Passive Fundraising

One of the goals of the Alice Birney Public Waldorf EK-8 School is to provide a public Waldorf Inspired education to students regardless of a family’s ability to pay.  Our student body typically consists of 30-40% of families with income eligibility for free and reduced lunch programs.  Fundraising helps cover the annual giving and material fee for these students.

Alice Birney Public Waldorf EK-8 School participates in several passive fundraising programs.  What is passive fundraising?  Earning money by doing stuff you’d do anyway, like buy groceries, surf the web, dine out, shop, etc.  Passive fundraising is a great way to earn our school free money with no extra cost to the purchaser!


Super easy!  Here are some of the programs:

Amazon Smile

Please add the Guild to your Amazon Smile account – this has to be done separately on your browser or in the app for the Guild to get credit for your purchases. Then just use as your way to access Amazon for the Guild to get 0.5% of your eligible purchases back in easy money! It should say “The Alice Birney Parent Guild” and be located in Sacramento.

Escrip has partnered with the Benefit Mobile Application for smart phone devices to pay a percentage of purchased electronic gift cards that are delivered to your phone within seconds.  The link above shows how it works and the site lists the hundreds of retailers who participate in the program, including Starbucks, Safeway, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Regal Theatres and many more.  You can also purchase electronic gift cards that can be sent as a gift to someone else. The initial set up takes a day or two to confirm your account information for your security – be sure to list the Alice Birney Waldorf Inspired K-8 as your beneficiary as part of your set up.

Box Tops for Education (General Mills)

Box Tops for Education has gone digital!  Download the Box Tops app on a mobile device, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit our school’s earnings online. Visit the website to sign up and be sure to select ALICE BIRNEY WALDORF INSPIRED K-8 SCHOOL.

CARS donations

Do you have a vehicle you no longer wish to own, even if it doesn’t run?  Donate it to us through CARS.  Just click on the link above and schedule a pick up – they do the rest.  They will even provide the receipt for your taxes once the vehicles sells.


Once you register your debit and/or credit cards, portions of purchases from participating merchants start coming in. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is our local escrip supporter.  Just buy groceries there with a card registered to your escrip account and you’re good to go.  You can also check your contributions online and see just how much you spent for the month.  Just go to website, click on “sign-up” and follow instructions.  Our school ID is 6521824 or you can just search under Alice Birney Waldorf Inspired.  Please enter VISA/MasterCard debit cards twice; once as an ATM and once as a credit card, so purchases via both networks are credited. Like Goodsearch, you can also shop online through this site through participating merchants and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the school. E-scrip also has a downloadable toolbar for brain-free saving!

E-Waste 4 Good

They accept electronic waste in any condition, working or not. You can donate 1 piece or 100 pieces. The more you gather from your home or office the more you will help Alice Birney in our fundraising efforts. Please fill out the quick and easy form. One of the eWaste representatives will contact you shortly to schedule your free pick up and help a good cause.  You can collect for your neighbors too – just be sure to have them complete the log sheet to turn in with the items.

Farm Fresh To You

Alice Birney has teamed up with Farm Fresh to You to raise funds for school. If you or a family member are an existing subscriber or want to start subscribing, our school can earn 10% of our community subscriptions. If you currently subscribe, please call 1-800-796-6009 or click the link to add our promo code to your account: (Go to account summary and scroll to bottom of page. Click Apply Promo Code. Enter ALICEBIRNEY in the box.) New customers will provide our promo code ALICEBIRNEY at sign up.   Questions? Contact Laura at or 916-804-8796.

This program donates about .01 for every search through their yahoo powered search engine.  If you shop online, by going through this site first and shopping through stores on their links, a portion of your purchase is donated to the school.  You can also download a tool bar to capture all the donations without having to think about it.  Go to the website and search for Alice Birney Waldorf Inspired K-8 and follow the instructions and you’ll be all set.

Nugget/Food 4 Less Scrip Cards

Nugget has started up a scrip program similar to Raley’s Quality of Life card program.  Just pick up a card at our front office, register the card at the above website, and swipe your card at checkout for a portion of your purchase amount to come back to the school.  Pick up cards for your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else you know who shops at Nugget or Food 4 Less.  Remember to renew via Nugget’s website every August. Here’s the link:

Office Depot –  Give Back to Schools Program

Earn 5% back in credits for your school. Once your school has earned more than $10 in credits within the quarter, we will mail them a merchandise certificate they can redeem at, at their local Office Depot store or at 1-800-GO-DEPOT.

Simply complete your online purchase and enter your school’s ID on the Thank You Confirmation page. Shopping in store? When you check out, simply provide your school’s name or school’s ID to associate. Search for 95831 Zip Code, or enter Alice Birney’s ID: 70013393.



Attention Shutterfly users!  You can now help our school receive a 13% donation of your order amount just by going through our Shutterfly storefront:  This includes the websites tinyprints, Borrowlenses, and Wedding Paper Divas.  Take a moment to check it out and be sure to share with your family and friends.


Remember the shampoo commercial, “and they told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on and so on….”?  The key to passive fundraising is to have a wide base of participants.  All of us have family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and associates.  People like to help, so ask them – this is the easiest fundraising you can do for our school.


Nov 21-26 | No School Fall Break

Mon Nov 28 | Winter Faire contributions due (drop off in box in school office)

Sat Dec 3 | Winter Faire 12:00-4:00
Tue Dec 13 | School Site Council 3:30 (zoom)


Please include the following information when reporting an absence:

  • Parent’s name
  • Child’s full name
  • Teacher’s name
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for absence


Students and staff must stay home if experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Diarrhea • Nausea or vomiting

Please follow the guidelines above in how to report an absence. Thank you for helping keep our school community healthy and safe.


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