Scrip fundraising programs are an interesting way churches and schools would raise much-needed funds for various programs they offer. Instead of traditional fundraisers like bake sales and auctions, that may only provide benefit once a year, scrip gives the power to raise funds all year long. But scrip fundraising programs aren’t just for churches and schools anymore.
Saying this time of year is busy is an understatement. While it's easy to get wrapped up in the decorations, music, food and everything else that comes with the holiday season, it's also an important time of year to reflect on what we can do for others. This can mean volunteering your time at a food kitchen, helping collect gifts for needing families, or simply making a financial donation. But before you take out that check book it's important to note the growing trend towards gift cards this holiday season. Many nonprofits are recommending donors give gift cards instead of the standard canned foods or teddy bears so that families are then able to go make the purchases for food or gifts themselves. See how these organization are making a difference in peoples lives with gift cards during the holidays:
Whole Foods Market is taking their corporate responsibility beyond their high quality, all natural foods and working to solve global poverty. Whole Planet Foundation was borne out of Whole Foods Market’s desire to give something back, while focusing on the persistent problem of world poverty and hunger. The Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Foods Markets have hosted a series of small community events throughout the country like craft fairs and concerts and have raised $4.6 million toward a microlending campaign, no no plans to slow down any time soon.
Corporate responsibility is on the rise as corporations feel compelled to give back to the community. Major brands have taken note and develop their own way of giving back, from grocers like Whole Foods Market sourcing items through local farms and suppliers, to pharmacy retailers like CVS/pharmacy enabling employees to recognize one another's accomplishments my earning points that they can later attribute to a charitable donation from the company on their behalf.
While we at GiftCard Partners are familiar with scrip fundraising, it occurred to us that many still don't know about this popular fundraising program. Scrip fundraising allows shoppers to purchase gift cards to hundreds of different retailers, not to mention many GiftCard Partners g ift card brands, at full price and a portion of that payment will go towards their own organizations. The fundraising program works great for any school, church, team, club or non-profit. So how does it work? Great Lakes Scrip lays out the process for you. The Basics of a Scrip Program*
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