FundStarter Sets AscendSMS Apart

A School Management System with a Built-In Fundraising Engine

We think differently here at Ascend Software, a characteristic that will be clear when you explore our software services. But it is more than how useful and intuitive the software is, it is also about the broader mission of improving outcomes for our children across their entire educational experience. Starting in 2017, we will charge a $15/student annual seat license which funds ongoing software innovation and our recurring support costs.  However, that is where the similarities stop. Integrated with our platform we provide three distinct ways to recoup that annual seat license and much much more. The Ascend “FundStarter” program includes AscendPay, AscendADS and AscendREF and to date these fundraising programs have seen vast adoption across our existing client base. These programs allow you to raise money to recover 100% of your Ascend license fees and well beyond  in support activities that you are already engaged in like online sales, sponsorship and advertising campaigns. For those who want to keep it simple, all you have to do is refer 4 schools and your AscendSMS software is free for the year.


AscendSMS does not believe schools should have to pay exorbitant prices for something they fundamentally need to make their school work. Leveraging our expertise in the software and IT industries, we re-tailored our advanced reporting and communication tools, used every day for fortune 500 Clients, to be practical for the private school setting.

It has always been a priority for us to help schools included giving back to our communities and supporting inspirational causes. But with AscendSMS, we knew we could do more. We wanted to empower educators to make a difference by giving them a tool that would make their lives easier by saving them time and thousands of dollars in the process. Not only are we providing the software, training and support, regular enhancements but we are providing your school with a way to make money while subsidizing the full AscendSMS seat license.


In order to ensure that we can continue to provide exceptional quality services, as we bring new schools onboard our platform, we do ask for schools to reserve their place. Each year we bring more schools onboard with AscendSMS but, in order for us to anticipate the accommodations necessary, we open up a selected number of new school slots each season. Reservations are not required but it is strongly recommended to reserve early as we do not have unlimited slots available. There is no obligation in the reservation process rather it is a courtesy we ask of our prospective schools.


If our school management system seems like a good fit for your school, please contact us at your convenience to discuss how to create your school or have us answer any of your questions.

We thank you for your time and hope that we can help your school, or any school you know, in the near future.