Instead of asking your supporters to write you a check or pull out their credit card, a shoe drive fundraiser engages your supporters in a fun and easy way. During a shoe drive fundraiser, you engage your supporters to collect gently worn, used and new shoes. When Funds2Orgs receives and processes the shoes collected during your drive you will receive a check!
Funds2Orgs is a for-profit company and social enterprise that partners with nonprofits, schools, churches, civic groups, businesses, and others to help them plan and implement a shoe drive fundraising campaign.
We have different options, so it’s always best to contact a fundraising coach at 407-930-2979. However, in general, we have had partners that have made $1,000, $3,000, or more in 60 to 90 days. Once you’re ready to start, your fundraising coach will work with you to determine the best type of shoe drive fundraiser for you.
There are four key benefits: 1) You engage supporters to raise funds without ever having to ask them for money. 2) Shoes are repurposed in a socially responsible fundraiser and are re-purposed in a developing nation. 3) Shoes collected ultimately become inventory and an economic lifeline for micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries who sell the shoes in their small businesses for a living wage. 4) Our shoe drive fundraising company also provides American jobs for people living in the United States.
Micro-entrepreneurs are small business owners. Micro-enterprises are small businesses that are started with, typically, low investment capital. These micro-enterprises are run by one person or a few family members or friends. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries to provide them with inventory to sell so they can make a living wage for themselves and their families. Because of systemic poverty, few work opportunities provide sustainable incomes, so many must create their own opportunities selling merchandise and products in their communities, including shoes.
Why aren’t shoes given away in developing nations to help people living in poverty? As a social enterprise, Funds2Orgs seeks to be socially responsible. If Funds2Orgs simply gave the shoes away to people in developing nations, it would destroy commerce, which is not benefiting the people the shoes are meant to help. In addition, some developing countries have laws that prevent products from being given away precisely for this reason. Therefore, Funds2Orgs sells the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraiser for a minimal investment by micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations, who resell the footwear and make a profit.
It just means to give a new purpose and an extended life. Micro-entrepreneurs clean shoes that are given to a shoe drive fundraiser in North America and prepare the footwear for sale in developing countries around the world. In other words, the shoes are given a new lease on life in developing nations as inventory for micro-enterprises.
Once you sign up, your fundraising coach will send you a Funds2Orgs Starter Kit. This kit includes rubber bands and 33 gallon clear bags. You will also receive online access to our drive guidelines and marketing material templates which you can customize and print for your organization and drive. Some of the items are as follows:
Door Hanger Templates
Press Release Template
Other tools to assist in your shoe drive fundraiser
During your shoe drive fundraiser, your coaching team will be providing ongoing support for the planning and execution of the campaign to ensure your success. We want your group to succeed!
The shoes must be rubber banded together or the laces tied to prevent the pairs from separating. The pairs should be placed in the 33-gallon clear bags that Funds2Orgs provides in the Starter Kit. Each bag must be filled with 25 pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes, and then the bag must be tied with a knot.
Shoes must be kept paired, same size, style and laces tied or the pair rubber banded together to ensure accurate processing.
Once you fill 35 bags with 25 pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes, please contact your fundraising coach. Your fundraising coach will order your organization another set of supplies, or you can order a kit on our website.
Funds2Orgs accepts all gently worn, used and new shoes including sneakers and even cleats. However, there are some restrictions, which are as follows:
• Single Shoes or mismatched pairs of shoes
• Ice Skates
• Rollerblades / Roller Skates
• Wet / moldy shoes
• Shoes with holes or tears
• No thrift store shoes are accepted.
The shoes given for your shoe drive fundraiser should be gently worn, used and new. Of course, we always love to repurpose shoes that are in the best possible condition. And, we love new shoes best of all!
We do not accept single shoes, only matching pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes.
You will need a space roughly 10’ by 10’ by 10’. Some groups get a self-storage business to donate the space. A double car garage or a warehouse also provide sufficient space.
During your shoe drive fundraiser, your fundraising coach and the Funds2Orgs logistics team will be in contact with you. We cannot guarantee any pickups during your fundraiser other than a final pickup within 45 days of the end of your campaign. Please make sure you have a storage space large enough to hold all your bags for the entire duration of your shoe drive fundraiser and until pickup. However, we may arrange for periodic pickups when our team is in your area.
Funds2Orgs will pick up the shoes that you have collected, and you will need to sign a new agreement and start a new fundraiser.
During your shoe drive fundraiser, our logistics team will work with you to coordinate a pickup of the bags of shoes collected by your organization. When there is a pickup, please have two to three volunteers on hand per 100 bags to help ensure timely loading. Please remember our drivers cannot control traffic or inclement weather, so please give our driver 30 minutes before the appointed arrival time and 30 minutes after to allow our driver a sufficient time for loading. Our driver will be in touch with you to confirm arrival time.
Nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, PTO and PTA groups, businesses, companies, and civic groups can participate. We work with all types of groups and organizations, and we’ve also had individuals and families partner with us for shoe drive fundraisers.
Once your shoes are received at our warehouse, they will be weighed and processed within 2 business days. You will be issued a check and receipt at that time. If we happened to be in your area and did an interim pickup, you will receive a check after processing of the shoes and then again at the end of your shoe drive fundraiser, after the collection and receipt by Funds2Orgs of all the shoes.
That’s great! More shoes = More money for your organization.
No. Funds2Orgs will provide all the shoe drive fundraising materials including 33-gallon clear bags, rubber bands, marketing material templates, and coaching for the duration of your shoe drive fundraiser. However, if you choose to do any printing from our marketing templates, you will be responsible for those costs.
Please refer to your Shoe Drive Agreement (SDA) for additional details, or speak with your fundraising team by calling 407-93-2979.
They become an economic lifeline for individuals and families living in developing nations. Due to systemic poverty, lack of education and economic opportunity Funds2Orgs works with individuals who create micro-businesses, essentially small businesses. The shoes collected in countries, such as the United States, are repurposed. That is, they’re given another life and sold to micro-entrepreneurs for a small cost. Micro-entrepreneurs then mark-up the shoes and sell them in their local communities for a fraction of their original price, but still for a profit!
Unfortunately, no. Shoes you collected are combined with other shoes from other shoe drive fundraisers. The shoes collected from shoe drive fundraiser throughout North America are consolidated and sent overseas.
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