Guys, I have happened upon the coolest fundraising system ever.
Every year my kids’ school does this Fall fundraiser where they sell frozen cookie dough and overpriced jewellery and knickknacks. The first few years I felt pressured to take part. Every purchase was a disappointment I felt guilty for having let my kids hand these catalogues over to their gullible grandparents.
The past two years I’ve skipped out on the school fundraisers. And I’ve felt guilty for not taking part because I know that the school NEEDS the extra money. I feel guilty if I take part, I feel guilty if I abstain. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Argh.
So basically, I’d lost hope when it comes to fundraising.
Until I had a press release land in my inbox, talking about what I seriously think is the most brilliant fundraising system ever — FundScrip. It was an epiphany moment. A choir of angels singing, light breaking through the clouds, “Oh My Goodness Where Have You Been All My Life” moment, because this beats out selling cookie dough and cheap necklaces by, roughly speaking, two thousand times.
This gist of it is, you buy gift cards for popular retailers and your kids’ school, or sports team, or whatever group you want to support, gets a donation.
It works like this:
Let’s say you buy a $100 Metro giftcard. It doesn’t cost you anything extra. You pay $100 and you get the full value of the gift card… and then the group you are supporting gets a 3% donation – a.k.a $3.
The donation amount varies from 2% to 10%, based on where you are buying a gift card for. There are over 200 retailers taking part in the program — Amazon.ca, Roots, Chapters, Old Navy, Best Buy, Staples, Shell, Zehrs, Esso, and so many more. Take a peek here for a full list: http://www.fundscrip.com/retailers.
I know, raising a 3$ donation doesn’t sound like much. But here’s the beauty of it, you can buy giftcards for every day things that you would already be spending money on, like gas and groceries, and earn money for your group with your day to day shopping. I could see those donation dollars adding up pretty fast — all you have to do is use gift cards when you shop instead of other payment methods.
Since it launched back in 2004, FundScrip has helped groups across Canada raise more than 18 million.
Want to learn more? See how FundScrip works: www.fundscrip.com/how-it-works
Now I just need to get to work, convincing my children’s school to swap to FundScrip for their next fundraiser. Fingers crossed.
What about you folks? Have any of you had a chance to use FundScrip to help fundraise for your school or sports team? Are you thinking of trying it out?
It’s free to sign up and try this fun and novel fundraising program. Check out their website for more info.
The Fundscrip giveaway is now closed. The winner of the $100 giftcard was Maria M. of Milton, Ontario.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FundScrip. They are also providing the giveaway prize. As always my words and opinions are my very own.