As a Fundraising Coordinator at Angel Bins, people who want to complete a successful and simple shoe drive might see the entire ordeal as daunting. This is understandable! Shoe drive minimum collections could be anywhere from 700 to 2500 pairs of shoes. That seems like a lot since most people have never seen that many shoes in one place before. But before you run off to make pennies on the dollar selling chocolates for your organization, take a moment to break things down! If you do the math, you’ll find that going above and beyond the minimum is more than achievable!
To conduct a successful and simple shoe drive, be sure to ask yourself these questions:
1) What kind of shoe drive is right for your organization?
This can be answered by taking a look at the community(ies) your organization is most directly involved with. These are the people who you will be getting shoes from. Maybe your organization is a softball team, a cheer team, or a gym, if that’s the case, an Athletic drive would suit you best. Why? Because that’s who your community is most likely more connected with, other athletes and active people. Also, athletic drives have much higher payouts and much lower minimum shoe amounts than mixed drives. This would suit a smaller sized organization, like a sports team, much better.
Maybe your organization is large and diverse, like a PTA or a Church, and your helpers will be reaching out to all walks of life. A “Mixed” shoe drive will probably make the most sense for you since you’ll have the means to gather large amounts of shoes of all sizes and types. It may be less lucrative and have a higher minimum, but then you might have a tougher time narrowing down your efforts to only collect adult-sized athletic shoes.
Whichever you choose, it’s important to consider the community you will be collecting shoes from when selecting the right simple shoe drive. It’s also important to select the drive with the most realistic minimum shoe requirement.
2) How many helpers will you have?
This one is commonly misestimated in a way that makes some think achieving a successful and simple shoe drive is impossible. Many people underestimate just how many people are willing to help collect shoes. They might select an athletic shoe drive, look at their little league baseball team and think: “How are 13 kids going to collect 700 pairs of shoes?” Without considering who else is behind them. Each one of those 13 team members has at least one parent willing to help, if not two. They also have siblings, aunts, uncles, and a variety of other people willing to ask their neighbors and friends a very simple question: “Do you have any shoes in your closet that you don’t need?” So when you’re factoring in how many people will be helping collect shoes, go beneath the surface. Estimate how many people might be willing to get involved in the fundraiser who may not directly benefit from the proceeds, but do care about a person who will.
3) How long will you need your simple shoe drive to be?
Setting a realistic shoe drive duration is crucial. Fortunately, with Angel Bins, you get to set your own timeline and pick-up date! It’s best to break this down by weeks and do some math. Factor in how many helpers you will have, and the minimum amount of shoes you’ll need to reach your goal. This will help you choose the right duration. Don’t forget: Consider the amount of time it will take to count, box, and put the shoes on a pallet. Also, factor in the fact that it will take 4-5 weeks from your pickup date to receive a check.
4) Does the Math Work Out?
Bust out your calculator since this is the most important question! If you take the total pairs of shoes you’ll need, divide that by your number of helpers, then divide that number by the number of weeks, you’ll know each helper needs to collect a certain amount of shoes each week! For example; You are doing an athletic shoe drive and your minimum is 700 pairs. You have a team of 20 helpers. When you divide 700 pairs by 20 people, you’ll find each helper will be responsible for collecting 35 pairs. Now if you were to have a duration of 12 weeks, divide the 35 pairs/helper by 12, and you’ll find that if each helper collects 3 pairs of athletic shoes each week, you will easily hit the minimum… and then some!
This takes a HUGE load off, and will make you see just how realistic having a successful and simple shoe drive fundraiser actually is!