9 Passive Fundraisers That Benefit Your Child's School

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https://www.labelsforeducation.com/Want to help raise money for your child's school, but aren't sure how to work it into your budget? Are you a school parent volunteer looking for ways to raise money that your fellow school parents can manage? Several corporations now offer give-back or rewards programs that donate back a percentage of sales made to programs chosen by the purchaser.  

These programs are known as passive fundraisers.

Passive fundraisers often only require a shopper to register and designate what school or non-profit organization they would like to support. They do not cost any extra money on behalf of the purchaser. 

For many of these, smaller amounts of money trickle in on a regular basis. Rather than one big influx of funds from an event style fundraiser, passive fundraisers create small streams over the course of the school year. 

Here are seven popular passive fundraisers:

1. e-scrip

Through e-scrip, purchasers register their store reward cards or credit cards into the e-scrip system.  They then select which organizations they would like to support - such as their school's non-profit program or PTA/PTO. From that point on, whenever the purchaser uses their registered cards at participating stores, the stores donate a percentage of the sale to the designated non-profit. E-scrip works with a variety of merchants, both online and in-store retailers.

To access e-scrip, click here: e-scrip

2. Amazon Smile!

Amazon Smile! is similar to e-scrip in that you go to the website and designate what organization you would like a percentage of your sales to go to. After registering, simply begin your Amazon shopping from the amazon.smile.com URL for a percentage of sales from eligible items to go to your chosen nonprofit.

 

I registered for Amazon Smile!, and was given a reminder to switch into Amazon Smile! when I started at Amazon.com. More about Amazon Smile! can be found here: smile.amazon.com

3. Box Tops For Education

Box Tops for Education is the passive school fundraising program for General Mills and related products.  Several products from General Mills, Glad, Kraft, Hanes and other brands have a Box top symbol that parents collect and then submit to their designated school box top volunteer.  

A designated volunteer coordinator from your child's school then mails in the box tops. Each box top is worth 10 cents. Twice a year Box Tops for Education mails out checks redeeming the cash for mailed in box tops to schools who send in box tops. The wide variety of products makes it easy for families to collect box tops from the products they would already purchase.  

School supporters can sign up for coupons and special offers on products participating in the Box Tops program. Supporters can also download a smartphone app that can provide bonus credit to the selected school. More information about Box Tops for Education can be found here: More information about Box Tops for Education can be found here: www.Boxtops4education.com

4. Tyson Project A +

Tyson chicken has started an education fundraising program similar to the label programs above. Several Tyson chicken products now have a special label that can be clipped, given to a designated school volunteer, and redeemed for 24 cents each. Parents can also sign up for email offers at the Tyson Project A+ website.

5. Jamba Juice School Appreciation Card

Jamba Juice has a rewards program that ties directly to school PTA's. A PTA member can sign up your child's school for the Jamba Juice Rewards program. Keychain size cards are then shipped to the school's PTA to be distributed to parents.

When the parents swipe their rewards card with their Jamba Juice purchases, 10% of the purchase goes to the school PTA and 2% to the National PTA. More information can be found here:   http://www.jambajuice.com/more-jamba/fundraising

6. Fred Meyer Community Rewards

This Pacific Northwest retailer decided that their customers should decide which nonprofits should receive the companies annual donations to non-profits. Schools along with their PTA/PTO's that are registered 501(c) 3 corporations can participate by registering with the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. Once registered, individual shoppers can connect their Fred Meyer Rewards card to their chosen nonprofit. Shopping and spending at the store then behaves like a vote for your group to receive a portion of the amount Fred Meyer donates to non-profits. 

The minimum payout is $25. If your group does not reach that amount in one year, the amount they did earn will rollover until the year a minimum $25 is reached, More information can be found here: https://www.fredmeyer.com/topic/community-rewards-4

7. Shoparoo

Shoparoo is a free smartphone app that school supporters can install on their phones. Supporters first designate which participating schools they will be supporting. Supporters then upload photos of their grocery shopping receipts.

Shoparoo then uses data from the receipts to prepare consumer reports for stores. Shoparoo sends out an annual donation check to participating schools. The Shoparoo website state that they do not give out personal data and that supporters do not need to be concerned about privacy issues.  You can learn more about Shoparoo at:  https://www.shoparoo.com/ 

8. Office Depot/Office Max school supplies

If you shop for school supplies at Office Depot/Office Max, your school may be able to get a supply credit. 5% of the purchase price of qualifying school supplies can be credited to a local school when the purchaser gives the school's participation code at the time of purchase. In other words, buying certain supplies at Office Depot/Office Max can get a school of your choice needed supplies.

You can search for a school's participation code on the Office Depot/Office Max website, at the address given at the end of this paragraph. If your school does not have a participation code, you can email the information to Office Depot/Office Max to have your school included. Learn more about this program here: http://www.officedepot.com/a/content/back-to-school/5percent/

9. Shutterfly fundraising

Shutterfly, the online photo and print store, has a school fundraiser that is very similar to Amazon Smile, with a generous 13% of purchase price donated to schools. School organizations can contact Shutterfly to set up a store front. Supporters who shop Shutterfly through the school storefront will have 13% of their purchase cost donated to the local school. To learn more visit their website here: https://www.shutterfly.com/fundraising/

If you are a school parent volunteer seeking ways to increase funding for your child's school or extracurricular programs, you can use the above links to find out how to sign your school up for these fundraisers.  Be sure you are familiar with your local and state guidelines to be sure these fundraisers comply with local rules and guidelines.

***Update Note*** Labels for Education program ended on August 1, 2017. Labels must be redeemed by January 2, 2018. Check the Labels for Education website for details.

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