The OurhouseUSA team is very dedicated to provide all participants a secure platform. OurhouseUSA takes extra steps to ensure participants and all money transactions are secure. The website is built on a secured format. The host server used is an ecommerce secure private server.
OurhouseUSA is a free website to register for consumers and superintendents. Businesses only need to start a Safe Schools Pledge Crowdfunding Campaign with a minimum $1 donation.
When businesses register with OurhouseUSA, they get a free digital marketing platform. 100% of all donation contributions made by a business is tax deductible (OurhouseUSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit). Consumers and clients join OurhouseUSA to support area businesses that are participating in the Safe Schools Pledge Campaign. In addition, after businesses register they will be provided a free downloadable certificate and a dynamic badge (for their website) to display that they are proud contributors to the Safe Schools Pledge.
When consumers register with OurhouseUSA, they get an opportunity to support local businesses that are interested in going above and beyond to invest in our K-12 youths safety and security needs. Consumers will also receive unique discount offers from the businesses they support and follow.
When superintendents register with OurhouseUSA, they are provided a search tool to locate safety-related businesses. They will have access to communicate with other superintendents across the United States to better their own current safety methods. In addition, they will be provided a free photo and video gallery to post their district accomplishments and how they used the donations to help their schools become safer and more secure.
The Safe Schools Pledge provides businesses a free marketing platform and crowdfunding campaign platform to generate more sales for their businesses and more funds for school districts. The Pledge is active until December 31st of the year of registration. Businesses will be provided an open campaign platform; they will be able to contribute funds to their campaign as often as they prefer (monthly, quarterly, etc.) and whatever amount they prefer. These funds will be invested in improving the safety and security needs of public school districts. During the pledge year, OurhouseUSA markets for consumers to register and support local businesses. Then businesses and their marketing teams come up with creative unique discount offers for the OurhouseUSA consumers. If the OurhouseUSA platform increase a business’s sales/profits, a business can then add a % of the increased profits to their crowdfunding campaign.
Is there a minimum amount of money a business must contribute to the Safe Schools Pledge Crowdfunding Campaign?
No. There is no minimum. Any amount contributed within the calendar year is greatly appreciated.
When a business signs up for the Safe Schools Pledge they are categorized into their local county. All funds donated to the OurhouseUSA Schools Funding Account are tracked by county. All funds donated in a county are then distributed equally among the public-school districts in that county that have registered with OurhouseUSA. Every school district has different safety and security needs; therefore, each individual school district has the freedom to decide how to spend the donations towards their schools’ safety and security needs.
Do superintendents have to be registered with OurhouseUSA to receive donation contributions for their school district?
Yes. OurhouseUSA believes transparency between the businesses, consumers, and superintendents is extremely important. We ask the school districts to utilize the gallery feature (using video or photos) to communicate to the businesses and consumers who supported them, how the contributions were used to enhance the safety and security needs of the district.
Yes. We encourage all superintendents to register with OurhouseUSA and use the safety-related business search tool, free chat feature to communicate with other superintendents to improve their own current safety methods, and the gallery feature to display school district achievements. Our vision at OurhouseUSA is to build the ultimate youth development community. The reason business donations are only being distributed to public school districts initially, is due to need analysis. This approach can and will change if a situation warrants. We want all our youth to benefit from this unified community of support!
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Every time a business makes a contribution to their Safe Schools Pledge Campaign, 95% of the donation is transferred directly to a separate holding account (Schools Funding Account). 100% of this Schools Funding Account is then forwarded to K-12 public school districts that registered with OurhouseUSA - to be used for safety and security needs. Every school district has different safety and security needs (i.e., social distancing, teacher/student ration, physical security improvements, software security improvements, security officer(s), etc.).
The other 5% will be transferred directly to the OurhouseUSA account and be used to pay for the secure e-commerce platform and invested to help OurhouseUSA continue to develop into the Ultimate All-in-one Youth Development Community.
When consumers join the OurhouseUSA community, they can register to support businesses participating in the “Safe Schools Pledge.” Consumers have the option to select which companies receive their support – and in return, they’ll receive unique promotional emails from these businesses. OurhouseUSA will market consumers to join and support local area businesses.
A percentage of the profits generated, as a direct result of these unique promotional emails (offered to consumers who have joined the OurhouseUSA community) can be added to the businesses crowdfunding campaign. In addition, businesses have the option of directly donating to this much needed cause, by budgeting some of their marketing and community relations funds to their crowdfunding campaign. We want to give business marketing departments, the flexibility to be creative, to ensure success for all involved in the Safe Schools Pledge campaign.
Every business signs-up by county and state (physical address of business or online registered address of business, if no physical address). All funds donated to the OurhouseUSA Schools Funding Account are tracked and recorded, by amount donated, county and state.
All funds transferred to the OurhouseUSA Schools Funding Account, will be equally divided and distributed among all the public-school districts by county and state that registered with OurhouseUSA. (For example; if business A, business B, and business C, are all located in the same county and state. All the funds that each of these three businesses donated will be equally divided among all the public-school districts from that same county that the three businesses operate).