Prepaid Shipping Bag Fundraisers

If you have a group or club that has people with lots of athletic shoes (e.g., sports teams, etc.), then the footwear can become money for you. Your supporters can send the athletic shoes directly to Sneakers4Funds, the largest athletic shoe drive fundraising company in North America..

What do you get with no out-of-pocket costs for the Prepaid Shipping Bag shoe drive fundraising program?

  • Give the special prepaid shipping bags to your supporters.
  • Ask them to fill each pre-paid shipping bag with 10 pairs of gently worn, used and new athletic shoes.
  • Your champions then take the filled bags to the United Parcel Service (UPS) store or call UPS for a pick-up, and the bag(s) are shipped to the Sneakers4Funds warehouse.
  • There is no cost to your supporters for shipping the bags of athletic shoes.
  • Once the athletic shoes are received, you are issued a check within 2 business days.

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What is Sneakers4Funds?
Sneakers4Funds is the preeminent social enterprise for athletic shoe drive fundraising in North America. It is a for-profit company that was under the leading shoe drive fundraising brand, Funds2Orgs, before it became its own independent brand due to the immense demand from sports clubs, teams, clubs, corporations, businesses and schools for athletic shoe drive fundraisers.
What is an athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
With an athletic shoe drive fundraiser, your champions never have to write a check or give you money. Instead, athletic shoes become the currency and Sneakers4Funds issues you a check for the athletic shoes you collect during your fundraiser. During an athletic shoe drive fundraiser, you ask supporters and community to give you their gently worn, used and new athletic shoes. When Sneakers4Funds receives the athletic shoes, you will be issued a check! It's that easy!
Are there any out-of-pocket costs to me?
There are never any out-of-pocket costs with any other program with Sneakers4Funds. Depending on your fundraising agreement, freight costs may be deducted from the amount of the check issued to your designated organization. For more information, please see your Sneakers4Funds fundraising agreement or call the fundraising coaching team at 407-930-2979.
What are the 3 key benefits of doing an athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
1. You get to raise money for your sports group, club, team or a favorite charity.
2. Sneakers4Funds is a social enterprise, and we partner with small business owners in developing nations with a hand-up, rather than a hand-out.
3. You provide your community with a socially responsible fundraiser where athletic shoes are re-purposed and don’t end up in the trash where they harm the environment.
What does it mean to repurpose?
It means to give something a new life or purpose. Sneakers4Funds ships athletic shoes collected in athletic shoe drive fundraisers throughout North America to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations where they are "re-purposed."
What happens to the athletic shoes collected in a Sneakers4Funds athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
They are shipped to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations. Due to systemic poverty, many families around the world do not have sufficient and sustaining work opportunities. Sneakers4Funds sells the athletic shoes collected for a small fraction of their original price, often on credit. These micro-entrepreneurs, or small business owners, then prepare the athletic shoes for sale, commerce, and profit. By the way, most people wear athletic shoes in developing countries because they use their feet to get from one place to another.
Why do the sneakers have to be rubber banded or have the laces tied together before they are placed into the shipping bags?
We want to process your athletic shoes quickly so we can issue you a check. By making sure that pairs remain together, it helps to ensure speedy processing.
If I need more bags, what do I do?
Simply contact your Sneakers4Funds coach. Your coach will make sure you receive additional supplies.
What types of athletic shoes can someone give to a Sneakers4Funds athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
Sneakers4Funds only accepts gently worn, used and new athletic shoes. Athletic shoes include sneakers, trainers, cross-trainers, walking shoes, and racing shoes.
Does Sneakers4Funds accept athletic sports shoes with cleats?
Yes, we even accept cleats. They just have to be gently worn, used or new.
Does Sneakers4Funds accept single athletic shoes?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. All of the athletic shoes you collect are shipped to micro-entrepreneurs (small business owners) in developing nations, and they sell the footwear in their communities. People need to buy pairs of athletic shoes and not singles.
What condition is acceptable for the shoes?
The athletic shoes have to be gently worn, used or new. Remember, these athletic shoes are going to be repurposed and worn again, so they have to be in the best condition possible.
What happens if we collect more athletic shoes than was our goal?
Congratulations! More athletic shoes = more money.
Am I able to designate a specific country or region where my athletic shoes will be shipped?
We’re sorry, but it’s not possible for Sneakers4Funds to have this happen. Due to logistics and costs, it is essential to combine the footwear you collect with those from other athletic shoe drive fundraisers. They are then shipped in lots overseas.
Does Sneakers4Funds accept store returns or hash lots for sale from a manufacturer or wholesaler?
The short answer is, yes. Please contact Tom Henderson, Chief Fundraising Strategist at 407-930-2979 for more information.
How can I get started?
It’s easy to get started. Just click here to fill out our form so a Sneakers4Funds fundraising coach can call you. Or, call us at 407-930-2979.
What is the Sneakers4Funds Prepaid Shipping Program?
This unique program allows your supporters to send the athletic shoes they collect for your fundraiser directly to the Sneakers4Funds warehouse in Florida for processing. There are no out-of-pocket costs to you or your supporters for sending the bags directly to Sneakers4Funds.
How does the Prepaid Shipping Program work?
After you sign the agreement with Sneakers4Funds, you will receive special prepaid shipping bags for your supporters. Give your champions the prepaid shipping bags and tell them to fill each with 15 - 20 pairs of gently worn, used and new athletic shoes. When the bags are filled, your champions can take the bags to UPS.
How long does it take for me to receive a check after the prepaid shipping bags are sent via UPS to the Sneakers4Funds warehouse?
We know you want to receive your money quickly and to ensure that the program is cost-effective for you and Sneakers4Funds, you will be issued a check on a monthly basis for the bags received the month prior. Each month, for the duration of your fundraiser, you will be sent a check by Sneakers4Funds that is reconciled based on the bags received at the Sneakers4Funds warehouse for processing and reconciliation. Once your fundraiser ends, there will be a final check issued to you the month after the conclusion of your athletic shoe drive fundraiser.
How will you know which bags shipped directly to Sneakers4Funds belong to my athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
Each bag given to you has a unique identification number that is only provided for your specific fundraiser. The ID number allows our warehouse team to process and ensure controls for proper reconciliation efficiently.
Who can do an athletic shoe drive fundraiser?
We want you to succeed. Based on our experience, the best partners are those that are sport-oriented, such as running clubs, mud runs, sports teams or groups. Many schools also work with us because their students wear sneakers. We also partner with corporations and businesses that want to make a difference in a creative way for a good cause.

There's no time like the present to reach out to Sneakers4Funds to see how you can quickly raise money in an easy athletic shoe drive fundraiser.