Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
Right now, you’re on one side of the fence. Either you’re part of a committee that makes decisions when it comes to fundraising for your school, team or church event… or you’re the person who buys the chocolates (because really, what else is there?) to help attain the committee’s goal.
Today, I’m here to tell you there’s a better way to raise funds.
Introducing FundScrip. FundScrip is a Canadian fundraising program in which your supporters pay for their shopping (groceries, gas, home and garden, entertainment, restaurants, and much more) with gift cards. Each purchase automatically includes a donation to your cause! FundScrip has helped Canadians raise over $18,000,000 for a wide variety of worthy causes.
There are many different ways you could go about using FundScrip to achieve your fundraising goals, but in a nutshell, all you need to do is encourage supporters of your campaign to pay for their everyday expenses and gifts with gift cards bought from FundScrip. Then…
1. Each purchase automatically includes a donation to the campaign
2. The supporter isn’t out of pocket, and
3. They shop where they would normally shop.
There are over 220 retailers to choose from, including popular national brands from categories such as pharmacy, home improvement, department stores, restaurants, clothing stores, travel and more. All of FundScrip’s gift cards come from the retailers themselves, so you can be certain they’ll be accepted when you use them with NO expiry and NO hassle.
My picks? Walmart, Best Buy, Esso, Loblaws, Starbucks and The Home Depot, to name a few!
The return on the purchase of gift cards through FundScrip is anywhere from 2 to 12%, so let’s go through a scenario to show you how it works. For our example, I’ll pretend I’m part of a school fundraising committee.
1. First, I’ll decide to bypass waxy chocolates this year and give parents what they really want – the opportunity to support the school without expanding their waistline.
2. Next, I’ll distribute paper order forms and collect payment from the parents. I can ask parents to order monthly, quarterly, annually or whatever is easiest from an administrative standpoint, or, I can also have parents place the order themselves and have their gift card shipped directly to their home. (Shipping is only $0.85 + tax for orders under $500.) Parents can choose denominations from $5 to $100.
3. If I decide to be in charge of collection, I’ll place one big order online and pay FundScrip in aggregate. Each order will packaged in its own envelope and clearly labelled for distribution. Easy-peasy!
Now, to make this really simple, let’s say 500 families sign up and purchase a $100 Indigo gift card. The return on an Indigo gift cards is 5%, so just like that, I’ve made $2,500 for my campaign!
Imagine if I did that every month – at the end of the school year, I will have made $10,000 – $60,000 for my school’s fundraiser. How easy is it to go through $100 at Esso or Shell? Or $100 at Loblaws or Walmart? Everyone can use gift cards – the main challenge here is changing the purchasing habits of the supporters. Instead of using cash, debit or credit, they simply need to hand over their store gift card.
So, have I convinced you there’s a better way to fundraise? Click here to receive a free information kit, and here to read recent success stories. Courtesy of FundScrip, you can also win a $100 gift card to a participating FundScrip retailer of your choice! To enter, simply pledge to tell a school, team or church official about FundScrip and let us know which retailer you’d like to select for your prize. (There are 226 to choose from!)
This post is sponsored by FundScrip. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.