If you are looking to raise money for your local sports team, church, or school, a shoe fundraiser could be what you’re looking for. There are a number of fundraising facilitators that are willing to pay you for shoes collected during a shoe drive. The best part is that the shoes that are collected during some shoe drives will benefit millions of people worldwide who don’t own a pair of shoes.
You’re probably wondering how much money can a shoe fundraiser make? That depends on a number of factors including the facilitator that you decide to fundraise, how many shoes you collect, and the pay scale.
Why do People Organize Shoe Fundraisers?
Some people organize shoe drives to raise money for a sick family member, schools, clubs, or because they are simply strapped for cash. There are others that thrive off of helping the less fortunate or want to participate in controlling waste by repurposing gently used shoes.
How to Make Money With a Shoe Fundraiser
To make money doing this type of fundraiser, you need to find a facilitator to host the fundraising event. Look for fundraising hosts that allow you to organize a fundraising event with little to no money needed. Once you have found a host, you will need to signup to participate in their fundraising events.
Promote your fundraiser with the tools and resources that your facilitator provides. This will sound redundant, but you will need to get the word out about what you are doing.
You will need to make sure that you understand the terms and conditions of how compensation works. For example, some hosts will only accept athletic footwear, while others accept a variety of shoes. You may be required to ship the shoes that are collected in a specific bag or you will not receive payment for the shoes that you turn in.
Once you understand the terms of the fundraiser you can begin collecting shoes. After you have collected the minimum amount required for a payout, you will need to contact your fundraising facilitator to arrange for shipping or pick up of the collected items. Once the host has received the shoes that you have collected, they will either send you a check or direct deposit the funds into your account.
How Does the Pay Scale Work?
The pay scale can vary depending on the fundraising facilitator. Some places could pay you by the pound, the type of shoes including brand and condition, and a flat dollar amount per shoe. There are some companies that will pay you different rates depending on how far you are from their location.
What’s the Average Pay for a Shoe Fundraising Event?
The average payout for a shoe drive will depend on how you are paid. A pair of shoes is equivalent to almost 1 lb. Let’s say you are getting paid $.40 per lb for the shoes you collect, and you collect about 600 pairs that work out to being around $240. Keep in mind that you can recruit volunteers to help you collect the shoes or offer incentives to encourage members of your organization to collect as many shoes as possible.
There are some organizations that have held shoe drive fundraisers and have raised between $3,000-$6,000 in a couple of months. There is little effort involved when raising money for a shoe drive. Not to mention, there are a number of different types of fundraisers that you can participate in to raise money for collecting shoes.
What is the Best Way to Make Money Doing a Shoe Drive?
When doing a shoe drive, the best way to make money is to take advantage of the fundraising material that facilitators will often provide. Although a minimal effort is involved, it does require detailed planning to have a successful shoe fundraising event.
When planning the event, here are a few things that you need to consider:
- How you will promote the shoe drive- social media, flyers, word of mouth
- What type of milestone goals you will set
- Drop off location(s) for the shoes
- How you will recruit volunteers to help you
You should utilize the services of the fundraiser coaches to help guide you through the fundraiser, especially if this is your first time doing a shoe drive. Some hosts will provide you with a team of coaches that are dedicated to helping you succeed.
Involve Your Community
If you really want to maximize your earning potential, get your community involved. Sports teams and extracurricular clubs will jump at the chance to get involved with collecting shoes. The more people you have collecting shoes the more shoes you will be able to turn in and the more money you will make. You can share the wealth by donating proceeds from the fundraiser to the teams and clubs that helped out.
You can hold events, tournaments, and campaigns that work in conjunction with other community activities or you can conduct a shoe collection event by itself. Some groups and organizations have been known to have a collection booth for shoes at festivals, fairs, car washes, or even bake sales. An enticing way to get collect shoes would be to have individuals donate shoes to cover the cost of a service that you provide.
Benefits of a Shoe Fundraiser
There are several benefits of hosting a fundraiser, this includes the following:
- Little to no money to get started
- The shoes will help developing economies by providing low cost repurpose shoes to resell
- You will be doing your part to help the environment by eliminating thousands of lbs of waste
- Funds are available within a few days after shoes are collected.
If you want to make money and help others in the process, a shoe drive is a way to go. It doesn’t matter what the reason is for organizing a fundraiser, there’s no money to collect or products to sell. You are helping people clean out their closets, provide shoes to those in need, and raise money to help support your cause.