Discover A Better Fundraiser

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With 120 candy bars to sell for Jake’s football and baseball teams, and a few hundred dollars worth of popcorn to sell for scouts, I feel overwhelmed at the moment. Add to that the school fundraisers I know are coming and I think there is only so much that my neighbors and family are going to be willing to buy.

While I want to support our school and my children’s activities there has to be a better way to raise money right? Well, there is! What if fundraising for your school was as easy as helping people get rid of extra clutter? What if your community organization could get the money they needed without you having to sell hundreds of dollars worth of more “stuff”? I’m happy today to share about a creative fundraising solution that doesn’t involve any selling. (I can hear you all cheering!) We are also giving you the opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Funds2Orgs was created by Wayne Elsey after he became fed up with selling calories and products that nobody needed to his family, friends and work colleagues. After a couple years of doing that he just wrote a check for a couple hundred dollars and gave the items away instead of selling them. He knew there had to be a better way but little did he know that he would get the opportunity to make it happen.

In 2004, he watched with the world as we saw the devastation of the Indian Ocean tsunami. At the time he was the president of a global footwear manufacturer. He says that when he watched a shoe wash ashore on television, the image stayed with him and he knew he had to do something. Within a few weeks, with a great group of people, they shipped hundreds of thousands of shoes to families who lost everything.

He did this again after Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. In all, he shipped over 17 million shoes to people in need. In the process, he learned a lot about developing nations where there are limited work opportunities, even when nature is quiet.

Eventually, he got an idea. He realized after having spoken to thousands of people as a philanthropist that schools, nonprofits, churches and groups needed another way to raise money. He also knew that micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries (small business owners) needed inventory to sell in their local communities. And, as a former footwear executive, he was aware of the fact that over 600 million shoes in the United States alone are thrown into landfills. This is bad for the environment and health.

So he created Funds2Orgs. Today, it’s the leading shoe drive fundraising social enterprise in North America. With a great team, he was able to develop a proven fundraising system. All the shoe drive partners have to do is collect gently worn, used and new shoes and then Funds2Orgs issues a check based on the total weight of the shoes collected.

This organization has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and worked with thousands who have good words to say about them because they are a company that’s committed to customer service. This has happened because they have a unique solution to fundraising, and are able to offer it with no out-of-pocket costs.

Working with Funds2Orgs is easy!

  • They have a team of fundraising coaches to work with you for the entire drive.
  • They give you the shoe collection material (including bags and rubber bands) along with the marketing and promotion material, which you can customize to your drive.
  • Once your shoe collection is complete, one of their driving team members picks up the shoes from your location.
  • Then they send you a Funds2Orgs check within 2 business days of the shoes being received at their warehouse.

When you do a shoe drive fundraiser with Funds2Orgs, you can literally help change the world. Along with raising thousands of dollars for your oganization with their easy, creative fundraising ideas, you are helping others. They consolidate and ship the shoes you collect to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations where those people then sell them in their communities. You also help the environment because all of those shoes are staying out of landfills.

If you’d like to learn more about Funds2Orgs and what they can do for you please click here. There you can also find out how to enter to win our giveaway of a $50 gift card and some great books!

Comments

  1. We’ve been looking for a better fund-raiser for our “Rachel’s Wings” charity. Maybe we should check this one out!

  2. This looks like such an interesting option.
    It appears to open up a new world to explore.

  3. Reesa Lewandowski says

    This is such a great looking fundraiser. There are so many out there that just don’t spark any interest. This one certainly does!

  4. I wish we had a different fundraiser. This one would be great.

  5. My son brought home the first school fundraiser of the year and I’m dreading it. Funds2Orgs sounds like a great organization. I have shoes that no longer fit my son that I would love to donate.

  6. This fundraiser looks so fantastic and unlike other ones that I see. What a great and creative program!

  7. Sounds like a great fundraiser. I think fundraisers are always a great idea. My daughters school usually does them this time of year, and my oldest daughter is in Girl Scouts and does fundraisers around this time of year as well.

  8. I should have my son’s school look into this. They have been running the same lack luster fundraiser for years and barely raise anything and the fundraiser itself is not good to be honest – this gives back which is way better!

  9. I will have to check out Funds2Orgs. It sounds like a great way to fund raise.

  10. Ann Bacciaglia says

    Funds2Orgs sounds like a fantastic way to fund raise. I will have to check them out.

  11. I can see a shoe drive being a blast to participate in. It’s great that Fund2Orgs makes it so easy to start one.

  12. This is so cool! I am with you on the selling the random crap, totally bugs!

  13. This sounds like a great way to raise money for any organization. I had no idea that shoes could be used like this for fundraising.

  14. Fundraising for an organization no matter how small or large is never easy. It’s good to know there are firms like this who can help those who need to raise money for a good cause.

  15. Amy Desrosiers says

    This is seriously one of the easiest fundraisers! Just in my home alone I know we have maybe 10 pair of shoes that are in good condition.

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