A couple of years ago, I provided a list of green fundraising ideas since I was so tired of receiving yet another paper wrapping request. Given how many people read this article, I know they must feel the same way as me. As time goes by, I try and update each of my articles to keep you up to date with the trends. Kermit tells me that everyone wants a piece of him so consequently green fundraising has really taken off. So here are some more fundraising ideas listed below.
But, before I start, don’t get me wrong. I support school fundraising. Our PTA sponsors tremendous programs because of their fundraising efforts. However, I believe it possible to combine saving the Earth by supporting our schools. Don’t you?
The Original Green Fundraising Ideas
Just to give you some background, in my first article, I highlighted the following: Ecophones (gives cash for a multitude of items,) TerraCycle, who pays for items that ordinarily go in the trash, and Staples, who now gives Staples money for print cartridges along with Laptop Lunches, and many others. What I love about this prior article is the amount of comments from people providing additional green fundraising sources. So, be sure to check out this article for great ideas.
What Am I Doing at My Own School?
Presently, I am collecting 14 different trash items such s Lays Potato Chip bags and yogurt cups for the school The PTA gets paid by TerraCycle 2 cents an item. Before, you say, “gosh, Anna, that is too much work for trash.” It adds up. My school district is small so I can imagine how well you would do in a larger district. Last year we made $400 on trash combing the TerraCycle collections with milk carton recycling via MilkMuny and print cartridge recycling via Ecophones.
Want to get an inside view of my collections? Um, you are going to have to check tomorrow for my Gloria Swanson “All right Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up,” video.
Some New Green Fundraising Ideas
Listed below are some new green fundraising ideas:
Used Book Fundraiser:
Run a used book fundraiser through Got Books? Book collection fundraising is only available in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Vermont. However, I was told by a company spokesperson if you can drive your books to a nearby location if you don’t live in one of the above states. Just contact them to discuss the details. The company has plans to expand, so keep checking the site for further information.
Used Books, CDs, and DVDs Fundraisers:
Media Exchange 123 offer fundraising opportunity by collecting new and used CDs, DVDs, books, video games, and text books. Before you get too excited, read the Company’s conditions. Basically, they accept gently used products. Most importantly, you must have the original case, artwork, and instructions if you want the Company to accept your videos, DVDs, and CDs for funds.
Other websites that buy used DVDs. CDs, and games:
- Second Spin. (You must have a 12 digit UPC from the item. You can sell in bulk, but to be honest, I think this might be very time consuming.)
- GarotsMedia: same requirements as MediaExchange 123
Hand Held Electronic Equipment:
Although in my previous green fundraising article, I mentioned Ecophones as a source for phone, iPod, and other assorted electronic equipment fundraising, BuyMyTronics has gotten into the fundraising game as well. Both take broken electronics.
I wrote about BuyMyTronics a couple of years ago when they were a start-up and I am happy to say they have been so successful that I can’t keep up with their progress. Lesson learned. Go for your dreams.
So, stay tune. I will be sending them a shipment soon to see how their prices compare with Ecophones.
Ice Skates Fundraisers
If you want to make money for your skating club or team, you can sell your figure skating dresses, figure skates and blades at My Skating Mall. The team receives 90% of the money less any charge associated with PayPal. See here for more information on how it works.
Sell your Gold or Silver:
Do you have a drawer of unused gold or silver from disco days gone by? Or perhaps you were a Madonna wannabe in another life? Well, you can sell your gold, silver,or platinum for cash as a fundraiser. Listed below are some companies to get you started on your research:
Party Supplies Fundraiser (Dishes, Glasses, To Go Ware)
Note, iHospitality is no longer offering fundraising but they still offer great green party ware.
A party supply fundraiser seems odd but hear me out. Think of this fundraiser like a Tupperware party without the plastic! How many of you have large birthday parties for your kids? Or large gathering on Memorial Day or July 4th? And what do you use? Um, Styrofoam plates? Not too green.
I know. Who has service for 25 or more?
So, why not a sustainable partyware fundraiser? iHospitality offers the following sustainable items for your next fundraiser party: compostable palm leaf plates similar to Verterra, which I reviewed, recycled content glassware, on the go bamboo utensils and stainless steel containers. I love the palm leaf plates because they make such a statement at your table. Edgy and modern with a touch of green.
Eco-Friendly Note Card Fundraising
Twisted Limb Paperworks produces 100% recycled content invitations, holiday cards, stationary and other paper product right in Hoosier land (Indiana.)
I absolutely adore this company’s environmental stance. According to their website,
“Their paper is 100% recycled using a combination of office paper, junk mail, and grocery bags, embellised with grass from their field and ferns from their woods. No dyes are used; colors are obtained directly from the recycled materials. Water is recycled from the studio’s air conditioner and dehumidifier. 22% of profits is donated annually to environmental and community groups.”
As part of their offerings, they have a fundraising program for schools, teams, and charities where you can sell bookmarks, stationary, and scrap-booking paper pieces. Your organization receives 40% of the proceeds. What’s not to love?
So, check out my fundraising ideas in my oldy but a goody original green fundraising article and the new ideas listed above. If I left anything out, please add them in the comments. I would love both article to be go-to-sources for eco-fundraisers. There can never be too many ideas when it comes to helping our charities and loving the Earth.
Join the Conversation:
- Have you instituted any green fundraising campaigns at your school or charity?
- If so, which campaigns have been the most successful and why?
- Are you using another company that I didn’t mention above for your eco-fundraising?
- How do you think your school or charity would react to this type of fundraising?
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