What is Scrip?

Scrip is Fundraising While You Shop®. This amazingly successful fundraising program works for any school, church, team, club or other non-profit! Scrip turns everyday shopping into cash for your organization when families use retail gift cards to pay for everyday purchases (like gas and groceries) instead of the usual credit/debit card or other money. Scrip works equally well for onetime fundraising goals or year-round programs. Great Lakes Scrip Center® has helped thousands of organizations earn more than 500 million dollars over the last 20 years. If you are looking for a successful fundraiser, you need Great Lakes Scrip Center. 

How Scrip Works

Earn money for your organization using gift cards for everything you buy – groceries, gas, you name it!

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How It Works

Good news: It’s really simple!
The Basics of a Scrip Program
  • Your members buy retail gift cards through your scrip program at face value.
  • They choose from nearly 400 national retail stores where they already shop. Click here for a full retailer list.
  • Your organization buys the gift cards at 1-13% less than face value (varies by retailer).
  • The difference between face value and what your organization pays = your organization’s earnings.
  • Your fundraising has begun!
Here’s an Example

Mrs. Smith needs some gardening supplies, so she buys a $100 The Home Depot® gift card for $100 through her son’s school scrip fundraiser. Cha-ching! She just earned $4 for the school because The Home Depot gift cards are available from Great Lakes Scrip Center at 4% less than face value. When Mrs. Smith checks out at The Home Depot, she pays with her gift card instead of using a credit or debit card!  She will do the same thing when she needs cleaning supplies at Target®, and earn $2.50 just by using a $100 Target GiftCard to pay for her purchases.

Why Scrip is the Answer

No more selling “stuff”, everyday family purchases become every day earnings for your organization!  


Why Scrip is Better

Most fundraising programs sell “stuff.”  Supporters buy the “stuff” to “help you out.” (i.e. “How little can I spend?”). With scrip, there’s no need to sell “stuff.”
Top Five Scrip Program Benefits
  1. No selling random, unwanted, overpriced “stuff” to family and friends.
  2. Earnings add up fast!  It's easy for a single family to generate $600 to $1000 or more per year.
  3. Everyday family purchases become every day earnings for your organization.
  4. Families are motivated and engaged with the program.
  5. All or part of the earnings a member generates can go towards their individual fees or expenses. 

Top Five Family Benefits

  1. Plan ahead to buy groceries, gas and other household expenses with gift cards from scrip.
  2. Shop in-store or online with participating retailers.
  3. Use gift cards to pay at checkout, just like they would use a credit/debit card, but without the fraud risk.
  4. Scrip program earnings are much greater than credit card rewards.
  5. No unnecessary spending, families spend their planned household budget at stores they already frequent.

Calculate the Possibilities!

Our calculator helps you see how much your non-profit can earn using a year-round scrip program.  Just fill in your figures and see how rewarding fundraising with scrip can be.
Monthly Budget
per Family
Annual Rebates
per Family
Total Annual
$144.00 $144.00
$120.00 $120.00
$38.40 $38.40
$72.00 $72.00
$96.00 $96.00
$96.00 $96.00
  Total Rebates: $566.40