You Gave School Supplies

The lazy days of summer seem a distant memory as kids and parents alike fall back into the familiar school day routine. Unfortunately, the back to school season can bring stress for families who are struggling financially as they wonder how they will afford all the necessary supplies for their children.

It is estimated that parents will spend an average of $674 on school supplies to prepare for the 2016-17 school year!1 When you consider this staggering figure it is easy to understand how this could be a financial burden to many families.

YouGiveGoods offered a new way to help when we added school supplies to our service in 2013. Our online school supply drives have grown in leaps and bounds over the last three years. In fact, 2016 YouGiveGoods’ drives raised 267% more school supply items than 2015. We are happy to share some more fun facts about our busy, school supply-filled summer.

During the summer months of 2016, YGG ran 110 individual school supply drives for nonprofits and schools in 26 states. Roughly 40,000 items in total were purchased and distributed in time for the start of school. Our best-selling items included packs of pencils at 13,000 (that’s 130,000 pencils!), 7,000 folders and 6,000 notebooks.

Let’s give credit where credit is due. The success of our school supply season was based largely on the efforts of our amazing corporate partners. Thanks to the employees of Northrop Grumman, Aetna, Fidelity, TIAA, Tauck, Datapipe, Ohio National Financial Services and Newport News Shipbuilding for making such a positive impact on the young people in their communities.

We’re thrilled that thousands of children across the U.S. were able to start the 2016 school year off right thanks to the generosity of strangers and the technology and service of YouGiveGoods. We look forward to helping even more children succeed in school in 2017!

1Williams, Geoff. What If You Can't Afford Your Kids' School Supplies. U.S. News & World Report. 8/26/16

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