In this down economy, many schools are facing severe budget cuts. A Wilmington technology company has come up with an innovative way to generate revenue for schools and their surrounding community. Many of us do our shopping online, and now you can raise money for a school at the same time. Pender county schools are already on board. The economic burden is hitting schools across the country and a Wilmington company has found a way to help. A website called "Furtal" serves as a funding portal for schools. "We don't have any discretionary income for the schools. So this is an avenue to really fill that void for them,” stated Chairman Tom Roper of the Pender County Board of Education. Here's how it works. Instead of doing your online shopping by going straight to the retailer's website, go to furtal.com, and find your school's site. Then you can shop at more than 200 major retailers, including Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Office Depot. About 5 percent of your purchase goes back to your school. That can really add up. “Pender County lost 20% of their budget, which I think came out to like $7 million. And this isn't going to make up that shortfall of 7 million dollars but what this does is put money directly into the school,” said Brad Hinely, Furtal co-founder. Topsail High Principal is in favor of the program. "It's a great concept because it's non intrusive. It's something that we're not asking the parents to buy for us. It's something they already naturally do, they shop online." Brad Hinely said Furtal has a lot of potential if schools and the surrounding community embrace it. "Everybody wins, the business wins, the school wins, and he people still get the product they were going to buy anyway." Principal Skipper just hopes people don't forget about buying through Furtal over the summer. Furtal hopes to expand to all the schools in our surrounding counties and eventually across the country.
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