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When she's not blogging for FundingFactory, Sarah is staying on top of the most current trends in educational technology and green news to share with you on Twitter and Facebook. In her spare time, Sarah is learning how to knit a hat, practicing her German, and re-watching Star Wars.

Celebrate Earth Day with EcoBuddies Free Common Core Lesson Plans

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 Earth Day is only a few days away – is your classroom prepared?

Last year, we introduced the EcoBuddies to the world on Earth Day with free Common Core lesson plans for PreK-5 classrooms. This year, we’ve added lessons for middle school classrooms, too! Not only that, EcoBuddies is now available to anyone, not just registered FundingFactory recyclers.

We’re opening up the EcoBuddies experience so more classrooms can experience e-waste awareness with our fun and friendly characters. Besides, the best way to start a collection program is to ask the question, “Why is recycling e-waste important?”

EcoBuddies cross-curricular environmental education program includes lesson plans, classroom activities, worksheets, and quizzes. Our cute, colorful wildlife characters enliven the program and engage students throughout the standards-aligned curriculum.

Get EcoBuddies free common core lesson plans when you sign up to receive email updates from Syllabuy, FundingFactory’s latest program!

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Download Free Lesson Plans Here


More Educator Resources Launching This Summer

EcoBuddies are just the beginning. FundingFactory is soon to launch Syllabuy.co, an online marketplace for educators to find free lessons, and buy and sell original classroom activities.


Posted April 16, 2014 by Erika in FundingFactory News, Green News, Recycling

FundingFactory’s Top 3 Highlights of 2013

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What an outstanding 2013 we had at FundingFactory!  Our recyclers collected a record-breaking 3,709,463 cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics for recycling, and as a result, raised more than $2 million for diverse, worthwhile initiatives. 

So many exciting things happened in 2013 – and we’ve just got to brag about some of our favorites!

Here are our Top 3 highlights of the year:

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#1 EcoBuddies make their Earth Day debut

Recycling alone isn’t enough; it’s our responsibility to help kids understand the environmental impact of e-waste and develop eco-friendly habits. That’s why we launched EcoBuddies™, a curriculum companion to FundingFactory’s fundraising-by-recycling program. A collaborative project between FundingFactory, the curriculum designers at The Education Center, and local artist Heather Cash, EcoBuddies provides preK-8 educators free, common core-aligned lesson plans and activities to raise e-waste awareness and empower lasting recycling behaviors.

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#2 “Act of Green” results in 331,270 items recycled, 3,313 trees planted

In honor of Earth Day 2013, FundingFactory pledged to plant one tree for every 100 items collected during the month of April. Our goal was to plant 3,000 trees, but we received 331,270 items – almost 100,000 more than the previous year! As a result, we planted 3,313 trees with the CarbonFund.org Foundation and helped to fight climate change through reforestation projects.

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#3 Manteca High School wins 4th Annual Recycling Rumble

By collecting 6,535 recyclable items February 1 – April 30, Manteca High School earned $3,268, an iPad, and top honors in FundingFactory’s 2013 Recycling Rumble. Manteca’s winnings helped stock the shelves of the MHS Empty Cartridge Exchange Store with classroom supplies like paper, pens, printers, DVD players, calculators, and thumb drives.

  • FUN FACT: Their store uses Qualifying Items as currency. What a creative way to collect!

While 2013 had its incredible moments, we’re even MORE excited to share the surprises in store for 2014. Keep an eye on FundingFactory social media to get the latest news! A BIG thank you to our participants for their hard work and dedication as they continue to recycle with us. Together, we’re spearheading the Eco-Revolution. Won’t you join us?

What are you doing to go green? Tell us about it in the comments below.


Want to make 2014 your greenest year ever? Whether you’re a college or university, or looking to recycle your school’s tablets or laptops in bulk, we’ll help you get started!


Posted April 15, 2014 by Sarah in FundingFactory News, Fundraising, Green News

6 Places Money is Hiding in Your Community

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This year, 1,076 schools, clubs, and organizations are taking part in our BIGGEST promotion of the year, the Recycling Rumble.

To help our rumblers race to the finish, we have created a score-boosting Business Support Bonus. That means that for every new Business Supporter that you recruit, you’ll earn a $10 bonus*! PLUS, for every Qualifying Item that they send on your behalf you’ll earn double the Rumble Points!

As your biggest fan, we want to help you get that bonus and emerge victorious in the ring! Here is a knock-out list of places in your community to that could assist in your big win:

  1. Accounting Firms
  2. Banks
  3. Grocery Stores
  4. Hospitals
  5. Insurance Companies
  6. Law Offices

TIP: Go National! Don’t limit yourself to your backyard. Business Support can come from your cousin’s business in Boston or your brother’s bakery in Buffalo.

Here’s the silver lining to all of this: Business Support doesn’t stop at the Rumble. Once obtained, that company can continue to recycle items in your school or organization’s name for as long as you recycle with FundingFactory. We can think of no other worthy investment than that!

What are you waiting for? Get off your computer and into your community. Business Support could be just down the street. All you have to do is ask!



Do you have another suggestion for a place to find Business Support in your community? Leave it in the comments below!

It may be too late to sign up for Recycling Rumble 2014, but it’s never too late for our FREE fundraising-thru-recycling program! Register today to help your school earn funds for new technology, like a MakerBot 3D printer!

*Business Supporter must make a qualifying a shipment within six months of registration for your school or organization to receive the $10 bonus.

Posted March 26, 2014 by Sarah in Fundraising, Recycling

How Would Your School Spend $5,000?


Ready to help your school upgrade to new technology, make that field trip a reality, or build up a rainy day fund? With Recycling Rumble 2014 about to get underway, your odds at winning have never been better. Here’s a play-by-play of our BIGGEST promotion of the year:

Recycling Rumble is our annual recycling contest that matches your school or organization against another FundingFactory group worthy of your fundraising prowess. First, you promote your participation in the Rumble by asking your community, faculty, and parents, to collect Qualifying Items that are each worth one point. Next, you send all your items to us for recycling as you normally would, and we’ll keep score. When the Rumble ends, your final scored will be tallied. If you out-recycle your competitor, you’ll receive an additional 25% BONUS added to your total score. If you claim a position as one of the Top Three Recyclers in the nation, you’re looking at the following prizes:

First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $1,000

Third Place: $500

This year, we have created a score-boosting Business Support Bonus. For every new Business Supporter that you recruit, you’ll earn a **$10 bonus PLUS each qualifying item they send us on your behalf earns you not one, but two Rumble Points!

Recycling Rumble runs February 1-April 30. Now that you’re all signed-up, you’ll need a game plan. This video should help!

Now that you’ve been pepped and prepped, you are ready play! Who will win $5,000 and ring that victory bell?

Be sure to tweet us your Rumble status and photos of your collection using #RecyclingRumble2014. We love to retweet and no doubt the photos will intimidate your competition!


**Business Supporter must make a qualifying a shipment within six months of registration for your school or organization to receive the $10 bonus.
Posted January 20, 2014 by Sarah in Contests, FundingFactory News, Fundraising, Recycling

4 Free Recycling Incentives for Elementary Students


These days, it’s difficult to get students to do anything without using sweets as a reward. So how then can you encourage green behaviors in your classroom minus the candy bar bargaining technique? Read on to discover four unique and candy-free incentives for recycling.

In an effort to raise student involvement for his school’s e-waste recycling collection, Mark S. from Vandenberg, CA, posted the following question on our Facebook page: “Can anyone suggest ideas for inexpensive or free incentives for elementary school kids besides candy?”

With a fan base of more than +21,000, we knew we would get some great responses if we reposted Mark’s question, and we were right. Teachers, listen up! Here are some of our favorites:


They are handy AND educational! Use this incentive for reminders and awareness while students do homework. How about an Earth Day bookmark?

2. Extra Recess Time

Every child’s dream come true! Allow any student, who brings in a Qualifying Item, to enjoy a few extra minutes of recess. They’ll get to play a few more rounds of tag, your school will earn extra cash, and teachers, you’ll appreciate the extra fresh air too!

3. King/Queen For The Day

Want to really make your student feel special? Honor their commitment to bringing in 5 toner cartridges this month by surrendering your seat. They’ll be sitting comfortably and their classmates will notice with envy. We predict more recyclables coming your way, teachers!

4. Dress Your Teacher

Only for the bravest of the brave! Should you set out to recycle a certain amount by the end of the month and accomplish your goal, this incentive is sure to deliver. Give your students the opportunity to dress you up in silly hats, socks, sunglasses etc. Make sure you pack some extra courage in your lunch when you do this because you’ll need it to make yourself believe you can actually pull off those knee-high polka dot socks with that floppy straw hat!

There you have it!  Here at FundingFactory, we do our best to provide you with fundraising tips and tricks, but this time, the master is the student. Now go! Take what you have learned and treat your students to a recycling incentive that won’t provoke their sweet tooth!



Do you have a fundraising/recycling question like Mark did? Visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to post or tweet your question. Who knows, you may help someone else along the way!

Posted October 30, 2013 by Sarah in Fundraising, Recycling

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