DC Startup Edbacker to Offer Educators Crowdfunding Training Workshop

Lab Series will Provide Innovative Funding Strategy for School Programs


Edbacker, a funding platform for all educators, announced the launch of their Edbacker Lab Series today, starting with the workshop, Crowdfund DC Schools. These workshops are designed to empower public, charter and private school educators to leverage the power of crowdfunding for their schools as well as engage their local communities in support of these efforts.

“A part of the Edbacker mission is to fully engage with local communities in support of educators’ needs,” said Gary Hensley, CEO of Edbacker. “The Edbacker Lab Series allows us to help train educators on how to use crowdfunding for the classroom while also getting area businesses and community members involved.”

The inaugural one-day workshop will be held at 1776, 1133 15th St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005 campus on Thursday, October 24 from 5pm to 7:30pm (https://crowdfunddcschools.eventbrite.com). From videographers to PR professionals, educators will hear from leading experts and learn how to develop and implement a successful crowdfunding campaign. Edbacker, along with event partners, will support these campaigns by sharing and engaging with the DC community.

The workshop session will include:

  • How to tell your story
  • Creating a great video
  • Pitching your story to the press
  • Using social media to spread the word
  • “Edbacker provides a unique opportunity for our schools to seek financial support for innovative projects that will help our schools thrive,” said Abigail Smith, Deputy Mayor for Education. “It also provides a platform to showcase the amazing things taking place within our schools.”

    "We're thrilled to support Edbacker Lab Series and are looking forward to see what innovative projects come out of the workshop," said Donna Harris, Co-Founder of 1776. "This event is one of the many ways Edbacker empowers teachers and parents to make the changes in the community they find most valuable."

    Event partners will include Microsoft, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, Bright Bot, Always Prepped, and incubator platform, 1776.

    About Edbacker

    A funding platform for educators, Edbacker connects donors with schools to fund projects, events and ideas. By providing simple and transparent tools, Edbacker aims to revolutionize the way schools raise money. Through this transparency, donors can find specific outlets that are congruent with their own values and beliefs.