What types of organizations participate in scrip?
Just about any non-profit group including churches, schools, cub scouts and girl scouts, sports and music booster groups, and more.
In order for the scrip concept to work, a participating retailer agrees to give a discount to GLSC. This discount is passed along to the non-profit, and when the certificate is sold by the non-profit for full face value, this discount becomes revenue for the organization. Since the retailer is giving up potential revenue, many of them want to be sure that a non-profit organization is benefiting - not another company. That's why GLSC requires all coordinators to verify their non-profit status.
GLSC purchases the certificates directly from the retailers. The certificates we provide to our coordinators are the same gift certificates you would buy if you went to the participating retailer and purchased them yourself
Yes, the certificates are accepted at all participating retailer locations.
Occasionally, Great Lakes Scrip Center may temporarily run out of a particular certificate. When that happens, we will place the item on backorder and ship it with your next order. If you do not place your next order within 10 business days, GLSC will ship your backorder at that time. Unusually large or urgent backorders may be shipped earlier at our discretion.
There are no membership fees or application fees. Your organization families simply pay your organization face value for the certificates they order. The beauty of the scrip concept lies in the fact that your organization members raise money for your organization by using their existing household shopping budget. Some families may enlist relatives, friends and neighbors to buy scrip. But unlike other fundraising programs, scrip families do not have to "sell" anything to raise money for their organization.
A few retailers allow you to pay charge account balances with scrip, but generally speaking, most do not. GLSC coordinators can search our online participating retailers list for specific information on which retailers do and do not accept scrip for charge account balances.