What are “BIG FUNDRAISERS”?
This is a program Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island (BBBSRI) has introduced as a way to raise funds for their mission of providing one-to-one mentoring relationships for youth in our state, and to partner and profit-share with other non-profit organizations and community groups in our state.
Who can participate?
This program is ideal for any non-profit, community group, or local organization! This includes but not limited to schools, sports teams, scout troops, PTA/PTO groups, churches, and non-profit organizations. It’s a way to raise funds for their cause and help Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Do I have to be a registered 501(c)3?
No, but you do have to be an organized charitable group, school or organization located in RI following all RI laws and regulations.
How Do Big Fundraisers work?
After you sign up to host a BIG FUNDRAISER, we will reach out by email within two business days to discuss all the details. This email will include collection method (drop off or pick up), price we pay, and dates and times. We will work with you to finalize all details, and then you are ready to start collecting! During your BIG FUNDRAISER, ask your friends, family, or other group members to collect donations of clothing, shoes, handbags, and other fabric items like blankets, sheets, towels, and curtains. The timeline is up to you—some groups do this over the course of a day, some take up to a month to collect donations.
BBBSRI will provide you with marketing materials to help advertise your BIG FUNDRAISER.
What items do you accept?
Clothing, blankets, sheets, towels, curtains, shoes, purses and more. For a full list click here.
Will my supporters receive a tax deduction slip?
Supporters can get an online tax deduction slip here.
How do I drop off the items we collect?
Once your donations are collected, you have the option of dropping off your donations at one of our Donation Centers located throughout Rhode Island or having your items picked up by BBBSRI on a scheduled date.
How much money will my organization make?
We weigh your donations and you get paid per pound. If you drop off your items, you are paid at a higher rate than if BBBSRI picks them up. For exact details on rates, email Donations@bigsri.org. Our average partner makes $250 by hosting one BIG FUNDRAISER, although some groups have raised up to $575. We recommend dropping off whenever possible to raise more funds for your cause.
How do I get paid?
Once we weigh your donations, we will write a check to your organization which you will receive within 3 weeks.
How long do the BIG FUNDRAISERS last?
Most successful fundraisers give their supporters 2 – 4 weeks’ notice about their event. They then host drop-offs either as a one-day event or as an ongoing drive with a one-time donation goal.
How many pounds should I try to collect?
A good rule of thumb is a large trash bag filled with clothes is about 10 pounds. We have had BIG FUNDRAISERS collect 50 pounds all the way up to 5,000 pounds.
How can I ensure that I make money?
BBBSRI can provide you with marketing materials. Be sure to share on social media, print out fliers, and tell everyone in your network. More clothing and textiles means more money for your organization!
Can I host more than one?
Yes! We recommend spacing your BIG FUNDRAISERS out by a couple of months to give your supporters time to clean out their closets once again.
How do I sign up?
Registering your BIG FUNDRAISER is easy! Click the link below.
I have more questions, who should I contact?
Email us at Donations@BigsRI.org for more information or call 401-921-2434