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Green Raising

Thursday, October 18th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Green Raising

My mom actually passed this Web site my way and I’m so glad she did. She teaches at a school that decided to do their fundraising through this site. I wanted to share it with those of you who plan fundraisers for schools, churches and other non-profit organizations as well.

Wondering how it works? Well, I’m pleased as punch to tell you! First, you’ll need to register your non-profit organization. If the site isn’t familiar with it, they will have to verify it, which could take one to seven days. After approval, your name will appear on their list of partners and you can start looking through their fundraising options. They have Web drives and catalog drives.

A catalog drive is something we are all familiar with. I remember going door to door in my neighborhood as a child trying to sell cookies, candy, candles and whatnot. I remember my parents paying for the box of candy my friends and I ate, not realizing it’d cost money. But now, you can sell eco-friendly products at your next catalog fundraiser. From reusable water bottles to soaps and lotions to gifts like bracelets and chocolate, it’s all here on this site. They’ll send you the catalogs and order forms you’ll need as well. Also, with this option, you can keep 40 percent of what you make!

A Web site drive is a newer way of raising money with a fundraiser. From what I understand, people shop this Web page and list your non-profit if they want to purchase from you. With this one, you get 25 percent of the sales to put toward your fundraiser.

With a lot of our minds turning to what we can do to help better our environment, these products will really strike a chord with buyers. Everything is eco-friendly and even more so, to the point of being practical and useful. Well, maybe the chocolate isn’t useful, but don’t we all love chocolate anyway?!

I think this is a great way to raise funds for non-profit organizations. It’s something that will help your organization, but it also helps the planet. It’s pretty neat if you ask me!

~ Amanda

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