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What is Scrip?

Scrip is Fundraising While You Shop®. This amazingly successful fundraising program works for any school, church, team, club or other non-profit! Scrip turns everyday shopping into cash for your organization when families use retail gift cards to pay for everyday purchases (like gas and groceries) instead of the usual credit/debit card or other money. Scrip works equally well for onetime fundraising goals or year-round programs. Great Lakes Scrip Center® has helped thousands of organizations earn more than 500 million dollars over the last 20 years. If you are looking for a successful fundraiser, you need Great Lakes Scrip Center. 

How It Works

Good news: It’s really simple!
 
The Basics of a Scrip Program
  • Your members buy retail gift cards through your scrip program at face value.
  • They choose from nearly 400 national retail stores where they already shop. Click here for a full retailer list.
  • Your organization buys the gift cards at 1-13% less than face value (varies by retailer).
  • The difference between face value and what your organization pays = your organization’s earnings.
  • Your fundraising has begun!
 
Here’s an Example

Mrs. Smith needs some gardening supplies, so she buys a $100 The Home Depot® gift card for $100 through her son’s school scrip fundraiser. Cha-ching! She just earned $4 for the school because The Home Depot gift cards are available from Great Lakes Scrip Center at 4% less than face value. When Mrs. Smith checks out at The Home Depot, she pays with her gift card instead of using a credit or debit card!  She will do the same thing when she needs cleaning supplies at Target®, and earn $2.50 just by using a $100 Target GiftCard to pay for her purchases.
 

Why Scrip is Better

Most fundraising programs sell “stuff.”  Supporters buy the “stuff” to “help you out.” (i.e. “How little can I spend?”). With scrip, there’s no need to sell “stuff.”
 
Top Five Scrip Program Benefits
  1. No selling random, unwanted, overpriced “stuff” to family and friends.
  2. Earnings add up fast!  It's easy for a single family to generate $600 to $1000 or more per year.
  3. Everyday family purchases become every day earnings for your organization.
  4. Families are motivated and engaged with the program.
  5. All or part of the earnings a member generates can go towards their individual fees or expenses. 


Top Five Family Benefits

  1. Plan ahead to buy groceries, gas and other household expenses with gift cards from scrip.
  2. Shop in-store or online with participating retailers.
  3. Use gift cards to pay at checkout, just like they would use a credit/debit card, but without the fraud risk.
  4. Scrip program earnings are much greater than credit card rewards.
  5. No unnecessary spending, families spend their planned household budget at stores they already frequent.

Calculate the Possibilities!

Our calculator helps you see how much your non-profit can earn using a year-round scrip program.  Just fill in your figures and see how rewarding fundraising with scrip can be.
 

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Pick a Program

We can help you get started. Select the option that describes your organization:

We are glad you are interested in a scrip program for your non-profit organization. We have helped thousands of groups raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Whatever your fundraising need, there is a scrip program for you.

Give us an idea of your fundraising goals by indicating the options you would like for your fundraiser, and we’ll recommend the best program for your group.  Don’t worry, we are here to help, and you can change or customize your program at any time.

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Limited Program

Perfect for limited time or seasonal fundraisers, and year-round programs for smaller groups.  We help you develop a paper order form for participating families to place orders on a schedule you set.
Benefits of a Limited scrip program include:
  • Ideal for one-time, or seasonal fundraiser.
  • Usually scheduled to align with high-volume shopping seasons. (i.e. back to school, holidays) 
  • Can work as year-round program for small volume groups.
  • Minimal time for your volunteers.
  • Great success and quick results.
  • Paper order forms.
  • Traditional retail gift cards.
  • You submit your program’s order by phone or online.
  • No cost to enroll and start earning!
Not sure which is the right program for your group? Contact us and let us help you customize the perfect fundraising program to meet your needs.
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Classic Program

Our most popular program for organizations just starting out, the Classic program includes all the features of a Limited program, with the addition of convenient, easy to use online ordering and payment for participating families. Your members can receive electronic scrip options delivered directly to them through their mobile device or computer.  Plus, you can easily compile family orders and submit your program’s order online, eliminating mistakes and minimizing time spent running your program.
Benefits of a Classic scrip program include:
  • Ideal for ongoing fundraising.
  • Income that accumulates quickly and steadily.
  • Motivated families love to use scrip for their household spending year-round.
  • Families can order online, through their mobile device or use a paper order form.
  • Both traditional gift cards shipped to the organization, and electronic options delivered directly to the family.
  • Free scrip software helps keep your program running smoothly.
  • No cost to enroll and start earning!
Not sure which is the right program for your group? Contact us and let us help you customize the perfect fundraising program to meet your needs.
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Classic Plus Program

All the features of the Classic program, with the addition of inventory of the most popular gift cards not available in electronic options. Your organization purchases gift cards their members use most in advance, and makes them available regularly for immediate purchase at a scrip store. Participating families have the most options because they can order any electronically delivered scrip or traditional gift cards online, plus buy select gift cards right at your organization. Adding inventory makes impulse buying easier for participating families, and reduces their need to plan ahead even further.
Additional benefits of a Classic Plus scrip program include:
  • On-site stock of most popular cards.
  • Highest earning potential.
  • Great for programs that can make an initial investment to purchase inventory, or for established programs that are ready to grow more.
  • Families love the convenience of buying traditional gift cards immediately from your store.
  • Advanced scrip software to manage your inventory and earnings.
  • No cost to enroll, nominal annual subscription fee for advanced scrip software for inventory management.
Not sure which is the right program for your group? Contact us and let us help you customize the perfect fundraising program to meet your needs.
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Perfect for limited time or seasonal fundraisers, and year-round programs for smaller groups.  We help you develop a paper order form for participating families to place orders on a schedule you set.
  
Feature Limited Program Classic Program Classic Plus Program
Cost Free Free $79/yr
Families can order via paper order forms
Coordinator can submit orders online or by phone
Families can order online  
Families can pay online via ACH  
Families can reload previously purchased gift cards  
Families can buy immediately delivered eCards  
Families have access to eCards and reloads via Mobile  
Opportunity for additional earnings during retailer promotions  
Highest family participation and earnings  
Program management software to minimize fulfillment and record keeping efforts  
Tracking to share earnings with individual member accounts  
Organization keeps inventory of most popular gift cards available for immediate  purchase    
Organization can give families multiple options to apply earnings    
Every organizational fundraiser has unique needs. Now that you’ve got an idea of what scrip programs offer, contact our friendly, no-strings-attached customer service experts.  There is no pressure, no hassle. Contact us and let us help you customize the perfect fundraising program to meet your needs.