GIFT CARD POOL - DONORS' REPORT
Results & Record Returns - Updated July 2017:
As of July, 1, 2017 over $10,000 worth of gift cards have been distributed or committed from the pool to local community-building organizations and schools for their raffles and auctions. We estimate this has helped raise around $22,000 so far (the full benefit has yet to be calculated because there can be a lag of up to 3 months between time a gift is delivered and the time it is auctioned or raffled).
The current confirmed record is one single $25 gift card from The Sexton, which raised $196 as a raffle prize at the Ballard Elks; that's nearly 800% of the face value! One $25 gift card from Shiku Sushi and one $25 gift card from Ascent Outdoors each raised just shy of $100; that's almost 400% of the face value. In April 2017, eight $5 Burger Bucks from Red Mill Burgers raised $396 at a Ballard Elks raffle (1000% of the face value). We see these types of return repeated every month, which shows that a small gesture can have a big impact. On average, we estimate that a well matched gift card will help raise twice its face value. Very cool!
Gift cards from the pool are reserved first and foremost for raffles and auctions of local community groups, schools and nonprofits. Recipient organizations keep 100% of any funds raised with gifts from the pool - there is never a fee or cost to the fundraiser. A complete list of over 150 recipient organizations is available on request.
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