Discover A Better Fundraiser

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

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!

Fun Pasta Fundraising {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a box of products to review but all thoughts are my own.)

Let’s face it…there are only so many rolls of wrapping paper a family can use. Both my boys had wrapping paper/magazine/candy fundraisers and, even though they were at different schools, sold pretty much the same thing. I’m happy to be able to share about a fun fundraising alternative that people will actually want to buy because it’s unique!

Fun Pasta Fundraising is a fundraiser where students can sell pasta from a colorful booklet or online and the school keeps 40%-50% of the profits. There are lots of  themed pasta shapes for holidays, special occasions, and even sports teams.

Lunchtime will be fun with animal shaped pasta! Kids can practice their letters while eating ABC pasta. A birthday celebration can be made even more happy with Happy Birthday pasta!

Know any sports fans? Choose from over 50 Collegiate teams! Wouldn’t this be perfect for game day?! I really want to get the OSU pasta. Go Buckeyes!

Winter will be here before we know it and a bowl of hot soup with Snowman Pasta will taste delicious after an afternoon of playing in the snow. There are pastas for every season and holiday. We will be having some spooky soup for lunch on October 31st here at my home with their Halloween pasta.

Pasta soup mixes and noodle nests are also available. Like sweets? You can buy some delicious treats as well! I truly think that everyone will enjoy something from this fundraiser catalog.

You can request more information on hosting a fundraiser here. Want to order pasta? You can do so here.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a box filled with $30 of this fun pasta!

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me which themed pasta is your favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends October 23, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to win.

Pray For Logan Fundraiser Tonight

This is my friend Tracy and her family, husband Aaron, son Jack, and son Logan.

See this little boy below? He’s a fighter!

Logan was welcomed into the world on January 17, 2009. When he came to Tracy after delivery, he was a little blue. While in the nursery for a bath with the nurses,  he stopped breathing and they moved him to the NICU.  Quickly after, they found out that he had a heart condition called Tricuspid Artesia.  His medical journey began there.

His first year of life was spent taking care of his heart problems and fighting several colds.  To work on his heart condition, he had two major heart surgeries. It was there that they discovered he also had other congenital defects such as an extra digit on his thumb and an undersized outer ear.  He also has an inverted 17th chromosome, the effects of which we are unsure. Logan also has hearing loss and vision problems.  He has a paralyzed vocal chord from the result of his heart surgeries, so this has effected his swallowing and he has needed thickened liquids to drink for nourishment.

At the beginning of his second year of life, they went to the hospital for a routine MRI of his eye and discovered that Logan has a small pituitary gland, for which he now receives a daily shot of growth hormone to keep his blood sugar stable.  They also discovered Portal Vein Thrombosis, which has started a whole new series of complications.  The Portal Vein Thrombosis is caused by a blood clot in his portal vein.  This has caused varices (imagine varicose veins on your insides) to be enlarged due to high pressure in the network of veins.  He has had several bleeds from his varices and so they have started treatment with a scope and scorlosis.  This past August, he had another major surgery where the surgeon removed varices from his stomach and esophagus.  Due to his size, not all the varices were removed. In September he had another scope where varices in his upper esophagus were treated.    He also spent much of the winter of early 2010 in the hospital with respiratory infections.

More information about Logan can be found on his website, Pray For Logan.

This little boy has gone through so much so to help the family with their medical bills a fundraiser is being held.

ABOUT THE FUNDRAISER

Date: TODAY, Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Time: 5-8pm

Location: bd’s Mongolian Grill

619  E Boughton Rd #200

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

How it works: For every person who walks in the door and says “I’m here for Logan”, the restaurant will donate $3 to the family. There is no purchase necessary! For those that are eating, Tracy and Aaron and some of their friends will be grilling food that evening. All tips put into the tip jars will go to the family. We’ll also be holding a raffle- no attendance necessary. (Baskets can be viewed and raffle tickets purchased here)

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Baskets need to be picked up in the Bolingbrook, IL area. If you would  like to enter the raffle and don’t live in the Chicago land area I would be willing to pickup your basket if you win and pay the shipping costs myself. Please contact me at [email protected] for more information BEFORE you buy your raffle tickets.