Funds2Orgs and the People of Haiti Need You to Do A Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Did you ever think a shoe drive fundraiser could change a life and help the environment?

A shoe drive fundraiser is a fundraiser that is typically done by a sponsoring nonprofit, school, business or corporation to benefit a local charity. During the campaign, the community of the sponsoring organization collects new and gently used shoes and sneakers.

Working with a social enterprise, such as Funds2Orgs, these shoes and sneakers are collected from individuals who would otherwise keep these items taking up space in their closets, or worse, throw them in landfills where it could take decades to decompose depending on the components of the shoes.

Some environmental facts:

  • There are over 600 million pairs of shoes that are are disposed of annually in the United States alone.
  • The chemical compounds used in the materials to manufacture shoes are hazardous to health if they are left to disintegrate in an open landfill.
  • Shoes with rubber soles, such as work boots or sneakers, can take 50-80 years to decompose.
  • Shoes with leather soles and uppers can take 25-40 years.

Wayne Elsey, the founder of Funds2Orgs, and a leading authority with regard to social enterprise, micro-enterprise and shoe drive fundraisers, has personally traveled to places such as Haiti, where the shoes collected through Funds2Orgs are sent. Here are some facts about a country like Haiti:

  • 72 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.
  • 80 percent of the population lives under the poverty line and 54 percent live in abject poverty.
  • The average per capita income in Haiti is $480 per year.

These facts inform the reasons why Wayne Elsey and the team at Funds2Orgs want your shoes. We want to take the shoes you no longer need and do something for Mother Earth by not having these discarded items take years to decompose in landfills. Additionally, we want you to join us in helping give families in developing nations an opportunity to work themselves out of poverty.

We Want Your Shoes

We’ll say it again. We need you to do a shoe fundraiser.

By having your local school, nonprofit, university, company or business sponsor a shoe drive fundraiser, your organization benefits because Funds2Orgs will pay the sponsor fundraising dollars to support an educational or charitable for the total number of items collected.

Shoes are the currency – not money – for your donors and the sponsoring organization is able to conduct a fun and easy fundraiser. Donors have the opportunity to clean out their closets, or even donate new items, and also help the environment by not throwing these goods into landfills.

The shoes collected are then shipped by Funds2Orgs with thousands of other items to developing nations, such as Haiti. The sneakers and shoes are then cleaned and repurposed where they become inventory for small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs to sell in their local communities.

Since the job and work opportunities are very limited in developing nations, in order to be able to provide for their families, working age adults need to oftentimes create their own opportunities. They are able to do this by working with organizations such as Wayne Elsey’s Funds2Orgs, which support their small businesses and micro-enterprises.

So, if you want to lower your carbon footprint, do something different to raise money and help change a person’s life, call us at Funds2Orgs at 407-930-2979 to hold a shoe drive fundraiser.