Across the nation, school groups are using green fundraisers to raise money and promote environmental awareness among students says Kimberly Reynolds of FundraiserHelp.com.
School groups are increasingly turning to eco-friendly green fundraisers to raise much-needed funds while promoting environmental awareness among students and their families. Popular green fundraisers include recycling used printer cartridges, cell phones, laptops, and other obsolete small electronic items in exchange for cash payments from recycling companies.
“Green fundraisers are becoming more popular every year,” says Kimberly Reynolds, author of Fundraising Success and owner of the popular FundraiserHelp.com website. “Many school groups see these types of fundraising activities as teaching positive values to the students while providing a much-needed service to the community.”
“A recycling fundraiser can also be a year-round silent fundraiser just by providing drop-off boxes at schools and local businesses for disposal of used electronic items,” adds Reynolds. “Providing convenient drop-off boxes at various locations around town ensures the safe disposal of used electronic items while providing school groups with considerable revenue each year.”
Another eco-friendly fundraiser involves organizing community cleanup activities where supporters contribute a small amount per pound of waste collected. A Saturday cleanup of a recreational lake or nearby river can result in thousands of pounds of trash being gathered and removed from community property. To raise funds, school groups solicit family members, friends, and local business owners to contribute a penny per pound of trash removed from the cleanup site and then tally their haul.
Collecting one hundred pledges means a school group can raise one dollar per pound of trash collected or $2,000 per ton. Many groups report their volunteers collect several tons of discarded refuse from riverbanks and other illegal dumping sites while performing their community cleanup.