Creative Fundraising Ideas Is Baked Into Our DNA

Creative fundraising ideas can come in many forms. Here’s the story of how we became a leading for-profit fundraising social enterprise in North America.

The story of our Funds2Orgs business developed through the years. It started with a single shoe that washed ashore after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. At the time, Wayne Elsey, Founder, Funds2Orgs was the president of an international shoe manufacturing company.

The world watched mournfully the events that unfolded on December 26th and the days that followed. Wayne was touched by an image of a shoe that washed ashore on the beach. He imagined the life of the person who once owned the shoe. In the coming weeks, Wayne would marshal all of his resources. Hundreds of thousands of shoes were shipped to men, women and children in the countries that were affected.

Wayne went on to establish one of the largest nonprofits in the United States. And he accomplished what he did for those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami again, and again. First for those affected by Hurricane Katrina and then for the earthquake in Haiti. When Wayne moved on, he had led efforts to ship over 20 million pairs of shoes to people and places affected by natural disasters.

However, there are people who are simply not satisfied. That’s Wayne Elsey. He thought there was a way to help nonprofits raise money and make a global impact. Funds2Orgs was created with a team of dreamers and believers who thought they could change the world.

Funds2Orgs was established as a for-profit social enterprise. The core of its business model is shoe drive fundraisers. The other components are providing an economic opportunity for workers in developing nations and helping the environment.

We provide organizations and individuals in North America with creative fundraising ideas. Our shoe drives go beyond your typical fundraising campaign. The team at Funds2Orgs is on a mission to change the world. Let us tell you a bit about how YOU can become involved, while raising money.

We see our shoe drive fundraising as a three-legged stool.

  1. Organizations, such as nonprofits, schools, churches and civic groups need unique fundraisers. Individuals need that too. There’s “donor fatigue” out there with multiple requests for money. Funds2Orgs helps our shoe drive partners fundraise in a different way. We give everything needed for a successful nonprofit fundraising, school, youth group fundraiser or church fundraiser. By the way, we help others too! Just check out the types organizations and individuals on our “Get Started” page.

  2. We believe in making a global impact. But, we don’t just want to give charity. We want to give people in developing nations a hand-up, not a hand-out. We believe in philanthropy and in market-based solutions. Funds2Orgs has partnered with micro-entrepreneurs (i.e. small business owners) in developing countries. As a for-profit social enterprise that believes in philanthropy, we work to provide economic opportunity. We sell the shoes for pennies on the dollar to micro-entrepreneurs. Those micro-entrepreneurs then sell the shoes in their local communities for a profit. The commerce that occurs helps sustain families. It also helps local economies and governments to build infrastructure, schools, hospitals, etc. We know small business owners that have gone from earning as little as $2 a day for their families to over $60 – simply by selling shoes.

  3. Shoe drive fundraisers with Funds2Orgs are a socially responsible way to dispose of unwanted shoes. What happens when you give to a shoe drive fundraiser with us is that the shoes are “re-purposed.” In other words, the shoes are given another life. Did you know that in the United States alone every year over 600 million shoes are thrown in landfills in our country? There’s a choice here. We want to leave a better world for our children and generations that follow. At Funds2Orgs, we collect gently worn, used and new shoes that are no longer wanted in our communities. Those shoes are then shipped to developing nations. Here’s another question for you. Did you know that the average family has at least 15 pairs of shoes they no longer want or use hidden in their closets?

That’s our story. We’re dreamers. But more than that, we’re doers.

Join our shoe drive fundraiser movement.

Join the dreamers and believers who live by the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

We think knowing our story will help you know why we so believe in our creative fundraising ideas.