While we may be biased, we think ForOurSchool.org offers the best Read-A-Thon experience for readers, parents, donors, administrators, and sponsors. Here are a few of the reasons why we’d recommend using us instead of Read-A-Thon.com:
Schools keep 100% of the profits
Schools that use Read-A-Thon.com keep 75% of the donations if Read-A-Thon.com provides small rewards for the children (minimum donation level required) and 80% of the donations if Read-A-Thon.com provides no rewards or reward coupons. That means that if a school raises $50,000, Read-A-Thon.com would charge a minimum of $10,000 in fees!
Conversely, schools that use ForOurSchool.org keep 100% of the donations and donors are never asked to allocate a portion of their donation to “support the platform” as other fundraising platforms do. All donations go directly to the school’s own PayPal account, so schools receive the funds immediately (with Read-A-Thon.com, schools won’t receive all the funds until 20 days after their Read-A-Thon is over).
Personal leaderboards and goals
One of ForOurSchool.org’s most popular features is our leaderboard, which shows students where they rank in their school, grade, and class in terms of total reading time (other students’ names are always hidden). We also offer class leaderboards in terms of total reading time and total donations for inter-class rivalries. Any of these features can be completely disabled; however, we also recognize that even when enabled, not all students will want to participate in this type of competition, so we give students and parents the opportunity to opt out of leaderboards. When opted out, students’ profiles instead focus on their personal goals.
The only leaderboards and goals that Read-A-Thon.com offers are class leaderboards and students do not have the opportunity to opt out of them if enabled for their school.
SEE FOR YOURSELF! See how you can opt your student out of leaderboards on ForOurSchool.org
Robust data security and privacy
Unfortunately, Read-A-Thon.com has had some issues in the past related to data loss. On December 2, 2022, Ms. Mahoney, the principal of South Jefferson Elementary in Charles Town, West Virginia posted this on Facebook in regards to her school’s fundraiser hosted by Read-A-Thon.com:
Much to our dismay, we have been informed that one of [Read-A-Thon.com’s] servers crashed and all of our students’ minutes were wiped out
Every platform is susceptible to data loss and security breaches, and ForOurSchool.org is no different, but we pride ourselves on our data policies and practices. The team behind ForOurSchool.org previously built platforms with billions of data points and neither ForOurSchool.org nor the other platforms have experienced any significant data loss to date.
DID YOU KNOW? Unlike Read-A-Thon.com, ForOurSchool.org does not store any personal photos or full names of students
Parent and student profiles
Parents with multiple children that participate in fundraisers hosted by Read-A-Thon.com need to create separate accounts for each child with a different email address associated with each child. Not only does this create problems for parents with limited number of email addresses, but parents are not able to monitor the progress and record reading time for each child without regularly logging in and out of each student account.
With ForOurSchool.org, parents set-up their own accounts and then can create profiles for each of their children, which they will have direct access to without needing to log in and out of each student account.
NEWS TO ME! ForOurSchool.org offers free, customizable award certificates
Schools that work with ForOurSchool.org for their Read-A-Thons can also use our platform to host their Math-A-Thons. Parents and students can use the same profiles they’ve previously created for past fundraisers and track their performance and growth year over year.
Unsurprisingly, Read-A-Thon.com only offers a platform to host Read-A-Thons, so parents and students would need separate profiles if their school chooses to host Read-A-Thons and Math-A-Thons.