By: Wayne Elsey
At the bottom of this post about our story, there’s a fun giveaway to get you started on helping the world.
Creative fundraising ideas can come in different forms, but our favorite is with shoes.
Did you know that around the world many families live on as little as $2 a day? That’s considered extreme poverty by international standards.
And, were you aware that each year over 600 million shoes are thrown into landfills across our country? This is harmful to the environment because it can take more than 80 years for a shoe to break down. In addition, as shoes decompose, the chemical compounds emit toxins into the air, which are harmful to health.
Shoe drive fundraising is a way to address your fundraising needs, help families in developing nations and lower our collective carbon footprint. All of my experiences led me to develop Funds2Orgs.
As a father, although I was a shoe sales executive, I did not like when my daughter came home from school or her youth groups and I was asked to sell candy. I also had to sell cookie dough. I knew my friends, families and work colleagues did not want the calories and I felt uncomfortable pushing things to people I knew that they didn’t want or need. Little did I know I would someday have the opportunity to create something for so many.
I remember watching my television set with the rest of the world watching the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami. As a shoe executive, I knew I had to do something. I would have been a fool if I didn’t try to help. Within a few weeks and with a wonderful team, we sent hundreds of thousands of shoes to adults and children who had been affected and lost everything. This happened again after Hurricane Katrina and then the earthquake in Haiti. In total, over 17 million shoes were sent to people who were in need after natural disasters.
It was all of those experiences that led me to Funds2Orgs. Over the years, I’ve spoken to thousands of people. And, what I realized is that a lot of people associated with schools, youth sports groups, nonprofits, churches and others felt like I did when I was raising money for my daughter’s school and clubs. There’s donor fatigue. People don’t want to sell things, and donors always want to have to support their favorite cause with money.
Funds2Orgs is the leading shoe drive fundraising social enterprise in North America. Our shoe drive partners simply collect gently worn, used and new shoes. We issue a check based on the total weight of the shoes collected.
We’re accredited by the Better Business Bureau and I invite you to see what others are saying about us. We’ve partnered with thousands who have good words to say about us. This has occurred because we’re committed to unique fundraising ideas with no out-of-pocket costs.
We’re committed to superior customer service.
A team of fundraising coaches works with you from start to finish.
We give you the shoe collection material and themarketing and promotion material.
A driving team member picks up the shoes from your location.
A Funds2Orgs check is issued within 2 business days of the shoes being received at our warehouse.
A shoe drive fundraiser can literally help change the world.
You have the chance to raise thousands with easy creative fundraising ideas.
We ship the shoes you collect to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations. They need the shoes for inventory as they work on a path out of poverty.
The shoes collected in a shoe drive fundraiser don’t go into landfills where they harm our planet, the environment and health.
Maybe now’s the time to receive your free information kit from Funds2Orgs and see what we can do for you?