Running Retailer Program

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This program was built with retailers in mind. A simple, innovative program that allows your store to give back to the community, hold events, and demonstrate corporate social responsibility.

As a store owner or manager, time constraints are nothing new. With the Running Retailer Program, you can show off your social good while helping your customers and community to simply and responsibly dispose of their running shoes and sneakers.

The Running Retailer Program is simple:

  • Collect gently worn used and new sneakers and running shoes from your customers and community. These can also be customer returns, factory defects, sales samples, hash lots and overstock.
  • Fill each prepaid shipping bag with 15-20 pairs, then seal and drop off at any UPS store. We’ve got your shipping covered!
  • Once we receive and process your bag, your check will be on it’s way. You can choose and change who the check is made out to at any time. That way your store can support any cause, event or organization of your choosing.
  • Celebrate! When you do good, you feel good. Your store just made an impact in your community and communities all over the world.

Sneakers collected in our programs are shipped to micro-enterprises in 27 different developing countries. Here they are cleaned, fixed and used as inventory to support these small businesses. Micro-enterprises allow families to pave a path out of poverty through a hand up not a hand out model.

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.
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!
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.
  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.
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.”
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.
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.
Simply contact your Sneakers4Funds coach. Your coach will make sure you receive additional supplies.
Sneakers4Funds only accepts gently worn, used and new athletic shoes. Athletic shoes include sneakers, trainers, cross-trainers, walking shoes, and racing shoes.
Yes, we even accept cleats. They just have to be gently worn, used or new.
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.
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.
Congratulations! More athletic shoes = more money.
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.
The short answer is, yes. Please contact Tom Henderson, Chief Fundraising Strategist at 407-930-2979 for more information.

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.

If you have consumer returns or excess inventory which is unsold or unwanted, you have a chance to turn those athletic shoes into money for a favorite cause and demonstrate your social responsibility to your community! When you reach out to Sneakers4Funds, we will issue your designated charity a check for sneakers, trainers, and other athletic shoes which allows your business to demonstrate social responsibility and helps raise your brand’s awareness in your community. Sneakers4Funds will accept:

  • Sales samples
  • Disordered display athletic shoes
  • Customer returns
  • Hash lots and overstock
  • Factory defects
To learn more about the Running Retailer Program, call us at 407-930-2979 and speak to one of our fundraising coaches.
Find out more about how much money your preferred cause can earn by calling us at 407-930-2979.
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Any business that has inventory of athletic shoes can participate in the Running Retailer Program.
That’s not a problem. Sneakers4Funds has relationships with thousands of nonprofits, schools, civic groups and others that would be happy to receive a check issued by us on your behalf. Just speak to us at 407-930-2979.
Your athletic shoes will be weighed and processed within 2 business days of receipt of the shoes at our warehouse. At that point, a check will be issued along with a reconciliation statement. If we happen to be in your neighborhood, we’ll collect your athletic shoes sooner than expected.
The logistics team of Sneakers4Funds will be in touch with you during your athletic shoe drive. We can’t guarantee a shoe pickup during your shoe drive other than the pickup at the conclusion of your drive. Therefore, it’s important to have adequate storage space to hold the bags during the entirety of your campaign. If a Sneakers4Funds driver happens to be in your area during your shoe drive, we may arrange for a pickup.