RaiseRight! Last year I raised over $125 towards my family fundraising goal just by purchasing gift cards for places I already shopped at through the RaiseRight app. One year a CHA family met their ENTIRE family goal just through Scrip/RaiseRight fundraising!
It really is easy! Buy a gift card. Spend (or give) your gift card. Earn money for CHA. The earnings come from the brand so there is no extra money that comes out of your pocket. And with 750+ brands you are sure to find some of the regular places you frequent on RaiseRight.
So how do I get started?
Complete the quick sign-up form on the website or mobile app.
- Go to: https://www.raiseright.com/enroll or download the RaiseRight app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store
- Select “Join a Program” and enter our unique code: CED8F668251LL
- Complete the fields to finish setting up your account. (If it prompts you to enter a teacher’s name just use your family’s last name. Grandparents and cousins in California can sign up too! Give them our code and have them enter your family name to help you raise funds too!)
- Enter and verify your phone number for 2-step verification.
- Congratulations! You’ve created your account.
What do I do once I have an account?
Get your gift cards and go shopping! 90% of your earnings count towards your family fundraising goal. This is the “a little bit at a time adds up to a lot” strategy. Unless you are taking a cruise on Royal Caribbean. At 13% earnings you could meet your entire goal just by paying for a cruise with Royal Caribbean gift cards from RaiseRight.
I use the app on my mobile device. Every pay period I refill a few regular gift cards that we use. I add money to my husband’s Sheetz card so he can buy gas and coffeez. I refill my Walmart card and I take a look at any birthdays or special events coming up. If I have a Kohl’s bill to pay I buy a Kohl’s gift card. (These are the “Kohl’s Cares” gift cards and YES! you can actually pay your credit card bill with them!) My mom orders her Weis grocery gift card. If I need a physical gift card I will order it by the Monday 9am deadline and get my card at dismissal on Wednesday. If an e-card will do the job I pay through the app using my linked bank account and get the card delivered instantly. (This works great for Amazon because you just copy and paste the claim code.) Otherwise, I give my cash or check to Stacy Baxter in the office.
The app linked to my bank account is very handy when I am at a restaurant and the bill comes. I can instantly buy an e-gift card for the total of my check and pay using my phone. At Marshall’s or Bath & Body Works I simply chit-chat with the salesperson for 2 minutes while I order an e-gift card for whatever amount I just spent on foaming hand soap. Or that one time my husband and I got away for a weekend in February, I booked a room through Hotels.com using a RaiseRight gift card. (Best.Decision.Ever.)
Seriously, the hardest part about RaiseRight is remembering to do it. But thankfully Jessica Dietrich (mom of CJ, 8th grade) will be sending you monthly reminders so that you don’t forget! And if you have any questions you can direct them to her anytime throughout the year. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is part of the Board Bits: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks series.
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