One of the biggest keys in the business world is staying competitive, and one of the best ways to do that is to become a retail partner with Great Lakes Scrip Center. With a “fundraising while you shop” mentality, our nonprofit organizations direct more business your way with little effort from your end.

How it works

Schools and other nonprofit organizations including churches, athletic teams, and band and music programs register with Great Lakes Scrip Center, and must demonstrate their nonprofit status before they can participate. We currently have more than 17,000 organizations participating from all 50 states. Families in approved organizations purchase gift cards from their organization to use in place of cash, checks, or credit cards for their household spending. Families earn rebates for their nonprofit organization, while you, as a retailer, get committed shopping dollars in advance with a lower cost form of payment. The rebate on each scrip purchase comes from the discount the retailer offers to GLSC. GLSC retains a small portion of the discount while the majority is passed on to the organizations for fundraising purposes.

We partner with national retailers, and larger regional retailers with multiple locations in all shopping categories. We even partner with online retailers, not just brick and mortar stores!

Benefits of being a partner

One beautiful thing about scrip is that it heavily influences shopper behavior, as they actively seek out retailers who will help them earn money for the nonprofit organizations they are passionate about. Scrip shoppers are loyal, committed customers who will continue to shop with a retailer in order to earn rebates to support organizations they are heavily involved with such as their children’s school, band, or sports team.

As a GLSC retail partner, you have access to over 5 million active and involved families across the nation who are looking for opportunities to shop with scrip. Additionally, you will receive email exposure to approximately 300,000 households when we announce your brand at launch, and for any events such as a new scrip product or promotional event you participate in. Let us help you amplify your marketing communication activities without you lifting a finger.

What makes GLSC different?

For the past 22 years as a company, we have grown to carry over 850 brands from more than 300 retailers. This shows that we are able to work with a wide range of retailers and create trusting relationships. By partnering with GLSC, you can draw customers away from your competitors, gain new customers, and get more business coming your way just by offering scrip.

There are multiple reasons why we have stellar relationships with retailers. Among the list are commitment to culture and community, retail relationship representatives, and IT department. Not only do you receive a quality personal experience, but GLSC also has state of the art, secure systems in place to manage, track, and protect every individual card that enters and exits our building. Our IT team has made connections with the major card activators, as well as some direct connections, allowing us to offer virtual products, like electronic gift cards and reload options, along with our physical gift cards, which all means less work for you!

If you have any questions or you want to find out more about becoming a retail partner, send us an email at, we’d love to hear from you!