Creative Fundraising Ideas are 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.

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.