Which stores allow fundraising

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Yukipr
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I am been given the opportunity to help setting up ideas for fundraising for my daughter's pre-school. The goal is to get a new playground for the kids. So, what a better way to start my search than asking fellow couponers? Do you know which stores out there help with fundraisers? Any information will be greatly appreciated!

grandma g
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one more idea

Just thought I'd throw out Potbelly (love their stuff)...they also have fundraising, donation ideas on their website.

Susiem68
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Sponsors

I do not know specifics where you are, but in general your best bets would first be employers of your parents who have kids in the organization. In our area the local hospitals, pediatric dentists, and orthodontists are often willing to sponsor in exchange for advertising. Physical therapy places and tutors centers would be another bet. I would aim local and think places that want the business of kids the age you are dealing with. I am basing this on what I see on the little league fences, park district T shirts, DARE sponsor T shirts... It always seems to be the same rotation of these types of places. The big corporations like Pepsi tend to stick with known charities, though if you have a local factory or a parent employed by the company you might have a shot. Ask the parents to also check into matching programs. Some employers will match as a donation what your organization can raise. My daughters old school happened to have a teacher who was the granddaughter of a big food corporation owner. With that connection they were able to get discounted products for a fundraiser. Ask the parents to investigate their contacts.

Outlander
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E-Scrip gift cards are good

E-Scrip gift cards are good too. They do that at preschool and school level too, you buy gift cards you'd buy anyway and school gets the money.

Coupon Maven
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Culvers

Culvers does. Our local Culvers has dine and share nights for our Boy Scout pack, church youth group, and a bunch of other local groups too.

Susiem68
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Places

McDonald's does nights like that. I know some local restaurants here do it, but they are local. Target gives money back if your parents use their Red Card and specify your school. I am guessing you guys are already doing boxtops.

Hamptons Mom
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Can't do box tops

we tried that for my daughters preschool. The box top program is k-12 only. Our preschool does a lot of the restaurants though CPK does it and Roly Poly Sandwiches.

Susiem68
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Depends

Depends on what you need. Are you looking to sell stuff outside a store, sponsorship(money)for a program, food for an event, or donations of merchandise. Depends what you need who you ask. Also consider corporations that do matching programs or some of your parents may have employers that do matching donations. Frankly the one thing they never do that I wish they would is be frank about what needs to be raised, and what that is broken down per kid. Seriously my friends and I who can afford it have said if we knew what our " fair share" was we would probably happily write a check to cover us and maybe someone else too. Our school was raising funds recently and they could not even tell me how much they were short! Do not underestimate the power of putting names on a plaque or on things. Some people like their names on things, like a bench, brick pavers....many things are funded by selling engraved bricks in the sidewalk. Past students and corporations even like to buy bricks.

Our school publishes the donors names(boosters) on each school program with their giving level. At the beginning of the year the first school program is pretty blank, but people look and see that oh so and so gave 10, maybe we should give something but I want to be in the 20-50 tier instead. By the end of the year there is a page full of donors. They also give hour worked credit listings in the program(50 dollars or 5 hours tier for example)

Good luck.

thunder1991
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Corporate Sponsors

Good morning Susie, I was wondering if you know of any Corporations that may sponsor for competitive cheer. Both of my girls belong and last year I sent out six letters for assistance with no reply. I am wondering if you can pass some leads on to me since I had no success. Thanks so much!

Yukipr
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Thanks

Thanks a lot for the ideas. I was actually thinking about the break down on price since sometimes that might be easier than spending countless hours doing the fundraising and asking families to help. I will consider all of those.

I was thinking more on the line that is you spend x amount on a specific day at a specific store, a percentage goes towards the school. I know I have seen those in the past, but I can not remember from where. I will be willing to consider raffles too. We'll see where that goes.

eztupp
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jewel used to do shop & share

jewel used to do shop & share days. you should contact them on facebook. you will get a fast answer.

NFriday
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They do not do shop and share anymore

Hi- This group that I sing with in Evanston, used to have Jewel and Dominick's shopping days, where the group got back 5% of what ever amount I spent at the store. I think Dominick's dropped the program first, but Jewel dropped the program a few years ago. What we do now is sell Jewel gift cards, and we get 5% back on the gift cards, and one of our members uses his credit card to purchase them for the group, and he gets 5% back on his credit card when he does that, and he gives the 5% back to the group, and so we make 10% per gift card. With the new owners of Jewel though, I am not sure how much longer this program is going to last at Jewel. This happens to be one of our biggest money makers, and we push the gift cards at every rehearsal. It is an easy way for us to make money. I purchase the gift cards occasionally.

We also belong to igive.com, in which people when they sign up for it, are asked which group they want to support, and if they purchase something on line through a retailer that is part of igive, then what ever group they support gets a certain percentage back of what ever is purchased. You must go to igive.com first, before you make your purchase on line, so the nonprofit group that you support will receive credit for your purchase. The enumeration varies greatly according to what online establishment you are purchasing from. I believe Amazon only gives back .4%, but a few companies give back 15%. Walmart is not part of igive, but most large companies are. Hope this helps, Nancy