Fundraising Ideas: Grandpa Collected Bottles, Today's Kids Collect Cell Phones
Parents and grandparents remember the days when they collected empty bottles and old newspapers to raise money for Scouts, clubs, and teams. Today's kids are far more high tech, so the latest boom in fundraising is collecting old cell phones.
Youth groups of all kinds have always struggled to find worthwhile methods of raising much-needed funds, and in this high-tech world used cell phones provide what may be the ideal opportunity to obtain money for worthy causes.
Now that "number portability" has been mandated nation wide, consumers are switching cell phone companies at a record pace expected to top 130 million this year alone. Although you can keep your number, you cannot keep your phone when you change providers giving youth groups an unprecedented opportunity.
Unused but working cellular phones clutter desk drawers and closets all over America because no one knows what to do with them, and most people know that they are bad news for the environment if tossed into landfills.
"I sent an e-mail out to our Yahoo group communication device explaining the program and asking anyone who wished to donate a phone could drop it by the Council Office. One of our volunteers is employed by Orange County Public Works and was aware they were disposing of the department phones," reported Gary A. Brewer, director of planned giving and major gifts, Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America.
They are not stopping there. With such success from just one e-mail Brewer looks forward to getting similar checks on a regular basis.
"What a great way to raise money. People are happy to get rid of their old phones, and it makes them feel good to know they are helping us out without having to also dig into their wallets," said Brewer.
Other groups have businesses lined up to collect phones for them. Realtors, construction companies, sales crews, and other businesses with many employees using cell phones regularly get new phones for their staff and turn in the old ones to non-profit groups. Some businesses are willing to put out boxes where the public can just drop off old phones.
The company paying youth groups the big bucks for all the old phones is CellForCash.com, run by RMS Communications Group, Inc.
"Groups can even use our website to collect phones for them," said James Mosieur, CEO of RMS. "At no cost to the group, we enable them to send their donors to the website where they can then make all arrangements for us to send a prepaid mailer to them so they can turn in old phones at no cost to them. We then mail a check to the youth group. Everyone comes out a winner."
"I used to collect empty bottles and old newspapers to raise funds years ago when I was a Scout. Now my boys are Scouts and I'm helping them collect old cell phones. This is much easier work, and the rewards are tremendous," said David Bresnahan, Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew advisor in West Jordan, Utah.
CellForCash.com pays anywhere from $3 to over $90 for old, working cell phones. It doesn't take long for a youth group to collect enough phones to earn a sizable amount of money.
"We are going on a white water canoe trek in Alaska in 2005. We need to raise $6,500 to make it happen, and we are well on our way to accomplishing that. The boys and their parents are now talking about continuing this drive year round to make even more," said Bresnahan.
Youth groups, church groups, Scouts, athletic teams, and others interested in raising funds from old cell phones should visit www.CellForCash.com, or just call customer service toll-free at 1-800-627-2022.
CellForCash.com provides consumers and businesses a convenient way to get cash for cell phones that otherwise lay idle. More information can be found at www.CellForCash.com.
Since 1985 RMS Communications Group, Inc. has been a leading wireless wholesaler with customers all over the world. They support the wireless industry with innovative services designed to help service providers, wireless agents and corporate customers get the most out of their wireless devices. More information on RMS is available at www.rmscomm.com.