With the end of Target’s 20-year Take Charge of Education program and the Campbell Soup Company phasing out its Labels for Education program, many parent groups are looking for other passive fundraisers to replace that lost income.
The good news is that plenty of shopping and collection fundraisers are still active, including the popular General Mills Box Tops for Education program. Box Tops launched a digital app in September 2016 called Bonus Box Tops for Education; shoppers using the app can earn extra box tops for their schools.
We asked people in our PTO & PTA Leaders Facebook group to tell us about similar fundraisers their groups are using. (Join our closed group to be in on discussions like this from the start!) We organized their suggestions and others into the following sections:
Do you know of other programs? Let us know in the comments at the bottom so we can add them to this list and share them with other readers. Before signing up for any fundraiser, be sure to read the fine print and decide whether it’s a good fit for your school community.
National Affiliate and Loyalty Fundraising Programs
Through AmazonSmile, shoppers can select a charity to receive 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible purchases. To participate in the program, charitable organizations must have an IRS employer identification number (EIN).
A percentage of purchases made through Kula’s online mall will be donated to participating organizations, usually 3 percent or more; the company also offers a direct-donation platform as well as brand-specific loyalty programs.
Mabel’s Labels’ fundraising program gives 20 percent of sales of customized labels and other products back to participating organizations.
MightyNest for Schools
Any accredited U.S. school can participate in MightyNest’s fundraising program, which donates 15 percent of each order to a school chosen by the purchaser. Payments are made to the parent group, or directly to the school if there is no parent group.
Office Depot/Office Max Give Back to Schools
The office supply store chain gives 5 percent of sales to schools as store credit when customers provide a school ID number. The Give Back to Schools site has a tool to look up school ID numbers and to print ID cards to hand out to families.
Red Robin Royalty Burgers for Better Schools
Red Robin has a loyalty program schools can participate in year-round. Customers who are signed up for Red Robin Royalty can designate a school to receive 1 percent of the value of each check when they dine at a Red Robin.
Through the Shoparoo app, families upload photos of receipts from grocery stores, restaurants, and retail stores. A designated school earns points for each receipt uploaded. Shoparoo issues annual checks based on the points earned.
Participating schools receive a custom URL linking to Shutterfly, where customers can create and purchase photo books, cards, and more from Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, and Wedding Paper Divas. The school receives 13 percent of the sales made through the link.
Simple School Fundraising
After signing up, participating groups get a custom webpage with a unique link to Amazon.com; sales made through the link on that webpage will earn approximately 3 percent on eligible purchases.
National Collection Fundraisers
My Coke Rewards for Schools
Registered schools can collect My Coke Rewards labels and ask people to donate My Coke Rewards points online. Points are converted to cash each quarter.
Organizations hold drives to collect gently worn shoes. Funds2Orgs picks up the shoes and pays according to the total weight of the items collected.
Schools submit UPC codes for Prang’s school supply products to earn points that can be used toward free products.
In this donation drive fundraiser, schools collect used items including clothing, shoes, bedding, toys, and books. Schools can take the items to a designated donation center or make other arrangements. Payment is based upon the total weight of donated items.
SunnyD Book Spree
SunnyD donates $120 worth of books to a classroom for each 20 labels received.
Tyson Project A+
Schools collect labels from more than 40 Tyson products and submit a minimum of 100 labels. Each label earns 24 cents paid back to the school.
Regional Collection Fundraisers
These programs are run by companies operating more locally. Check individual program websites for eligibility.
Grocery Store Loyalty Fundraising Programs
Many grocery store chains offer loyalty cards. Shoppers can pick a school to receive reward points or a percentage of their total purchases. Programs vary by chain, and grocery chains may have different programs in different areas.