Save your SHOES!

Save your SHOES!

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

We will be collecting new and gently used shoes from August 1 through September 30, 2018.

Drop off shoes at First Lutheran Church, Saint Peter High School, and Saint Peter Public Library today!

We are working with Funds2Orgs a for-profit social enterprise. The core of its business model is shoe drive fundraisers. The other components are providing an economic opportunity for workers in developing nations and helping the environment. Read more about them at https://funds2orgs.com/about-us/.

How Does A Social Enterprise And Micro-enterprise Work

When an organization does a shoe drive fundraiser with Funds2Orgs to raise money, the group will collect gently worn, used and new shoes. Those shoes eventually get picked up by Funds2Orgs and consolidated with thousands of others from other shoe drive fundraising events. Funds2Orgs issues a check to our partners for the footwear collected.

What happens next is vital to our work. All of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers in the U.S. and Canada are shipped by us to partners in developing nations. The shoes are then sold for a fraction of their original cost to hub operators. Remember, this is about providing an opportunity for people to make money, so it's essential that commerce be part of the equation. The hub operators purchase hundreds of thousands of shoes from Funds2Orgs and then resell them to small micro-entrepreneurs in their communities with a small markup who, in turn, sell the footwear for a profit.

Some of the micro-entrepreneurs we've worked with in developing countries have gone from earning less than $2 a day for their families, which is considered extreme poverty, to over $60 a day--a sustainable living wage.

That's how social enterprise and micro-enterprise organizations work, and more specifically, how Funds2Orgs (social enterprise) partners not only with you but also micro-entrepreneurs around the world.