consistent funding base for ongoing projects or educational programs.
      8. Virtual Events
      • Host webinars, workshops, or virtual galas with a registration fee or a “donate what you can” model. Platforms like Zoom or Eventbrite can facilitate these events.

      When choosing the right platforms and strategies for your nonprofit, consider your target audience, the nature of your educational programs, and the resources you can allocate to fundraising efforts. Combining several of these methods can help maximize your reach and fundraising potential.

CIE Funding: Europe

“The public funding of chess in schools is now common across the ECU countries. Public funding indicates that society places value on the contribution made by chess to education. Public funding was long established in Russia and East Europe, much less so in the West. The increasing awareness of the educational benefits of chess has led to funding becoming available from new sources.

Public funding refers to the direct receipt of funds from central or local government to the federation or CiS organisation. For these purposes, funding from schools or parents, charities or trusts, is not included.

Some of the smaller federations, Moldova and Slovakia, have received funding from FIDE. Italy receives funding from their Olympic Committee and Israel from the Sport Ministry and the Lottery fund.

Public funding can look very different from country to country. It can be provided as a fixed budget or it can be connected to the quantity of clubs, members or activities. It is clear that federations must become become better at understanding and pursuing the possibilities for public funding.”


European Chess Union Education Commission

Survey on Chess in Schools 2015/16

25 April 2016

Best Practices for a Fundraising Event

Fundraising is an essential part of the process of creating a successful chess project.

Here are some of the best practices for fundraising from the European Chess Union’s (ECU) Educational Commission for scalable CIE programs.

  1. Prepare your organization so it becomes interesting to invest in.
  2. Prepare professional information material about your organization and professional invitation material.
  3. Collaborate with another reliable organization…
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