A Fresh Approach to Back-to-School Fundraisers with Carbon Cards™

August 22, 2011

No, these aren’t cards made of carbon copy paper (like kids today would even know what that is). Carbon Cards™ are lottery-like cards covered with scratchable dots. Students take the cards through the community, where people scratch off one or more dots, revealing a donation amount ranging from $1 to $3. They then donate the total amount they scratched off. This allows organizations to raise money quickly and easily, and Gone Green Fundraisers™ donates a portion of its proceeds to’s carbon mitigation projects. While each dot’s scratch-off commitment is small, between $1-3, it adds to $120 per card toward your school or organization’s fundraising goals. “Modern fundraising is challenging,” said Joni Sue Cleavenger, founder of Gone Green Fundraisers™. “It has to be able to generate cash, and lots of it, but people are just as hard off as schools and no one wants to buy things that they don’t want or need. This makes a great school fundraiser!” “These cards really do more with every dollar,” Cleavenger said. “It gives people a chance to do something about the energy crisis with only a small donation and fund their community school at the same time. This has a real, everyday impact on the kids.” Have your kids ever done a cookie dough fundraiser? Remember picking up the tubs of cookie dough from the school, jamming your freezer with them, delivering them on behalf of your kids, and then having literally gallons of leftover cookie dough stare you in the face every time you open your freezer for the next six months? Doesn’t that make scratch-off cards sound lovely? It also has the added bonus of a built-in donation to critical reforestation, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as the built-in lesson for the kids about the importance of caring for our environment. So at your next community fundraising meeting, we encourage you to bake a plate of cookies from last year’s dough and print out some information about Carbon Cards™ to share this great concept. Your fellow parents will thank you.